Aug 29, 2018

What they're saying: Parkland students turn out for Florida primary elections

Some students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and survivors from Arapahoe and Aurora during the Vote for Our Lives event in Littleton, Colorado. Photo: Joe Amon/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Parkland student activists voted for the first time in the 2018 midterm elections.

Why it matters: The turnout rate among young voters in the nation's largest swing state could be a glimpse of what's to come across the country in November.

The backdrop: A recent analysis by TargetSmart found that ongoing voter outreach efforts have already increased voter registration among people 29 and younger across battleground states following the February 14 shooting.

  • In Florida, voters between the ages of 18-29 made up 26.23% of all new voter registrations before the Feb. 14 high school massacre. Almost three months after the shooting, they made up 34.22% of all new voter registrations in the state.
  • The Parkland activists have rallied for tighter gun control laws and had their first tangible opportunity to make a difference on primary night.

Be smart: Young people typically don't vote in significant numbers, especially in midterm elections. But if they do, they have the potential to shape the outcome of the Tuesday night’s primaries and the midterm elections — they're the largest voting bloc this year.

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Go deeper: First look: Harvard poll sees wave of young voters this fall; Youth voter registration spiked in battleground states after Parkland shooting

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Sign of the times: A pro-Warren super PAC

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren at a rally in Nevada. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A group of women progressives who back Sen. Elizabeth Warren has formed Persist PAC, a super PAC airing pro-Warren ads starting Wednesday in an effort to boost her performance ahead of Saturday's crucial Nevada caucuses, a spokesman told Axios.

Why it matters: Warren has spoken adamantly against the influence of unlimited spending and dark money in politics. But these supporters have concluded that before Warren can reform the system, she must win under the rules that exist — and that whether she likes it or not, their uncoordinated help may be needed to keep her viable through this weekend's contest and into South Carolina and Super Tuesday.

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Pentagon policy chief resigns amid reported discord with Trump

John Rood. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

John Rood, the Pentagon's top policy official, will resign from his post at the end of the month, CNN first reported and President Trump confirmed.

The state of play: CNN said Rood "was perceived as not embracing some of the changes in policy the White House and senior Pentagon officials wanted," such as peace talks in Afghanistan with the Taliban and a decision to cut back on military exercises with South Korea as the president courted North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

Coronavirus cases rise, as warnings of global pandemic grow

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's NHC; Note: China refers to mainland China and the Diamond Princess is the cruise ship offshore Yokohama, Japan. Map: Danielle Alberti/Axios

We may be "at the brink" of a global pandemic, warns a top U.S. public health official, as cases continue to spread despite containment efforts. Meanwhile, the global economy is being affected, including the tech manufacturing industry.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,000 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 136 new deaths since Tuesday.

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