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- Suspicious packages sent to leaders

of the Democratic Party.

Welcome to Faith Nation,I'm Jenna Browder.

- And I'm John Jessup.

Authorities say thepackages containing possible

explosives were addressedto key political figures

like former President Obama, to the home

of Bill and Hillary Clinton and Democratic

financier George Soros.

CNN offices also inNew York, received one.

- As CBN National Security Correspondent,

Erik Rosales has beenfollowing the investigation

all day and he joinsus now with the latest.

Erik?

- Well, John and Jenna,the full scale criminal

investigation is underwayinvolving the secret service,

FBI, and HomelandSecurity, as well as local

authorities over these packages.

The next phase of theinvestigation is to examine

the devices themselvesfocusing on the components,

switches and even batteries,hoping to track, identify

and eventually arrest those responsible.

(emergency sirens)

Chaos and confusion outsideNew York's Time-Warner

building, home to CNN,after a suspected explosive

device addressed to former CIA Director

and critic of PresidentTrump, John Brennan,

was found in the building's mail room.

- What we saw here todaywas a effort to terrorize.

This clearly is an actof terror, attempting

to undermine our free press.

- [Erik] After evacuating the building,

the NYPD Bomb Squad respondedand safely removed it.

- Additionally, there wasan envelope containing

white powder that was discovered as part

of that original packaging.

And we're in the middle ofinvestigating that right now.

- [Erik] The suspiciouspackage was the latest

in a series over the past few days.

On Monday, a device wasfound in the mailbox

of a home owned by billionaire

political activist George Soros.

Late Tuesday night the SecretService also intercepted

a package addressed to Hillary Clinton

at her home in WestChester County, New York.

Then on Wednesday morninganother device was sent

to former President Barack Obama's home

in Washington, DC.

- The full weight of ourgovernment is being deployed

to conduct this investigationand bring those responsible

for these despicable acts to justice.

- [Erik] President Trumpsaid during these times

we must come together as a nation.

- And send one very clear,strong, unmistakable message

that acts or threats of political violence

of any kind have no place inthe United States of America.

- There would be biometric examinations,

that's fingerprints, possible DNA,

that could possibly be lefton some of the components.

- [Erik] Retired FBI explosives expert,

Tom Thurman, says authorities will now try

to disassemble thesesuspected bombs and examine

the possible sources of the components,

anything to tie an individual,a bomber's signature.

- If it's an electrical system,exactly, wires, batteries,

battery holders, switch,how the device was meant

to explode and the componentsassociated with that,

what we call a fusing system.

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- It was a day that noneof us ever expected to come

to the Family Research Council.

We were targeted by thisman because he considered

us a hate group.

- [Erik] It was in 2012, aterrifying attack took place

at the conservative group's DC office,

when a gunman fired severalshots inside the lobby,

injuring a security guard.

- This whole thing ofsending bombs to people

is just the next step inthis process of, I think,

a total meltdown of our society,

particularly as it relates

to political discourse and opinions.

- Potentially explosivedevices have also been mailed

to former Attorney General, Eric Holder,

Representative Debbie WassermanSchultz' Florida office,

and possibly CaliforniaRepresentative, Maxine Waters.

Sources close to theinvestigation tell CBN News

the devices appear to be all pipe bombs.

The scary part about itis that we don't know

if this is the end.

John.

- Erik, looking at these pictures,

these devices don't looktoo terribly sophisticated.

- Not too sophisticated at all.

But the FBI did say thatthey were functional.

As the retired FBI explosive experts said,

those components are gonna be the key

and to be able to findthis person or persons.

Agents also say that they'regonna be able to check

out local stores and even check online.

And right now, the NationalCounter Terrorism Center

said that officials havenot yet reached a conclusion

on whether or not thiswas a foreign terrorism

or a domestic terrorist case.

- Erik Rosales, thank you so much.

- Well the mid-term electionsare now just 13 days away.

And already there is record turnout.

More than seven millionpeople have taken advantage

of early voting.

And to put that into perspective,

at this point in 2014, lessthan two million people

had cast their ballots.

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Across the country, votersare turning out in force.

- I'm voting Republican.

- [Jenna] Here is suburbanAtlanta, it's at least

an hour and a half waitto get through this line.

Already in Georgia a record600,000 people have voted.

In Texas, more than halfa million people cast

their ballots of early votingshattering another record.

And it appears to begood news for the GOP.

