May 20, 2019

Pelosi gets JFK Profile in Courage award for health care, House leadership

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Paul Marotta/Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) received the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in Boston Sunday night for her work to expand health care access for Americans and for leading Democrats' efforts to retake the House and "elect the most diverse Congress in our nation's history."

Details: At the event in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Pelosi spoke out against Alabama's restrictive abortion ban. "I don't think any politician should have anything to say about a woman’s timing or size of her family or a woman’s health," she said. President Kennedy's daughter, Caroline Kennedy, gave Pelosi the award.

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The downsides of remote work

Data: Reproduced from Prudential/Morning Consult "Pulse of the American Worker Survey"; Chart: Axios Visuals

The coronavirus pandemic has forced a large-scale experiment in working from home. It has gone well enough that many companies are expanding their remote work expectations for the foreseeable future, and remote employees want to continue to work that way.

Yes, but: The downsides of remote work — less casual interaction with colleagues, an over-reliance on Zoom, lack of in-person collaboration and longer hours — could over time diminish the short-term gains.

Hong Kong's economic future hangs in the balance

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

As Beijing forces a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the once semi-autonomous city's status as one of Asia's largest financial hubs is at risk.

Why it matters: Political freedoms and strong rule of law helped make Hong Kong a thriving center for international banking and finance. But China's leaders may be betting that top firms in Hong Kong will trade some political freedoms for the economic prosperity Beijing can offer.

Why space is good politics for Trump

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's exuberance around today's scheduled SpaceX launch — including his decision to travel to Florida to watch — goes beyond a personal fascination with astronauts, rockets, and how to make money and wield power in the next frontier.

The bottom line: There's a presidential election in November, and the U.S. space program enjoys wide support across party lines. It's good politics for Trump, at least for now.