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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.
2. What you missed
- Rep. Kevin Brady says there will be a carried interest provision added to the House GOP tax plan. Details.
- The corruption case against Sen. Bob Menendez is heading to the jury.
- 21st Century Fox has reportedly been in talks to sell most of the company to Walt Disney. The report.
- More people are using an iPhone X than the iPhone 8 at the same point after their release. The chart.
- 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.
- 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.