Jul 22, 2019

Axios PM

Mike Allen

Good afternoon. Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 436 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: America's largest protest

Thousands of Puerto Ricans gather for what many are expecting to be one of the biggest protests ever seen in the U.S. territory. Photo: Carlos Giusti/AP

A political scandal over 889 pages of leaked messages has drawn thousands of Puerto Ricans to the streets in protests with heat indexes as high as 100 degrees.

  • Leaked text messages revealed Gov. Ricardo Rosselló and members of his inner circles making sexist and homophobic comments and mocking victims of Hurricane Maria.
  • Rosselló faces calls to resign that include Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, José Andrés, Ricky Martin and San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.
  • Even President Trump piled on: "He's a terrible governor."

Why it matters: "The crude messages were the final straw for Puerto Ricans who have suffered for years because of economic austerity measures and the devastation of Hurricane Maria," the N.Y. Times notes.

  • "Attending the march on Monday were Puerto Ricans not only from municipalities across the island but also from the vast Puerto Rican diaspora, returning to the island to join the protests."

The bottom line: We obviously live in coarsened political times, but these messages still boggle the mind.

  • On San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz: Puerto Rico's former CFO Christian Sobrine Vega wrote, "I'm salivating to shoot her." In response, the governor said, "You'd be doing me a grand favor."
  • On Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin's sexuality: Rosselló wrote, "Ricky Martin is such a male chauvinist that he f***ed men because women don't measure up. Pure patriarchy."
  • On the overcrowding of morgues following Hurricane Maria: Rosselló joked, "Now that we are on the subject, don't we have some cadavers to feed our crows?"
Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Members of the police serve as pallbearers for the casket of the late Justice John Paul Stevens — who will lie in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court.

  • He will be buried tomorrow at Arlington National Cemetery in a private ceremony.
2. What you missed
  1. India launched a moon probe today, a week after canceling the first attempt at the last minute, the NYT reports.
  2. India denies that Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Trump to mediate the conflict between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir region. Go deeper.
  3. Iranian intelligence officials claim to have detained 17 people on suspicion of being spies for the CIA and that some have been sentenced to death, according to Iran's state media. Details.
  4. New York became the first U.S. state to ban the declawing of cats today, joining most of Europe, parts of Canada and some other U.S. cities, the AP reports.
  5. Starting tomorrow, any arrested unauthorized immigrant who has been in the U.S. for less than 2 years could be deported without a hearing in front of an immigration judge. Go deeper.
3. 1 good thing

The California condor just hit a recovery milestone, CNN notes.

  • In 1982, there were 22 surviving in the wild.
  • Now, "the 1,000th California condor chick has hatched more than 30 years after efforts began to recover the critically endangered species."
Mike Allen