May 25, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 311 words, a 1.5 minute read.

  • 🎥 Tonight on "Axios on HBO" (11 p.m. ET/PT): Alexi McCammond's interview with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (watch a clip) and my interview with Palantir co-founder and CEO Alex Karp (watch a clip).

Situational awareness: California's plan for church services ... Less than 100 people, no passing of collection plate, limited singing. (AP)

1 big thing: Memorial Day during a pandemic

Former VP Joe Biden and Jill Biden lay a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park. Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP

Joe Biden made his in-person public appearance today since March, as he and Jill Biden wore black face masks while laying a wreath at the Delaware Memorial Bridge Veterans Memorial Park.

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump opened the day at Arlington National Cemetery before joining the ceremony at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.

An attendee at Fort McHenry. Photo: Evan Vucci
Screengrab by Getty Images for Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York hosted a virtual event, including a performance from the U.S. Navy Band.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo via Twitter

Denim & Pearls, an "elegant-casual" Italian restaurant in the historic district of Warrenton, Va., is spilling into the street as diners begin returning for the mussels with garlic cream, white wine or spicy tomato sauce.

  • It's a nationwide trend, from Tampa to Vegas to Portland, Maine: Cities are opening sidewalks and closing streets to create al fresco dining rooms, USA Today's Jessica Guynn writes.

Why it matters: Restaurants "hope this nod to the bustling café culture of Paris and Rome will help Americans feel comfortable eating out again."

2. Catch up quick
  1. World: Top Boris Johnson aide defends himself after allegations he broke U.K. lockdown — WHO suspends trial of hydroxychloroquine over safety concerns.
  2. 2020: Trump threatens to move Republican convention from North Carolina.
  3. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks over Memorial Day.
  4. Economy: Charities refocus their efforts to fill gaps left by government.
3. 1 hopeful thing

The SpaceX astronauts, launching Wednesday, will break new ground for style with hip spacesuits, gull-wing Teslas and a sleek rocketship — all white with black trim, AP's Marcia Dunn reports from Cape Canaveral.

  • The color coordinating is by Elon Musk, CEO of both SpaceX and Tesla, and a big fan of flash and science fiction.
Astronauts Doug Hurley, left, and Robert Behnken during a SpaceX launch dress rehearsal at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Photo: Kim Shiflett/NASA via AP

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will catch a ride to the launch pad in a Tesla Model X electric car.

  • SpaceX designed and built the custom-fit suits.

The white-suited Hurley and Behnken will transfer from the white Tesla to the white Dragon atop the equally white Falcon 9.

SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule sits atop a Falcon 9 rocket. Photo: SpaceX via AP

"It's going to be quite a show," SpaceX mission director Benji Reed promised.

Mike Allen