Hillary Clinton Attends Opening of Broadway’s ‘Network’

A 1976 film might not be expected to translate seamlessly to Broadway in 2018, but for the cast and creative team behind “Network,” which premiered Thursday night with Hillary Clinton in the audience, the story still feels uncomfortably close to home. …

A 1976 film might not be expected to translate seamlessly to Broadway in 2018, but for the cast and creative team behind “Network,” which premiered Thursday night with Hillary Clinton in the audience, the story still feels uncomfortably close to home. “It was a satire then, and now it’s documentary realism,” said Lee Hall, who […]

House Judiciary Committee GOP-ers Grill Ex FBI Chief Comey On Clinton Emails Before Turning Over Tiaras To Dems

In one last swipe at former FBI Director James Comey, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee will haul him behind closed doors for another day of grilling before they have to turn over control to Democrats.
Comey broke the news to reporters outsi…

In one last swipe at former FBI Director James Comey, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee will haul him behind closed doors for another day of grilling before they have to turn over control to Democrats. Comey broke the news to reporters outside the grilling room Friday evening, where he revealed he’d just spent the day under the Republicans spotlight — taking questions on Hillary Clinton’s emails. After a full day of questioning, a “couple things” became clear…

Jedediah Bila Returns To Fox News Channel As Contributor

Fox News Channel has signed Jedediah Bila as a contributor. News comes little more than a year after Bila exited ABC’s The View.
“We are excited to welcome her back to the Fox News family,” FNC’s SVP  of morning programming and …

Fox News Channel has signed Jedediah Bila as a contributor. News comes little more than a year after Bila exited ABC’s The View. “We are excited to welcome her back to the Fox News family,” FNC’s SVP  of morning programming and talent development Lauren Petterson said in making the announcement. Bila noted FNC is the place where she started her TV career, first joining as a contributor in 2013, appearing regularly on Outnumbered and The Five. Most recently, Bila served as…

Ivanka Trump Defends Use of Private Email Account: ‘No Equivalency’ to Hillary Clinton (Video)

First daughter Ivanka Trump defended her practice of conducting White House business on a private email server and struck back forcefully against many of the comparisons now being made between her and Hillary Clinton.

“All of my emails are stored and preserved. There were no deletions. There is no attempt to hide,” said Trump during an interview with ABC News’ Deborah Roberts. “There’s no equivalency to what my father’s spoken about.”

Trump’s oblique reference to “what my father’s spoken about” refers to President Trump’s criticism of Clinton during the 2016 campaign for her use of a private email to conduct official government business while she served as secretary of state.

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A month before the election, Donald Trump called the Clinton email scandal “bigger than Watergate,” describing it as “corruption … on a scale we have never seen before.”

The difference Ivanka Trump alluded to was the 33,000 emails that Secretary Clinton deleted from her private email server. Trump insisted that there had been no such deletions on her end.

“There is no restriction of using personal email,” Ivanka Trump told Roberts. “In fact, we’re instructed that if we receive an email to our personal account that could relate to government work, you simply just forward it to your government account so it can be archived.”

That breezy assessment, however, is not shared by Democrats, who have vowed to push ahead with a congressional investigation with their newly empowered House majority next year.

Last week, The Hill reported that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would look into whether Ivanka’s emails complied with the presidential record act and federal records act.

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First daughter Ivanka Trump defended her practice of conducting White House business on a private email server and struck back forcefully against many of the comparisons now being made between her and Hillary Clinton.

“All of my emails are stored and preserved. There were no deletions. There is no attempt to hide,” said Trump during an interview with ABC News’ Deborah Roberts. “There’s no equivalency to what my father’s spoken about.”

Trump’s oblique reference to “what my father’s spoken about” refers to President Trump’s criticism of Clinton during the 2016 campaign for her use of a private email to conduct official government business while she served as secretary of state.

A month before the election, Donald Trump called the Clinton email scandal “bigger than Watergate,” describing it as “corruption … on a scale we have never seen before.”

The difference Ivanka Trump alluded to was the 33,000 emails that Secretary Clinton deleted from her private email server. Trump insisted that there had been no such deletions on her end.

“There is no restriction of using personal email,” Ivanka Trump told Roberts. “In fact, we’re instructed that if we receive an email to our personal account that could relate to government work, you simply just forward it to your government account so it can be archived.”

That breezy assessment, however, is not shared by Democrats, who have vowed to push ahead with a congressional investigation with their newly empowered House majority next year.

Last week, The Hill reported that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would look into whether Ivanka’s emails complied with the presidential record act and federal records act.

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‘Escape at Dannemora’: Did Richard Matt Really Have a Photo of Hillary Clinton in His Jail Cell?

(Warning: This story contains spoilers from the second episode of Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”)

Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin never strayed too far from the real-life events for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” which tells the story of Richard Matt and David Sweat’s breakout from a New York state prison in 2015.

But a couple of scenes in the second episode of the series shows Matt (Benicio del Toro) painting a portrait of then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, complete with a photo of her in his jail cell. So, we asked Johnson and Tolkin if that was indeed true. Did Matt, who had a hobby of painting celebrities and political figures while incarcerated, actually have a photo of Clinton in his cell?

The answer is yes … and no.

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“It’s not a real story,” said Johnson, on whether or not Matt actually had a photo of the 2016 presidential runner-up. “But, it is true [that he painted a portrait of her in jail].” Basically, Johnson and Tolkin wanted to illustrate just how he would have been able to do his artwork.

“It just was too good to not use,” said Johnson, of depicting Matt’s artist side. “We always had him painting Hillary Clinton and some other guy not liking that he was painting Hillary Clinton. That was one of our first ideas.”

