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We now have more confirmation that the van that was confiscated in the bomb investigation was covered in Trump stickers and other right wing memes. Video after the jump.

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CNN reporting arrest of man in South Florida in connection with mail bombs.

MORE: Initial details on suspect, per CNN. Man in his 50s, a criminal history, works at an auto parts store, lives in Florida but appears to have ties to New York of some sort.

Federal officers are towing away a van in Plantation, Florida that it is assumed is owned by the suspect. The van’s windows were covered with stickers. There was a big rush to see what those stickers were, figuring they likely gave a clue to political attitudes. A short time later, FBI agents covered the van in a tarp concealing the stickers.

The stickers appear to be clearly political. But so far the images have been far enough away and low enough resolution to make it difficult to make them out with certainty. There appear to be multiple pictures of President Trump on the two side windows of the van. For a larger image, click the picture above.

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.