Apr 8, 2020

Axios PM

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Good afternoon and Happy Passover: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 460 words, a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: Revolution suspended
Screenshot: AP

So much for a brokered convention: The 2020 primaries effectively ended today with Sen. Bernie Sanders suspending his campaign, two months earlier than when Hillary Clinton cleared the delegate threshold in 2016.

Why it matters: Former Vice President Joe Biden faces the formidable task of unifying an ideologically splintered party without the traditional help of big events, in-person fundraisers, voter canvassing and other public appearances.

  • That includes rallying Bernie voters: "I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of what it is we have to get done in this country. I hope you will join us. You are more than welcome. You’re needed," Biden said in a statement today.
  • "Together we will defeat Donald Trump. And when we do that, we’ll not only do the hard work of rebuilding this nation — we’ll transform it."

The big picture: Sanders will remain on the ballot, and his movement has plenty of items left on its agenda — including at the convention. (More on that in tomorrow's Axios AM).

  • “Together we have transformed American consciousnesses as to what kind of nation we can become," Sanders said today.
  • Biden hasn't cleared the delegate threshold to clinch just yet.

What they're saying:

  • Andrew Yang: "Bernie Sanders is a ******* hero. Let’s come together and beat this guy."
  • President Trump: "Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday! This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!"
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "Thank you @BernieSanders, for fighting so relentlessly for America’s working families during this campaign."

What's next: Sanders' exit did not come with an endorsement, and former President Barack Obama is still on the sidelines.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP

Ultra-Orthodox children burn leavened items in final preparation for Passover in the Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem.

2. Catch up quick
  1. Scoop: Staples recently informed landlords that it will not pay April rents for its U.S. stores, even though the locations remain open.
  2. Google bans Zoom for employees over "security vulnerabilities."
  3. States latest: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order allowing New Yorkers to vote by absentee ballot for June 23 primaries.
  4. Federal government latest: The U.S. has begun to see "glimmers of hope" despite its highest recorded number of deaths in 24 hours, Anthony Fauci said.
  5. World updates: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged countries to put politics aside if you don’t want to see "many more body bags.”
3. 1 helpful thing
Hedgehog Quillie Nelson is held by her owner Rachael Pavlik in Sugar Land, Texas. Photo: Rachael Pavlik via AP

Pets are proving to be unexpected heroes in lockdown, AP reports.

  • People have flooded shelters, looking for pets to fill their extra hours at home.

Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, urged more people to foster and adopt as the health crisis worsens.

  • “It frees up space in the shelter to take these animals in that may be displaced because their family member, their owner is ill or financially in a troubled situation."