On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

From explosive devices sent to the president’s critics to an increasingly partisan divide ahead of the midterm elections, it’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed (and some links if you want to read further).


A man was arrested in the mail bomb campaign targeting critics of the president.

After a tense week in which at least 12 crude explosive devices were sent through the mail to prominent critics of President Trump, fingerprint and DNA evidence led the authorities to a suspect: Cesar Sayoc Jr., 56, of Aventura, Fla. [Read the story]

Mr. Sayoc has a criminal history in Florida dating back to 1991, and he appeared to be living in a van plastered with stickers expressing support for Mr. Trump and animosity toward those who clashed with him. [Read the story]

Mr. Trump vowed on Friday that those responsible for the bombing campaign would be brought to “swift and certain justice.” In a Twitter post before his update on the case, the president characterized the crimes as an obstacle for Republicans ahead of the midterms. [Read the story]

Additional Reading

What We Know About the Mail Bombs Sent to Trump Critics

Before Cesar Sayoc Was a Bombing Suspect, He Was a Trump Superfan

‘False Flag’ Theory on Pipe Bombs Zooms From Right-Wing Fringe to Mainstream

The midterm elections are just 10 days away.

The potential for a “blue wave” remains an open question:

Republican leaders worry that candidates for governorships and the Senate are in trouble in several key battleground states, and that difficulties could spill into House races.

“Overconfidence will result in disaster.” As Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont made his way across nine states to stump for the Democrats, he warned that the so-called blue wave is not guaranteed.

In battleground districts across the nation, a feeling that “life is good” may make swing voters harder to persuade than some Democrats anticipate.

Propelled by the “blue wave” hopes and the #MeToo movement, four women in New York are aiming to unseat House incumbents in the November elections. They have raised millions.

Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for…

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