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A teen threatened to kill a Republican congressman
“I will kill Carlos Curbelo,” a Twitter account named “trustyblammer” posted on Oct. 24. Curbelo, a Republican congressman who has represented Florida’s 26th District since 2015, immediately responded by linking to the offensive post and denouncing “political intoxication” as the cause for such threats. “Not sure what’s more disturbing; the fact that someone tweeted this or that 4 accounts liked it,” Curbelo tweeted that same day, adding an emoji of a face wearing a mouth cover and closing his eyes. The next day, FBI and local police arrested 19-year-old Pierre Alejandro Verges-Castro of Homestead, Fla., for making the death threat on his Twitter account, the Miami Herald reported. Curbelo announced he did not want to press charges and said that Verges-Castro had “offered his sincere apology” the day before.
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Big Number: Gunshot wounds send 8,300 kids and teens to ERs every year
The number of children and teens treated in hospital emergency rooms for gunshot wounds averages 8,300 a year in the United States, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Medicine. About 86 percent of these gunshot victims are male, with the highest incidence among boys ages 15 to 17. Most of the injuries — 49 percent — were caused by assault or intentional shooting. Another 39 percent were considered unintentional injuries and 2 percent involved suicide attempts. Overall, 6 percent of these youths died in the ER or while hospitalized because of their gunshot wounds. The findings came from the analysis of data involving 75,086 victims under age 18 who were treated at an ER for a gunshot injury from 2006 through 2014. Washington Post

GOP Senate candidate targeted with dirty tricks in Missouri
Josh Hawley, the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri, on Saturday, demanded an FBI probe of a dirty-tricks campaign mailer that wrongly accuses him of opposing gun rights. The mailers urge voters to back a Libertarian or Independent voter over Mr. Hawley and do not include required disclaimers identifying who paid for them. “Voters telling me about fake & illegal mailers pro-Dem group is putting out. There should be an FBI investigation,” Mr. Hawley, the state attorney general, wrote on Twitter. He called for Democrat incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill to cooperate in a probe. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems are quilty of sending false information.

Legal decisions and a racist robocall in Georgia gov. race
Last-minute legal decisions, a racist robocall and a protester wearing a giant chicken suit holding a sign that reads "too chicken to debate." These are the scenes playing out amid the final furious days of the hotly contested and historic race for Georgia governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp. A robocall apparently from a white supremacist group is injecting racism directly into the race, which has already been fraught with a race-laden debate over ballot access and voter suppression. Abrams would be the first black female governor in U.S. history. Kemp, who oversees elections as Georgia's secretary of state, vehemently denies charges that he's used his office to make it harder for minorities to vote. Abrams and Kemp are both condemning an automated telephone call filled with racist and anti-Semitic statements. The call, sent to an unknown number of Georgians, impersonates Oprah Winfrey, the billionaire media titan who came to Georgia on Thursday to support Abrams. Las Vegas Sun

Trump’s border deployments could cost $200 million by end of 2018
The total price of President Trump’s military deployment to the border, including the cost of National Guard forces that have been there since April, could climb well above $200 million by the end of 2018, according to analyst estimates and Pentagon figures. The deployment of as many as 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border — potentially equal in size to the U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan — occurs as the budgetary largesse the military has enjoyed since Trump took office looks set to come to an end. Although the costs of the border deployments will be a tiny slice of a $716?billion annual defense budget, they arrive as the Trump administration is calling on the Pentagon to cut unnecessary expenditures. Veterans and Democratic lawmakers have complained that Trump is wasting military dollars in a politically motivated stunt ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections, at a time when the Pentagon budget is under pressure.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: No stunt and the cost would be much greater if illegals are allowed to enter the US.

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Incivility, negative rhetoric in politics has most Americans fearful of violence, terrorism
Americans spanning both sides of the political spectrum overwhelmingly suspect a lack of civility witnessed prior to next week’s midterms may result in future acts of violence or terrorism, the results of a recent poll revealed Friday. “How concerned are you that the negative tone and lack of civility in Washington will lead to violence or  Seventy-five percent of registered voters people replied that they were concerned to some degree, including 92 percent of Democratic respondents and 70 percent of Republicans, the results revealed. Conducted Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, the survey of 924 adults, including 822 registered voters, quizzed Americans in the aftermath of incidents including last month’s rash of mail bombs targeting critics of President Trump and a mass-shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue raising concerns across the country about a general lack of civility acts of terror,” respondents were asked during a nationwide survey conducted by Marist Poll last week in partnership with NPR and PBS NewsHour. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems lack civility and push controntation.

