Apr 26, 2018

Axios PM

Situational awareness: Amazon stock is soaring after crushing sales and earnings expectations.

1 big thing: Cosby's guilty verdicts

Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

Bill Cosby was found guilty today on three counts of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand back in 2004.

  • The three counts: "penetration with lack of consent, penetration while unconscious and penetration after administering an intoxicant." [NYT]
  • Each of the charges brings the potential of 10 years in prison, but they could be served concurrently.
  • Cosby's first trial in this case deadlocked last year.
  • He is currently free on bail.

Why it matters: This is a landmark verdict for the #MeToo movement. A powerful man is going to jail as a result of women brave enough to come forward with their stories.

What's next: "Cosby is facing civil actions from several accusers, many of whom are suing him for defamation because, they say, he or his staff branded them as liars by dismissing their allegations as fabrications." [NYT]

P.S. Cosby cursed at the prosecutor after the verdict for suggesting he was a flight risk for having a plane: "He doesn’t have a plane, you asshole.”

Bonus: Trumpworld's good day/bad day

Mike Pompeo with Kim Jong-un. Photos released today by the White House.

  1. Good for Trumpworld: Mike Pompeo confirmed as Secretary of State; Ric Grinell confirmed as ambassador to Germany.
  2. Bad for Trumpworld: Ronny Jackson withdrew as VA Secretary nominee; Scott Pruitt faced hostile questions from Congress.
2. What you missed
A time-lapse satellite view of deforestation in Brazil from 1984 to 2016. Images via EarthTime.
  1. Otto Warmbier’s parents are suing North Korea for "brutally" torturing and murdering him. Go deeper.
  2. Seven of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies cumulatively collected $12.1 billion of profit in the first three months of 2018. By the numbers.
  3. Trump publicly used Stormy Daniels' name for the first time — and confirmed that Michael Cohen had worked for him on the issue. Highlights from his "Fox & Friends" interview.
  4. There's a U.S. shortage of 51,000 truck drivers, projected to rise to 100,000 by 2021, USA Today reports.
3. 1 fun thing

Broadway is going long, the AP's Mark Kennedy reports:

"Two parts of 'Angels in America' clock in at a total of eight hours, the two parts of 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' are more than a combined five hours and the revival of 'The Iceman Cometh' is just under four hours."