Dec 5, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 460 words, a 2-minute read.

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1 big thing: Pelosi seizes the reins

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi's formal impeachment announcement today was addressed squarely at skittish members within her caucus, Axios' Margaret Talev reports.

  • Why it matters: President Trump wants as many Democratic "no" votes on the board when the inevitable vote to impeach comes, so Republicans are trying to scare House Democrats from red and swing districts.

The big picture: This is a chance for Pelosi to shape the conversation.

  • Until now, mostly House Intel Chair Schiff — followed by House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler — has dominated the stage, and soon it will be in the Senate's hands.
  • Coming tonight: Pelosi has a CNN town hall at 9 p.m. ET.

Between the lines: In her formal statement, Pelosi used simple declarative sentences to convey the idea there is no alternative:

  • "The facts are uncontested.”
  • "Our democracy is what is at stake.”
  • "The president leaves us no choice but to act because he is trying to corrupt, once again, the election for his own benefit.”

She was a bit more colorful in the press conference that followed:

  • Pelosi's reply to a reporter trying to bait her into saying she hates Trump: “Don’t mess with me.”

The bottom line: In both cases, Pelosi was clear. For Democrats, she's the boss.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Kiran Ridley/Getty Images

A protestor throws a rock toward police during a rally in support of the national strike in France, one of the largest nationwide strikes in years.

  • President Emmanuel Macron is facing his biggest test since the “Yellow Vest” movement as workers join the strike in protest to changes to France’s pension system.
2. What you missed
  1. Scoop: The White House directed Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer to block a resolution formally recognizing Turkey's genocide of the Armenian people. Go deeper.
  2. Sen. Bernie Sanders has surged in a new California poll at the expense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden. Go deeper.
  3. U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook alleged the Iranian government "could have murdered over 1,000 Iranian citizens" during a crackdown on protests in recent weeks. Go deeper.
  4. GM and Korea's LG Chem are building a massive battery factory in Ohio, with a $2.3 billion joint consortium that intends to hire 1,100 workers. Go deeper.
  5. Karen McDougal has sued Fox News for defamation. The former Playboy model says she had an affair with President Trump in 2006. Go deeper.
3. Bloomberg's gun plan

Michael Bloomberg unveiled his platform on gun control today at a Colorado event with the parent of a victim of the 2012 Aurora movie theater mass shooting.

  • On the docket: A national gun licensing system, tighter background checks, closing the so-called "boyfriend loophole," adding a red-flag law allowing gun confiscation from people thought to be dangerous, and hundreds of millions in funding for law enforcement. Go deeper.

Why it matters: Gun control — along with fighting climate change — are clear priorities for Bloomberg that predate his presidential campaign.

Mike Allen