Nov 11, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 461 words, a 2 minute read.

  • 🇺🇸 For those in the PM community who serve or have served in our armed forces, thank you.
1 big thing: The next attraction on the National Mall
Image courtesy of Rep. Jason Crow

The fast-track effort for a memorial for the veterans of the Global War on Terror took a big step today, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh reports.

  • A bipartisan pair of House veterans are introducing legislation to allow it to be built on a section of the National Mall where no new monuments are allowed.
  • The memorial is already going faster than usual, with Congress voting to grant it an exemption from the usual rule requiring 10 years after the end of war.

Why it matters: This is America's longest-ever conflict, starting in 2001 and with no clear end in sight.

  • “We don’t know how long this war is going to continue,” Michael Rodriguez, a former Army Green Beret who runs the foundation that will build the memorial, told the Military Times.

The 3 locations under consideration, each in areas built to handle major visitor traffic:

  • 1) In Constitution Gardens, east of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
  • 2) Along the Potomac River, close to the Martin Luther King Jr. and Franklin D. Roosevelt memorials.
  • 3) Between the Korean War Veterans Memorial and the World War II Memorial.

What's next: The foundation has to follow a 24-step process laid out by the National Capital Planning Commission, per Military Times.

  • The foundation is looking to raise $50 million for the project but may have to adjust the amount once plans are finalized.
  • Its goal is to have the memorial constructed by the end of 2024 or the beginning of 2025.
Bonus: Chart du jour
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Data: FairVote, Federal Voting Assistance Program; Chart: Axios Visuals

Active duty service members turned out at lower rates than the total general population in every recent election.

  • Between the lines: The demands of military lifestyle add some complexities to this process.
  • Go deeper.
2. What you missed
  1. Mexico will grant asylum to Evo Morales, who stepped down as Bolivia's president yesterday after 14 years in power. Go deeper.
  2. The founder of Syria's White Helmet rescue group was found dead outside of his home in Istanbul. Go deeper.
  3. A federal judge in D.C. has thrown out President Trump's lawsuit that aims to block the House Ways and Means Committee from getting access to his tax returns through a New York state law. Go deeper.
  4. Not-for-profit hospital system Ascension has allowed Google to access a wide array of patient data, including names and diagnoses, but did not notify patients or doctors about their secret data project until the Wall Street Journal reported the story today.
3. 1 tiny black dot
Photo: Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP

You can just barely see Mercury in the lower middle of this photograph as it transited across the face of the sun behind the Washington Monument this morning — starting just after 7:30am EST.

  • The next transit isn't until 2032, and North America won't get another shot until 2049, the AP reports.
Mike Allen