Feb 25, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 452 words, a 2-minute read.

🚨Situational awareness:

  1. The U.S. now has 57 coronavirus diagnoses and the CDC says it's a question of when community-wide transmission will hit America. Go deeper.
  2. The Tokyo Olympics is "looking at a cancellation" if coronavirus is not contained by late May. Go deeper.
1 big thing: India on fire

People supporting India's new citizenship law beat a Muslim man in New Delhi, India. Photo: Danish Siddiqui/TPX/Reuters

While President Trump enjoys a hero's welcome in India, that nation's capital is being torn apart by violent protests between Hindus and Muslims.

  • At least 186 people — 56 police officers and 130 protesters — have been injured and 10 killed in recent clashes, a New Delhi police spokesperson told the AP.

The big picture: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party passed a law in December that bars Muslim refugees from citizenship.

  • His government has repeatedly blocked internet access in parts of the country that are home to protests.
  • Last year, Modi's government suspended the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, which is India's only Muslim-majority state.

In one New Delhi neighborhood, "Muslim residents, many of them women ... began to block a major road" during weekend protests against the law, the N.Y. Times reports.

  • "The next day ... a local leader from Mr. Modi’s political party ... threatened to mobilize a mob to clear out the protesters."
  • "He said he didn’t want to create trouble while Mr. Trump was visiting but warned the police that as soon as Mr. Trump left India ... his followers would clear the streets if the police didn’t.

Between the lines: Trump is seen as a hero by the same Hindu nationalist groups that supported Modi’s rise to power, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh emails.

  • Both leaders have targeted Muslim communities through the power of policy — Modi with the citizenship ban and Trump through his Muslim ban
  • These Hindu groups find Trump’s politics “comforting” because of how bluntly Trump is willing to confront Muslim communities about terrorism, the New York Times writes.

Go deeper: Timeline: The India-Pakistan conflict over Kashmir

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Lucas Barioulet/AFP/Getty Images

The Louvre's special Leonardo da Vinci exhibit drew nearly 1.1 million visitors since opening in October, doubling the museum's previous record, the AFP reports.

  • The "Mona Lisa" wasn't featured, as organizers feared crowd control issues.
  • But "La Belle Ferronniere" and "Saint John the Baptist" were in the exhibit.
  • "On average, nearly 10,000 people a day passed through the doors, paying 17 euros ($18) each to admire 10 of the master's paintings as well as an assortment of notebooks, drawings, manuscripts and sculptures."
2. Catch up quick
  1. The family of a Mexican teenager who was killed across the southern border by a U.S. border agent cannot sue for damages, the Supreme Court ruled. Go deeper.
  2. Southeast Asian "super-app" Grab raised $856 million. Go deeper.
  3. Mike Bloomberg's longtime partner dismissed the concerns surrounding NDAs used at his company: "It was 30 years ago, get over it." Go deeper.
  4. Univision plans to sell a majority stake to a group of investors led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing

A fun spot from Axios' Felix Salmon ... "Name that magazine: Circulation of 14.3 million, median household income of $119,000, page rate of $200,000."

  • It's Costco Connection, a perk for executive members ($120 a year) and a surprisingly durable niche product from the retail giant.
  • "The magazine features cooking recipes, offers from Costco's travel and auto services, electronics and book reviews, ads for its Kirkland Signature private-label products, and a range of home, health and lifestyle original content," CNN notes.

P.S. Costco is reportedly considering allowing only members to make purchases at the food court.

Mike Allen