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The Latest On The Apparent 'Pipe Bombs' Sent To CNN, Prominent Democrats

Police stand guard outside of the Time Warner Center after an explosive device was found there this morning on October 24, in New York City. CNN's office at the center was evacuated Wednesday morning after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.
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Police stand guard outside of the Time Warner Center after an explosive device was found there this morning on October 24, in New York City. CNN's office at the center was evacuated Wednesday morning after a package arrived that was similar to suspicious packages found near the homes of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barack and Michelle Obama, billionaire philanthropist George Soros and other prominent political figures.

Yesterday several bombs were sent to figures that have been the objects of the right’s ire. Bombs were sent to CNN, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, liberal philanthropist George Soros and former president Barack Obama, among others.

From [The New York Times]:

None of the devices harmed anyone, and it was not immediately clear whether any of them could have. One law enforcement official said investigators were examining the possibility that they were hoax devices that were constructed to look like bombs but would not have exploded.

At a rally last night in Wisconsin, President Donald Trump seemed to be trying to tone down his rhetoric, and earlier in the day, he called for political unity, saying that he and other members of his administration were “extremely angry” about the attacks.

But many observers noted that “a common theme among the targets was unmistakable: Each has been a recurring subject of Trump attacks,” as Philip Rucker at The Washington Post noted.

The FBI says additional packages may have been mailed elsewhere. An initial examination shows at least five of the bombs are rudimentary but functional.

What do we know about the investigation into these bombs?

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Devlin Barrett, Reporter, national security and law enforcement; The Washington Post; @devlinbarrett

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