Nov 15, 2017

Axios PM

1. Trump's "major" announcement

As predicted in Axios AM, President Trump's big announcement was a wrap from his Asia trip.

  • The big picture: Our "standing in the world has never been stronger."
  • Trump said he's working on the "disastrous" trade deal with South Korea.
  • His priority on the "twisted dictatorship" of North Korea is to denuclearize the regime, working with China and Russia.
  • No comment from Trump on Roy Moore.
  • A source familiar with the speech: "America First has been vindicated on the world stage."

One fun thing: Trump paused twice to drink water during his remarks. He memorably mocked Marco Rubio during the campaign for a similar moment. Video.

2. What you missed
  1. The "Me Too" Act: Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) introduced a bill today aimed at streamlining the response to sexual harassment in Congress. More.
  2. The first "no" (for now) on tax cuts: Senate Republican Ron Johnson says he is opposed to the deal for treating corporations differently than pass-through entities. He added in a statement that he hopes to fix the issue to be able to eventually come around on the bill. Details.
  3. Cordray is out: CFPB head Richard Cordray will exit at the end of this month.
  4. Almost 1.5 million have signed up for coverage through in the first two weeks of this year's open enrollment period — up from just over 1 million at the same point in the last enrollment window. Details.
  5. Potential innovation threat: New international enrollment at U.S. colleges is down for the first time in more than a decade, according to a new report.
3. Photo du jour

That photo is real.