Early voting numbers inthese and other battleground

states show Republicansturning out in far greater

numbers so far, than Democrats.

In addition to Georgia andTexas, Republican voters

have taken the lead inTennessee, Florida and Arizona.

- The early vote is going on and I'm going

to be your next US Senator.

- [Jenna] Then results aremost striking in Tennessee.

According to NBC News, 63percent of early voters there

are associated with the Republican Party,

compared with only 30 percentaligned with Democrats.

While Democrats are doingwell in states like Nevada,

the overall numbers are noteworthy

because Democrats usuallyoutperform the GOP

in in-person early voting.

- I wanted to be counted.

- With two weeks to go,it's still anyone's game.

But if early voting is any indication,

the once predicted blue wave, could see

a change in color come November 6th.

And add 38 states andthe District of Columbia

allow some form of early voting.

John.

- Joining us now is

Chief Political Analyst, David Brody.

David, we've seen whatseems to be record turnout

already in early voting.

Traditionally people thinkthat that means that it's

gonna be a boon forDemocrats but we really don't

know who's going to the polls.

So what's your sense with early voting?

- Yeah, both sided, Democratsand Republican will say

early voting's going well for us.

But the truth of the matteris if you look in some

of the battleground states,Indiana and Tennessee

specifically, Republican earlyvoting is up over past years.

That's a good sign for Republicans.

And so you've got that.

Democrats will point to states like Nevada

and a couple others wherethey'll say, well actually

there are more registeredRepublicans in those states

and we're doing better thanthe registered Republicans.

So it's gonna be skewed either way.

Bottom line, it's a bigsmorgasbord of who knows

and I guess we'll be hereon election night, right?

- David you always haveyour ear on the ground.

And I know that you havesome key information

or new information on somekey battleground states.

What are you seeing shake out?

- Tennessee is really interesting.

As you know it's been deadlocked.

Marsha Blackburn, running for Senate,

she's the Republican, PhilBredesen, the Democrat.

- [John] Former Governor.

- [David] Former governor.

It's been deadlocked for a while.

A Republican source on theground is telling me this morning

that many Democrat votershave actually started pulling

their yard signs ofPhil Bredesen, actually

they're putting them in the garbage,

Why?

After the Kavenaugh hearing,they have literally seen this,

which is kind of interesting.

Indiana, another statethat is actually seeing

Joe Donnelly, right.

Joe Donnelly is theDemocrat against Mike Braun,

the Republican, we'reseeing a lot of pastors

are now galvanizing in thelast couple weeks here,

especially with a pastorevent coming up this Friday.

So this is the timethat a lot of folks are

ratcheting it up and so we're seeing a lot

more activity on the ground.

- Right, right in the runup with less than two weeks.

We know that in 2010,we saw a wave election.

That's when the Tea Partyushered in a Republican majority.

The same thing happenedin 1994 with Bill Clinton

and the Republican majorityand the Contract with America.

What I think is completelydifferent about those

wave elections, is the factthat both of those happened

during a recession.

What's different now iswe have a potential wave,

or I think you've been saying a blue blip,

but it's during an economic boom.

So what are you seeingas different compared

to those previous wave elections?

- A hundred percent right, John.

Astute observation that theeconomy is different today

than it was back then.

Here's the other difference,1994 there was anger

and what happened?

Contract with America, NewtGingrich and Republicans

took control and Bill Clintongot whacked pretty good.

Obama, President Obama got whacked in 2010

by the Tea Party, once again, anger there.

So there was anger on theRepublican side in '94,

anger by the Republican side in 2010

and along comes 2018 now, and we had anger

on the Democrat side.

We know about the anti-Trump venom.

But the AK period, theAfter Kavenaugh, I call it.

BK and AK, After Kavenaugh,now we have anger

on the Republican side.

So this time in the mid-term election,

instead of it being like1994 and 2010 where there was

anger on just one side, wehave anger now on both sides.

I think that will mitigatepotentially a blue wave.

Come election night we will see.

I think it could get close to a blue wave.

That's how much anti-Trumpvenom is on the left.

- A little plug here, we're gonna be doing

wall-to-wall coverage forthree hours election night.

You're gonna be with us.

What are you going to belooking at specifically

when it comes to the demographicmakeup of these voters?

Is there anyone in particularyou're gonna be looking for

who might help shift thependulum one way or the other?