Trump claims Democrats are attempting to 'steal' election with ads touting Libertarian
President Donald Trump swiped at the Democratic Senate candidate in Indiana on Saturday, calling attention to a report that his campaign is working to split Republican voters by paying for ads that support the Libertarian candidate. Trump, who blasted Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in a tweet a day after holding a rally in Indianapolis, appeared to be reacting to a story in the Daily Beast noting that Indiana Democrats are buying ads on Facebook for the Libertarian Party candidate. Trump questioned whether Donnelly, who is running against Republican Mike Braun in one of the nation's most closely watched "Rumor has it that Senator Joe Donnelly of Indiana is paying for Facebook ads for his so-called opponent on the libertarian ticket," Trump posted on Twitter. "Donnelly is trying to steal the election? Isn’t that what Russia did!?" USA Today

Donald Trump says there's 'no reason' to go on about the economy during border 'crisis'
President Donald Trump offered rare insight into his midterm election strategy at a rally in Montana on Saturday, telling an audience there is "no reason to go on" about the nation's economy while a "crisis" is brewing on the border. "I can only go for four or five minutes with that stuff, and then the crowd says 'we love you,' and then they start dwindling off," Trump told a rally in Belgrade, Montana, the latest stop in his final campaign swing before Tuesday's election. "When we’re fixing a problem or fixed a problem there’s no reason to go on about it for 45 minutes." Instead, Trump has revived immigration as a major theme at his rallies, relying on a caravan of Central Americans making its way through Mexico as a symbol of what he describes as everything that's wrong with U.S. immigration laws. Democrats counter the president is using the caravan, still hundreds of miles from the border, to instill fear. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The crisis at the border is real.

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Iran's Khamenei: Trump has 'disgraced' U.S. prestige
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday that President Donald Trump has "disgraced" U.S. prestige and his nation has prevailed over 40 years of conflict. Khamenei spoke one day in Tehran after the United States restored sanctions on the Islamic State's shipping, energy and financial sectors and on the eve of the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Trump "has disgraced the remnant of America's prestige and that of liberal democracy. America's hard power, that is to say, their economic and military power, is declining, too," Khamenei said Saturday on Twitter, quoting a speech he gave earlier in Tehran. Khamenei addressed thousands of students one day before the takeover anniversary, which is marked every year with nationwide rallies. UPI
VOA IEW: Khamenei is a big fool.

Obama calls troop deployment a 'political stunt' at Florida rally
Former President Barack Obama called the Trump administration's rhetoric about immigration a "political stunt" Friday while stumping for Democratic candidates in Florida. The 44th president of the United States spoke at a rally for gubernatorial candidate and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Sen. Bill Nelson, who is seeking re-election, at Miami's Ice Palace Film Studio. Obama criticized President Donald Trump's decision to deploy 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in advance of a group of thousands of Central American migrants walking north through Mexico. On Thursday, Trump announced plans to limit who can seek asylum at the border.
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VOA VIEW: Obama better take his lies back into hiding - he and Dems will lose big November 6.

$145M Texas border wall project awarded, Customs and Border Protection says
Work on the project, also known by CBP as RGV-03, is expected to kick off in February, the agency said. Among the anticipated work is the building and set up “of tactical infrastructure,” which includes “a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18 feet tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150 foot enforcement zone throughout the approximately six miles of levee wall system,” the news release said. The area will also be equipped with detection technology and video surveillance, the agency said. The Rio Grande Valley Sector has “high illegal cross border activity,” according to CBP. The announcement from the CBP comes as a caravan of Central American migrants makes its way toward the U.S.-Mexico border, and as Trump has unveiled plans to deploy troops at the southern border. Fox

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Ahead of the midterm elections, Democrats make absurd Trump claims in last-ditch effort for votes
As the campaigning for Tuesday’s midterm elections draws to a close, Democrats are seeking to gain political advantage by falsely accusing President Trump of motivating some unbalanced people to take violent actions. The charge is absurd. Yet Democrats are ignoring their own angry calls to “resist” the president by protests at the homes of members of his administration, angry confrontations at movie theaters and restaurants, and other harassing behavior. Fox

