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12:00 PM ET, October 24, 2018


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William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Explosive Device Found in Mail Sent to the Clintons  —  An explosive device was found on Wednesday morning by a technician who screens mail for Bill and Hillary Clinton, who live in a suburb of New York City, a law enforcement official said.  —  The official said the device was similar …
William K. Rashbaum / New York Times:
Explosive Devices Found in Mail Sent to Hillary Clinton and Obama  —  Two explosive devices were found in mail sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, officials said on Wednesday, sparking an intensive investigation into whether a bomber is targeting prominent Democratic figures.
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
Suspicious package addressed to the White House intercepted: CNN  — A suspicious package apparently containing a pipe bomb that was addressed to the White House was intercepted on Wednesday, according to CNN, which cited a law enforcement official.  — Reuters later reported …
Discussion: Mediaite, RedState, Breitbart and KRTV-TV
Washington Post:
‘Potential explosive devices’ sent to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton intercepted by Secret Service  —  The Secret Service said Wednesday that it had intercepted packages containing “potential explosive devices” addressed to former first lady Hillary Clinton in New York and former president Barack Obama in Washington.
Elizabeth Landers / CNN:
Secret Service intercepts 2 ‘suspicious packages’ addressed to Obama, Clinton  —  (CNN)The United States Secret Service intercepted two “suspicious packages” addressed to former President Barack Obama and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton earlier this week, the agency said Wednesday.
NBC New York:   4 Apparent Explosive Devices Sent to Hillary Clinton, Obama, CNN Correspondent and George Soros Are Linked: Sources
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Feds investigating suspicious packages sent to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
Suspicious packages sent to Clintons, Obamas, CNN
Discussion: Associated Press and Axios
Washington Post:
‘In the service of whim’: Officials scramble to make Trump's false assertions real  —  The great election-eve middle-class tax cut began not as a factual proposal, but as a false promise.  —  When President Trump abruptly told reporters over the weekend that middle-income Americans would receive …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Democrats aren't a lock on retaking the House majority
Arlette Saenz / CNN:
Biden says Trump is ‘more like George Wallace than George Washington’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
USA Today:
USA TODAY/Suffolk poll: There is a ‘Kavanaugh effect,’ and it boosts Democrats more than the GOP in midterms  —  Trump called the Democrats ‘an angry leftwing mob.’ (Oct. 9)  —  WASHINGTON - Brett Kavanaugh now sits on the Supreme Court, but the contentious battle over his nomination continues …
Discussion: Political Wire
David Moye / HuffPost:
Jeff Flake Tells ‘The View’ He Doubted Brett Kavanaugh But Voted For Him Anyway
Discussion: Daily Wire and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Saudi crown prince calls Khashoggi murder ‘heinous crime,’ vows perpetrators will be brought to justice  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — In his first public comments since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi security agents in Istanbul three weeks ago, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman …
Deborah Barfield Berry / USA Today:
Georgia NAACP files complaints alleging voting machines incorrectly registered votes  —  Democrat Stacy Abrams' campaign team says Brian Kemp should resign as Secretary of State amid allegations he's blocking thousands of voter registrations.  Kemp's team said applicants can still vote if they verify their information at the polls.
Discussion: Asbury Park Press
Dale Russell / WAGA-TV:
Brian Kemp owes more than $800,000 in insider loans to bank he helped start
Discussion: The Week and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Steps Up Attacks on Fed Chairman Jerome Powell  —  President says central banker 'almost looks like he's happy raising interest rates'  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump escalated his attacks on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, blaming him for threatening U.S. economic growth …
Wall Street Journal:   Transcript of President Trump's Interview With The Wall Street Journal
Associated Press:
Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave  —  NEW YORK (AP) — In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave.  It's whether there will be a wave at all.  —  Top operatives in both political parties concede …
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Own Team Knows His Caravan Claims Are Bullshit  —  Asked for evidence supporting the president's claims about the caravan, a senior administration official told reporters to ask ‘the Mexican authorities.’  —  Donald Trump and his political allies have embarked on an aggressive …
Dana Branham / Dallas Morning News:
Campaign signs for Beto O'Rourke and Colin Allred set ablaze in Richardson yards  —  Five yard signs for Democratic candidates were set on fire in a Richardson neighborhood Monday night, officials said.  —  Police received three calls in a 30-minute span — one at 11 p.m. …
Avery Anapol / The Hill:
Artist unveils mural of ‘superhero’ Beto O'Rourke in Austin
Discussion: Breitbart, IJR and The Daily Beast
Molly Hensley-Clancy / BuzzFeed News:
Kamala Harris Has Cult Status In Iowa After The Kavanaugh Hearings  —  On her first visit to Iowa as a potential presidential candidate, Sen. Kamala Harris developed a problem with doors: she couldn't get out of them.  She barely finished a speech before she was swarmed, admirers blocking all exits …
Devan Cole / CNN:
Scaramucci says Trump is a ‘liar’  —  Anthony Scaramucci: I think Trump likes lying  —  Washington (CNN)Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Wednesday that President Donald Trump “is a liar” and that he “should probably dial down the lying.”
