Oct 27, 2018

Axios AM

🎣 Good Saturday morning ...

1 big thing: Trump's short-lived "peace, love and harmony"
Courtesy N.Y. Post

Imagine the agony and contortions another politician might have gone through if a signature chant from his rallies ("CNN SUCKS") was found emblazoned on the van of a rabid supporter charged with mailing bombs to political opponents?

Not Trump. At a rally last night at Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, N.C., the president started with a line that could have come from any president: "These terrorist actions must be prosecuted and punished to the fullest extent of the law."

  • "​Political violence must never, ever be allowed in America, and I will do everything in my power to stop it," Trump continued, to crowd cheers.
  • "In recent days, we've had a broader conversation about the tone and civility of our national dialogue. Everyone will benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction. [Crowd cheers.] We must unify as a nation in peace, love, and in harmony."

Whoa! A new Trump?

The crowd of 9,000 was in no mood for that, and Trump took the cue.

  • So he played the hits, from "Crooked Hillary Clinton" (with "Lock her up!" chants from the crowd) to Rep. Maxine Waters, one of the intended bomb recipients. Trump didn't add his usual derogatory descriptions of Waters: "I’m trying to be nice."

Trump lectured the media, prompting chants of "CNN sucks!" when he said:

  • "The media has a major role to play ... as far as tone. [Crowd cheers.] ... [T]he media's constant, unfair coverage, deep hostility [Boo!] and negative attacks ... only serve to drive people apart and to undermine healthy debate."
  • "For example, we have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me and the Republican Party." [Crowd boos.]

On the South Lawn before he took off for Charlotte, Trump was asked if he was at all to blame.

  • "No, not at all," Trump replied. "There’s no blame."
  • "The Republicans had tremendous momentum, and then, of course, this happened, where all that you people talked about was that. And rightfully so. It was a big thing. ... But now we have to start the momentum again."
  • "I think I’ve been toned down, if you want to know the truth. I could really tone it up."
Trump greets Charlotte crowd. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
2. Caught by a single fingerprint
NYPD bomb squad, tracked O.J.-style by MSNBC

A single fingerprint taken from a mail bomb sent to Rep. Maxine Waters gave investigators their key break in arresting 56-year-old Cesar Altieri Sayoc, The Wall Street Journal reports:

  • "All of the devices captured through the week were sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Va. ... On Thursday they were able to lift a fingerprint from the package addressed to Rep. Waters’ office in D.C."
  • "Officials ran the fingerprint through a national database, which returned Mr. Sayoc as a possible match."
  • "With Mr. Sayoc’s name in hand, investigators were able to locate a possible phone number."
  • "A ... court order allowed them to triangulate Mr. Sayoc’s cellphone data to find his location."

"FBI Director Christopher Wray said Cesar Sayoc's fingerprints and possible DNA were collected from two of the 13 devices," per AP.

  • "The bombs seized were made using 6 inches of PVC pipe, a small clock, a battery, wiring."
  • "The use of broken glass and PVC pipe could point to the bomb maker wanting to ensure the devices were as light as possible to avoid shipping restrictions ... Broken glass as filler would be lighter than nails or other metal."
  • "The postal service requires packages weighing more than 13 ounces to be shipped from a retail counter, and it returns any heavier packages that are dropped into a mailbox or slot."
The Washington Post
3. Dark consensus about screens and kids emerges in Silicon Valley

"The people who are closest to a thing are often the most wary of it. Technologists know how phones really work, and many have decided they don’t want their own children anywhere near them," the N.Y Times' Nellie Bowles writes from S.F.:

  • "A wariness that has been slowly brewing is turning into a regionwide consensus: The benefits of screens as a learning tool are overblown, and the risks for addiction and stunting development seem high."
  • "The debate in Silicon Valley now is about how much exposure to phones is O.K."

"[]n the last year, a fleet of high-profile Silicon Valley defectors have been sounding alarms in increasingly dire terms about what these gadgets do to the human brain."

  • "Suddenly rank-and-file Silicon Valley workers are obsessed."
  • "No-tech homes are cropping up across the region."
  • "Nannies are being asked to sign no-phone contracts."

Why it matters: "For longtime tech leaders, watching how the tools they built affect their children has felt like a reckoning on their life and work."

4. Pics du jour
Carolyn Kaster/AP

The ashes of Matthew Shepard, whose brutal murder in the 1990s became a rallying cry for the gay rights movement, were laid to rest in Washington National Cathedral yesterday after a "Thanksgiving and Remembrance" service.

Carolyn Kaster/AP
5. Remembering Tyrone Gayle, 30
Gayle Family via The New York Times

Tyrone Gayle, 30, "a Democratic campaign staffer who logged thousands of miles as a driver for then-U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine in 2012, was a spokesman for Hillary Clinton during her 2016 run for the White House and at the time of his death was press secretary to U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California," died Thursday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, the WashPost's Emily Langer writes.

  • "The cause was colon cancer, said his father, Michael O. Gayle. Mr. Gayle was diagnosed with cancer in March 2016 and was successfully treated before suffering a relapse last year."

"Gayle was described as making an outsized impact on the campaigns and causes he served over the eight years since he had graduated from college."

  • His diagnosis came while he was working as a spokesman at the Brooklyn HQ of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign.
  • “Watching him throughout the campaign was nothing short of inspiring,” Clinton told a publication of Gayle’s alma mater, Clemson University.

Announcing Gayle’s death on Facebook, Kaine wrote that “all who crossed Tyrone’s path were affected by his warmth, humor, and positive energy.”

  • Corey Ciorciari, a colleague from the Clinton campaign, tweeted: "Search 'Tyrone Gayle' in Twitter right now if you want to see what it means to be a public servant and a good man. #GayleNation."
  • Gayle's wife of five months, Beth Foster Gayle, told the N.Y. Times: “From the moment he got up in the morning to when he went to bed, he was not the kind of guy to sit around."

Tyrone Gayle Memorial Fund: "Tyrone could fly. But that was never enough for him — he wanted us all to fly with him. So he lifted up everyone he touched."

6. 1 âšľ thing: Longest World Series game
Eduardo Nunez of the Boston Red Sox falls into the stands after catching a ball in foul territory for the second out of the 13th inning. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)Ep

Epic World Series Game 3 — 7 hours, 20 minutes, ending at 12:36 a.m. PT. Dodgers won on a walk-off homer in the 18th inning (!), 3-2:

  • "Late in the season during which the 'bullpen game' entered baseball's lexicon and relievers became arguably more important than ever, Boston and Los Angeles set a new postseason record in Game 3 by using a combined 18 pitchers," per AP.
  • "Los Angeles' bullpen threw 170 pitches — a pittance compared to the Boston bullpen's 222 pitches."

"The longest game in World Series history, in terms of innings, before [last night's] marathon? Fourteen innings. It had been done three times," per USA Today:

  • 1916, Game 2: Brooklyn Robins beat the Red Sox, 2-1.
  • 2005, Game 3: Chicago White Sox beat the Houston Astros, 7-5.
  • 2015, Game 1: Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets, 5-4.

"The longest game in World Series history, by time?"

  • 2005, Game 3: White Sox-Astros, 5 hours, 41 minutes.

Last night's game at Dodger Stadium lasted 7 hours, 20 minutes.

  • That's "longer than the game time of the entire 1939 World Series, according to StatsByStats. That year, the New York Yankees swept the Cincinnati Reds in four games that took a combined 7 hours, 5 minutes."