Nov 6, 2017

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Philly readers ... You're invited! Please join me Wednesday at 3:30 the National Constitution Center as I interview former Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, along with tech entrepreneur Sean Parker, on the future of cancer care. RSVP here.

Situational awareness: Since this morning, there have been Comcast internet outages across the U.S., particularly in big cities like New York, D.C., Portland and San Francisco.

1 big thing: details from Texas

What we learned today about Sunday's mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, via Axios' Erica Pandey:

  • A single family lost at least 8 members.
  • The youngest victim was 18 months old.
  • About half of those killed were children (making this the worst mass murder of children since Sandy Hook).
  • Suspect Devin Patrick Kelley had disagreements with his in-laws who are regular attendees of the Sunday service at the targeted church... he 'expressed anger' towards his mother-in-law before the attack and his grandmother-in-law was among those he shot and killed.
  • Kelley was a resident of the neighboring county and a former Air Force officer from 2010–2014 who left with a "bad conduct" discharge and was sentenced to a year's confinement for assaulting his wife and child.

Go deeper: Timeline ... Gun stocks break pattern of soaring after massacres ... U.S. mass shooters almost all men.

2. What you missed
  1. Rep. Kevin Brady says there will be a carried interest provision added to the House GOP tax plan. Details.
  2. The corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez is heading to the jury.
  3. 21st Century Fox has reportedly been in talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney. The report.
  4. More people are using an iPhone X than the iPhone 8 at the same point after their release. The chart.
  5. The attorney for Rand Paul's neighbor, who faces fourth-degree assault charges after breaking five of Paul's ribs, says their dispute was not political. More.
  6. Broadcom offered to buy Qualcomm, its chipmaking rival, for around $103 billion.
3. 1 wild stat

59% of Americans believe that the United States is currently at the lowest point in its history, according to the American Psychological Association's annual Stress in America poll.

The big thing: A majority of respondents in every surveyed age group agreed that America's lowest point is right now. That includes 56% of those aged 72 and over, who lived through Pearl Harbor and WWII, and 59% of millennials, who largely came of age post-9/11.

More numbers.

Mike Allen