Florida's battle for governor exposes bitter racial divide
Andrew Gillum, a Democrat seeking to become the first black governor in Florida’s history, turned to his Republican opponent, Ron DeSantis, with a blistering critique amid an unusually contentious debate. “I’m not calling Mr DeSantis a racist,” Gillum declared. “I’m simply saying the racists believe he’s a racist.” Probably a defining moment in the race to be Florida’s governor, the exchange epitomized the sharp and increasingly personal tone that has engulfed American politics under Donald Trump. Florida, one of the country’s largest battlegrounds, ranks among the most competitive and closely watched contests. On one side is Gillum, the mayor of the state capital, Tallahassee, who mounted an improbable bid to become the first Democrat in 24 years to be elected to Florida’s highest office. He has campaigned on a decidedly progressive agenda that includes raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and a Medicare-for-All, single-payer-style healthcare system. Guardian

Washington Republican under fire for setting out 'Biblical Basis for War'
The Washington state Republican Matt Shea was this week abandoned by donors, over a document he distributed which condemned abortion and same-sex marriage while outlining a “Biblical Basis for War”. Regarding opponents, the minority caucus chair in the Washington state house wrote: “If they do not yield – kill all males.” Shea is seeking a fifth term as representative for district four, centred on the Spokane Valley. Amid rising concern over far-right invective, particularly over immigration, and its relevance to violent attacks such as the mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue last week, the case brought him to national attention. Now, new information has emerged about his beliefs and associations on the far right. Guardian

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Past midterms, some zero in on amending Constitution
Whatever success Republicans have amassed in taking control of all three branches of U.S. government, and whatever fate awaits them as midterm elections near, some on the right are working to cement change by amending the Constitution. And to the mounting alarm of others on all parts of the spectrum, they want to bypass the usual process. They're pushing for an unprecedented Constitutional convention of the states. While opponents are afraid of what such a convention would do, supporters say it is the only way to deal with the federal government's overreach and ineptitude. Houston Chronicle

Jane Fonda: Trump shares parallels with 'rise of Third Reich and Adolf Hitler'
Jane Fonda has spoken out about Donald Trump’s attack on the media, comparing him to Adolf Hitler. “If you have read anything about the rise of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler you will see the parallels,” Fonda said. “Attacking the media is the first step and move toward fascism. The cornerstone of democracy is an independent, democratic media. And it’s under attack in a major way because bad guys are running it all. We have to make sure it doesn’t continue.”  Guardian
VOA VIEW: Fonda is a has been nut case.

What the House of Representatives means in US politics - and how it could change at the mid-terms
The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the US Congress and is made up of 435 seats. The number of seats each US state receives depends on its population size. California, the most populous state, has 53 representatives while seven states - Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming have just one representative. The Republican Party currently controls the chamber with a 43-seat majority, but it is widely expected that the Democrats will gain control in the upcoming election. The current House has 236 Republicans and 193 Democrats, with six vacant seats.  Telegraph

Trump presidency faces high stakes in midterm elections
President Donald Trump has been acting like a candidate on the ballot this week, staging daily double-header rallies and blasting out ads for Republicans up for election on Tuesday. Given the stakes for his presidency, he might as well be. A knot of investigations. Partisan gridlock. A warning shot for his re-election bid. Trump faces potentially debilitating fallout should Republicans lose control of one or both chambers in Congress, ending two years of GOP hegemony in Washington. A White House that has struggled to stay on course under favorable circumstances would be tested in dramatic ways.  Houston Chronicle

'No evidence' to back Kavanaugh accusers' claims
An investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by multiple women found that no witnesses could provide evidence to substantiate their claims, a letter to Senate Republicans from the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said Friday. According to the 414-page report released by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, investigators interviewed more than 40 people, monitored social media and news reports and reviewed evidence provided by the judge and his accusers. “Following the separate and extensive investigations by both the Committee and the FBI, there was no evidence to substantiate any of the claims of sexual assault made against Justice Kavanaugh,” the report states. Fox

'Political Malpractice': Bongino Rips Obama for Saying Sending Troops to Bor
der Is a 'Stunt'
Former President Obama's remark that deploying troops to the southern border is a "political stunt" was "an act of political malpractice," Dan Bongino said on Saturday. Obama made the comment Friday at a rally in Florida and accused the Trump administration of taking troops from their families. "They're telling you the existential threat to America is a bunch of poor refugees a thousand miles away," he said of Republicans. Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, said on Fox & Friends that the Democrats' approach to immigration is a "stunt" itself. Defense Secretary James Mattis denied on Wednesday that sending troops to the border was any type of stunt, with the midterm elections just three days away.  Fox

Trump on Democrats: "You know, they're lousy politicians and they have lousy policy, but they stick together"
President Donald Trump recognized that Democrats stick together well at his rally in Belgrade, Montana. "Of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters, Trump said, "You know, they're lousy politicians and they have lousy policy, but they stick together. one thing I'll say: they stick together. they really do, the Democrats." He noted how they stuck together during the Kavanaugh "hoax" as well as the "Russian hoax" that cost Hillary Clinton the election. He also took the opportunity to knock his former rival, saying she didn't lose because of Russia. "You gotta go and you got to campaign in Wisconsin. CNN
VOA VIEW: Unfortunately Trump is right by the sticking together.

