Jan 20, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 387 words, a 1.5 minute read.

1 big thing: Not another Charlottesville

Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Blessedly, Richmond did not become another Charlottesville.

Why it matters: Thousands of armed protesters descended on Virginia's state capitol today, but there were no incidents of violence or recorded arrests.

  • Metal detectors barred firearm carriers from entering statehouse grounds, leaving a crowd of those outside who declined to give them up.
  • That crowd chanted "we will not comply," and "Northam's gotta go," the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

The big picture: The protesters are on the streets because they lost big time in last fall's elections, the WashPost reminds.

  • The state is expected to pass sweeping gun control this term, the consequence of Democrats finally controlling both branches of the state's House of Delegates.
  • The rally is part of Lobby Day, an annual event where citizens talk with legislators about upcoming measures, Axios' Jacob Knutson notes.

What they're saying: "Virginia Citizens Defense League President Philip Van Cleave and others criticized the gun control measures making their way through the General Assembly," the WashPost reports.

  • “This is what happens when you threaten the rights of Americans,” said Van Cleave, who led a “no more gun control” chant.

The bottom line: “You will see sensible gun violence prevention legislation pass this year,” Democratic Delegate Alfonso Lopez of Arlington told the Post.

Go deeper: Americans say race relations are getting worse

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

A general view of 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The service was held in honor of what would have been King's 91st birthday.

  • On the holiday commemorating what would have been the 91st birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, family members, politicians and church leaders spoke at the church he led, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Details.
2. What you missed
  1. The White House has asked the Senate to “swiftly reject” the articles of impeachment against President Trump, calling them "an affront to the Constitution and to our democratic institutions." Go deeper.
  2. The coronavirus that originated in China and has U.S. airports on alert has more than tripled in cases to 218. Go deeper.
  3. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is calling for regulations on artificial intelligence, warning that the technology can bring both positive and negative consequences. Go deeper.
  4. Three thousand Central-American migrants on their way to the United States were again blocked from entering Mexico. Go deeper.
3. 1 new book

Cover: Harvard Square Press

The Rev. Al Sharpton is working on a book that will address what he calls an urgent moment in American history, the AP reports.

  • “Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads” releases on Sept. 15.
  • Sharpton will look back at the Obama administration, the 2016 election of Donald Trump and the transformation of the Republican Party during Trump’s presidency.
Mike Allen