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Vanessa Trump breaks silence on white powder threat
Vanessa Trump has spoken out for the first time about being rushed to the hospital after opening an envelope with white powder addressed to Donald Trump Jr. “This is personal for me because I know firsthand what it is like to be targeted and terrorized by a coward with a vendetta,” she said in a statement to Axios Friday, the same day a serial bombmaker was arrested after sending at least 13 crude bombs via mail to prominent Democrats. Last February, she was rushed to the hospital in New York City together with two other people who were at the residence at the time she opened the item, fearing the substance could have been deadly. She reportedly said she felt sick and started coughing after opening the envelope. Fox
VOA VIEW: Cowards are cowards.

Pittsburgh Steelers help heal, pay tribute after synagogue shooting
The city of Pittsburgh is pulling together in the wake of Saturday's horrific synagogue shooting, mourning the victims, supporting survivors and rallying around the Iron City's beloved Steelers, whose deep civic roots extend to the temple struck by tragedy and terror. Among the 11 victims shot to death by alleged gunman Robert Bowers on Saturday were Cecil and David Rosenthal, whose sister, Michele, used to work for the Steelers as a community relations manager. There are other connections to Pittsburgh's football team, too. Coach Mike Tomlin, who lives about “800 yards” from the Tree of Life synagogue, urged players and the heartbroken city to “stay strong.” Fox

Trump wants more people who support his policies in office
Asked to comment on whether the midterm elections are a referendum on President Trump, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn’t say. “I can’t get into specifics that will impact the election, but I can tell you that the President wants to see more people that support his policies elected than not,” she said at Monday’s press briefing. The President has said at several of his recent rallies that the midterms are a referendum on his presidency. When asked about President Trump's recent remark that he could "tone up" his rhetoric, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders asserted that Trump wanted to "find ways to bring our country together, and we've seen him do exactly that." CNN
VOA VIEW: CNN is fake news.


Trump tax returns: Democrats say election win would finally bring answers
Since the launch of his presidential bid, Donald Trump's political opponents have tried -- and failed -- to obtain his tax returns. That could change in November.
If Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections, and with it the House Ways and Means Committee, they will have the explicit authority to compel the Internal Revenue Service to produce the tax return of any U.S. citizen -- including the president. Rep. Bill Pascrell, a New Jersey Democrat, is one of several committee members who told ABC News the committee plans to launch a review of Trump's tax filings if and when Democrats take the reins. "We will recommend a thorough review on a non-partisan basis, something I began asking for 18 months ago," Pascrell said.  ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberals are dreaming.

Blackburn says 'angry mob' interrupted rally in Tennessee with Lindsey Graham
Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn said an "angry mob" of protesters interrupted her senatorial campaign rally on Sunday during a moment of silence for the victims of this weekend's mass shooting. Security officers forcibly removed several people from Blackburn's "Get Out The Vote" rally with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Sunday evening after several "appalling" and "despicable" disruptions, according to the 2018 Senate candidate's campaign. Blackburn, the state's Republican nominee in the upcoming Senate race, said protesters threw punches and shouted in the midst of a moment of silence for the victims in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jewish worshipers were fatally shot Saturday. ABC
VOA VIEW: Mob rule is the only thing that Dems know.

Suspicious package found in Atlanta, addressed to CNN
The FBI was notified of a suspicious package at an Atlanta postal facility on Monday. CNN released a statement from its president, Jeff Zucker, saying that the package was addressed to CNN, which is headquartered in Atlanta. "There is no imminent danger to the CNN Center," Zucker said in the statement. CNN's New York bureau was targeted last week with two apparent mailed explosives, which authorities believe were part of a string of 14 suspicious packages sent to public figures and well-known Democrats across the country. ABC


Criticism of Trump After Synagogue Massacre at Odds With the Opinions Jewish
The deadliest attack on American Jews in U.S. history has prompted critics to charge that President Trump’s rhetoric has created a climate ripe for anti-Semitic violence, yet a recent survey found that citizens of the world’s only Jewish state have higher regard for Trump than those of two dozen other countries polled.
The Pew survey published early this month found that 86 percent of Israeli respondents said Trump takes Israel’s interests into account when making decisions – significantly higher than those in the 24 other countries polled, including key U.S. allies. CNS
VOA VIEW: Trump like the American people is pro Israel and Jews.