- For sure,

Obviously, well thisjust in, we'll be looking

at Evangelicals.

- Sure.

- I think we'll take a look at them.

26 percent, by the way, we'veheard this figure before,

26 percent of theelectorate in the mid-term

is typically made up of Evangelicals.

So we'll see if thatnumber is at 26 percent or

north of that.

If it's at 25 percent, 26percent, that's not good,

not good for Republicans at all.

So that's one thing.

Also, the minority vote,the Millennial vote,

very important, suburbanindependent women,

all need to come out indroves for Democrats.

Typically minorities don'tvote as much in mid-term

elections as they do in general elections,

so is the minority count itup, if the Millennial count

also is up, then that willbode well for Democrats.

So these are some demographicsI'm gonna be looking at.

- Last question for you andI'd be remiss not to ask

given the news of the day.

Of course the investigationsare still taking place,

but let's talk a little bit about these

suspicious packages thathave arrived at the doorsteps

of high profile recipients, including CNN.

What's your sense?

We talked a little bitabout the political fallout

of heated rhetoric reallyacross the political spectrum.

But what are we seeing here?

I think the words youused were powder keg.

- Yeah, it's a powder keg ready to blow.

I don't think there'sany question about it.

And the President couldbe in a whole lot of

political trouble ifthis escalates even more.

What we're seeing today is a big deal.

But God forbid, we have some sort of

gun violent incident at CNNor some sort of air quote

"Fake News" outlet thathe's been talking about,

then politically, that isnot good for him, obviously.

Having said that, the anger'sbeen around for a long time

as we've talked about.

Just ask Alexander Hamilton,how the duel turned out.

- [John] Not so well for him.

- Not so well.

But it has been ramped up on both sides

so I think what you'regonna see is not only

will be a problem forTrump, but the Democrats

have to be careful here.

You can't out anger Trump.

He's the angry candidate, if you will.

And he would embrace that label.

He loves it.

He's the angry candidateso when Eric Holder

and Hillary Clinton andothers start to pile on

on the anger side, MaxineWaters, going on her

vitriolic tour acrossAmerica against Trump,

it's not gonna work.

It doesn't matter.

Because the Democrats maybe angry, but that's what

got Trump elected by his deplorable base.

They're angry and they'rereally, really angry.

And they're prettypassionate about it as well.

- Chief PoliticalCorrespondent for CBN News,

David Brody, alwaysappreciate your insights.

- Thank you sir.

- Thank you.

- Nathan Gonzales isthe editor and publisher

of Inside Editions, anon-partisan analysis firm

that's been tracking the mid-terms.

Today he sat down with Amber Strong

to talk about why he thinks Republicans

will keep the Senate butDemocrats will take the House.

- We've been hearing formonths about this blue wave,

this incoming blue wavebut at the same time,

we see President Trump's approval numbers

are actually rising a bit.

Slightly, two points, I believe, higher

than President Obama at thissame time in his presidency.

Based on what you'reseeing, how do you think

things will shake out?

Is the blue wave coming?

- I've tried to talk about the mid-terms

in terms of two Americas.

Because when we're talking about mid-terms

and blue waves, I don'tthink it really applies

to the Senate.

I expect Republicans to maintain control

of the Senate, maybe even gaina couple seats in the Senate.

Because the states wherethe Senate battle is being

played out are in somepretty Republican territory.

So I don't think the bluewave is gonna hit the Senate.

And I think the Houseis a different story.

I think Democrats aregonna make some gains.

We'll see if it's significant gains.

I actually expect Democratsto take the House.

But part of declaringa wave, depends on the

definition of a wave.

If Democrats gain the majorityand gain 25 seats or more,

I think that's a wave, becausein other election cycles

when we're just talkingabout a handful of seats

flipping hands, this wouldbe a contrast to that.

- Speaking of that, ifwe zoom in a little bit,

what races in particular areyou watching in the House?

- Well, it's my job to watch.

I was choosing between my children.

I have four kids and so it's tough.

The way I'm gonna approach election night

is there's gonna be some early states

that are gonna close early.

Kentucky closes early, there'sgonna be a lot of focus

on the 6th District race between Andy Barr

and Amy McGrath there.

But then focus on someof the other east coast

states, New Jersey.

Not one specific state,but Democrats have four

opportunities to take seats in New Jersey.

I think they'll get atleast two but if they get

three or four, I think that'sprobably a sign of a good

night for Republicans.

Pennsylvania, Republicans,Democrats will probably

get at least four seats in Pennsylvania.

If they get more thanthat, I think that would be

a sign of things to come.

If they only get four,then that might be a show

that it's a real districtby district battle

for the majority.

- I keep hearing aboutthese suburban women voters,

those three words, you justkeep hearing over and over,

especially when it comes to races like

Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke.

These kind of quiet votersthat we don't know are

gonna come out against Ted Cruz.

Are you seeing any trends about these

silent suburban women voterswho may vote Democrat?

- We've seen among womenwith a college degree

who tend to be in the suburbs,those are some of the women

who have pushed away fromthe President more than

other demographic groups.

But in a mid-term, theycan't vote against the

President 'cause he's not on the ballot.

So they're taking it out onsome Republican candidates.

But that's just onceslice of the electorate.

The dirty secret about close races

is that everyone matters.

It's gonna be left-handed suburban women,

it's gonna be just plain old white dudes

and everyone in between.

So it's problem for Republicans,

they need to figure

out how to either minimizelosses among that demographic.

But it's also not the onlydemographic in this country.

- The other buzzword we'rehearing is record turnout.

Are you predicting a recordturnout for this mid-term

compared to others?

- It depends.

I think the Democraticturnout is going to be higher

than the 2010 and 2014 mid-term elections,

in part because PresidentTrump is their rallying point.

They have a common enemy and

having a common enemy is what helped boost

Republican turnout in 2010 and2014 against President Obama.

My question about whetherturnout overall is up,

depends on what Republicanturnout looks like.

Because the President hasto show that his coalition

is transferable to otherRepublican candidates.

He's built a coalitionof people who love him.

They love the message and what he's doing.

But it doesn't mean they're in love with

these other RepublicanSenate or House candidates.

And so it's up to theWhite House to get those

people to vote on November 6th when

the President himself isn't on the ballot.

- Last question.

The gubernatorial races, we've kind of

ignored them but we've gottwo very important ones,

Georgia and Florida, that we're watching.

What are your predictions foreither one of those races?

- Well, first you're right,

this is a huge cycle for governors.

36 of 50 states are electing a governor

and they have a federal impact because

26 of these governors will be in place

for the next round of re-redistricting

and are gonna have vetoor approval power over

the congressional maps.

So there's a long tail.

Georgia and Florida, I think Georgia,

Stacy Abrams has the opportunity to be

for a historic victory,being the first African

American woman elected governor.

I think that she's bucking up against the

partisanship of Georgia.

It's still a Republican leaning state

but she's running against apolarizing Republican candidate.

So there's an opportunity.

I think she's still a slight underdog.

Florida, I feel like everytwo and every four years,

we're talking about Florida.

I think it's gonna be a close race.

I think that Mayor Gillumactually has a narrow

advantage right now.

But he's taken a couple lumps recently

in the media and I expectit to be decided by

a few percentage points.

- So Nathan Gonzales, thank you so much

for joining us today.

- Thank you.

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- Up next, not one buttwo caravans now moving

toward the US-Mexico border.

We have the latest.

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A second caravan of Honduran migrants

is forming in Guatemala.

This comes as the firstgroup making their way

toward the US-Mexicoborder continues to grow.

- CBN's White HouseCorrespondent Ben Kennedy

joins us from the northlawn of the White House.

Ben, this caravan continuesto grow, doesn't it?

- John, we're talking aboutan estimated 7,000 strong

of Central Americanmigrants headed this way.

The migrants are determinedto reach the US border.

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- Some one thousand milesstand between thousands

of migrants reaching the US border.

The group is currently traveling

through Mexico, many on foot.

The US Department of Homeland Security

is tracking their movementsas the Border Patrol

prepares for their arrival.

President Trump tweeted Wednesday,

"We are a great Sovereign Nation.

"We have strong borders andwill never accept people

"coming into our country illegally."

The Commander in Chiefsaid, middle easterners

have infiltrated the caravan.

Critics push back on that claim.

- The President gets his daily briefing,

as does the Vice-Presidentand they've been in close

touch with DHS and othersto find out exactly,

I guess you don't seeminterested in just who is in

this caravan, who's coming here.

We have a right to know that.

- As your Senator, I'll crackdown on sanctuary cities.

- [Ben] This caravanhas become a hot topic

ahead of the mid-term elections.

Both sides are using itto stir up their base.

