Oct 26, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: Trump's opioid emergency

"President Trump declared a 'nationwide public-health emergency' on the opioid crisis today," writes Axios' Alexi McCammond:

  • "Although the declaration doesn't open up new funds (some estimate more than $9.3 billion is needed), Trump argued that 'the federal government is aggressively fighting the opioid epidemic on all fronts.'
  • "The bottom line: Trump shared the personal story of his brother's alcohol abuse and offered a solution to the opioid crisis: 'Really tough, really big, really great advertising so we get to people before they start.'"
  • His prediction: "If we can teach young people not to take drugs ... it's really, really easy not to take them."

Go deeper: More Trump quotes and inside the policy decision.

2. What you missed
  1. Don't forget them: 74% of Puerto Rico is still without power, 26% is without clean drinking water, and 11% of grocery stores are still closed. The official death toll has risen to 51. More numbers.
  2. Rising threats: Sens. John McCain and Ted Cruz both said their assessment is "there's no doubt" there is a rising terrorism threat in Africa with the fall of ISIS in Raqqa. More.
  3. Today's narrow House budget approval paves the way for subsequent legislation to allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). Why it matters.
  4. Twitter's new ban: They're refusing to sell ads to Russia state outlets RT and Sputnik. Details.
  5. One Uber question: What is Uber really worth? One shareholder makes the case for $95 billion. The argument.
  6. Breaking: CVS Health has proposed buying Aetna for $200 per share, per the WSJ. That would value the transaction at more than $66 billion.
3. 1 futuristic thing

Computers are learning to recognize letters like we do," by Axios science editor Alison Snyder:

  • "One of the ways computers distinguish humans from robots is with CAPTCHAs — that little box with a weird letter combination at the bottom of your online ticket or other transaction. Researchers report they've now trained a computer to solve CAPTCHAs using less data than other AIs by borrowing the human brain's approach to the problem."
Mike Allen