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Michael Bloomberg’s political action committee has launched a major ad campaign aimed at unseating Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa and Steve Knight of Palmdale.

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Democrat Harley Rouda, who is challenging Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), raised more than $1 million in 17 days.
Democrat Harley Rouda, who is challenging Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa), raised more than $1 million in 17 days. (Mario Tama / Getty Images)

A lot can happen in 17 days.

Take the latest federal campaign finance reporting period, which ran from Oct. 1 to 17, the last snapshot we’ll get of California congressional candidates’ financial positions before election day.

In that time, Democrat Katie Hill spent just under $2 million on her campaign in the 25th Congressional District, about as much as Republican incumbent Steve Knight of Palmdale has spent in the entire two-year cycle.

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The crowd outside campaign headquarters was boiling, the angry mood matching south Florida’s tropical heat, as Nancy Pelosi arrived to a shower of obscenities and crude insults in English and Spanish.

  • Immigration
Border Patrol agents guard the gate of the border fence between Sunland Park, N.M., and Juarez, Mexico, on Oct. 13, 2018.
Border Patrol agents guard the gate of the border fence between Sunland Park, N.M., and Juarez, Mexico, on Oct. 13, 2018. (Herika Martinez / AFP)

The Pentagon is sending 800 or more additional troops to the Southwest border in response to President Trump’s vow to use the military to block a caravan of Central American immigrants from from entering the United States, a U.S. official said.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is expected to sign an order Thursday dispatching the troops. They will be limited to providing logistical support to the Border Patrol, which will remain responsible for apprehending anyone crossing the border illegally, the official said.

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The U.S. Secret Service said Wednesday that media reports it had intercepted a suspicious package bound for the White House “are incorrect.” 

The law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the president and other dignitaries said it had intercepted two packages in Washington and New York. The packages were respectively addressed to the residences of former President Obama in Washington and Hillary Clinton in Chappaqua, N.Y. 

The Secret Service said neither was at risk of receiving the packages. 
 

  • Middle East
(Giuseppe Cacace / AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince on Wednesday called the killing of Jamal Khashoggi a “heinous crime that cannot be justified.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman separately said that the killing of the Washington Post columnist will not “drive a wedge” between the kingdom and Turkey.

His comments came at a major summit known as the Future Investment Initiative, which has been overshadowed by the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi. Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi team killed the writer at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. A member of Prince Mohammed’s entourage was allegedly at the consulate at the time.

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Hillary Clinton was campaigning for Democrats in Florida and wasn’t at the family’s suburban New York residence when a suspicious package addressed to her was seized by the Secret Service, a source said Wednesday.

Former President Clinton was at the family's Chappaqua, N.Y., home when the package was intercepted at a Westchester County, N.Y., facility. That’s according to a person familiar with his schedule who spoke on condition of anonymity and wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.

The person said the device was screened at the Westchester facility and never reached the Clintons’ home.

The Time Warner Center in Manhattan.
The Time Warner Center in Manhattan. (Mary Altaffer / Associated Press)

CNN says its offices in Manhattan have been evacuated because of a suspicious package.

The news network reported Wednesday morning that a police bomb squad was at its offices.

The U.S. Secret Service said agents had intercepted packages containing “possible explosive devices” addressed to President Obama and Hillary Clinton.