Manufacturing Jobs Up 32,000 in October, 434,000 Under Trump
Manufacturing jobs in the United States increased by 32,000 in October and have now increased by 434,000 during the presidency of Donald Trump, according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In December 2016, the month before Trump was inaugurated, there were 12,351,000 manufacturing jobs in the United States. In October 2018, there were 12,785,000—amounting to a gain of 434,000 over the past 22 months. “In October, employment in manufacturing increased by 32,000,” BLS said in its monthly employment report released today.  CNS

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Virginia Republican’s Trump-like tactics struggle to connect
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart's campaign has shown little sign of gaining traction in Virginia with just days to go before Election Day. Stewart promised to run a "vicious" and "ruthless" campaign against incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine. But his Trump-like tactics appear to have found little purchase in an increasingly blue state. He's down in most polls, is starved for cash and is shunned by his fellow GOP congressional candidates and the White House. Stewart also said he recently lost a major client at his international trade law firm because of the campaign. Kaine has kept up a full campaign schedule and amassed a war chest about 10 times the size of Stewart's. He's also frequently campaigned with Democratic congressional candidates, both in competitive and longshot races. Las Vegas Sun
VOA VIEW: Using Trump as a propaganda bash is not good.

US troops lay down barbed wire along border ahead of caravan
As three separate migrant caravans slowly made their way north through Mexico on Saturday, newly arrived US troops worked to lay a barbed-wire fence along the Texas side of the Rio Grande. The soldiers worked with US Customs and Border Patrol officers to lay about 1,000 feet of fencing along the river, the Defense Department said. The makeshift barrier was installed underneath the McAllen-Hidalgo International Bridge, which crosses into Mexico. The overpass is in the small town of Hidalgo, about 250 miles south of San Antonio. Roughly 900 troops have reached the US-Mexico border since the Trump administration began the deployment Oct. 26. The president vowed the forces would block the caravans, which contain thousands of migrants, from entering US turf. New York Post

Here’s what Trump can expect if the Democrats take the House
This drama-packed political season has seen more than its share of twists, turns and trauma. But when the dust settles and Tuesday’s votes are counted, we’re likely to be in a familiar political place: government gridlock. Most pollsters expect the US House of Representatives to slip out of Republican control with the election of a new Democratic majority, while the Senate, they say, will remain in the GOP’s hands. Both parties have been dialing up the rhetoric as Election Day ticks closer, warning supporters that a win for the other side will lead to dire consequences. In reality, voters should get ready for frustration — not fireworks — from Congress over the next two years. New York Post

Jimmy Buffett and ‘MAGA’ Hats
New York Times journalists are reporting from around the country this weekend as candidates make their final pitches to the voters who will help reshape the United States for the next two years. Follow along with us for updates from the campaign trail. Even the little dogs seemed to be swaying, bobbing their heads in a seaside breeze. Beach balls floated above the sun hats and cold drinks and men in sandals and avian-casual button-downs. The state party chairwoman wore a parrot on her head. “It’s tropical,” said Rand Hoch, 63, explaining the appeal. It’s Jimmy Buffett: Florida campaign closer. Days before the election, Mr. Buffett, the state’s quintessential beach strummer, had come to rally a lawn full of Democrats here with a message of peace, love and shakers of salt. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems will lose despite the big advantage of having the liberal media on their side.

Trump Jr. calls Alec Baldwin ‘garbage’ in swipe over arrest
First son Donald Trump Jr. took a swipe at Alec Baldwin over allegations that the actor punched a man in a Friday dustup over a parking space. “I guess Don Lemon was referring to Alec Baldwin when he said white men are the biggest terror threat,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to the CNN host’s on-air comment from Monday. Trump followed up with a reference to Baldwin’s infamous rant in 2013, when the ever-aggravated actor used homophobic slurs against a Post photographer.
“Don’t forget the homophobic slurs. Other than all of those things and all of those chances he’s been given he seems wonderful,” Trump said of Baldwin, who’s mockingly impersonated the president on “Saturday Night Live.”  New York Post

