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2:50 PM ET, October 28, 2018

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Julia Ioffe / Washington Post:
How much responsibility does Trump bear for the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh?  —  Political rhetoric matters, and he has had some unfortunate things to say about Jews.  —  Julia Ioffe, a correspondent for GQ Magazine, is currently at work on a book about Russia.
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Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
Why We Cling To The Tree Of Life  —  On Saturday, in a constantly-repeating story as old as the Jewish people, a Jew-hating murderer decided to slaughter as many Jews as possible.  This murderer shouted the slogan of Jew-haters throughout time: “All Jews must die.”
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 …
Daniel Politi / Slate:
Why Did Synagogue Suspect Believe Migrant Caravan Is Jewish Conspiracy?  Maybe He Watched Fox News.  —  As a profile of Robert Bowers begins to emerge, particular attention is being paid to how the man who is suspected of opening fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning and killing 11 people …
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.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
On Gab, an Extremist-Friendly Site, Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Aired His Hatred in Full  —  Early Saturday, moments before the police say he barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue and opened fire, Robert D. Bowers's anti-Semitic rage finally boiled over and he posted one last message online.
Brent D. Griffiths / Politico:
Officials: Shooter in synagogue attack spoke of killing Jews
Discussion: ABC News and The Daily Beast
Roey Hadar / ABC News:
Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, mail bombs show US ‘toxic’ discourse spurs ‘deranged’ people to act: Ex-DHS chief
Discussion: Breitbart
Howard Fineman / New York Times:
Shaking My Faith in America
Discussion: Washington Post, AOL, Mother Jones and Vox
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
I Grew Up in a Place Where I Felt Safe from Anti-Semitism—It was the United States
Gab:
Gab.com Statement On The Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
Max Boot / Washington Post:   What is happening to our country?
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Rep. Kevin McCarthy Deletes Tweet Singling Out 3 Jews Helping Bankroll Democrats  —  The Republican leader warned that the wealthy donors are trying to “buy” the midterm election.  —  House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) decided to delete a tweet attacking three Jewish Democrats for …
Discussion: CNN and Salon
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Gabriel Schoenfeld / New York Daily News:   Yelling fire in a heavily armed theater: That's what Donald Trump has been doing for three years now
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 …
CBS News:
Tight contests mark critical Senate races — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll  —  Florida  —  Tight contests dominate the Senate landscape: In Florida, incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and Republican Gov. Rick Scott are tied among likely voters, 46 percent to 46 percent including those who have cast ballots already.
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 and Political Wire
Marco Giannangeli / Daily Express:
Khashoggi BOMBSHELL: Britain ‘KNEW of kidnap plot and BEGGED Saudi Arabia to abort plans’  —  MURDERED journalist Jamal Khashoggi was about to disclose details of Saudi Arabia's use of chemical weapons in Yemen, sources close to him said last night.  The revelations come as separate intelligence …
National Journal:
Growing Map Means More Trouble for House GOP  —  Republican groups are spending money in conservative districts, as they concede long odds for many of their suburban lawmakers.  —  While Senate Republicans are growing increasingly optimistic about their chances of adding to their 51-seat majority …
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.
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.
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
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 …
Ema O'Connor / BuzzFeed News:
No One Really Knows What Americans Think About Abortion  —  Abortion is likely to be a big issue for candidates in the midterms.  But research shows we don't have a good way of polling voters on it.  —  Reporting From  —  Washington, DC  —  WASHINGTON — Every January the National Mall in Washington …
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
Number of Georgia Voters Purged by Brian Kemp Continues to Climb  —  Investigation reveals 340,000 voters were improperly removed  —  Republican gubernatorial candidate and current Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp incorrectly canceled some 340,000 voter registrations, according to a recent investigation.
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Ari Berman / New York Times:   How Voter Suppression Could Swing the Midterms
U.S. Department of Justice:
Statement on Filing of Federal Charges  —  PITTSBURGH - Scott W. Brady, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and Robert Jones, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, issued the following statement today in response to media inquiries:
 
 
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BuzzFeed News:
For Utah Navajo, This Election Really Matters — But Voting Is Harder Than Ever
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Rage Makes You Stupid
Josh Barro / New York Magazine:
Why Is Chardonnay Still America's Best-selling Wine? …
Andrew Gilligan / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's agents attacked me outside Harrods, says activist Ghanem al-Dosari
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
DHS secretary: ‘This caravan is not getting in’
Discussion: TheBlaze and Breitbart
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
To Rally Voters, Democrats Focus on Health Care as Their Closing Argument
Josefin Dolsten / The Times of Israel:
GOP congressman sympathizes with Austrian far-right after Auschwitz visit
Discussion: Washington Post and The Guardian
Fox News:
Voter fraud exists - Even though many in the media claim it doesn't
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Neither of this week's attacks will affect the midterms
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
‘Riling Up the Crazies’
James Fallows / The Atlantic:
The Worst of Our Country—And the Best
BBC:
Leicester City owner's helicopter crashes leaving stadium
Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Pence rejects suggestions of a link between Trump rhetoric and acts of violence