Tolkin and Johnson pointed to a story on Syracuse-based news channel, CNY, which interview with John Mulligan, who said he was a former inmate of Matt’s. He told CNY that he received paintings from Matt after Mulligan got out of prison, and these paintings included the likes of Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and even George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

“If you did a fictional story and said this is a murderer and he paints, who would think that he’s going to be painting Julia Roberts,” said Johnson.

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(Warning: This story contains spoilers from the second episode of Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora”)

Brett Johnson and Michael Tolkin never strayed too far from the real-life events for Showtime’s “Escape at Dannemora,” which tells the story of Richard Matt and David Sweat’s breakout from a New York state prison in 2015.

But a couple of scenes in the second episode of the series shows Matt (Benicio del Toro) painting a portrait of then-presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, complete with a photo of her in his jail cell. So, we asked Johnson and Tolkin if that was indeed true. Did Matt, who had a hobby of painting celebrities and political figures while incarcerated, actually have a photo of Clinton in his cell?

The answer is yes … and no.

“It’s not a real story,” said Johnson, on whether or not Matt actually had a photo of the 2016 presidential runner-up. “But, it is true [that he painted a portrait of her in jail].” Basically, Johnson and Tolkin wanted to illustrate just how he would have been able to do his artwork.

“It just was too good to not use,” said Johnson, of depicting Matt’s artist side. “We always had him painting Hillary Clinton and some other guy not liking that he was painting Hillary Clinton. That was one of our first ideas.”

Tolkin and Johnson pointed to a story on Syracuse-based news channel, CNY, which interview with John Mulligan, who said he was a former inmate of Matt’s. He told CNY that he received paintings from Matt after Mulligan got out of prison, and these paintings included the likes of Clinton, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and even George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

“If you did a fictional story and said this is a murderer and he paints, who would think that he’s going to be painting Julia Roberts,” said Johnson.

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Hillary Clinton Calls Fox News ‘Superb Propaganda,’ Says News Media Must ‘Get Smarter’ to Cover Trump

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Fox News “superb propaganda” and a “wholly owned subsidiary of Trump and the Republican party” in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian.

Clinton said President Trump, who surprised her and most political pundits by beating her in 2016, has a knack for “tweeting and insulting and dominating the news cycles.” But she said the news media has to adapt and do a better job of covering his false statements.

“I believe that where we are now in the political cycle is that the press does not know how to cover these candidates who are setting themselves on fire every day, who are masters of diversion and distraction,” she told the newspaper. “So at some point, the press has to get smarter because that’s basically how most voters get their information.”

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The former secretary of state said the news media’s dedication to “balance” leads reporters to weigh facts and opinion equally — a bad judgement call, she said, that “opens a door to somebody like him.”

Clinton seemed to have little hope, however, of Fox News improving. She said the Trump doesn’t attack Fox News “because they’re like a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump and the Republican party now.”

“You watch Fox News, it’s always, ‘Something terrible is about to happen’, ‘Something terrible did happen’, ‘These people are doing all these awful things.’ It is totally divorced from reality, but it is superb propaganda,” she told The Guardian. “I don’t know the best way to puncture that. You have to hope that reality catches up with politics and entertainment at some point.”

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Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Trump may not agree that the news media has been too easy on him. On Wednesday, he tweeted that “You just can’t win with the Fake News Media,” complaining about news coverage that he said blamed lower gas prices for traffic jams.

On Monday, the White House backed down from a decision to yank CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House press pass. He lost the pass after he pressed Trump on his assertion that a migrant caravan far from the U.S. border constituted an “invasion” of the United States. The White House released a doctored video that made it appear Acosta had struck a female White House aide. CNN sued to regain access.

But even as it gave up on pulling Acosta’s pass, the Trump administration unveiled new rules for White House reporters this week, threatening to pull their passes if they ask follow-up questions.

Earlier this week, Trump said the U.S. would maintain a “steadfast” relationship with Saudi Arabia even though the CIA has concluded, according to the Washington Post, that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia has denied the crown prince was involved in the killing, and Trump has denied that the CIA concluded he ordered Khashoggi’s murder.

Read the full Guardian interview with Clinton here.

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called Fox News “superb propaganda” and a “wholly owned subsidiary of Trump and the Republican party” in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian.

Clinton said President Trump, who surprised her and most political pundits by beating her in 2016, has a knack for “tweeting and insulting and dominating the news cycles.” But she said the news media has to adapt and do a better job of covering his false statements.

“I believe that where we are now in the political cycle is that the press does not know how to cover these candidates who are setting themselves on fire every day, who are masters of diversion and distraction,” she told the newspaper. “So at some point, the press has to get smarter because that’s basically how most voters get their information.”

The former secretary of state said the news media’s dedication to “balance” leads reporters to weigh facts and opinion equally — a bad judgement call, she said, that “opens a door to somebody like him.”

Clinton seemed to have little hope, however, of Fox News improving. She said the Trump doesn’t attack Fox News “because they’re like a wholly owned subsidiary of Trump and the Republican party now.”

“You watch Fox News, it’s always, ‘Something terrible is about to happen’, ‘Something terrible did happen’, ‘These people are doing all these awful things.’ It is totally divorced from reality, but it is superb propaganda,” she told The Guardian. “I don’t know the best way to puncture that. You have to hope that reality catches up with politics and entertainment at some point.”

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Trump may not agree that the news media has been too easy on him. On Wednesday, he tweeted that “You just can’t win with the Fake News Media,” complaining about news coverage that he said blamed lower gas prices for traffic jams.

On Monday, the White House backed down from a decision to yank CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House press pass. He lost the pass after he pressed Trump on his assertion that a migrant caravan far from the U.S. border constituted an “invasion” of the United States. The White House released a doctored video that made it appear Acosta had struck a female White House aide. CNN sued to regain access.

But even as it gave up on pulling Acosta’s pass, the Trump administration unveiled new rules for White House reporters this week, threatening to pull their passes if they ask follow-up questions.

