Oct 3, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing

President Trump is wrapping up a brief visit to Puerto Rico, where he met with local authorities, passed out supplies, and raised eyebrows with Katrina comparisons and a budget joke that blew up on social media.

Highlights from Axios' Alayna Treene:

  • On the death toll from Hurricane Maria: "You can be very proud. Only 16 instead of thousands in Katrina."
  • His joke: "I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you've thrown our budget a little out of whack. Because we've spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico."
  • To Puerto Rico's Gov. Rosselló: "He didn't play politics. He told it like it was, gave us the highest marks."

See the video.

2. What you missed
  1. Names, not numbers: These are the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. The list.
  2. Vegas suspect sent money before death: Stephen Paddock reportedly wired $100,000 to the Philippines last week. Details.
  3. A big trend: The percentage of American households with guns is falling. See the chart.
  4. Warren Buffett explains the bull market: He says "interest rates are gravity" on stocks. Quotes.
  5. A good note: Early detection and improved treatments for breast cancer have resulted in an almost 40% drop in fatalities between 1989 and 2015, saving 322,600 lives.
1 last thing

P.S. — Jumped the gun: A family spokeswoman last night announced the death at 66 of Tom Petty, who drew upon the Byrds, the Beatles and other bands he worshipped as a boy to produce new classics like "Free Fallin'," "Refugee" and "American Girl." Axios PM linked yesterday to a CBS News report of his death. Mea culpa! CBS, like others, was premature — he died later Monday night. Rock out to Petty's career.

Mike Allen