ADL CEO: Anti-Semitism 'Isn't an Issue of Left, Right; It’s About Right and Wrong’
In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO and National Director Jonathan Greenblatt said anti-Semitism isn’t an issue of right or left, but about “right and wrong.” In the wake of Saturday’s deadly shooting massacre at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pa., Greenblatt was asked about Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan “and the tolerance that some people on the left still have for him.”  . CNS

Stocks cough up early gains as volatility returns
Stocks gave up a big gain from earlier in the day Monday and turned lower in afternoon trading as Wall Street's recent bout of volatility continued. After adding more than 200 points earlier in the session, the Dow fell 322 points, or 1.3 percent, to 24,367 in afternoon trading. The S&P 500 index and Nasdaq also sagged, with technology and communications companies posting some of the biggest losses. Stocks have plunged since early October, and trading has been especially volatile the last few days. The S&P 500 is down 9 percent this month, which would be its worst monthly loss since February 2009, shortly before the market bottomed during the financial crisis.  Shares of Red Hat, an open-source software company, soared 45 percent to $169.56 after IBM announced plans to buy it for $34 billion. CBS

Hate speech tied to suspect in synagogue massacre rekindles calls for regulating social media
The anti-Semitic online screeds tied to the man police say killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue are rekindling a debate in Congress over the role that social media companies should play in policing their platforms — and the penalties they should face if they fail. Days before the Pittsburgh attack, an account matching the suspect’s name, Robert Bowers, published violent, anti-Semitic posts on Gab, a social networking site that’s become a haven for the alt-right. The site has billed itself as a hub for “free speech” with few rules on what users can say and share.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Let the fools right hate speech so we know who they are.

Attacks renew debate: Should US have domestic terrorism law?
The package bombs sent to Democrats across the country and the killings of Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue may seem like clear-cut cases of terrorism. But the suspects will almost certainly never face terrorism charges. The reason: There's no domestic terrorism law. Whether there should be one is a matter of debate. On one hand, there's the belief that white supremacists who kill for ideology should get the same terrorism label as Islamic State group supporters. On the other, there's concern about infringing on constitutional guarantees to protect free speech, no matter how abhorrent. In the absence of domestic terrorism laws, the Justice Department relies on other statutes to prosecute ideologically motivated violence by people with no international ties.Houston Chronicle

American ISIS suspect freed from US custody after 13 months without charges
The Trump administration has released an American citizen who was captured and accused of being a member of ISIS, but never charged after more than a year in U.S. custody. His release ends the long legal saga and questions over what power the U.S. government has to detain a U.S. citizen and what power the executive branch has to fight ISIS without explicit congressional authorization -- questions that will now remain largely unanswered. The man, who requested anonymity and was referred to as "John Doe" in court filings, was released on Sunday, a spokesperson for the ACLU confirmed to ABC News Monday. ABC

Suspected mail bomber Cesar Sayoc had a list of names and addresses
The FBI has compiled a list of names and addresses found in the possession of suspected mail bomber Cesar Sayoc. The belief is these were people -- including politicians, media figures and celebrities -- to whom he was considering sending additional devices. The FBI is now notifying everyone on that list, per the FBI’s so-called "duty to warn" policy of notifying people who are the subjects of threats of violence. Federal officials had previously warned that additional improvised explosive devices still could be traveling through the mail system.  ABC

Pittsburgh shooting: White House denies Trump rhetoric to blame
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said on Monday it was "outrageous" to suggest that Mr Trump was at all responsible for the 11 deaths on Saturday. She said the president and first lady will visit Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The alleged gunman, Robert Bowers, has appeared in court in a wheelchair. The mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue is being called the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history. 'The president is not responsible for these acts," Mrs Sanders said repeatedly during Monday's news conference when a reporter put it to her that Mr Trump's rhetoric could have played a part in the Pittsburgh attack, or a recent mail bomb scare. BBC

Pelosi on Caravan: Republicans Have ‘Baseless Fear of Some Families 1,000 Miles Away from the Border’
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement about immigration on Friday in which she said Republicans were using “fearmongering rhetoric.” “The GOP is desperate to change the conversation from their assault on Americans’ health care to the baseless fear of some families 1,000 miles away from the border,” Pelosi said.  Here is the full text of Pelosi’s statement: "'The GOP is desperate to change the conversation from their assault on Americans’ health care to the baseless fear of some families 1,000 miles away from the border. Despite Republicans’ fearmongering, this group of families may not even make it to the U.S. border, and those migrating for economic reasons will not qualify for asylum.  CNS
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.

