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DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES: We must unify as a nation. We have seen an effort by the media in recent hours to use the sinister actions of one individual to score political points against me.

BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT, UNITED STATES: Calling them enemies of the people and then suddenly pretending that you're concerned about stability. Come on.


VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN HOST, NEWDAY: This is a New Day Weekend with Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul. Good Saturday morning to you, good to with you. Cesar Sayoc, he was a DJ, a body builder and pizza delivery man, that was before federal agents say, he started sending mail bombs to prominent Democrat and Trump critics.

CHRISTI PAUL, CNN HOST, NEWDAY: This was a four-day manhunt here, investigators tracked him down in South Florida where hours before his arrest, he reportedly been deejaying at a strip club and we've learned coincidentally, it was the same strip club where Trump accuser, Stormy Daniels had performed earlier this year.

BLACKWELL: Well, federal agents say a 56-year-old Sayoc sent at least 14 mail bombs. He told investigators he did not want to hurt anyone but FBI director Chris Wray says, under the right conditions those package bombs could have gone off and Wray says there still may be more packages working their way through the U.S. mail.

PAUL: So DNA, fingerprints, pings from his cell phone tower, all led authorities to an auto parts store parking lot in South Florida, that's where they arrested Sayoc, yesterday morning.

PAUL: For more CNN Senior Washington correspondent, Joe Johns is live from the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami where Sayoc's being held.

Joe, what are you learning this morning and good morning to you.

JOE JOHNS, CNN SENIOR WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT: I just heard Christi, Sayoc is locked up here at the Federal Detention Center in Miami as authorities try to piece together as much as they can learn about this case and the picture that is emerging is of a man who harbored and even express dark thoughts about Democrats, dark thoughts about gays, blacks, Jews.

And he also plastered his feelings on his van, he was clearly a big Trump supporter, not against the law but what was against the law was the steps authorities allege he took in the direction of political violence.14 bombs in the mail and that is very much illegal.

A nationwide manhunt ending with an arrest in connection to this week's mail bombs. 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc facing federal charges and up to 48 years in prison. The Justice Department announcing, they were able to track Sayoc to Plantation Florida through evidence gained from at least one of the packages.


CHRISTOPHER WRAY, FBI DIRECTOR: They uncovered a latent fingerprint from one of the envelopes containing an IED that had been sent to Congresswoman Maxine Waters.


JOHNS: At least 14 pipe bombs were mailed to democratic politicians and high profile activists. Two of those sent care of CNN's offices in New York. Four more devices were discovered Friday and the FBI director warns that more packages may still be on the way.


WRAY: Today's arrest doesn't mean we're all out of the woods.


JOHNS: Sayoc has an extensive criminal history, dating all the way back to the early 1990s including a 2002 threat to blow up a utility company suffering a fate worse than 911. A law enforcement official says, Sayoc was initially cooperative and claimed he did not intend to harm anyone.

Although none of the devices actually exploded, Wray insisted the bombs be taken seriously.


WRAY: These are not hoax devices. They did contain energetic material which if subjected to the right combination of heat or shock, or friction could be dangerous to the public.


JOHNS: Details in the criminal complaint show some of the bombs included photographs of the targets with a red X across their face. Another key piece of evidence in the investigation, this white van ceased during the arrest. Authorities say, Sayoc was living in it after being kicked out of his

parent's house, it's plastered with pro-Trump images and one CNN sucks sticker, a popular crowd chant at Trump rallies.




JOHNS: Sayoc was even captured on video at one Trump event last year holding a CNN sucks sign and his social media accounts are filled with memes attacking the same targets the bombs were addressed to.

Friday night, President Trump still denying his fiery rhetoric may have influenced the would be bomber insisting he's toned down his language and again attacking the media.


TRUMP: I could really tone it up. I think because as you know, the media's been extremely unfair to me and the Republican Party.


JOHNS: But the President did acknowledge the suspect was a supporter. The FBI would confirm nothing on motive, the Attorney General did admit this may have been political in nature.



[08::05:00] Political violence or the threat of violence is antithetical to our vigorous system of self-government.


JOHNS: The words that echo this morning are the words of the FBI director suggesting we're not out of the woods yet, that there could be more bombs, that they still have to discover and I have to remind you, these bombs went coast to coast, from New York, California, Delaware, DC, also right here in Florida.