Earlier this week, Trump said the U.S. would maintain a “steadfast” relationship with Saudi Arabia even though the CIA has concluded, according to the Washington Post, that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia has denied the crown prince was involved in the killing, and Trump has denied that the CIA concluded he ordered Khashoggi’s murder.

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Fox News Guest Says Hillary Clinton Is ‘Like Herpes’: ‘She Won’t Go Away’ (Video)

A Fox News segment on Thanksgiving was cut short after guest Anna Paulina, director of Hispanic engagement at Turning Points USA, said that Hillary Clinton is “like herpes.”

“She won’t go away. She’s like herpes,” Paulina said.

The comment came as the show’s panel discussed Rudy Giuliani saying the former secretary of state should be investigated for using a private email server. Host Rick Leventhal looked momentarily shocked after Paulina’s comment.

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“Um, OK, that’s news that we’re breaking here. Not appropriate,” Leventhal said.

Paulina’s STD quip momentarily derailed the show. She was taken off the air before Leventhal said they were wrapping up the segment “a little bit early because of the language that was used.” He added: “We apologize to our viewers for that.”

Fox News host Arthel Neville kept the apologies coming later in the show. “We want to reiterate that we do not condone the language that Anna Paulina just displayed here, and we apologize to Secretary Clinton for that. Fox News does not condone her sentiment. It’s Thanksgiving guys, lighten up. Come on!”

A Fox News rep, when reached by TheWrap on Friday, referred to the two previous on-air apologies.

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Turning Points USA did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Paulina’s appearance.

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A Fox News segment on Thanksgiving was cut short after guest Anna Paulina, director of Hispanic engagement at Turning Points USA, said that Hillary Clinton is “like herpes.”

“She won’t go away. She’s like herpes,” Paulina said.

The comment came as the show’s panel discussed Rudy Giuliani saying the former secretary of state should be investigated for using a private email server. Host Rick Leventhal looked momentarily shocked after Paulina’s comment.

“Um, OK, that’s news that we’re breaking here. Not appropriate,” Leventhal said.

Paulina’s STD quip momentarily derailed the show. She was taken off the air before Leventhal said they were wrapping up the segment “a little bit early because of the language that was used.” He added: “We apologize to our viewers for that.”

Fox News host Arthel Neville kept the apologies coming later in the show. “We want to reiterate that we do not condone the language that Anna Paulina just displayed here, and we apologize to Secretary Clinton for that. Fox News does not condone her sentiment. It’s Thanksgiving guys, lighten up. Come on!”

A Fox News rep, when reached by TheWrap on Friday, referred to the two previous on-air apologies.

Turning Points USA did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on Paulina’s appearance.

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Fox News Offers On-Air Apology After Guest Compares Hillary Clinton To “Herpes”

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Fox News issued an on-air apology today after one of its guests compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to herpes during a broadcast. Anna Paulina, Turning Point USA's director of hispanic engagement, appeared along with political analyst Doug Schoen to discuss a favorite Fox News topic, Clinton’s deleted emails. Host Rick Leventhal made an offhand remark about how Clinton remains in the news, prompting Paulina’s caustic remark. “She won't go away. She's like…

WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Faces Criminal Charges, Prosecutors Accidentally Reveal

The Justice Department has prepared criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in an unrelated court filing Thursday night.

A federal prosecutor in Virginia, who was attempting to keep sealed a separate case involving a man accused of coercing a minor for sex, twice mentioned Assange’s name in the filing, the Associated Press reported.

The charges and arrest warrant “would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote, stressing: “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.”

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The filing mention shows a marked escalation in the Justice Department’s lengthy standoff against Assange’s anti-secrecy group.

Dwyer is also assigned to the WikiLeaks case. People familiar with the matter said that the disclosure was true, but unintentional, the Washington Post reported.

“The court filing was made in error. That was not the intended name for this filing,” a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia told the Post.

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Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Assange’s arrest a priority last year, while Robert Mueller has investigated if the Trump campaign had advance knowledge of Democratic emails that were published by WikiLeaks in the weeks before the 2016 election and that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia.

In July, Mueller’s office charged 12 Russian military spies with conspiring to hack DNC computers, stealing the organization’s data and publishing the files in an effort to disrupt the election. It described WikiLeaks as “Organization 1,” referring to it as the platform the Russians used to release the emails.

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While Assange has become a liberal pariah for his role in leaking emails from Clinton and the DNC during the 2016 election, but he has been a wanted man long before that. Since 2012, he has taken refuge within the Ecuadorian Embassy in London fleeing possible extradition to Sweden on charges of rape.

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The Justice Department has prepared criminal charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in an unrelated court filing Thursday night.

A federal prosecutor in Virginia, who was attempting to keep sealed a separate case involving a man accused of coercing a minor for sex, twice mentioned Assange’s name in the filing, the Associated Press reported.

The charges and arrest warrant “would need to remain sealed until Assange is arrested in connection with the charges in the criminal complaint and can therefore no longer evade or avoid arrest and extradition in this matter,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer wrote, stressing: “due to the sophistication of the defendant and the publicity surrounding the case, no other procedure is likely to keep confidential the fact that Assange has been charged.”

The filing mention shows a marked escalation in the Justice Department’s lengthy standoff against Assange’s anti-secrecy group.

Dwyer is also assigned to the WikiLeaks case. People familiar with the matter said that the disclosure was true, but unintentional, the Washington Post reported.

“The court filing was made in error. That was not the intended name for this filing,” a spokesperson for the U.S. attorney’s office in the Eastern District of Virginia told the Post.

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions called Assange’s arrest a priority last year, while Robert Mueller has investigated if the Trump campaign had advance knowledge of Democratic emails that were published by WikiLeaks in the weeks before the 2016 election and that U.S. authorities have said were hacked by Russia.