Trump said, "for those whowant to advocate for illegal

"immigration, just take alook at what has happened

"to Europe over the last 5 years.

"A total mess.

"They only wish they had that decision

"to make over again."

CBN News contributor, ChuckHolton is on the ground

in Mexico covering the caravanto give us a first hand

account of the situation.

Take a listen.

- They are straggling along the highway,

for easily 10 miles.

And I think that it bears mentioning

that they are not beingpaid to join the caravan

but they are beingencouraged and supported

in this endeavor, by a bevy of left-wing

groups, by churches along the route,

and by everyday people whoare just stopping to help.

But that is creating an infrastructure

that is enabling other caravanswhich have already formed

and are coming along behind.

And yesterday, we talkedabout the middle-easterners

being in this caravan, this main body

of immigrants, probablyabout 10,000 people,

I have not seen anybodythat's not Central American

in that caravan.

However, last night in Tapachula,

people from India, peoplefrom Somalia, Eratria

Pakistan, Nepal, all over the world

who have come here andare planning to take

advantage of thatinfrastructure of support

to make it up to the United States.

- Now President Trump calls the caravan

a national emergency.

But the people travelingnorth say they are simply

trying to find a better life.

John, Jenna.

- Thanks Ben, at the White House.

The Crown Prince of SaudiArabia's vowing to punish

those he calls theculprits behind the murder

of Washington Postcolumnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mohammed vin Salman madethe comment in his first

big speech since Khashoggientered the Saudi consulate

in Turkey on October2nd never to come out.

This all one day afterTurkey's President Erdogan

said Khashoggi's murder was premeditated

and carried out by a15 man Saudi hit squad.

Reports say seven of the men belong to the

protection detail of theSaudi Crown Prince himself.

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Well after being finedfor refusing to make

a wedding cake, why onecouple is now asking

the Supreme Court to hear their case.

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- It is a shocking statistic.

Opioids now kill more people each year

than AIDS did when thatepidemic was at its peak.

And the Trump Administration is trying

to do something about it.

Today President Trump signed into a law

a measure that aims toreduce opioid addiction

and deaths in America.

The Support for Patientsand Communities Act

made it through Congresswith bi-partisan support.

The President signedthe sweeping legislation

during an even at the White House today.

The new law will implementa number of steps

to help address thecountry's opioid epidemic

including expanding accessto treatment programs,

doing more to preventshipments of illicit drugs

like fentanyl and alsoallowing more providers

the ability to prescribe FDA approved

opioid addiction treatments.

- While the Supreme Courtcould hear a second case

about Christian bakersfined by their state

for not making a cakefor a same-sex wedding.

As Paul Strand explains,some believe this case could

set up the high court to provide further

protection of religious liberty.

- Aaron and MelissaKlein are now asking the

US Supreme Court to hear their case about

Oregon fining the $135,000for refusing to bake

a same-sex marriage cake.

Jeremy Dys is withFirst Liberty Institute,

which is fighting for the Kleins.

Jeremy, first of all,what's the worst that's

happened to the Kleins due tothis five year legal battle?

- Well, Aaron and Melissahave not only been penalized

$135,000, the state ofOregon, in fact imposed

a gag order on them from eventalking about their beliefs.

Then they lost theirbusiness because of all this.

All because the state ofOregon refuses to allow them

to have the free speech promised under the

First Amendment of the Constitution.

- Alright, now, they haven't done

all that well with appeals.

What makes you think thatthis court will treat

their case any differently?

- Because I think the SupremeCourt of the United States

still values the freedom of speech.

We heard earlier this summerfrom Masterpiece Court,

where the courtroomreminded state governments

everywhere, that stateofficials cannot be hostile

to the religious beliefs of its citizens.

But what it leftunresolved and what I think

Aaron and Melissa's caseprovides a good vehicle for here

is determine the biggest question of all.

What I think American business owners and

countrymen across this countryare wondering right now.

And that is, is speechactually free, if the state

of Oregon or any state government

is going to compel it.

- Alright, thank you, Jeremy Dys,

First Liberty Institute.

I'm Paul Strand, CBNNews, the Supreme Court.

- Thanks Paul.

- With the new makeupof the Supreme Court,

and justice Brett Kavenaugh,it'll be interesting

if it does make it there,to see what happens.

- We'll just have to wait and see.

Well, that's gonna do it for Faith Nation.

- Have a great evening.

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