Authorities want to know if there's anything else they need to worry about. Victor and Christy back to you.

PAUL: All righty, hey Joe Johns, we appreciate it, thank you.

BLACKWELL: And joining us now to talk more about the investigation and what comes next CNN Law Enforcement Reporter Mark Morales and CNN Law Enforcement Analyst James Gagliano, Retired FBI Supervisory Special Agent, welcome to both of you.

James, let me start with you, the potential that there are more packages out there, how long do you think we're still in that that window?

JAMES GAGLIANO, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANALYST: Sure, Victor across the country, there are 250 mail sorting facility so when packages get mailed at post office, they go to a regional sorting facility in New York, there's a number of them just right here in Manhattan, I think 3 or 4.

I think another day or so. I think that there's an all hands on deck with the - with the postal service right now to go through and check to make sure that nothing was missed. Look, we owe great kudos to law enforcement, just for perspective, the Unabomber case, the FBI's longest and most costly case, 17 years.

Eric Rudolph, I mean, down in Atlanta, the Centennial Park bomber. 7 years. Even this past March, the Austin bomber, the serial bomber took 18 days. They did this in a matter of a couple days, there were 2 things. Yes, the forensic part of this, police scientists have come a long way since the forties and fifties when we started you know, moving in this direction.

Latent fingerprint usage, DNA collection and comparisons but law enforcement did an outstanding job, there's still a lot more work ahead, most importantly, was anyone else providing material support, an accomplice, before or after the fact to Mr. Sayoc.

PAUL: And we know that he's stopped cooperating with authorities.


PAUL: He has hired an attorney, he's not talking to them anymore so what is in this truck may be some of the most definitive information they're going to get, do we know what they're doing with that truck, this morning, Mark.

MARK MORALES, CNN LAW ENFORCEMENT REPORTER: Well, I think investigators in this type of situation, they're just combing through everything, it's not just the van although that's going to be a big part of this.

But it's going to be everybody that he talked to, everything, all the nuts and bolts of it, you know. Are there anybody else that might be involved in this, this is an ongoing longer investigations, they're going to take their time with this. It's going to be a while.

BLACKWELL: A lot of the activity that's happening right now, that's in Florida because that's where he lived, that's where the van was, that's where the - they believe this sorting facility that they went through, an Opa-locka, that's where it is.

But what's the New York angle? What's happening here, in New York from investigators here?

MORALES: Well, so far as of this morning, they haven't found any other packages in here in New York, which is a difference from the last few days when we've had the Robert de Niro package and even the one yesterday. So for right now, there haven't been any other reports of packages but again, that's not to say that there could be other ones over the next you know, few days.


PAUL: James, you know, we see situations where something set in the mail with wires and you know, material, what not. And he is telling authorities or at least he did before he stopped talking, that he didn't - his intention was not to hurt anybody but in these packages, there was explosive material included.

What does that tell you about this compared to say other situations where there might be some electronics and some wires but nothing that could actually explode? Is this more of a warning? Is this more -

GAGLIANO: So Christi, to be successful bomb maker you just need to be able to walk away from the package you assemble. Now, people have argued that this was a hoax. I even speculate a couple days ago that maybe this was a message. Somebody not committed to killing people but was just sending a message.

But here's what I learned in the press conference yesterday from DOJ, the FBI Director was careful, he described energetic material, that type of material which is subjected to if it's subjected to shock, heat, friction, you rubbing your sleeves together is inherently unstable.

There were explosives in those packages so could people have been harmed? Absolutely. Bombs have four components, Power supply, check. Initiator, check. Switch, check and explosive material, check. So all four components were there.

Now somebody could say, well, they weren't hooked up in series properly or wasn't set to explode, nonsense, those were dangerous devices, a 6-inch pipe bomb loaded with shrapnel which in this case was broken glass can kill people and probably for his purpose create terror.

PAUL: Yes.

BLACKWELL: So the attorney for the family, his former attorney as well says that he doesn't believe that Sayoc was sophisticated enough to pull this off alone. Now that he's not talking to investigators, how do they go about finding if there is an accomplice, if there's someone who helped him do this?

[08::10:00] GAGLIANO: Great question. So everybody understands Miranda, right? Miranda versus Arizona supreme court case, 1966 says that if law enforcement puts you into custody meaning, you're not free to leave and interrogates you, Miranda rights attach.

