- Well just who is responsiblefor mailing explosive devices
to various politicalfigures across the country?
Welcome to Faith Nation.
I'm Jenna Browder.
- And I'm John Jessup.
Investigators from the ATF, FBI,
and local levels are looking for any clue
to help identify the would-be bomber.
- Amber Strong brings us the latest
on the high profilefigures being targeted.
- Another day, anotherround of bomb scares
across the country.
This time, the targetsare former Vice President
Joe Biden and Hollywoodactor Robert De Niro.
- Today, at approximately 6:30 a.m.,
the NYPD bomb squad removed a device
from the offices of Robert De Niro.
- [Amber] A security guard
at De Niro's New York businessdiscovered the package.
Authorities transported it
via a bomb containmentunit for investigation.
Meanwhile, two additionalpackages intercepted in Delaware.
These were addressed toVice President Biden.
The one sent to De Niro was similar
to those sent to Democratic leaders
and former CIA Director JohnBrennan earlier in the week.
Attorney General Sessions sayshe's briefing the President
and praising the work of the FBI and ATF.
- In dealing with explosive devices,
it just points out again thecourage our officers display.
- [Amber] While condemningthe culprit last night,
the President also calledfor change from the media.
- The media also has a responsibility
to set a civil tone and tostop the endless hostility.
- [Amber] And reiterating that message
on Twitter Thursday, saying:
A very big part of the angerwe see today in society
is caused by the purposelyfalse and inaccurate reporting
of the mainstream media.
Others here in Washington
are calling for a top down approach.
- We need the President
and we need all other public officials
to be reaffirming that basic idea
about what unites us as Americans,
and so I haven't heard againwhat he said this morning,
but we need to stop withall this nonsense language
about the press is theenemy of the people.
- Well, Scott Whitlockis an associate editor
of Newsbusters at theMedia Research Center.
Scott, thank you for being with us.
- Thanks for having me on.
- Well Scott, the Presidenttoday tweeted earlier
that part of the biganger that we're seeing
is what he calls, stemsfrom inaccurate reporting
from much of the media.
What are your thoughts on that?
- Well, I think what we're seeing here
is this country has alwayshad a civility problem
as far as people reacting andviolence and things like that
when it comes to certainpeople on the extremes,
but what we've seen with the media
is they only want to condemn it
when it seems to come from the right.
We don't know anything about
what exactly happenedyesterday, what the motive is,
so we just need to wait and see,
but we've already seenon CNN and the networks
that they want to jump to the conclusion
that this is some Trump supporter,
that the President is somehow to blame
and conservatives are to blame.
And what we've seen with the media
is they want to jump to conclusions,
they want to have broadernarratives about this
that this is somehow Trump'sfault or the right's fault.
And I would just say let's look back
to the Steve Scalise shooting.
If we remember that, that wasa guy named James Hodgkins
who was a leftist who wasa Bernie Sanders supporter.
And what we saw at the time,and we actually looked at that
through the Media Research Center,
is when the shooting happened,we saw a lot of coverage,
but it quickly trailed off.
And we also saw that they didn't want
to draw any larger narrative.
They didn't want to say thatBernie Sanders is to blame
or the left is to blame.
And I'm not saying thatBernie Sanders was to blame.
We shouldn't blame large groups of people
or political ideologiesfor what one person does.
But contrast that withthis attempted bombing
or whatever was supposedto happen yesterday,
we're already seeing that the media
is trying to draw this narrative
that this is somehow the right's fault
and Donald Trump's fault.
- Scott, a twofold question.
Based on your researchthere at Newsbusters,
how did we get here, andthen the second part is
what's the solution?
- Well look, the media hasalways been very liberal
and always biased against conservatives
and biased against Republican Presidents.
It's certainly escalatedwith this President
to a degree that I haven't seen before,
and I think part of that isbecause you have a President
and a candidate who really fought back
against the liberalmedia, called them out,
called them fake news anddid all sort of things
to make media bias an issue.
