Aug 13, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 484 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness: Fortnite maker Epic Games is escalating its battle over Apple's App Store tactics, suing the tech giant over antitrust claims while also baiting Apple into dropping Fortnite from the App Store.

1 big thing: First look at Biden-Harris polling

Sen. Kamala Harris is already exciting parts of the Democratic base that Joe Biden needs the most help turning out, a new Axios-SurveyMonkey poll finds.

  • Black women especially — but also Black men, Hispanics, and Democrats and independents across the board — say they are more likely to vote for Biden with Harris on the ticket, reports Axios' Margaret Talev.
Data: SurveyMonkey poll of 2,847 U.S. adults conducted Aug. 11–12, 2020 with ±3% margin of error; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

By the numbers: The survey shows that at least for now Harris has the highest net-favorable rating with all Americans of the four nominees , at 36% favorable to 34% unfavorable (+2 percentage points).

  • That compares with Vice President Mike Pence (-5), Biden (-7) and Trump (-11). But Harris also is the least known, with 27% of respondents saying they don't yet know enough about her to form an opinion.

What they're saying: "The initial, modestly positive take on Harris is sure to encourage Democrats," says SurveyMonkey chief research officer Jon Cohen, calling it "a solid start for a party that needs tight unity to win back the White House."

  • Still, Cohen cautions against reading too much into the initial feedback, saying it could change with fresh Republican opposition and as voters get to know her better, and that "it’s far too early to see any clear impact on the campaign itself."

What's next: Look for more from our poll tomorrow in Axios AM.

2. Pic du jour

Photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images

Breonna Taylor's aunt Bianca Austin, front, addresses the media during a press conference in Louisville over the speed of the investigation of her niece's death.

  • The family and its attorneys are upset with the lack of action by city officials during the 150 days since Taylor was killed by Louisville Metro Police officers.
3. Catch up quick
  1. President Trump vowed to block stimulus funding for mail-in voting and USPS, telling Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo "if they don't get those two items, that means you can't have universal mail-in voting because they're not equipped to have it." Go deeper.
  2. Joe Biden called on governors to issue a three-month mandatory outdoor mask mandate, telling reporters after receiving a coronavirus briefing that experts say it could save over 40,000 lives. Go deeper.
  3. Trump announced a "historic" deal that will see Israel and the UAE open full diplomatic relations and Israel suspend its annexation plans in the West Bank. Go deeper.
  4. Scientists have isolated the scent that triggers migratory locusts to swarm — a newly discovered detail that could help efforts to stop the pests. Go deeper.
  5. This wild story from the NFL...
Screenshot: Twitter
4. 1 global thing

People in Minsk, Belarus. Photo: Nataliya Fedosenko/TASS via Getty Images

Belarusians are forming human chains of solidarity as they protest police crackdowns after the disputed election of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, AP reports.

  • Hundreds of women formed long “lines of solidarity” in several areas of the capital, Minsk.
  • Many were dressed in white and carried flowers and portraits of loved ones who have been detained during protests that began shortly after Sunday’s vote, which they said was rigged.

Dozens of military and police veterans have posted videos dumping their uniforms and insignia in the trash. Several popular anchors at Belarus’ state TV stations have quit.

  • Nearly 7,000 people have been detained and hundreds injured in the clampdown on demonstrators protesting the official results that said Lukashenko won 80% of the vote and his top opposition challenger got only 10%. Police have broken up protests with stun grenades, tear gas, rubber bullets and severe beatings.
5. 1 👀 thing

The Michael Cohen book cover is here, along with a foreword that includes this quote:

  • "I was one of Trump’s bad guys."
Mike Allen