Good Thursday morning. Today's biggest quote ... Senate Foreign Relations Chair Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) told reporters: "I think Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Mattis, and Chief of Staff Kelly are those people that help separate our country from chaos." (Video)
You headed one of America's couple largest companies, and the biggest of the energy "supermajors":
You were Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon.
Now you're Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State to Donald Trump. Your life blows:
Welcome to Rex Tillerson's life. No wonder he doesn't feel very diplomatic.
"After Years of Resistance, G.O.P. May Back Gun Control Measure," N.Y. Times' Sheryl Stolberg and Tiffany Hsu write on the N.Y. Times front page, above fold:
A senior House Republican aide tells me: "Most members hadn't heard about [this technique] until this week. It'll be the subject of discussion over the coming days."
The L.A. Times recreates the Vegas horror ... "From the 32nd floor, Stephen Paddock became a killing machine, showing the power of a sniper": "He was a quarter of a mile away and a few hundred feet high — the smallest of specks in a boisterous landscape. They were 22,000 targets in an open field, dodging gunfire.""Some staked their lives on the shelter of a beer cart, a food truck, a cooler. Those who ran had little sense of direction. Were they racing toward the shots? Would a car, a restaurant, a hotel closet, become refuge or a trap?"Why it matters: "Authorities have long discussed the threat of terrorism by a sniper in a crowded area and the reality that there are relatively few tools to prevent or quickly stop such an attack.""Los Angeles police have tried different tactics, including placing sharpshooters on rooftops during the Academy Awards.""But replicating those tactics more commonly at open-air events would be costly and in some cases impractical. Stephen Paddock's position ... gave him 'commanding terrain.'"N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... John Weinreich, executive casino host at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nev., recalling Paddock, who played as many as 1,000 hands of video poker an hour: "Not a lot of smiles and friendliness. There was not a lot of body movement except for his hands."
"Facebook is stepping up its offensive to respond to questions about the role it played in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election," Axios' David McCabe and Sara Fischer write:
"The infotainment technology that automakers are cramming into the dashboard of new vehicles is making drivers take their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel for dangerously long periods of time," AP's Joan Lowy writes about a AAA study out today:
TIME's Phil Elliott and Haley Sweetland Edwards, on the debate ahead:
The challenge in bringing change is that the debate over gun rights isn't really about guns at all. It's about what they represent: cherished freedoms, a reverence for independence. The guns are a rejection of political correctness that creeps into everything. Even the most incremental move to constrain deadly weaponry seems to many Americans to cut against their rights.
And in the states ... WashPost A1, "Northam leads Gillespie by 13 points," by Greg Schneider and Scott Clement: "A relatively unified party base gives Democrat Ralph Northam a clear lead [53-40] over Republican Ed Gillespie heading into the final month of the Virginia governor's race, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll."
Mike Moore, the lawyer who pierced Big Tobacco (and negotiated the largest corporate legal settlement in U.S. history) now has the opioid industry in his sights, Esmé E. Deprez and Paul M. Barrett write in the Bloomberg Businessweek cover story:
"M.B.A. Recruiting ... Amazon.com is flooding the zone at business-school recruiting events — drawing overflow crowds and irking other recruiters," by Wall Street Journal's Kelsey Gee, on A1 (subscription):
The takeaway: "Many big banks and consulting firms now want to know when Amazon is coming to campus so they can schedule their visits for a different day and avoid going head-to-head for an audience."
P.S. Worth reading the whole thing ... "How We Found Tom Price's Private Jets: A tantalizing tip, followed by months of painstaking reporting, revealed the HHS secretary's extravagant travel habits," by Politico's Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan: