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Good Friday morning. TGIF!

Here is what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president delivers remarks at the 2018 Young Black Leadership Summit
  • President Trump has lunch with the Secretary of State
  • The president hosts a Make America Great Again rally in Charlotte, N.C.

Somebody set us up the bomb

This story is not going as planned. The "bombs" were more like stage props or movie bombs and not intended to actually detonate. Have authorities actually blown up one of those "bombs"? Nope.

None of the devices have so far exploded on their own, and investigators have been trying to determine whether any were even capable of detonating. Striking a note of caution, the New York City police commissioner, James P. O’Neill, said at a news conference that the packages contained “live devices” that should be “treated with the utmost seriousness.”

Right. These pseudo-bombs, coupled with the clumsy "targeting" of lefty political celebrities and washed-up politicians, make me think this was done by someone really, really dumb or a leftist who thinks that it's an October surprise to turn the narrative to Trump's "violence."

And let's talk about "violence." Violence is not criticizing media for making sh!t up, it's not criticizing policies, it's not sharing your opinion or giving a speech. Violence is physical. If Trump is encouraging violence by smack talking Acosta and his merry band of jesters at CNN, then CNN is has been "violent" to Republicans for as long as I can remember, calling us racists, sexists, homophobes, etc.

Authorities believe all the "bombs" were sent through the mail, so the investigation is focusing on the post offices in Florida and on the cell towers surrounding the post offices.

Related:

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Ex-Clinton adviser says Trump's Twitter messages may have inspired bomb suspect

Former Defense Sec: Trump should learn how to act after terrorist attacks

MSNBC’s Katy Tur Becomes Livid When Guest Points Out Violent Left-Wing Rhetoric

It's mostly coming from YOUR side CNN Commentator Blames Trump for Pipe Bombs: This ‘Rhetoric Is Not Coming From All Sides’

Yes, this is exactly what's needed. Michael Moore Suggests It’s Time for Democrats to Rev Up the Rhetoric

Missing postmarks add to mystery of bombs sent through the mail

Investigators search Florida mail facility for clues to bombmaker

Caravan of love — Trump considering closing down the border

According to reports, President Trump is looking at an executive order that would completely shut down the border.

Trump is weighing an executive order that would deny the immigrant caravan — which is about 900 miles away from the border — an opportunity to apply for asylum once they arrive, according to The Washington Post.

The additional troops would be expected to assist security operations in the region. Thousands of National Guard troops have been deployed there since April.

The migrant group seeking asylum has reportedly dwindled to about 2,000 people.

President Trump tweeted a message to the caravan:

Related:

White House weighs executive actions to block migrant caravan at the border

Nielsen: U.S. troops have no ‘intention’ of shooting at caravan migrants

The Latest: Migrants hit snags with Mexican immigration

Latest on Khashoggi

Trump briefed by CIA chief on Khashoggi killing

Jamal Khashoggi investigation: CIA director Gina Haspel heard alleged recording of Saudi journalist's killing

Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia, US praises decision

Historical picture of the day:

Hillary Rodham Clinton sits on the lap of her husband, Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton left, as she jokes with vice presidential candidate Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, during a brief rest on their bus in Durham, N.C., Monday, Oct. 26, 1992. The Democratic ticket has spent the last two days touring the state. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Other morsels:

Grassley Refers Avenatti, Swetnick To DOJ For Criminal Investigation Of Kavanaugh Claim

Avenatti to Grassley: 'Let's start the investigation tonight'

Universities warn students of ‘harmful’ cultural appropriation during Halloween

Report: Megyn Kelly out at NBC, set for $69 million fight

You chose poorly, Megyn Report: Megyn Kelly told friends she wants to come back to Fox News

I would think the number would be higher. Study: Nearly Half Of Republicans Feel Bullied At Work

Woman with knife injures 14 children at western China school

After Papadopoulos Interview, GOP Lawmakers Question Premise Of FBI’s Collusion Probe

Trump Jr. praises black conservatives at D.C. gathering

Bloomberg pumps $9M into California House races

Painting created by AI sells for stunning $432K

Trump supporter fired over wearing MAGA hat, lawsuit claims

OK Sinead O'Connor converts to Islam and changes name to Shuhada'

Google gave a $90 million severance to executive who left amid sexual misconduct allegations

It really does look like Ross. Cops identify beer thief who resembled Ross from ‘Friends’

Voting Rights Groups Call Out Arizona for Rejecting Thousands of Vote-by-Mail Ballots

Of course, Texas: Oldest weapons ever discovered in North America uncovered in Texas

There are more LGBTQ characters on broadcast TV than ever

Idiots. New poll finds 57% of young adults believe Trump encourages violence against journalists

New York sues Exxon Mobil for allegedly deceiving investors about risk of climate change regulations

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

First look at the suspect in custody:

ABC affiliate Local 10 has details about  Cesar Sayoc's arrest:

Several law enforcement officials from various agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, gathered in the parking lot of an Auto Zone in Plantation earlier in the day, where investigators were focused on a white van with pro-Trump political stickers covering the windows.

A man who operates a property management office near the Auto Zone store says Sayoc didn't resist when armed police officers swarmed and arrested him.

Thomas Fiori is a former federal law enforcement officer. He says he saw an undercover police officer in a nearby SUV looking at the store with binoculars Friday.

Fiori says within minutes he heard a small explosion, probably a device police use to distract people. He says 50 officers swarmed the van with their firearms drawn.

Fiori says the Sayoc did not resist and "had that look of, `I'm done, I surrender."'

Authorities could be seen covering the van, believed to belong to Sayoc, with a blue tarp. The van was then placed the back of a flatbed truck and driven to the FBI's South Florida headquarters in Miramar

Meanwhile, in Michigan:

Pero is chief of staff of the Michigan GOP.

 

Our classy first lady:

Please don't read the comments in the thread unless you want a head ache. Yes, shockingly, her tweet is full of Dems bullying Mrs. Trump.

U.S. Attorney Southern District NY Geoffrey Berman says the suspect is facing 58 years in prison for his crimes.

Wray: "We're still trying to determine if the devices were functional... They did contain energetic material, which, if subjected to the right combination of heat or shock or friction could be dangerous to the public. "

Both Wray and Sessions refused to comment on the possible motivation of the suspect.

Wray told reporters that he received a "very nice congratulatory call from the president."