You need to be able to be advised, you have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an attorney, if you can't afford one, one will be appointed for you. In this situation because technically speaking those devices could be considered WMDs, weapons of mass destruction, the public safety exception attaches.

It means when law enforcement snatched him up yesterday, first thing I'm asking you is who else is involved, are there anymore unexploded devices out there? Did you work with anybody else? What else can you tell us without Mirandizing you.

So that's the first thing, they spoke to him, this guy. Look, I mean, this guy's a contradiction in terms. He claims affinity to white supremacist, he also claims affiliation with the Seminole nation, those two things are mutually exclusive. We understand that long enforcement refers to this type of person as an emotionally disturbed person.

But obviously ideology and demagoguery out there seem to incite him in promoting to do this.

PAUL: All righty. Mark Morales, James Gagliano, thank you both.

BLACKWELL: Thank you both.

PAUL: For being here, appreciate your input. So Cesar Sayoc's former lawyer told CNN's Anderson Cooper that Sayoc struggled for years with, 'a lack of comprehension of reality.'

BLACKWELL: Yes, and also that his family had urged him to get medical treatment but he had refused. Watch a portion of that interview.


ANDERSON COOPER, SAYOC'S FORMER LAWYER: Well, when I first met him, the first thing I noticed was his vehicle. At the time, he had another vehicle and it was plastered full of Indian materials, regalia, posters, paintings, all on the exterior.

And I of course saw that as strange, most people don't drive around with plastered vehicles and I also recall, he pulled out a scrapbook and he immediately wanted to show me newspaper clippings, photographs of him with this exotic dancer or wrestler or him body building and I recognized very quickly that he suffered from certainly an identification issue as to who he was.

He needed people to be impressed with him, he had issues up in security. I then began to realize that he also had what I considered, a lesser IQ, substantial emotional problems, he was like a 14-year-old in an adult's body.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: So do you know why he all of a sudden became whether he was politically active is the right word but certainly engaged with some of the Trump presidency, going to rallies, driving around in that van, plastering his - do you know - ain't you have any sense of why that happened?

COOPER: Well, I have my opinion, I mean, obviously I don't know with certainty but it's my opinion that he was attracted to the Trump formula of reaching out, Trump reaching out to these types of outsiders, people who don't fit in, people who are angry at America, telling them that they have a place at the table, telling them that it's okay to get angry.

I believe that, that was a motivating factor.


PAUL: And President Trump's acknowledged the male bombing suspect was his supporter, didn't disavow his support necessarily, we're going to hear what the President had to say, coming up in just a couple of minutes. Also the fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi is talking about her last moments with him.

BLACKWELL: And coming up we - what we've learned about an invitation she received from the White House. And it was the game that just would not end, Coy Wire will have the highlights from the record breaking World Series game.

[08::15:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

PAUL: 17 minutes past the hour so glad to have you with us here. Now you know, President Trump has acknowledged that the mail bombing suspect was his supporter but he hasn't disavowed his support.

BLACKWELL: Also at this rally in Charlotte he blasted the media's response after the suspect was gone. CNN White House Reporter, Sarah Westwood is live from the White House. Sarah, fill up, what more did he say at this rally?

SARAH WESTWOOD, CNN WHITE HOUSE REPORTER: Well, Victor, you're right. President Trump was renewing his calls for unity in the wake of the package bombings spree but in the same breath, he was criticizing the media for spreading negativity.

And Trump has been complaining that this wall to wall coverage of the package bombs has blunted what he saw as GOP momentum heading into the final week of midterm campaigning, that's why we wants to be talking about illegal immigration, he wants to be talking about the caravan of Central American migrants, heading to the U. S. border.

But instead he's been forced to focused on these bombs, he's been alternating between encouraging civility and taking swipes at the media and that's what we saw from him last night in Charlotte, take a listen.


TRUMP: Everyone will benefit if we can end the politics of personal destruction. We must unify as a nation in peace, love and in harmony. The media has a major role to play whether they want to or not.

And they do indeed have a major role to play as far as tone and as far as everything. And we all say this in all sincerity but the media's constant unfair coverage, deep hostility and negative attacks, you know that, only serve to drive people apart and do undermine healthy debate.

(END VIDEO CLIP) [08::20:00] WESTWOOD: At that same rally, President Trump teased some

kind of big immigration announcement next week. Sources tell CNN at the White House is looking at having Trump deliver a big policy speech focused on immigration, as he seeks to make that the closing argument to Republican voters.