Discussion: Political Wire
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Trump Lobs a Nationalist Grenade Into the Midterms  —  The president's brand of allegiance to country is steeped in uncomfortable, racially charged echoes.  —  Speaking at a political rally in Houston on Monday night, President Donald Trump revisited some of his familiar “America First” themes.
Discussion: Keith and Mediaite
Report: DHS, HHS officials blindsided by ‘zero tolerance’ border policy  —  They say they didn't plan for the spike in family separations because they learned of the policy only when the attorney general rolled it out.  —  Trump administration officials had no plans in place to deal …
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy Surprised Agencies, Report Finds
Discussion: Jezebel and Political Wire
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Apple's Tim Cook delivers searing critique of Silicon Valley  —  Apple chief executive Tim Cook on Wednesday warned the world's most powerful regulators that the poor privacy practices of some tech companies, the ills of social media and the erosion of trust in his own industry threaten to undermine …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Exclusive: Priorities USA launches new ad campaign targeting McConnell entitlement talk … LATEST POSTS FROM THE RUNDOWN  —  October 23, 2018  —  Exclusive: Priorities USA launches new ad campaign targeting McConnell entitlement talk  —  Heidi Przybyla
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
“The Idea That He's Racist Is Absurd”  —  That Yale professor who knows “the real reason” liberals hate Trump defends his op-ed, the president, and birtherism.  —  In a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, titled “The Real Reason They Hate Trump,” David Gelernter, a professor …
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Same as It Ever Was...  Let's say that I put you on a desert island the day after the 2016 elections (don't worry, it would be one with wonderful amenities, just no contact with the outside world).  Then, let's say that the first piece of 2018 news I gave you was the latest polling …
Americans' anger may help Democrats in Nov. 6 vote: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ben Chico, 67, a Republican in California, says his annoyance with Democrats morphed into full-blown outrage when he heard they might try to impeach President Donald Trump after the Nov. 6 elections.
Marc Hogan / Pitchfork:
XXXTentacion Confessed to Domestic Abuse and Other Violent Crimes in Newly Obtained Secret Recording  —  The late rapper can be heard talking about assaulting an ex-girlfriend and stabbing nine people on the tape  —  Note: This article contains references to domestic violence, assault, and rape that some readers may find disturbing.
Discussion: New York Times, The Blast and Jezebel
John Solomon / The Hill:
A convenient omission?  Trump campaign adviser denied collusion to FBI source early on  —  Just weeks after the FBI opened a dramatic counterintelligence probe into Donald Trump and Russia, one of his presidential campaign advisers emphatically told an undercover bureau source …
Discussion: The Atlantic
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump touted Obama's 2005 remarks on immigration.  Here's what Obama actually said.  —  In a bid to bolster support for his hard-line immigration policies, President Trump has turned to an unlikely source: former president Barack Obama.  In a Tuesday night tweet, Trump attached a video clip …
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Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
New polls: Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin
Discussion: Washington Times and The Week
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
As his newly adopted party hugs the left, Michael Bloomberg aims for the center
Washington Post:
Should you worry about American democracy? Here's what our new poll finds.
Rebecca Berg / CNN:
McCaskill campaign's closing pitch: She's ‘not one of those crazy Democrats’
Yasmeen Abutaleb / Reuters:
Trump to sign anti-opioid abuse package in rare bipartisan step
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Dillon Thomas / CBS Denver:
Some Parents Outraged After Drag Queen Speaks At School Career Day
Discussion: Daily Wire and The Gateway Pundit
Agence France-Presse:
Inside China's internment camps: tear gas, Tasers and textbooks
 Earlier Items: 
Jason L. Riley / Wall Street Journal:
A Fire Chief Burned by Progressive Piety
Samantha Schmidt / Washington Post:
For parents of transgender children, Trump administration policy would be a ‘punch to the gut’
Discussion: ThinkProgress
William Saletan / Slate:
Trump Is Celebrating Violence and Nationalism at His Rallies
Discussion: Politico
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Democrats, beware: Overzealous investigations will come back to bite you
Discussion: and Mother Jones
Claire Newell / Telegraph:
The British #MeToo scandal which cannot be revealed