Aug 28, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: Top public health officials today warned that STDs continue to rise sharply — hitting a new U.S. record of nearly 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis diagnosed in 2017.

  • The increase is attributed in part to a lack of federal funding for state public health programs, an increase in drug abuse, and socioeconomic problems.
1 big thing: How to actually regulate Google

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

President Trump followed his anti-Google tweets this morning with an ominous warning for the big social media companies as a whole.

Trump in the Oval Office today:

  • “I think Google is really taking advantage of a lot of people."
  • "[Google, Facebook and Twitter had] better be careful because you can’t do that to people."
  • "[W]e have literally thousands and thousands of complaints coming in."
  • "[T]hey are really treading on very, very troubled territory and they have to be careful. It is not fair to large portions of the population.”

Why it matters: These three social media companies are central to Trump's political rise, and he's increasingly using them as punching bags over issues like censorship and bias.

Reality check: The right has been alleging for years that large tech companies are intentionally and systematically biased against them, but there's little evidence to back up those claims.

  • “Search is not used to set a political agenda and we don't bias our results toward any political ideology,” said a Google spokesperson in a Tuesday statement after Trump tweeted.

The bottom line: There’s little that the White House could do without Congress. But there have never been more proposals on regulating large web platforms circulating around Washington than there are right now — even if they are long shots, according to Axios' David McCabe.

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Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Paul Sancya-Pool/Getty Images

Fans of Aretha Franklin attend a viewing for the soul music legend at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit.

  • Franklin will lie in repose at the museum today and tomorrow for the public to pay their respects. The funeral will be held Friday.
2. What you missed
  1. Puerto Rico has raised the island's official Hurricane Maria death toll from 64 to 2,975 following a new, government-commissioned study carried out by George Washington University. Go deeper.
  2. What we're watching tonight: Arizona's Republican Senate primary, where Rep. Martha McSally has struggled more than expected to ward off two Trump-loving challengers. Go deeper.
  3. The U.S. plans to resume military exercises on the Korean Peninsula which were suspended following President Trump's summit with Kim Jong-un. Go deeper.
  4. Young Americans view China much more favorably than older citizens, according to a new Pew poll. Go deeper.
  5. Pennsylvania's Attorney General says he has proof the Vatican was aware of at least one cover-up of sexual abuse, but he isn't specifically accusing Pope Francis of wrongdoing.
3. 1 film thing

"Between September and Christmas, Netflix will release at least 25 films. There will be one or two new movies released almost every week, many of them by the most sought-after filmmakers in Hollywood," the AP's Jake Coyle reports.

On the list:

  • "Nicole Holofcener’s midlife crisis drama 'The Land of Steady Habits' (Sept. 14)"
  • "Jeremy Saulnier’s northern Alaska thriller 'Hold the Dark' (Sept. 28)"
  • "Paul Greengrass’ docudrama on the 2011 Norway terrorist attack '22 July' (Oct. 10)"
  • "David Mackenzie’s Robert the Bruce epic 'Outlaw King' (Nov. 9)"
  • "Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western anthology film 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs' (Nov. 16)"
  • "Alfonso Cuaron’s 'Gravity' follow-up 'Roma'"

P.S. "Earlier this summer, HBO quietly removed erotic adult movies and TV shows from its channels and streaming services," the L.A. Times' Stephen Battaglio reports.

Mike Allen