With one week to go until election day, Victor and Christi, there's no signs that the President is leading up rhetorically.

PAUL: All righty, Sarah Westwood, appreciate the update, thank you.

BLACKWELL: All right, joining me now, Amanda Terkel, Washington Bureau Chief for the HuffPost. And Wesley Lowery, CNN contributor and national reporter for 'The Washington Post,' welcome back to both of you.

Wesley, let me start with you, there used to be a time, I'm thinking back to Charlottesville, where the 180 reversal came over the course of 24 hours. The President there started a sentence with calling for civility and ended with going after the media.

WESLEY LOWERY, CNN CONTRIBUTOR AND NATIONAL REPORTER, THE WASHINGTON POST: Of course, I mean, I think it's become pretty clear, if it had already been clear, the President isn't going to 180 on his stance of positioning the media as the opposition, even in the light of media organizations such as CNN receiving bomb threats in addition to so many of the President's political opponents or potential political opponents receiving these bomb threats.

You know, I think that many of us for a long time have hoped you know, genuinely that the President's tone and rhetoric on this might change but as you saw there, this kind of discussion of the media as an opposition party, as people who are dividing the country, as opposed to people attempting to you know, analyze and discuss what's happening, day in and day out has been a cornerstone of the President and his rhetoric since he was a candidate.

And I think it's pretty clear in light of these bomb threats, that wasn't going to change and I don't think it's ever going to change.

BLACKWELL: Amanda, I want you to listen, guys, this is sound bite 3, listen to the President and how he frames the last several days in these mail bombs.

TRUMP: The Republicans had tremendous momentum and then of course this happened where all that you people talked about that was that and rightfully so, it was a big thing, rightfully go.

But now we have to start the momentum again.

BLACKWELL: So Amanda, the President also tweeted yesterday about that Republicans doing well before the bomb stuff. What is he doing here, is he saying that now if Republicans lose seats, don't blame me. Don't blame our policies, blame Cesar Sayoc, is that a strategy he's going after here? What do you see? AMANDA TERKEL, WASHINGTON BUREAU CHIEF, HUFFPOST: Yeah or blame the media for covering this. I mean that is the biggest tragedy of this whole situation for President Trump is that now Republicans may do even worse in the midterm elections because they can't talk about immigration or whatever Trump wants to talk about.

Trump needs to see himself and have his supporters see him and themselves as victims of media coverage and so now with the media literally being attacked and democratic politicians who President Trump also like to attack, they are literally facing real threats, they're facing bomb threats.

Trump cannot have them be the victim, he can't go out there to call for unity, to call for real unity, do some introspection and actually get sympathy for these people and for the media because that would undermine his entire message and his entire appeal to the base, his entire 2018 campaign for the midterm is about fear.

Fear from his supporters just you know, feeling like they have everything to fear from these Democrats in the media and so Trump can't undermine that.

BLACKWELL: So Wesley, the President was criticized for framing it that way but is there any evidence? I mean, we are 10 days out from the midterm election that this episode will be front of mind for the midterm voters, for the base voters and there will be some benefits, some backlash for one party or another or we're just not far enough removed from it yet?

LOWERY: I haven't seen any evidence of that necessarily. I mean, certainly these last few days, it has shifted and changed what the conversation is here online, you know, you can imagine that this was - isn't what we would be talking about here on the Saturday morning had it not happened obviously.

We might be talking about any number of other things, my colleague, Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia, perhaps or healthcare or any number of - any number of other issues. You know, I'm not quite sure that that is true, we've seen that not just from the President but from a fair number of conservative commentators, a suggestion that somehow this was about shifting a narrative or shifting a conversation.

I think, we see that at a time - we see very often, right? In the lead up to midterm elections, a kind of frantic set of issues that come up, you remember the freak out about Ebola in the weeks leading up to the 2014 midterms and then the day after the midterms, I don't know that there's ever been another substantive political conversation about Ebola, ever since.

And so this happens frequently and to be clear, that's actually probably, a bad thing, there was this serious health concerns and real conversation ought to be had about Ebola but it became this kind of political demagogued issue.

[08::25:00] And so I think there is a you know, I'm unsurprised that the President would try to paint this conversation as a political attack because very often with the President does is he frames these conversations that maybe about public policy or about a public dialogue purely in political terms. So the idea that he would see this as an attack isn't a surprise.