And you can like the waythe President does that
or you cannot like it.
Sometimes, he probablysays things he shouldn't,
but the fact is that he ismaking media bias an issue
and I think that has reallygot a lot of liberals
in the media angry to the point
where we've just seen it escalate.
They want to go after him
because they don't like himfighting back against the media.
- Sure, and a solution?
- Well, I think a solution is hard
because I don't think theliberal media is gonna change.
I don't think journalistsare gonna change.
I think part of the solution is the fact
that you have so many people turning away
from mainstream media.
We see that with newspapers.
We see that with the networks,
the decline in their viewership.
And you see people turningto alternative media,
to talk radio, to theinternet, to online news,
to all sorts of different outlets.
And I think that's a good thing
'cause the solution for people out there
is to get your media andget your media sources
from a wide variety of places.
Don't get it from just ABC, NBC, CBS.
And if we do that, thenwe're gonna have more choice.
And I would just saythat part of the reason
journalists get so angry is because
they don't control thenarrative like they used to.
It's not Walter Cronkitesaying this is the way it is
because people have so many more choices.
- That's definitely true.
Well, Scott Whitlock,associate editor of Newsbusters
at Media Research Center,
thank you so much for being with us.
- [Scott] Thank you very much.
- Well, CBN's national securitycorrespondent Erik Rosales
has been following thisstory from the beginning.
He joins us now to discussresponse from law enforcement.
Erik, you know, every time we see
a bunch of these white machines going in
and they extract this suspected bomb,
what exactly is thisbecause they take it then
and then they take that totheir FBI testing facility?
- Right, it's the FBI labs
where they can actuallydispose of the unit
or actually even look at the unit.
They're called total containment vessels
and they almost look like a sphere like,
but what it does is, whenyou put the actual explosive
in there, should it explode,
it actually has the pressure chambers
where the pressurechambers would be released,
and yet, the fragments andeverything from the bomb
would stay inside.
So once they're actually able to get that
inside that vehicle,that's the safest part
in being able to move it.
The New York bomb squadcurrently has three of these,
and these are not very cheap vehicles.
You're looking anywhere from $250,000
to $350,000 per vehicle.
- Okay, wow!
Well, what are theydoing with these packages
once they actually do get them?
- Right, the biggest thing right now
is to be able to try and find
where the components came from,
whether it's the explosive,
whether it's commercial gradeor military grade explosives,
whether it has any typeof explosive on it,
where the components, theswitch is, the battery,
where did they come from.
That's what they're gonna be trying to do.
They're gonna be trying totake these back to Quantico,
where the FBI has its lab,
and they're gonna try andtake apart these bombs
and see how they work,what makes them tick,
how do they go off, what'sthe timing mechanism,
things like that.
These are the questions
that are gonna be able to provide answers
and paint a picture of moreof who is this mail bomber
or who are these mail bombers,
what is this group all about,
what's their motive behind this.
- Still so many questions, as you say.
These explosives, we'veseen some pictures of them.
And Erik, by everythingthat we've seen and heard,
they don't look terribly sophisticated.
- No.- What's your take?
- Very crude devices.
And what I'm hearing fromsome of my FBI sources
is that even some of the devices,
although that they were functional,
they were able to explodebecause of the explosive material
that was inside, the wires and everything,
some of them actuallywere even set up wrong.
So they don't think that this was
a very sophisticated typeof bomb making person,
but it is something thatthey're looking into.
There's so many differentscenarios of who could it be,
and right now, that's whatthe FBI is trying to do,
is they're just trying to paint a picture
of who this person isso that they can be able
to try and narrow down the search
for whoever this mail bomber is.
- Yeah, and hopefully they find him or her
sooner than later.- Exactly, exactly.
- Erik Rosales, thank you.
- Thank you.
- Thanks, guys.
Defense Secretary JimMattis is planning to send
at least 800 troops tothe US border with Mexico.
According to an administration official,
they'll help Border Patrol
defend against illegal immigration.
