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Papadopoulos now says he was framed, says he’s considering withdrawing from his plea agreement. (You can’t do that.) Watch.

It’s gotten relatively little national attention with the bomb scares and midterm elections. But two days ago a man named Gregory Bush entered a Kroger’s grocery story in Jeffersontown, Kentucky and shot dead a two black shoppers (one was shot in the parking lot). Now we learn that a short time before he had tried and failed to enter a nearby African-American church.

We still don’t have any clear explanation of Trump billionaire friend Tom Barrack’s role in the Trump/Russia investigation or the Trump family’s relations with the Gulf states. Barrack’s role bringing Paul Manafort into the campaign remains the big red flag but there’s a lot else as well. I am going to return to it in a lengthier Editor’s Brief. But here is an interesting article from Bloomberg Businessweeek about Barrack’s role in the campaign and how his business has struggled under Trump. Barrack drew lots of his capital from the Gulf states, particularly from the Qatari royal family. And he got caught out – in some ways by Jared Kushner – when Trump swung hard toward the Saudis (and UAE) and against Qatar.

So we have two more suspected devices: one to Sen. Cory Booker, a second to James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence under President Obama. The first discovered in Florida and the second in Manhattan.

At an interview today with The Washington Post, Newt Gingrich said that if the Democrats subpoena the President’s tax returns “we’ll see whether or not the Kavanaugh fight was worth it.”

In other words, he made the loyalty oath. He’s the President’s man. Video after the jump.

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Yesterday I explained that the media narrative about a GOP comeback in the midterms has very little backing in any hard data that is available. That’s basically still the case. There’s been a bit more wobbliness in the polling numbers than I’d like to see in the last 24 hours. But that still basically applies.

But there’s another side of the story. While this is happening you’re also seeing the GOP parachute big ad buys into a number of races that had seemed pretty solid for Republicans only a few weeks ago. Cam Joseph has a rundown here of some of those late breaking battlegrounds. Interestingly, one of those is Karen Handel, in Georgia’s 6th district, the one who won that big special election back in early 2017.

Also of interest. This afternoon the Cook Political report released a big House battleground poll which includes a lot of interesting information. This is more of a deep dive on the battle for the House rather than the absolutely most recent numbers. It was conducted October 10th-19th. But lots of interesting data. Here’s the results memo.

I’ll be doing an Inside Q&A about the midterms tomorrow at 1 PM eastern. You can find information about subscribing here.

Pretty clear emerging theme from the White House: CNN brought it on itself. Sanders says CNN calls Trump and his supporters “evil” “day-in, day-out.” Sanders attacks CNN for “chos[ing] to attack and divide” in aftermath of bombs. Trump attacks the media, says “Mainstream Media must clean up its act FAST!”

I have mentioned several times in recent days my anxiety about the election less than two weeks from now, one that is caused less by my sense of the likely outcome than the gravity of the stakes involved. This morning, as authorities are still finding new bombs sent to a growing list of Trump targets, President Trump went on Twitter not only to blame the media for the climate of anger and violence but to issue what can, in the climate of the bomb scares, only be deemed a threat. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”

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It’s part of the human condition that anger builds on itself and leads, sometimes, to violence. But so much of the public dialog at the moment returns to this concept of ‘civility’. You’ve got pro- and anti-civility folks. You’ve got critiques of ‘civility’ as the wrapper into which we package hierarchy and deference.┬áCharacterologically, for better or worse, I tend to be pro-civility. I don’t really like seeing people accosted or shouted at in restaurants. But I think we can settle on a simpler point. Civility has relatively little to do with political violence or the kind of totalizing and dehumanizing political rhetoric and action that spawns it.

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