In July, Mueller’s office charged 12 Russian military spies with conspiring to hack DNC computers, stealing the organization’s data and publishing the files in an effort to disrupt the election. It described WikiLeaks as “Organization 1,” referring to it as the platform the Russians used to release the emails.

While Assange has become a liberal pariah for his role in leaking emails from Clinton and the DNC during the 2016 election, but he has been a wanted man long before that. Since 2012, he has taken refuge within the Ecuadorian Embassy in London fleeing possible extradition to Sweden on charges of rape.

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#StayInLine Says Common, Ava DuVernay & Hillary Clinton Of Georgia Poll Problems

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Worries of voter suppression has been a part of the gubernatorial race in the great state of Georgia since Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp secured their respective party's nominations – and today it looks like problems are popping up all over the Peach State. Shuttered polling stations, broken voting machines and claims of hacking are marring the contest in Hollywood South already and leading to long long lines for hopeful voters. Add to that the fact…

Peter Thiel Calls Trump’s Nicknames ‘Powerfully Accurate’

Peter Thiel doesn’t have an issue with President Trump’s nicknames for his opponents, even if his critics find them a bit crass.

“I don’t think President Trump’s nicknames are that nasty,” Thiel said at the DealBook conference in New York City on Thursday. “They are powerfully accurate.”

One nickname that particularly resonated with Thiel: “Low energy” Jeb Bush. “I met him,” Thiel said. “I was thinking to myself; why is this person even running?”

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Thiel didn’t back away from his position as Trump’s most prominent fan in the tech world, saying that he’s planning on supporting the president when he runs for re-election in 2020. “I don’t think there’s something that’s going to change my mind,” he said.

The entrepreneur, when pressed by moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, said there is plenty to “quibble” about with the president’s agenda on a daily basis. On whether or not President Trump lies, Thiel drew moans from the crowd, saying “I tend to think that the inaccuracies President Trump tells are basically exaggerations of the truth.”  He added lying is “just politics,” while pointing to Barack Obama’s healthcare claims and George W. Bush launching the Iraq war as examples.

Thiel’s support for Trump has long put him at odds with Silicon Valley’s tech elite — something that spurred his decision to move to Los Angeles earlier this year. Thiel chided the tech epicenter for becoming a “one-party state,” unwilling to humor conservatives when Sorkin asked about his move.

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“It feels like it’s jumped the shark,” Thiel continued in his Silicon Valley assessment. “The network effects are more negative than positive. It’s not the wisdom of crowds — it’s the madness of crowds.”

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Peter Thiel doesn’t have an issue with President Trump’s nicknames for his opponents, even if his critics find them a bit crass.

“I don’t think President Trump’s nicknames are that nasty,” Thiel said at the DealBook conference in New York City on Thursday. “They are powerfully accurate.”

One nickname that particularly resonated with Thiel: “Low energy” Jeb Bush. “I met him,” Thiel said. “I was thinking to myself; why is this person even running?”

Thiel didn’t back away from his position as Trump’s most prominent fan in the tech world, saying that he’s planning on supporting the president when he runs for re-election in 2020. “I don’t think there’s something that’s going to change my mind,” he said.

The entrepreneur, when pressed by moderator Andrew Ross Sorkin, said there is plenty to “quibble” about with the president’s agenda on a daily basis. On whether or not President Trump lies, Thiel drew moans from the crowd, saying “I tend to think that the inaccuracies President Trump tells are basically exaggerations of the truth.”  He added lying is “just politics,” while pointing to Barack Obama’s healthcare claims and George W. Bush launching the Iraq war as examples.

Thiel’s support for Trump has long put him at odds with Silicon Valley’s tech elite — something that spurred his decision to move to Los Angeles earlier this year. Thiel chided the tech epicenter for becoming a “one-party state,” unwilling to humor conservatives when Sorkin asked about his move.

“It feels like it’s jumped the shark,” Thiel continued in his Silicon Valley assessment. “The network effects are more negative than positive. It’s not the wisdom of crowds — it’s the madness of crowds.”

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What We Know About Bomb Suspect Cesar Sayoc Jr

Federal authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc Jr. on Friday in Florida in connection with a series of mail bombs sent to CNN and several prominent Democrats this week.

Here’s what we know about Sayoc Jr. so far:

He’s a 56-year-old Florida resident that’s lived in several other states, including North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and New York, according to NBC News.

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Sayoc Jr. is a registered Republican, according to the New York Times.

He also has a “lengthy criminal history,” according to the Times, dating back more than 25 years. He’s been arrested for felony theft, drug and fraud charges, and for threatening to use a bomb, the NYT reported.

Sayoc Jr. is the manager of Native American Catering & Vending in Hallandale Beach, Florida, according to business records obtained by the Miami Herald. Federal sources told the paper he lived in Aventura, Florida as of Friday.

Sayoc Jr.’s white van was covered with stickers promoting President Trump and other conservatives, according to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. It also reports that according to corporate filings, Sayoc Jr. owns or manages two businesses, Native American Catering and Vending and Ver Tech AG.

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Several news outlets, including the New York Daily News, tweeted Sayoc Jr.’s mugshot, seen below:

PICTURED: Cesar Sayoc Jr., the Florida man and ex-Brooklynite arrested for sending pipe-bomb packages to prominent Democrats and Trump critics. https://t.co/D5xTOtY4x1 pic.twitter.com/NgLCwTyFDj

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 26, 2018

His arrest caps a week-long manhunt after a dozen mail bombs were sent to top Democrats, including former president Barack Obama and ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, CNN also got a bomb resulting in the total evacuation of their New York headquarters.

“We must never allow political violence to take root in America, and I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it now,” President Trump said on Friday.

Sayoc Jr. graduated from Brevard College in North Carolina in 1984, according to his LinkedIn account.