The move follows President Trump's promise
that the military would act
to stop the group of Honduran migrants
heading toward the borderand going as far to say
that some in the caravanwere from the Middle East.
Contributing correspondent Chuck Holton
has more from the Mexicancity of Tapachula.
- All right, so I want to try to clarify
some of what you've beenhearing in the news media
about this caravan movingnorth into the United States.
First of all, the people in this caravan
are not being paid to join the caravan.
Their pay-off comeswhen they get to the US.
They are, however, beingfacilitated and enabled
by groups like the UN, otherNGOs, and by church groups
who are feeding them andproviding them support
on their journey north.
Now, the other questions have been
are there felons, are therebad guys in this group,
and I can tell you it didn't take me long
to find four or five right away
who are absolute felonsthat are coming north
to try to get back into the United States.
Here's one of them.
Now the other issue that we're seeing
is people are asking about whether or not
there are what you would call exotics,
that is people who arenot from Central America,
that are joining this caravan.
And let me just show you whatI found a few minutes ago.
Now lastly, it bears pointingout that there are some people
who are saying this is toodifficult, it's too hard,
and I want to go home.
And I found two people like that yesterday
and actually helped them get back
to the border of Guatemala.
Take a look at what they had to say.
(speaking foreign language)
- [Translator] Look, it was really hard.
There are lots of people inthe group, some good, some bad.
While we were all sleepingtogether, someone took my phone.
I decided to go backbecause of my daughter.
Carrying her while wewalked, I became so tired
and the sun and everythingaffected us both a lot.
My dream has always beento go to the United States
because it's so beautiful towork and improve the lives
of me and my family,and more than anything,
to give my daughter a better future.
- Well, Chuck Holtonjoins us now for more.
Chuck, first of all,really great reporting,
giving us an inside look
at the caravan.- Thank you.
- After spending some time with the people
traveling in that caravan,what struck you most
or what stands out most to you?
- I think what stands out themost is that there is not,
you're not gonna stop thesepeople by traditional means.
I mean they overwhelmed theborder forces of Mexico.
Mexican authorities sent500 troops down there
to block the border, and theyjust walked right past them
because they have figuredout that a woman and a child
are far more powerful than an AK-47
when it comes to enteringa country illegally.
You just put the women up front,
they're not gonna shootyou, and they know that.
And so I actually saw a group of migrants
that was appraoched byMexican immigration officials
asking them to just register for asylum
and they said, no, we're notgonna register for asylum
and they just turned aroundand got really beligerant
and ran off.
So I expect that they planto do the exact same thing
when they get to the US southern border,
and I can tell you, 800troops is not gonna do it.
We need 100,000 troops.
But if they're not on theTijuana border with California,
they might as well stay home
because that is where thismigrant convoy is planning to go.
- Chuck, you were really able
to get these people to open up to you.
How did you do that?
What made them so comfortable
to just share all ofthese details with you?
- Well, part of it is thatI speak fluent Spanish
and that was nice for themto be able to talk to me.
I could sit around and just talk with them
and let them know I'm not against them.
I mean it's hard not tohave your heart break
looking at these people.
I think a lot of us haveheard about the misery
and hardship that's happeningin Venezuela right now,
but we're not hearing so much
about the very similar misery and hardship
that's been happening in Honduras,
partially because of Venezuela.
And there are a lot ofpeople that are going hungry
in Honduras right now.
They said, look, there aren'tgang members in this group
because, there might be some bad guys,
but there's no gang members because,
if there were gang members,we'd turn them into the police.
We're leaving Honduras becausethe gang members make us pay
$80 a month or more as aprotection fee for our families,
and if not, they'll comekill your whole family
and we just don't want to live that way.
- All right, Chuck Holton,thank you for your time.
Great job out there.- Thanks, Chuck.
- Thank you.
- We'll break down so-calledzero-for-zero tariffs
and explain why some arepushing President Trump
to pursue them.
