May 23, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Happy Thursday. Today's PM: 453 words.

Situational awareness: The U.S. has charged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with violating the Espionage Act by leaking U.S. government documents. Go deeper.

1 big thing: Summer camps turn away the unvaccinated

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

No shot, no spot: That's the increasingly common response for summer camp hopefuls who aren't vaccinated, as fears continue to grow about diseases like measles.

  • “I used to accept kids if they had a religious exemption, but now I’m not,” New York day camp operator Scott Rosmarin told Reuters.
  • “If I lose a couple kids, I lose a couple kids ... You’ve got to do what’s right.”

Why it matters: "U.S. measles outbreaks so far this year have eclipsed all other outbreaks in any year since the virus was declared eradicated in the country in 2000," Axios' Andrew Freedman reported last month.

  • "The U.S. outbreaks have been touched off by travelers coming into the U.S. from regions where measles outbreaks are ongoing. The disease is then spread in regions where there was not sufficiently high levels of immunization."

The big picture: There is no national policy for whether summer camps should require vaccinations.

  • “This year in particular, similar to schools and other places, camps are being very strict about allowing children without immunizations,” the American Camp Association's Susie Lupert told Reuters.

The bottom line: This is another example of private organizations being forced to protect vulnerable people in the face of insufficient government policy.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco.

2. What you missed
  1. "[Indian PM Narenda] Modi surges to victory on Hindu-first platform." [AP] Go deeper.
  2. Senators reached a last-minute agreement with Trump to approve $19.1 billion in aid for areas affected by natural disasters over the last two years. Details.
  3. After last night's deadly storms, there's a severe thunderstorm outlook calling for an "enhanced" risk of severe storms again today in parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. Go deeper.
  4. Facebook took down roughly 900,000 posts related to attempted drug sales or otherwise linked to drugs in the first quarter of 2019. By the numbers.
  5. The Trump administration announced a $16 billion aid package for U.S. farmers in an attempt to offset retaliatory Chinese tariffs. Go deeper.
  6. Going public: Ari Emanuel's Endeavor Group filed for an IPO today. Details.
3. 1 grit thing

Screenshot: CNN

"A homeless Tennessee student has graduated as his high school’s valedictorian and was offered dozens of scholarships totaling $3 million," the AP reports.

  • "Tupac Mosley told news outlets that his family fell behind on bills after his father died, and they ended up being evicted in February."
  • "Mosley says his family has since lived in tents and several places around the city, including a camp site and a nonprofit that offered them a cabin to sleep in."
  • He told CNN: "As I've been worrying about finances and money for most of my life, to know that I can be doing something that I'm enjoying for my next four years … [is] just refreshing and motivating.”
Mike Allen