A Twitter account registered in his first and middle name routinely posted memes critical of Democrats.

More to come…

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Federal authorities arrested Cesar Sayoc Jr. on Friday in Florida in connection with a series of mail bombs sent to CNN and several prominent Democrats this week.

Here’s what we know about Sayoc Jr. so far:

He’s a 56-year-old Florida resident that’s lived in several other states, including North Carolina, New Jersey, Michigan and New York, according to NBC News.

Sayoc Jr. is a registered Republican, according to the New York Times.

He also has a “lengthy criminal history,” according to the Times, dating back more than 25 years. He’s been arrested for felony theft, drug and fraud charges, and for threatening to use a bomb, the NYT reported.

Sayoc Jr. is the manager of Native American Catering & Vending in Hallandale Beach, Florida, according to business records obtained by the Miami Herald. Federal sources told the paper he lived in Aventura, Florida as of Friday.

Sayoc Jr.’s white van was covered with stickers promoting President Trump and other conservatives, according to the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida. It also reports that according to corporate filings, Sayoc Jr. owns or manages two businesses, Native American Catering and Vending and Ver Tech AG.

Several news outlets, including the New York Daily News, tweeted Sayoc Jr.’s mugshot, seen below:

His arrest caps a week-long manhunt after a dozen mail bombs were sent to top Democrats, including former president Barack Obama and ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton. On Wednesday, CNN also got a bomb resulting in the total evacuation of their New York headquarters.

“We must never allow political violence to take root in America, and I am committed to doing everything in my power as president to stop it now,” President Trump said on Friday.

Sayoc Jr. graduated from Brevard College in North Carolina in 1984, according to his LinkedIn account.

A Twitter account registered in his first and middle name routinely posted memes critical of Democrats.

More to come…

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UPDATED: Federal authorities have arrested a man in South Florida in connection to the suspected explosive packages sent to critics of President Donald Trump, TV news outlets began reporting simultaneously Friday morning. CNN, which was intended recipient of two of the bombs, first reported the arrested; MSNBC has identified the man as Cesar Sayoc Jr. The arrest of the 56-year-old Sayoc in Plantation Florida, comes four days after the first suspicious package was…

Robert De Niro Responds to Mail Bomb Threat: ‘Your Vote’ Is ‘More Powerful Than Bombs’

Actor Robert De Niro is urging people to vote after becoming one of the many targets of this week’s mail-bomb threats against notable Democrats and critics of President Trump.

“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” the Oscar winner said in a statement on Friday morning.

“There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”

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On Thursday, the New York Police Department investigated a suspicious package addressed to De Niro sent to the office of his production company in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood.

Two law enforcement officials told CNN that the package had markings similar to the pipe-bomb packages sent this week to other top Democrats, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and former attorney general Eric Holder.

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Authorities have now zeroed in on South Florida as a point of origin, and they revealed that the packages had similar markings and all contained crude pipe bombs — none of which has detonated so far.

Many of the people who were sent suspected bombs have been prominent Democrats or outspoken critics of Trump.

The president struck a measured tone at a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday night, calling the threats “an attack on our democracy itself.” He added: “Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and prosecuted.”

As the week went on, however, Trump became more animated. “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” he tweeted.

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By the early hours of Friday morning, he was on the attack again. “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” he wrote.

Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, “it’s just not Presidential!”

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2018

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Actor Robert De Niro is urging people to vote after becoming one of the many targets of this week’s mail-bomb threats against notable Democrats and critics of President Trump.

“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” the Oscar winner said in a statement on Friday morning.

“There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”

On Thursday, the New York Police Department investigated a suspicious package addressed to De Niro sent to the office of his production company in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood.

Two law enforcement officials told CNN that the package had markings similar to the pipe-bomb packages sent this week to other top Democrats, including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden and former attorney general Eric Holder.

Authorities have now zeroed in on South Florida as a point of origin, and they revealed that the packages had similar markings and all contained crude pipe bombs — none of which has detonated so far.

Many of the people who were sent suspected bombs have been prominent Democrats or outspoken critics of Trump.

The president struck a measured tone at a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday night, calling the threats “an attack on our democracy itself.” He added: “Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and prosecuted.”

As the week went on, however, Trump became more animated. “A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” he tweeted.

By the early hours of Friday morning, he was on the attack again. “Funny how lowly rated CNN, and others, can criticize me at will, even blaming me for the current spate of Bombs and ridiculously comparing this to September 11th and the Oklahoma City bombing, yet when I criticize them they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!'” he wrote.

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Here’s Who Anti-Democrat Mail Bomber Has Targeted So Far With Suspicious Packages

The list of prominent Democrats, news outlets and celebrities who have received suspected explosives in the mail continued to grow on Thursday, with Robert De Niro and former vice president Joe Biden the latest to be targeted.

Two packages addressed to Biden — one received at a postal facility in New Castle, Delaware, and another discovered at a facility in Wilmington, Delaware — were intercepted by law enforcement officials, according to NBC News. The suspicious packages resembled those sent to other Democratic officials, according to the outlet.

That was followed by the New York Police Department investigating on Thursday morning a package addressed to De Niro at his production company in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood, CNN reported. Two law enforcement officials told the network the package had markings similar to the pipe-bomb packages sent this week to other top Democrats.

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Here’s a complete look at every one else who was been targeted in the last few days:

– Billionaire investor George Soros, a longtime advocate for liberal issues, received the first bomb threat at his home in New York City on Monday. The hand delivered-device was inspected and then detonated by the FBI, according to ABC News.

– Former president Barack Obama was sent a pipe bomb at his home in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, according to the New York Times.

– Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, also received a suspected bomb on Wednesday.

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– CNN evacuated its staff from its New York City office on Wednesday after receiving a suspected pipe bomb, forcing the outlet to shift to anchors in Washington, D.C. to stay on the air.