(light dramatic music)
- Another turbulent week on Wall Street,
but today ended with gains.
The Dow was up 401 at the close of trading
and the S & P up 49.
Today's rises come afterthe Dow closed down
just over 600 points yesterday.
- Well some economic analystsare pushing President Trump
to pursue what are called zero tariffs.
Hoping to get his attention,
they sent a letter usingThe Wall Street Journal.
- They say the move wouldexpand markets overseas,
while also creating jobs.
But would other countries be on board
for a zero-for-zero offer?
CBN's White Housecorrespondent Ben Kennedy
sat down with one of theauthors to explain the letter.
- Well Jenna and John,President Trump said the US lost
billions of dollars due tounfair trade just last year.
But analysts, including one ofhis former economic advisers,
say this idea wouldsolve the trade turmoil
without further tariffs.
- I don't know if he's gonna do it.
I know that article landed on his desk
and I know he's considering it.
- [Ben] Economist Stephen Moore's proposal
aims to create a level playing field.
- You offer these countries
we'll go to zero tariff if you will.
- The zero-for-zero offer
would drop all tariffs,barriers, and subsidies
between the US and its allies.
What kind of impact will this have
- Huge.- on the average American?
Will goods go down, the prices?
- Of course they willbecause a tariff is a tax
and so if we can get thetariffs down to zero,
that means not only will goodsand services cost less here
when we go to Walmart or we go to Best Buy
or wherever it might be,
and that's a good thingfor American consumers,
but it also means, think aboutthe jobs this would create.
- [Ben] But not every country
is willing to talk free and fair trade.
- China's market distortionsand the way they deal
cannot be tolerated.
- [Ben] Moore's recommendation
comes during an ongoing back-and-forth
between the US and China on trade.
Trump first slapped tariffs
of $250 billion of Chinese imports.
Beijing responded with penalties
on $60 billion of US products.
- You wanna talk about countries
that don't play by the rules,China cheats, they steal,
they're building up their military,
they make it almost impossiblefor American businesses
to do business over there in China.
- So China will be, nodoubt, the biggest challenge.
- No doubt, there's no doubt about that.
- The Council of Economic Advisers reports
the average American tariff is 3.5%,
average EU rate is 5%,
while China's rate is double at 10%.
Moore says, by offering zero tariffs,
it allows America to take the high ground
and even gain a strongernegotiating position with China
to end some of Beijing'smost abusive trade policies.
Now Steve, all this sounds great.
Zero-for-zero, more jobs,the economy would improve.
Why isn't it so easy
for countries just to- Because these other
- get on board.- countries don't wanna do it.
These countries like tolecture us and stuff,
but when it comes right down to it,
a lot of these countrieshave protectionist impulses
and they don't want to openup their markets to us.
- Now Moore tells methe zero-for-zero deal
would expand globalcommerce, reduce poverty,
and even add trillions of dollars
to the global economic output.
Jenna and John.
- Ben, first question is, obviously,
where do you begin?
Does Moore have an idea
of which countries would be interested
in those zero-for-zero tariffs?
- Yeah, Moore says Great Britain
would actually be the best country
to offer the zero-for-zero deal,
but they first need to exitfrom the European Union.
In July, Trump and EUPresident Jean-Claude Juncker
agreed the US and EU wouldwork toward zero tariffs,
zero non-tariff barriers,and zero subsidies
on non-auto industrial goods.
Now the challenge will beextending that to all goods.
- And Ben, do we know what President Trump
thinks of this idea?
- Well, the President isdefinitely for this idea.
Just getting the othercountries to jump on board.
As for other American companies,
they seem to be excitedabout this prospect
as it puts them on a level playing field,
allowing them to competewith pretty much anyone.
But I just spoke with my brother-in-law
who is a corn and soybeanfarmer in Indiana.
He says it might be goodfor their grain short-term,
but fears that, with cheaplabor in other countries,
it could eliminate domestic manufacturing
for the middle class, and if that happens,
it would take a toll onthe agricultural economy
with a lack of domestic demand.
