Oct 19, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: Bush speaks out

George W. Bush condemned the state of American politics in a speech today at the Bush Institute, taking aim at President Trump — though not by name.

Key quotes:

  • "Bigotry seems emboldened. Our politics seems more vulnerable to conspiracy theories and outright fabrication."
  • "Our young people need positive role models. Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children."
  • "We cannot wish globalization away, any more than we could wish away the Agricultural Revolution or the Industrial Revolution."
  • "Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates into dehumanization. Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples while judging ourselves by our best intentions."

Back in D.C… President Trump met with Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló to discuss the ongoing recovery efforts on the island. Trump lauded the federal response in Puerto Rico, saying he gives his administration a ten out of ten rating on its handling of the storm.

2. What you missed
  1. Kelly briefs: The chief of staff and Gold Star father asked politicians and the press to hold one thing sacred. Read.
  2. What happened in Niger: Before the ambush, intelligence had suggested an attack was "unlikely." Learn more.
  3. DARPA for health: Could a proposed government agency yield medical breakthroughs? Check up.
  4. Nuclear fallout: Trump tweets about the Obama-era deal that gave Russia control of one-fifth of U.S. uranium. Go deeper.
  5. Social status: Bipartisan bill would force platforms like Facebook to make political ads more transparent. Post, Follow.
3. The King's castle

A house believed to be Elvis Presley's boyhood home, along with 16 acres surrounding it, are up for sale as part of a celebrity auction that also includes Marilyn Monroe's dresses and Michael Jackson's fedora.

Mike Allen