May 18, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein "has quietly laid the groundwork to step down late this year," the N.Y. Times' Kate Kelly reports. "His exit will likely take place in conjunction with the firm’s annual dinner for retired partners in December, two people said."

1 big thing: "I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here"
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Reproduced from a Pew Research Center report. Chart: Axios Visuals. This was originally included in a story published on April 18.

The fourth fatal mass school shooting of 2018 claimed 10 lives today in Santa Fe, Texas.

Why it matters: This keeps happening.


  • Nine students and a teacher were killed at Santa Fe High School, located 30 miles southeast of Houston.
  • Another 10 were wounded, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a press conference.
  • Explosive devices were found on and around campus, Santa Fe Independent School District police chief Walter Braun said today.
  • A 17-year old suspect is in custody. He had written about wanting to commit suicide, Abbott said, but instead gave himself up.
  • A shotgun and .38 caliber revolver were recovered from the shooter, Abbott said. Those guns were owned by the suspect's father, who obtained them legally.

The big picture: Today's teens are increasingly worried about mass shootings at their schools. And they're starting to expect the worst.

As Santa Fe student Paige Curry told local TV station ABC-13:

Reporter: "Was there a part of you that was like, 'This isn’t real. This could not happen at my school?'"
Curry: "There wasn’t."
Reporter: "Why so?"
Curry: "It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here too."

Go deeper: The 10 deadliest mass school shootings since Columbine.

2. What you missed
Lava is blurred as it erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure, above treetops, on Hawaii's Big Island. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images
  1. A Cuban plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Havana, according to Cuba's state-run television station. 104 people were on board.
  2. Before Trump made his surprise announcement that Robert Wilkie would be his pick to run Veterans Affairs, he consulted two of his key advisers on the VA. Behind the scenes.
  3. The World Health Organization noted today that an Ebola case had been confirmed in Congo, raising the prospects of a wider outbreak. By the numbers.
  4. More than 40 prominent figures in the conservative movement plan to send an open letter to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), urging the Freedom Caucus member to declare himself a candidate for Speaker. Go deeper.
  5. The U.S. leveraged loans market recently topped $1 trillion for the first time ever, having grown each consecutive year since 2010. More.
3. 1 fun thing

"If provocative, psyche-jangling shows like 'The Handmaid’s Tale' are your taste, head directly to streaming or cable. But if you’re feeling the urge for milk-and-cookies comfort, broadcast television wants to help," the AP's Stan Choe reports.

  • "[S]itcom nostalgia in the 'Roseanne' and 'Will & Grace' mode."
  • "More heartwarming dramas taking a circle-of-life page from 'This Is Us.'"
  • "More crime and medical dramas in which the good guys always win, and in just an hour (minus commercial time)."

Grab that remote.

Mike Allen