BLACKWELL: And Amanda, usually about him, I thought back to a couple of episodes during the campaign in which, I mean, there was the Pulse night club shooting back in 2016 in which, he then said, "Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don't want congrats, I want toughness and vigilance. We must be smart."

Politicizing the attack in Brussels also in that year when dozens of people were killed and hundreds were injured so this is this is not new for this President and it seems not to have any political consequence for him.

TERKEL: No, so far it doesn't, I mean, we'll see what happens in the midterms I mean, but what's even more disgusting about this and what he's doing is that he's not actively saying it but he's also not discouraging the conspiracy theories out there, that this is some false flag operation.

You know, you have his son favouriting tweet, promoting these conspiracy theories, that this is just some plot by Democrats and liberals to plant these bombs and make it bad for Republicans in midterm elections and may try to make President Trump look bad.

There's obviously no evidence of that but this is something, the President should tamp down and discourage.

BLACKWELL: And the President also not calling - his predecessor not calling the former Secretary of State, former Attorney General the targets of these bombs, to tell them you know before he was caught, that the full force of the federal government was behind finding this person and also not naming CNN by name although he is - he certainly knows how to pronounce all 3 letters, we've heard him use them.

Amanda Terkel, Wesley Lowery, thank you both.

PAUL: We are learning some new details about the suspected mail bomber. He had a criminal history, he has ties to New York, he was a Trump supporter, what else?

We have more on Cesar Sayoc, stay close.

[08::30:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

PAUL: So glad to have you with us, 31 minutes past the hour, I'm Christi Paul.

BLACKWELL: I'm Victor Blackwell, good to be with you this Saturday.

PAUL: So there is a name and a face to put with the threats that we've seen this past week. The FBI says it's this man. 56-year-old, Cesar Sayoc behind the more than a dozen mail bombs now that have been sent to well-known President Trump critics over the past week. The packages sparking a 4-day manhunt and fear really across the country. Sources say, Sayoc told investigators, he didn't mean to hurt anyone, that the bombs would not have hurt anyone, is that true? Tina Sherrow with us, she's a retired ATF Senior special agent and an explosive specialists. Tina, thank you so much for being with us.

How complex at the end of the day, were some of these devices or how simple were they?

TINA SHERROW, RETIRED ATF SENIOR SPECIAL AGENT: Both simple and complex, it just depends on the person, on the individual themselves and how they decide to make the device, where they get their instructions.

So we do you practice and train our - and the bomb technicians absolutely train on devices just like this and so for them they're highly skilled and ready to deal with something like this.

PAUL: What is different about these particular devices? Is it that there was that energetic material, that initiator? What does that tell you about the power behind these?

SHERROW: The energetic material that is in those Christi is low explosives powder more than likely, that's the most common type of explosive material that we see inside of a pipe bomb.

And it is sensitive to heat, shock and friction as everybody has talked about. So inside of that, if someone chooses you maybe shake it and it generates enough heat and especially if there were glass shards inside of this, that it generates enough friction to initiate the powder that's inside of that.

I certainly wouldn't want to be the person holding the device if that occurred. It's possible there is a loose wire connection in his wiring system and if the wire reconnects, and it causes the circuit to complete, it initiates the device.

PAUL: If you were part of this investigation right now, what would you be most concerned about?

SHERROW: So I would be concerned about the potential that the devices are - there are some still out there but as I think the FBI Director mentioned yesterday that they still have an active investigation in terms of how that is moving forward so that they intercept that.

I would be concerned about wanting the public to exercise caution and safety, should they encounter something like this that they don't it. Put some distance between them and it. We have a saying that if they can - if you can see it, it can see you and then contact local authorities.

And then you also have now the second phase of this, moving into the due diligence process. There is still so much for investigators to do, moving forward in that regard, that's a different level of intensity, now that he has been caught.

It's a relief when you do get something like a fingerprints on a device, I've had it happen in one of my serial bomber cases.

[08::35:00] And while it's a relief, once you catch that person, there is also this additional intensity of the due diligence process.

PAUL: I can imagine but of course as he said, the Director said that this is just the beginning, FBI Director Wray, and that these aren't hoax devices. They're still afraid as you just said that there's more out there. Tina Sherrow, we appreciate your expertise, thank you for being with us.