– John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, had a package addressed to him at CNN’s office, according to the NYT.

– Former attorney general Eric Holder had a package addressed to him but returned to the address on the package, belonging to …

– Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who got a package at her office in Florida, according to the NYT.

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– Rep. Maxine Waters received a package at a South Los Angeles mail facility on Wednesday, the FBI told the Los Angeles Times. The package resembled the manilla envelopes received by politicians on the east coast.

Many of those that were sent suspected bombs have been outspoken critics of President Trump. The president struck a measured tone at a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday night, calling the threats “an attack on our democracy itself.” He added: “Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and prosecuted.” On Thursday morning, though, Trump was more animated, tweeting “a very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News.”

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A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News. It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2018

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The list of prominent Democrats, news outlets and celebrities who have received suspected explosives in the mail continued to grow on Thursday, with Robert De Niro and former vice president Joe Biden the latest to be targeted.

Two packages addressed to Biden — one received at a postal facility in New Castle, Delaware, and another discovered at a facility in Wilmington, Delaware — were intercepted by law enforcement officials, according to NBC News. The suspicious packages resembled those sent to other Democratic officials, according to the outlet.

That was followed by the New York Police Department investigating on Thursday morning a package addressed to De Niro at his production company in the city’s Tribeca neighborhood, CNN reported. Two law enforcement officials told the network the package had markings similar to the pipe-bomb packages sent this week to other top Democrats.

Here’s a complete look at every one else who was been targeted in the last few days:

– Billionaire investor George Soros, a longtime advocate for liberal issues, received the first bomb threat at his home in New York City on Monday. The hand delivered-device was inspected and then detonated by the FBI, according to ABC News.

– Former president Barack Obama was sent a pipe bomb at his home in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, according to the New York Times.

– Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, also received a suspected bomb on Wednesday.

– CNN evacuated its staff from its New York City office on Wednesday after receiving a suspected pipe bomb, forcing the outlet to shift to anchors in Washington, D.C. to stay on the air.

– John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director, had a package addressed to him at CNN’s office, according to the NYT.

– Former attorney general Eric Holder had a package addressed to him but returned to the address on the package, belonging to …

– Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the former chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, who got a package at her office in Florida, according to the NYT.

– Rep. Maxine Waters received a package at a South Los Angeles mail facility on Wednesday, the FBI told the Los Angeles Times. The package resembled the manilla envelopes received by politicians on the east coast.

Many of those that were sent suspected bombs have been outspoken critics of President Trump. The president struck a measured tone at a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Wednesday night, calling the threats “an attack on our democracy itself.” He added: “Such conduct must be fiercely opposed and prosecuted.” On Thursday morning, though, Trump was more animated, tweeting “a very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News.”

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‘Morning Joe’: Trump ‘Bears a Lot of Responsibility’ for Attempted Bomb Attacks (Video)

The set of “Morning Joe” officially blamed President Trump on Thursday after a series of attempted mail bomb attacks against prominent Democrats and CNN this week.

In one of several emotional “straight into the camera” monologues, Mika Brzezinski said Trump and his rhetoric made it a certainty that this day would come sooner or later.

“We don’t know who sent the packages, but I do know in my heart that President Trump bears a lot of responsibility for rhetoric that made it almost inevitable that top Democrats and the media would be targeted,” said Brzezinski. “I want to be honest, I have been highly reactive in my emotions and fears about this president.”

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She then encouraged her party to remain calm and not go into the gutter with Trump.

“As Democrats, I would speak to you now and see that we need to immediately press reset,” she said. “We know that what Trump wants before the mid-terms is a brawl, a battle of conspiracy theories, unhinged accusations and violent rude behavior. Democrats. Don’t do it. Pull back. Don’t try and intimidate Republicans when they’re at public places like restaurants. Don’t do it.”

She then criticized, by name, prominent Democrats who have encouraged confrontation like California congresswoman Maxine Waters.

“A tactic explicitly encouraged by Maxine Waters. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t say it, Maxine,” she said. “Don’t get in the gutter with this man and this rhetoric. That’s what he wants.”

On Wednesday, most other news came to a standstill after a bomb was mailed to CNN as well as former president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The bombs delivered via the U.S. postal service were similar to one received by billionaire Democratic funder George Soros on Monday and Robert De Niro on Thursday.

For much of Wednesday, CNN reported from the streets of Manhattan after their New York bureau in the Time Warner Center was evacuated. CNN chief Jeff Zucker also stuck the blame squarely on Trump in a statement.

Statement from CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker: pic.twitter.com/OXyIT6oSLT

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) October 24, 2018

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The set of “Morning Joe” officially blamed President Trump on Thursday after a series of attempted mail bomb attacks against prominent Democrats and CNN this week.

In one of several emotional “straight into the camera” monologues, Mika Brzezinski said Trump and his rhetoric made it a certainty that this day would come sooner or later.

“We don’t know who sent the packages, but I do know in my heart that President Trump bears a lot of responsibility for rhetoric that made it almost inevitable that top Democrats and the media would be targeted,” said Brzezinski. “I want to be honest, I have been highly reactive in my emotions and fears about this president.”

She then encouraged her party to remain calm and not go into the gutter with Trump.

“As Democrats, I would speak to you now and see that we need to immediately press reset,” she said. “We know that what Trump wants before the mid-terms is a brawl, a battle of conspiracy theories, unhinged accusations and violent rude behavior. Democrats. Don’t do it. Pull back. Don’t try and intimidate Republicans when they’re at public places like restaurants. Don’t do it.”

She then criticized, by name, prominent Democrats who have encouraged confrontation like California congresswoman Maxine Waters.

“A tactic explicitly encouraged by Maxine Waters. Don’t do it. Don’t do it. Don’t say it, Maxine,” she said. “Don’t get in the gutter with this man and this rhetoric. That’s what he wants.”

