Feb 17, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 391 words, a 1.5 minute read.

Holiday 🍦... Top National Security Council official Victoria Coates may be moved after "Anonymous" rumor fallout, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.

1 big thing: Warning signs in Nevada

People wait in line for at a Nevada early caucus site. Photo: Scott Sonner/AP

The alarms are increasingly sounding over Nevada's Democratic caucus, which is just five days away.

Why it matters: Similar issues to the ones that plagued Iowa's caucus seem to be rearing their ugly heads, the WashPost reports.

  • "Campaigns said they still have not gotten the party to offer even a basic explanation of how key parts of the process will work."
  • "Volunteers are reporting problems with the technology that’s been deployed at the last minute to make the vote count smoother."
  • "And experts are raising serious questions about a tool the party has been feverishly assembling to replace the one scrapped after the meltdown in Iowa."
  • “It feels like the [state party is] making it up as they go along,” said one Democratic presidential aide."

The other side: “We are confident that they are doing everything they can to implement lessons learned in Iowa," DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa told the WashPost.

The bottom line: Campaigns will be made or broken over the next few weeks, and another electoral disaster like Iowa's could create headaches that affect the entire field.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for KW

Kanye West in Chicago for his "Sunday Service" series.

  • "In addition to Kanye classics including 'Can’t Tell Me Nothing' and 'Jesus Walks,' the show featured religious hymns like “Father Stretch My Hands,'" WGN reports.
  • "West also defended his decision to add more religious content to his music, saying he 'isn’t afraid anymore.'"
2. What you missed
  1. Jeff Bezos announced a $10 billion "Earth Fund" for climate change research and awareness. Go deeper.
  2. An assault weapons ban died in the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee despite a Democratic majority in the assembly. Go deeper.
  3. SpaceX botched an attempt to reach 50 successful Falcon booster landings. Go deeper.
  4. At least two deaths are being attributed to Storm Dennis in Great Britain and Ireland. Go deeper.
  5. Apple issued a rare earnings warning, saying it would not meet quarterly revenue expectations due to the impact of the coronavirus, which will limit iPhone production and limit product demand in China. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing

The next vinyl?: "U.S. sales of print maps and road atlases had have had a five-year compound annual growth rate of 10%," USA Today reports.

  • Rand McNally started to see the increase about 5 years ago, one of its execs told USA Today.
  • Among the most prominent concerns: Cell phone batteries and cell/satellite signals.
Mike Allen