- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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,
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
- 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.
- Up next, not one buttwo caravans now moving
toward the US-Mexico border.
We have the latest.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
Well after being finedfor refusing to make
a wedding cake, why onecouple is now asking
the Supreme Court to hear their case.
- 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.