Oct 24, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: The stock market is now negative in 2018.

1 big thing: Political terrorism in America

Police, FBI and other emergency workers gather outside the Time Warner Center in NYC, where CNN has offices. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The U.S. is in the middle of the largest-scale terror by mail campaign since 2001, threatening to eclipse the Unabomber in a far shorter time window.

The big picture: Thankfully, no one has been hurt by the most recent incidents. But a wide swath of Democratic leaders and public servants was targeted today, which should concern all Americans.

Driving the news:

  • Packages reportedly containing explosive devices were sent to Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, John Brennan (the package was sent to CNN, where he sometimes appears on TV), Eric Holder, and Maxine Waters.
  • Just two days prior, a bomb was sent to the home of Democratic megadonor George Soros.
  • Go deeper: Details on the attempted bombings

Why it matters: There's too much violence in our politics. In just the past two years...

  • A conspiracy theorist entered a pizza restaurant with an AR-15, firing three shots.
  • House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot, sustaining critical injuries.
  • Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter, then won election.
  • A white supremacist was charged with second degree murder in the death of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville.

What they're saying:

  • President Trump: "We have to unify, we have to come together and send one clear, strong, unmistakable message — acts or threats of political violence, of any kind, have no place in the United States of America."
  • CNN's Jeff Zucker: "There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media."
  • Hillary Clinton: "We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service ... But it is a troubling time isn’t it? And it’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together."
  • Steve Scalise: "These attempted attacks that have been made are beyond criminal, they are acts of pure terror... I have experienced first-hand the effects of political violence, and am committed to using my voice to speak out against it wherever I can... As a nation, we must agree that this is a dangerous path and it cannot become the new normal."

The bottom line: There's nothing ensuring this gets better before it gets worse.

Bonus: Pic du jour

Tweet screenshot: Jim Acosta/CNN

2. What you missed
  1. In his first public comments since the Jamal Khashoggi crisis unfolded, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the journalist's killing a "heinous crime that cannot be justified" and pledged that all culprits will be punished. Details.
  2. Super Typhoon Yutu, the strongest storm on Earth in 2018, slammed into the Northern Mariana Islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Threat level.
  3. New York’s attorney general filed a lawsuit today against ExxonMobil, claiming the company defrauded shareholders by downplaying the expected risk of climate change to its business. Go deeper.
  4. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats' filibuster of Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court nomination helped persuade Senate Republicans who had been against the "nuclear option" for federal judicial appointments. Quotes.
  5. A Facebook executive has offered an endorsement of the broad idea of privacy legislation in the U.S. as the company continues to convince policymakers around the world that it takes concerns about its data collection seriously. More.
3. 1 📺 thing

One of the biggest Emmy hits of 2018 is coming back for a second season on Dec. 5, Amazon announced today.

  • "The second season of the Emmy-winning comedy 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' ... picks up one year after Midge’s (Rachel Brosnahan) husband left her and she began performing standup comedy sets of her own," Variety reports.
  • “'Men in general run around telling everyone only men are funny,' she says in the new season trailer. 'Comedy is fueled by disappointment and humiliation. Now who the hell does that describe more than women?'"

Watch the trailer here.

Mike Allen