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11:30 AM ET, October 28, 2018


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Bari Weiss / New York Times:
A Massacre in the Heart of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood  —  Squirrel Hill will continue to live by the values that Jews have sustained for more than 2,000 years.  They can never be gunned down.  —  October 27, 2018  —  How to Turn a Person Into a Voter  —  Our approach is specific to black Southerners.
Jason Sattler / New York Daily News:
The tide of hate and the man in the White House  —  Before Shabbat began Friday night, a Donald Trump superfan had been arrested for a failed domestic terrorism spree against the President's favorite rhetorical targets.  —  Trump refused to take any blame for inspiring alleged mail bomber …
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
I Grew Up in a Place Where I Felt Safe from Anti-Semitism—It was the United States  —  As a Jewish child in 1990s America, anti-Semitism to me was a theory, not a reality.  But today, I wonder if it will be the same for my young son.  —  I remember standing there, staring at the ash pits …
Howard Fineman / New York Times:
Shaking My Faith in America  —  The bloodshed in the Tree of Life synagogue is a sign that hatred of The Other is poisoning our public life.  —  Mr. Fineman is an NBC News analyst and a journalism lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.  —  WASHINGTON — I grew up in Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue.
Gab: Statement On The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
Max Boot / Washington Post:
What is happening to our country?
Discussion: New York Post and CBS Pittsburgh
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:   Neither of this week's attacks will affect the midterms
John Podhoretz / Commentary:   The Slaughter in Pittsburgh  —  The synagogue in Pittsburgh is called the Tree of Life.
Alexandra Schwartz / New Yorker:
The Tree of Life Shooting and the Return of Anti-Semitism to American Life
Taylor Lorenz / The Atlantic:
The Pittsburgh Suspect's Internet of Hate
Washington Post:
11 killed, several wounded, in Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Trump's Attacks on the News Media Are Working  —  He was at it again.  —  At 3:14 a.m. on Friday, President Trump was awake and tweeting.  —  “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump Cabinet exodus likely after midterms  —  President Donald Trump could see up to six Cabinet officials depart in the weeks after next month's midterm elections, according to interviews with a half-dozen current and former Trump officials and Republicans close to the White House.
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Morrison / CBS News:
Killer cats: The invasive species in your backyard  —  Watch the CBSN Originals documentary, “Burmese Python Invasion: Fighting Invasive Species,” in the video player above.  The full hour special premieres on CBSN Sunday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., 11 p.m. and 2 a.m. ET.  —  Invasive species can be ruthless.
Anthony Adragna / Politico:
The powerful weapon House Republicans handed Democrats  —  Democrats eager to investigate the Trump administration if they seize the House would have the GOP to thank for one of their most potent tools — a sweeping subpoena authority that Democratic lawmakers denounced as an abusive power grab three years ago.
Discussion: Political Wire
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
‘Riling Up the Crazies’  —  WASHINGTON — As long as I've covered politics, Republicans have been trying to scare me.  —  Sometimes, it has been about gays and transgender people and uppity women looming, but usually it has been about people with darker skin looming.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
The Conspiratorial Hate We See Online Is Increasingly Appearing In Real Life  —  This week, reporters dredged up the online pasts of two monsters: a Florida man who was arrested for sending pipe bombs to at least a dozen of President Trump's critics, and a neo-Nazi sympathizer who opened fire …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
Mail bomb suspect made numerous references on Facebook to Russian associates and echoed pro-Kremlin views  —  A Facebook account apparently belonging to the man charged with sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats this week included references to Russian associates and propaganda links …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intercept
Washington Post:
‘He felt that somebody was finally talking to him’: How the package-bomb suspect found inspiration in Trump
Discussion: Al Jazeera English and Raw Story
Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Pence rejects suggestions of a link between Trump rhetoric and acts of violence  —  The vice president defended Trump's attacks on opponents as part of “political debate.”  —  LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Vice President Mike Pence rejected the suggestion that there is a link between the kind …
Josefin Dolsten / The Times of Israel:
GOP congressman sympathizes with Austrian far-right after Auschwitz visit  —  After going on trip to Poland funded by education group, Steve King meets with Freedom Party, says Germans shouldn't have to apologize for Holocaust anymore  —  JTA — Rep. Steve King of Iowa met with members …
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Fox News:
Voter fraud exists - Even though many in the media claim it doesn't  —  President Trump warned on Twitter last week that law enforcement would be looking for “voter fraud” in the midterm elections.  Many journalists quickly responded - as they always do - by dismissing the very existence of voter fraud.
Associated Press:
Enough is enough: Fed-up Americans crave unity amid violence  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — She flipped through television channels and radio stations, scanning from conservative to liberal media, searching for any sign that the polarized nation had finally reached its tipping point.
Danielle Wiener-Bronner / CNN:
Campbell Soup VP who tweeted Soros conspiracy is out  —  Migrants continue north, reject Trump's tweets  —  New York (CNN Business)The Campbell Soup lobbyist who said George Soros' foundation was assisting a caravan of migrants bound for the United States is no longer with the company.
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Worst of Our Country—And the Best  —  Every society contains its monsters: people damaged or disturbed enough, or misdirected enough, to inflict cruelty on others.  A central purpose of society—its families, its schools, its civic and faith organizations, its official …
Discussion: The Nation and The Guardian
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
A Prayer for Squirrel Hill—And for American Jewry
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Marco Giannangeli / Daily Express:
Khashoggi BOMBSHELL: Britain ‘KNEW of kidnap plot and BEGGED Saudi Arabia to abort plans’
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
To Rally Voters, Democrats Focus on Health Care as Their Closing Argument
New York Times:
Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on Public Lands
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Violence Foreshadowed in Social Media
Andrew Hollinger /
Museum Condemns Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh
Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes leaving stadium
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
No, President Trump, the NYSE did not open the day after the Sept. 11 attacks
Discussion: Political Wire, Bloomberg and Raw Story
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Number of Georgia Voters Purged by Brian Kemp Continues to Climb
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Critics say Trump has fostered the toxic environment for the political violence he denounces
Discussion: RedState,, POLITICUSUSA and Vox
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Iowa newspaper breaks its tradition, endorses Steve King's Dem opponent
Jared Keller / Task & Purpose:
US Troops Deploy ‘Overwhelming Force’ Against Iceland's Beer Supplies
Discussion: Townhall and The Daily Caller
Patrick Coyle / National Review:
Georgetown Prep after the Smear
Discussion: Weekly Standard