On Wednesday, most other news came to a standstill after a bomb was mailed to CNN as well as former president Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The bombs delivered via the U.S. postal service were similar to one received by billionaire Democratic funder George Soros on Monday and Robert De Niro on Thursday.

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Republican Congressional Committee Releases Ad Attacking ‘Radical’ George Soros Just 2 Days After Bomb Attempt

Bad timing? Bad taste? Or both?

The National Republican Congressional Committee released an attack ad Wednesday slamming billionaire philanthropist and Democratic mega-donor George Soros as a “radical.” The ad dropped just two days after an explosive device was sent to his home in a New York suburb.

The political ad, called “Owes,” blasts Minnesota congressional candidate Dan Feehan, a Bronze Star recipient and former Army Ranger, who currently has a razor-thin lead over Republican Jim Hagedorn.

The ad starts with a clip of Feehan saying he owes “nothing to any leader, any corporation.” A stern voiceover interjects: “What a joke! Look at who finances Dan Feehan’s employer. Radical George Soros, Wall Street’s biggest banks, a crooked lobbyist tied to Pelosi.”

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Authorities said Monday that one of Soros’ employees opened a package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device. The employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the Bedford police.

The bomb was similar to other explosive devices that were sent to former president Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and CNN’s headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

Soros is known for his philanthropy and liberal political activism. His donations to Democratic candidates and causes have made him a target of conspiracy theories over the years.

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The political ad isn’t the only ill-timed GOP attack to come Wednesday. Just two hours after CNN’s New York headquarters were forced to evacuate after another explosive device was found mailed to the building, President Donald Trump’s campaign sent out a fundraising email slamming the network.

The NRCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Bad timing? Bad taste? Or both?

The National Republican Congressional Committee released an attack ad Wednesday slamming billionaire philanthropist and Democratic mega-donor George Soros as a “radical.” The ad dropped just two days after an explosive device was sent to his home in a New York suburb.

The political ad, called “Owes,” blasts Minnesota congressional candidate Dan Feehan, a Bronze Star recipient and former Army Ranger, who currently has a razor-thin lead over Republican Jim Hagedorn.

The ad starts with a clip of Feehan saying he owes “nothing to any leader, any corporation.” A stern voiceover interjects: “What a joke! Look at who finances Dan Feehan’s employer. Radical George Soros, Wall Street’s biggest banks, a crooked lobbyist tied to Pelosi.”

Authorities said Monday that one of Soros’ employees opened a package, revealing what appeared to be an explosive device. The employee placed the package in a wooded area and called the Bedford police.

The bomb was similar to other explosive devices that were sent to former president Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and CNN’s headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

Soros is known for his philanthropy and liberal political activism. His donations to Democratic candidates and causes have made him a target of conspiracy theories over the years.

The political ad isn’t the only ill-timed GOP attack to come Wednesday. Just two hours after CNN’s New York headquarters were forced to evacuate after another explosive device was found mailed to the building, President Donald Trump’s campaign sent out a fundraising email slamming the network.

The NRCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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NBC News Reporter Blames Fox News for Suspect Mail Bomb Attacks

NBC News reporter Ben Collins blamed Fox News and the conservative media after a series of suspected package bombs were sent to a number of high-ranking politicians, including former President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“There will be a rush to pin these mailbombs on extremist talking points from fringe websites like 4chan and Qanon-adjacent communities on Reddit and Facebook,” said Collins in a tweet Wednesday. “But Soros, Obama and the Clintons have been viewed as the root of all evil on talk radio and Fox News for over a decade.”

“Extremist talking points may get workshopped on fringe sites, but they’re platformed on and reach the most dupes on Fox News. Never forget that Sean Hannity was literally tying Hillary Clinton to actual Satanism three days before the 2016 election,” Collins continued, and linked to piece he wrote for the Daily Beast about how Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed the Clinton campaign “worshiped Satan.”

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“I can’t think of three more ‘normie’ targets for someone duped by talk radio and Fox News’ Hierarchy of Evil, in order, than Soros, Clinton and Obama,” he said. “This reeks of boomer conspiracy theorizing so far, radicalization that could’ve happened without a decent internet connection.”

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There will be a rush to pin these mailbombs on extremist talking points from fringe websites like 4chan and Qanon-adjacent communities on Reddit and Facebook, but Soros, Obama and the Clintons have been viewed as the root of all evil on talk radio and Fox News for over a decade.

— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 24, 2018

Extremist talking points may get workshopped on fringe sites, but they’re platformed on and reach the most dupes on Fox News.

Never forget that Sean Hannity was literally tying Hillary Clinton to actual Satanism three days before the 2016 election.https://t.co/9qL6eaOYNl

– Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 24, 2018

I can’t think of three more “normie” targets for someone duped by talk radio and Fox News’ Hierarchy of Evil, in order, than Soros, Clinton and Obama.

This reeks of boomer conspiracy theorizing so far, radicalization that could’ve happened without a decent internet connection.

– Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 24, 2018

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Collins declined to comment and a rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

A similar device was also sent to CNN’s New York City headquarters at the Time Warner Center — prompting the evacuation of the entire building.

“We are working with authorities to determine the severity of the situation. The NYPD is on scene, and we [are] working closely with them to take every precaution,” said CNN boss Jeff Zucker in a memo to staff Wednesday. “We are also checking all bureaus around the world, out of a complete abundance of caution.”

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CNN crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz said on air Wednesday that the authorities believed the device sent to CNN might have be a pipe bomb.

“What raised the alarm bell was when they X-rayed the package they found what looked like metal material, perhaps a pipe bomb. We’ve talked about other pipe bombs or bombs inside of metal construction that’s been delivered at other locations,” said  Prokupecz. “Then also we’re being told there were wires. What appeared to be wires inside this package.”

The White House also moved swiftly to condemn the attack, with Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump tweeting out their condemnation.