Trump makes last-minute push at rallies before Election Day
President Trump crisscrossed the country Saturday in the frantic final days before pivotal midterm elections that will set the course for the next two years of his first term. Trump appeared at campaign rallies in Montana, then Florida in an effort to add to his party’s slim Senate majority, boost GOP candidates in tight governors’ races and defy history by preventing the House of Representatives from flipping from Republican to Democratic control. Speaking at an airplane hangar in Belgrade, Mont., he cast his supporters as members of “the greatest movement this country has ever seen.” . New York Post

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UN agency assists Central American caravan migrants
In the Siglo XXI Migratory Station of Tapachula, Mexico, IOM and the Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs are supplying food and basic hygiene kits to over 1,500 migrants seeking asylum in Mexico. IOM said on Friday that after walking some 850 kilometres from Honduras, exhaustion and the challenges ahead have caused many to opt for voluntary return, offered by Mexican authorities and Honduran consular officials. “IOM maintains its position that the human rights and basic needs of all migrants must be respected, regardless of their migratory status,” said Christopher Gascon, UN Migration’s Chief of Mission in Mexico. UN

UN chief welcomes first aid convoy to Rukban camp since January
In a statement welcoming the aid convoy, Secretary-General António Guterres recognized that while “the long-needed delivery is an important achievement, the overall humanitarian access to this informal desert camp remains wholly inadequate." As such, he called on all relevant actors “to ensure continued, full, safe, sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access to the tens of thousands of displaced Syrians in this remote area, and to all people in need throughout the country.” “The population at Rukban has not received assistance since January this year, and they are increasingly desperate,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, recently told a Security Council meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria. UN

Trump Jr. griped that CNN didn’t run his dad’s commercial
Donald Trump Jr. had a grievance to air Saturday morning. CNN had refused to run an election ad released by his father, President Trump, earlier this week, a video that featured Luis Bracamontes — an undocumented immigrant who was convicted in the murder of two California sheriff’s deputies — in an apparent attempt to drum up fears about immigration. “I guess they only run fake news and won’t talk about real threats that don’t suit their agenda,” Trump Jr. tweeted, linking to a shorter, 30-second version of the ad. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: CNN is fake news or no news.

Supreme Court's latest church-state conundrum
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether a 93-year-old memorial to World War I veterans must be removed from public land in Maryland because it is shaped like a cross. The latest church-state skirmish to come before the justices pits veterans organizations against the American Humanist Association, which represents atheists, agnostics and other secular groups. Its motto is "Good Without a God." For the past few decades, the Supreme Court generally has carved out protections for religious groups and individuals. In recent years, it ruled that a Missouri church could receive federal funds, private corporations could avoid federal health regulations regarding contraceptives, and a New York town could open meetings with Christian prayers. .  USA Today

Romney defends media, attacks Trump: 'I cannot conceive' of calling press enemies of the people
Republican Senate candidate Mitt Romney penned a blog post Thursday criticizing President Trump for routinely labeling the so-called “fake news” media the “enemy of the people.” Mr. Romney, in a post titled, “The Free Press, a Pillar of Democracy,” emphasized the “vital role played by professional news organizations” in an era when people are being constantly influenced by “propaganda from a campaign, from a political party, or even from a foreign adversary.” “America is indebted as a democratic nation to the free press for truths it has uncovered, for truth it has disseminated, and for falsehoods it has repudiated,” the former presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor wrote. Washington Times
VOA VIEW; An example why Romney lost to Obama.

Trump is the ‘closer in chief’ as Republican candidates rally together in Pensacola
It has all led to this. Three days before Election Day, Ron DeSantis joined the man who has played a larger role than any other person or issue in skyrocketing his career from Freedom Caucus congressman to the candidate Republicans nominated to lead the state of Florida. The two men on stage Saturday night took wildly different paths to arrive at this moment — one a businessman-reality star and the other an Ivy League military man — but in their rally speeches to a crowd of around 5,000 people, they made it clear their political fates were intertwined. Miami Herald

Midterm big spenders: the top 20 political donors this election
The 2018 midterms will probably be the most expensive in US history. More than $5.2bn is predicted to be funneled into closely watched races – and an extraordinary amount is coming from just a few individuals. Political spending has leapt by 35% since the 2014 midterms, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). . While political donations can come in all shapes and sizes – from large to small – it’s the big-ticket players who have an outsized influence in shaping elections and, in turn, public policy. “Donors get their phone calls answered, is one way of thinking about it,” says Ian Vandewalker, a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice. Guardian

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