Trump: Social Media Is 'My Form of Telling the Truth'
President Trump, says President Ronald Reagan might have used social media to respond to his many liberal critics, too -- if social media had existed in the 1980s. "He would have fought back," President Trump told Fox News's Laura Ingraham Monday night. "He didn't have social media. When they--it's my form of telling the truth. Here's the problem, we have a lot of supporters. You know that better than anybody. All you have to do is look at your ratings, OK? But you know it better than anybody. Those supporters know that they're lying. CNS

Prosecutors want no bond for package bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc
Federal prosecutors want no bail for the man accused of sending more than a dozen pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Trump. Prosecutors said they believe Cesar Sayoc, 56, is a risk of flight and a danger to the community. A judge will hold a hearing Friday on whether Sayoc can be released on bail.
Sayoc was arrested Friday on five federal charges relating to the explosive devices. He has not yet entered a plea, but his lawyers said Sayoc is entitled to be presumed innocent at this stage.  CBS

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Muslim-led fundraiser nets $144,000 for funeral costs of synagogue shooting victims
A fundraiser organized by two Muslim-American groups for the victims of Saturday's deadly shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue has raised more than $144,000 from about 3,400 donors in just over 48 hours. Some of the money is already on the way to victims and their families, and organizers say they hope to cover the funeral costs for all 11 people who were killed. The fundraiser on the site LaunchGood is a joint effort by the groups Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change. It reached its initial goal of $25,000 in just under six hours after being launched Saturday afternoon, according to Tarek El-Messidi, founder of Celebrate Mercy, a group that teaches about the prophet Mohammed through education and charitable campaigns. CBS
VOA VIEW: A good and positive view.

Angela Merkel says she will step down as Chancellor in 2021 after bruising regional elections
Angela Merkel signalled the end of a political era on Monday when she announced she will give up the leadership of her political party next month and stand down as German chancellor when her current term expires in 2021. The woman who has dominated European politics for 13 years stunned Germany with the announcement in the wake of historic losses for her Christian Democrat party (CDU) in regional elections at the weekend. “I am convinced it’s time to begin a new chapter,” Mrs Merkel told a press conference in Berlin. Telegraph

Donald Trump sends 5,200 soldiers to US border to counter 'migrant caravan' just a week before midterms
Donald Trump has sent 5,200 American soldiers to the US-Mexico border in a major escalation of the White House's response to the migrant ‘caravan’ approaching through Mexico. Homeland Security and Pentagon officials said that the soldiers would focus on helping secure key points of entry into the United States.  The deployment has been named 'Operation Faithful Patriot'. The announcement on Monday is likely to help draw attention ahead of the midterm elections back to migration, as Mr Trump faces difficult questions over gun control and inciting violence in the wake of the Pittsburgh mass shooting and politically-motivated mail-bombs.  Telegraph
VOA VIEW: A President that means business.

Pittsburgh mayor suggests Trump should wait to visit
As Pittsburgh prepares to bury the victims of what is believed to be the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in US history, the city's mayor said Monday he thinks President Donald Trump should wait to make a visit. Trump and first lady Melania Trump plan to travel to Pittsburgh on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner will accompany the President and the First Lady, CNN has learned. They also will make the trip on the day of the first funerals, with burials scheduled to continue through Friday, Mayor William Peduto told CNN's Anderson Cooper.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Cooper is an anti Trump bias fool.