Basically, it's a domino effect,
so lots of work to be pursued
before a deal can be made.
John and Jenna.- All right.
Ben Kennedy at the White House.
- Thanks, Ben.
Well after the break, whyBilly Graham's grandson
is speaking out ahead ofthe midterm elections.
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- Well, just 12 days leftuntil the midterm elections.
President Trump and Vice President Pence
have been hitting theroad to help campaign
for Republicans across the country.
Pence appeared at Regent University
on behalf of incumbentVirginia congressman
Scott Taylor Wednesday night.
Capitol Hill correspondentAbigail Robertson was there.
- Republican incumbent Scott Taylor
hopes a ringing endorsementfrom the Vice President
will give him the lastminute boost he needs
to beat Democratic opponent, Elaine Luria,
and keep his seat in the House.
- Virginia and Americaneed Scott Taylor back.
- [Abigail] Pence opened hisspeech at Regent University
condemning the suspicious packages
sent to multiple Democratic leaders
like former President BarackObama and Hillary Clinton.
- As the President said, acts or threats
of political violence of any kind
have no place in theUnited States of America.
- [Abigail] He also reminded the crowd
about the importanceof prayer at this time.
- If you bow the head and bendthe knee in the next 13 days,
just pray for America,
pray for all the people.(audience applauds)
- [Abigail] Taylor said he was honored
the Vice President reachedout to campaign for him
and told CBN News, eventhough his race is tight,
he feels confident he'll beheading back to Washington.
- I think tonight was ahuge statement of force
that shows that we have tremendous support
and momentum going into Election Day,
so I feel great about it.
- [Abigail] Taylor's seat is one of many
Republicans can't afford to lose
if they want to keep their House majority.
Reporting from Regent University,
Abigail Robertson, CBN News.
- Thanks, Abby.
Well, the grandson of Billy Graham
is speaking out abouthe midterm elections.
As Will Graham tells CBN's David Brody,
it's crucial for Christiansto get out and vote.
- You might have heard
that there's something calleda midterm election coming up
and I know yourgrandfather really was able
to kind of bridge thatgap between both parties.
- Yeah.- I mean it was
pretty unique, veryunique, especially today.
What's kind of a message for Christians
as they look to maybe sit on the couch,
maybe go to the voting booth,they're not quite sure,
maybe they're just tiredof the whole process.
What do you say to folks
that are just thinkingabout not engaging really?
- Well, you know, oftentimes,
we focus on the politics of Washington DC.
And this is where Congress is,
this is where the Supreme Court is,
this is where our Presidentis, all in Washington DC,
but yet there's so manyother elections going on
at the same time, especiallywith school boards,
local levels, where there are sheriffs.
We got a lot of other racesthat are going on there.
Just as important as thenational ones are the local ones.
And I would encourage Christiansto get out and ask God,
say God, show me whichones I need to vote for.
Let's put good people intooffice, good people of character,
put them into office andhelp them to make decisions
and help support them too.
It's very hard to be takingany role in government now
'cause it's so divisive,
but we need good people to stand up.
If not, we're gonna be stuck
with the garbage running this country
and that's the last thing we want.
And that doesn't meanDemocrat or Republican.
It just means that we'lljust have bad people
running for office, butwhen we really need good men
and women of both sides, good character,
to stand up and to takeon national issues.
And so I would encourageChristians to come out and vote.
Ask God who you need to vote for.
I don't know everybody's local election,
and it's not Republican or Democrat,
it's just who the rightpeople for that area.
And so we just need to pray
that Christians would get out and vote
and vote for what God'slaid on their heart.
- Man, he's making the rounds.
He has the new movie,Unbroken, a new devotional,
and now this with midterms.
- That's right.
The Graham legacy carries on.
- Yeah, busy guy.
- That's right.
Well, that's gonna do itfor tonight's Faith Nation.
- Have a great evening.