“We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others,” said Pence in a tweet. “These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”

“I agree wholeheartedly,” Trump added in a quote tweet.

I agree wholeheartedly! https://t.co/ndzu0A30vU

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2018

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NBC News reporter Ben Collins blamed Fox News and the conservative media after a series of suspected package bombs were sent to a number of high-ranking politicians, including former President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“There will be a rush to pin these mailbombs on extremist talking points from fringe websites like 4chan and Qanon-adjacent communities on Reddit and Facebook,” said Collins in a tweet Wednesday. “But Soros, Obama and the Clintons have been viewed as the root of all evil on talk radio and Fox News for over a decade.”

“Extremist talking points may get workshopped on fringe sites, but they’re platformed on and reach the most dupes on Fox News. Never forget that Sean Hannity was literally tying Hillary Clinton to actual Satanism three days before the 2016 election,” Collins continued, and linked to piece he wrote for the Daily Beast about how Fox News host Sean Hannity claimed the Clinton campaign “worshiped Satan.”

“I can’t think of three more ‘normie’ targets for someone duped by talk radio and Fox News’ Hierarchy of Evil, in order, than Soros, Clinton and Obama,” he said. “This reeks of boomer conspiracy theorizing so far, radicalization that could’ve happened without a decent internet connection.”

Collins declined to comment and a rep for Fox News did not immediately respond to request for comment from TheWrap.

A similar device was also sent to CNN’s New York City headquarters at the Time Warner Center — prompting the evacuation of the entire building.

“We are working with authorities to determine the severity of the situation. The NYPD is on scene, and we [are] working closely with them to take every precaution,” said CNN boss Jeff Zucker in a memo to staff Wednesday. “We are also checking all bureaus around the world, out of a complete abundance of caution.”

CNN crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz said on air Wednesday that the authorities believed the device sent to CNN might have be a pipe bomb.

“What raised the alarm bell was when they X-rayed the package they found what looked like metal material, perhaps a pipe bomb. We’ve talked about other pipe bombs or bombs inside of metal construction that’s been delivered at other locations,” said  Prokupecz. “Then also we’re being told there were wires. What appeared to be wires inside this package.”

The White House also moved swiftly to condemn the attack, with Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump tweeting out their condemnation.

“We condemn the attempted attacks against fmr Pres Obama, the Clintons, @CNN & others,” said Pence in a tweet. “These cowardly actions are despicable & have no place in this Country. Grateful for swift response of @SecretService, @FBI & local law enforcement. Those responsible will be brought to justice.”

“I agree wholeheartedly,” Trump added in a quote tweet.

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The usual suspects showed up to hold a presser in New York City about what appears to be alive explosive device sent to former CIA chief John Brennan at CNN’s New York HQ. It has been removed from the Time Warner building on Columbus Circle, but an envelope containing white powder also inside the package is still being analyzed on site. During the presser New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced another pipe bomb had been sent to his office in New York City, which he had just…

Hillary Clinton Calls for Electing Candidates Who Will ‘Bring Our Country Together’ After Bomb Scare

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to elect candidates who “will bring the country together” after possible explosive devices were sent to her as well as former president Barack Obama and CNN’s offices in New York this week.

“Many of you and others across our country have asked after me and my family and I’m very grateful for that,” Clinton said during a campaign event in Miami on Wednesday less than two weeks before the midterm elections. “We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service, who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home.”

“Every day we are grateful for their service and commitment and obviously never more than today, but it is a troubling time, isn’t it? It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together,” she said. “We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same.”

Hillary Clinton addresses suspicious package sent to her home: “We are fine thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home. Everyday we are grateful to their service” https://t.co/j35474bsYi pic.twitter.com/WpK8PQ6kfn

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 24, 2018

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Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, also thanked the the Secret Service in a tweet on Wednesday. “Every day, I am grateful to the women and men of the United States Secret Service,” she wrote. “Thank you.”

The FBI said that it the Joint Terrorism Task Force was working together with federal, state and local authorities to assist with the investigation but did not offer further comment.

Authorities on Wednesday were also investigating a package that arrived at the Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, but had an incorrect address, so it was returned to Wasserman Schultz’s office, which was listed as  the return address.

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A San Diego building which houses the offices of California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris and the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper were also evacuated after reports of a suspicious package there.

The White House issued a statement condemning the “attempted violent attacks” and vowed that law enforcement “will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”

“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to elect candidates who “will bring the country together” after possible explosive devices were sent to her as well as former president Barack Obama and CNN’s offices in New York this week.

“Many of you and others across our country have asked after me and my family and I’m very grateful for that,” Clinton said during a campaign event in Miami on Wednesday less than two weeks before the midterm elections. “We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service, who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home.”

“Every day we are grateful for their service and commitment and obviously never more than today, but it is a troubling time, isn’t it? It’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together,” she said. “We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same.”

Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, also thanked the the Secret Service in a tweet on Wednesday. “Every day, I am grateful to the women and men of the United States Secret Service,” she wrote. “Thank you.”

The FBI said that it the Joint Terrorism Task Force was working together with federal, state and local authorities to assist with the investigation but did not offer further comment.

Authorities on Wednesday were also investigating a package that arrived at the Florida office of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. The package was addressed to former Attorney General Eric Holder, but had an incorrect address, so it was returned to Wasserman Schultz’s office, which was listed as  the return address.

A San Diego building which houses the offices of California Democratic Senator Kamala Harris and the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper were also evacuated after reports of a suspicious package there.

The White House issued a statement condemning the “attempted violent attacks” and vowed that law enforcement “will take all appropriate actions to protect anyone threatened by these cowards.”

“We condemn the attempted violent attacks recently made against President Obama, President Clinton, Secretary Clinton, and other public figures. These terrorizing acts are despicable, and anyone responsible will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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