US restricts Chinese chipmaker from buying American parts
The United States is restricting exports to a state-backed Chinese company that makes semiconductors, the latest escalation in Washington's trade fight with Beijing. On Monday, the US Commerce Department said Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Company would not be able to buy components from American companies without a special license. The export ban was put in place because Fujian Jinhua "poses a significant risk of becoming involved in activities that are contrary to the national security interests of the United States," the agency said. "When a foreign company engages in activity contrary to our national security interests, we will take strong action to protect our national security," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement.  CNN

Humanity has wiped out 60% of animals since 1970, major report finds
Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation. The new estimate of the massacre of wildlife is made in a major report produced by WWF and involving 59 scientists from across the globe. It finds that the vast and growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying the web of life, billions of years in the making, upon which human society ultimately depends for clean air, water and everything else.  Guardian

Turkey refuses to share all Khashoggi evidence with Saudis
Turkish investigators have refused to share with Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor all the evidence they have compiled on Saudi complicity in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb held talks with the Istanbul chief prosecutor on Monday morning in Istanbul, but the lack of trust between the two countries led to a relatively brief meeting of only 75 minutes. Turkey had wanted confirmation on the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s remains, the identity of the local cooperator that the Saudis claim disposed of the body, and an update on the progress of a Saudi investigation of the 15 Saudi operatives who visited the Istanbul consulate at the time of the murder on 2 October.  Guardian


90% of world's children are breathing toxic air, WHO study finds
Poisonous air is having a devastating impact on billions of children around the world, damaging their intelligence and leading to hundreds of thousands of deaths, according to a report from the World Health Organization. The study found that more than 90% of the world’s young people – 1.8 billion children – are breathing toxic air, storing up a public health time bomb for the next generation. The WHO said medical experts in almost every field of children’s health are uncovering new evidence of the scale of the crisis in both rich and poor countries – from low birth weight to poor neurodevelopment, asthma to heart disease. Guardian

Khashoggi fiancee hits at Trump response, warns of 'money' influence
The fiancée of Jamal Khashoggi on Monday criticized President Donald Trump’s response to his killing, urging him to set aside U.S. trade interests in the push for truth, and demanded Riyadh disclose more details to bring those who ordered it to justice. The death of Khashoggi - a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - sparked global outrage and pitched the world’s top oil exporter into crisis. Trump has hedged his criticism of Saudi leaders over Khashoggi, insisting he does not want to imperil a “tremendous order” of $110 billion of weapons he says will support 500,000 U.S. jobs - figures that experts say are highly exaggerated. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Expected remarks from the liberal fiancee and media.

U.S. steel tariff fight stirs up a swarm of WTO litigation
The United States urged European Union governments on Monday to reflect on whether it was really in their interest to go ahead with a trade dispute over U.S. metals tariffs, and said it was hopeful of settling the issue with Mexico and Canada. The U.S. tariffs attracted an unprecedented seven requests for WTO adjudication, as well as a slew of criticism, at a fractious WTO dispute settlement meeting, while the United States hit back with legal actions against its critics. U.S. Ambassador Dennis Shea said he was not surprised by China’s opposition, since it had massive overcapacity in metals production and was a non-market economy, but that Washington was “deeply disappointed” with the EU’s stance.  Reuters

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Pittsburgh shooting suspect appears in court over attack that left 11 dead
A man accused of killing 11 Jewish worshippers in a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend appeared in federal court on Monday to face multiple charges that federal law enforcement officials said could result in the suspect’s execution. A handcuffed Robert Bowers, 46, was brought into the courtroom by US marshals wearing latex gloves. Bowers allegedly traded gunfire with law enforcement officers during Saturday’s attack at the Tree of Life synagogue and was shot multiple times before surrendering. He underwent surgery and survived. Bowers entered court in a wheelchair, and wore a blue sweatshirt and grey pants. Authorities removed the handcuffs from him before the proceedings.  Guardian

U.S. experiences 'soybean backup' as exporters struggle to sell
A dramatic change in the international soybean market created by the trade war between the United States and China has left soy exporters scrambling to not only find new buyers, but also reroute millions of bushels of beans across the country. After the fall harvest, beans grown in the upper Midwest would normally be loaded onto rail cars bound for ports in Oregon and Washington state, where ports offer the fastest route to China. But high tariffs on U.S. soy have stopped China from buying American beans. UPI

China has a big weapon that it hasn’t used in the trade war — yet.
Fewer Chinese business executives, tourists and students are visiting the United States, a sign that the trade war between Washington and Beijing might spread in unpredictable and costly ways. The nascent decline — visible in visa approvals and airline bookings — isn’t the result of official action by Beijing. But it highlights a potent weapon that China could use if the trade war persists: slashing the $60 billion that Chinese consumers spend each year on American services such as travel and tourism. Already,  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: China will lose any trade war.

President Trump to campaign for Mike Braun in Southport, Fort Wayne before election
President Donald Trump will campaign for Republican Senate candidate Mike Braun in Southport Friday and will return to the state again on Nov. 5 for a rally in Fort Wayne. On Friday, TrIndy Starump will hold a rally at the Southport Fieldhouse at Southport High School, the 12th largest high school gymnasium in the country with a seating capacity of about 7,300 people. Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to join Trump for the rally, the Trump campaign announced late Monday. The event will begin at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m. Members of the public may obtain rally tickets by logging on to Indy Star

World shares mixed on worries over more US tariffs
World markets are mixed higher after U.S. President Donald Trump said he might impose more tariffs on Chinese goods, though he was ready to strike a "great deal" with Beijing over trade.  Houston Chronicle

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Fearing loss of the House, Republicans blame each other
Continuing a grand Washington tradition, Republicans at the White House, on Capitol Hill and within the national party have begun blaming one another for an election that hasn't happened yet. Burdened by a controversial president who has inspired historic Democratic enthusiasm, Republicans expect to have difficulty holding onto their House majority. Behind the scenes, Republicans have formed a circular firing squad ahead of next Tuesday's election. "Heading into a bad cycle, a politician’s most powerful instinct is to point to somebody else, and that applies to their operatives as well. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The liberal media will get it all wrong, again.

Pentagon sending 5,200 troops to border week before midterms
The Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp focus on Central American migrants moving north in slow-moving caravans that are still hundreds of miles from the U.S.
The number of troops being deployed is more than double the 2,000 who are in Syria fighting the Islamic State group. Trump, eager to keep voters focused on illegal immigration in the lead-up to the elections, stepped up his dire warnings about the caravans, tweeting,  Seattle Times

Security-challenged firms are gatekeepers of U.S. elections
The ultimate gatekeepers of U.S. election integrity may well be its weakest security link. A trio of privately held companies sells and services more than 90 percent of U.S. elections systems. But the companies have long stressed convenience for their customers over product security, security experts and elections officials said. That complicates efforts to detect a repeat of Russia’s 2016 election meddling, or other intrusions by sophisticated hackers. The three companies — ES&S of Omaha, Nebraska; Dominion Voting Systems of Denver; and Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas — face little public accountability and operate under a shroud of financial and operational secrecy despite their pivotal role underpinning American democracy. Seattle Times

Cruz holds narrow lead over O'Rourke in latest poll
Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had a narrow lead of 51 percent to 46 percent over Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the Lone Star State’s hotly contested Senate race, according to a new poll released Monday. That compared to a 54 percent to 45 percent Cruz lead in an Oct. 11 survey by Quinnipiac University. O’Rourke led 56 percent to 40 percent among independent voters and 96 percent to 2 percent among Democrats. Republicans, meanwhile, backed Cruz by 96 percent to 3 percent, according to the Q poll.  New York Post
VOA VIEW: The liberal media have it all wrong - Cruz will win big.

Analysts explain why Democrats are no lock to flip the House
Most polling suggests that Democrats should flip the House of Representatives in the midterm elections — but some analysts warned that nothing is certain a week before the pivotal contests. “Our current hard count in the House is 212 D, 202 R, 21 toss-ups. Neither party is over 218, a majority. Democrats have the better chance to go over the top, since 20 of 21 tossups are currently held by the GOP. That doesn’t guarantee that the Democrats actually will,” Larry Sabato, head of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, emailed The Post on Monday. But another analysis on Monday predicted that Democrats had an 86.4 percent chance of capturing the House, while Republicans had only a 13.6 chance of keeping their majority. Democrats, who would need to pick up 23 seats to gain control, reportedly plan to spend $143 million on TV ads in House races, compared to about $86 million for Republicans. New York Post

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