SHERROW: Thank you.

BLACKWELL: Up ahead, the fiancee of a murdered Washington Post columnist explains why she turned down an invitation to the White House.

PAUL: And a record breaking baseball game, oh yes, can stand for it? Dodgers win Game 3 of the World Series. It only took 18 innings.

[08::40:00] (COMMERCIAL BREAK)

BLACKWELL: We're hearing more now from the fiancee of murdered journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. She waited for hours outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where The Washington Post writer was murdered by what Turkish officials call a Saudi hit squad.

PAUL: Can you imagine what those hours of life for her wondering what happened when he just went inside?

BLACKWELL: And the week since.

PAUL: And the weak since. So she spoke a Turkish broadcaster saying that her would-be husband was actually worried about that visit.


HATICE CENGIZ, FORMER FIANCEE OF JAMAL KHASHOGGI (through translator): I tried to think positive things, it has never crossed my mind that such a thing could have happened. Never, never, not even 10 percent of the facts that we learned 25 days later came to my mind while I was waiting there, that day.

Yes, U. S. President Donald Trump invited me to the United States during the first days of the process but his statements had a very short time periods in between and they were contradictory.


PAUL: CNN's International Diplomatic Editor, Nic Robertson with us now. That, it's so tough to watch this interview with her, what else did she say Nic?

NIC ROBERTSON, CNN INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMATIC EDITOR: Well, it was quite an emotional interview in parts, she had said that she wasn't aware that her fiance had tried to get these marriage documents while at the U.S. - at the Saudi embassy in Washington DC. She said she wasn't aware of that but when he had come here and then gone to the consulate on the Friday, the 4th, he was most worried then but then when he had gone to go in on the Tuesday, when he disappeared, he was feeling a little more at ease about it.

But this was - it was very emotional interview, her first interview now after 25 days and we're learning new and difficult details as well from - from Turkish officials here. A senior Turkish official has told us what will be on the charge sheet for those 18 people suspects, people of interest who are currently being detained in Saudi Arabia that Turkish officials have now issued an extradition warrant to Saudi Arabia calling for that trial here in Turkey.

It is intentional homicide, premeditated with monstrous feelings that was designed if you will to you know, I suppose designed to hurt that seems inappropriate here, given that he was murdered, designed really to make Jamal Khashoggi suffer. This is the language that they use and they're talking about monstrous, they're talking about suffering which really gives us this idea of just the difficult time that Khashoggi went through when he was killed.

And this is obviously now, his fiancee has become aware of that and the President here is demanding that the Saudis send these 18 here to Turkey for trial.

BLACKWELL: Nic Robertson for us there in Istanbul Nic, thank you so much.

PAUL: Thank you Nic. Also rocket after rocket launching against Israel overnight. CNN's Oren Liebermann is live at Israel Gaza border, what are you learning now, Oren?

OREN LIEBERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Christi, the latest right now is that Palestinian Islamic Jihad, one of the main militant groups inside Gaza here behind me shortly before noon today, this Saturday said that they had reached a ceasefire brokered by Egypt between Israel and Gaza saying that they would abide by the terms of that ceasefire if Israel would.

Israel refuses to acknowledge any sort of cease fire, any sort of negotiation with Palestinian Islamic Jihad known here as PIJ because that would mean acknowledging and negotiating with a terrorist organization but since that statement was made, the skies above Gaza here behind me have been quiet.

A very different story over the course of the last 24 hours. Israeli military saying Palestinian Islamic Jihad launched more than 30 rockets into Israel, many of them being intercepted by Israel's iron dome aerial defense system in a number of different salvos.

Israel's response, Israel targeting nearly a 100 targets inside of Gaza, both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad targets, they say that includes tunnels, advanced manufacturing weapons sites as well as a number of other locations including the headquarters for Hamas's general security services building. In an unusual move Israel pointed the blame at this one directly at Palestinian Islamic Jihad, that's a group, a militant group inside Gaza financed by Iran and Israel said it'd come to their attention that the instructions here, the guidance and the incentives had come from Iran and the Al-Kurds force, the revolutionary guards Kurds force of Iran, the elite forces there essentially.

Israel also saying and this was even more unusual but the response would not be limited demographically, Christi or geographically. Christi, it's very unusual for Israel to even acknowledge striking Syria. In this case, Israel warned Syria that it may very well strike Iranian or Syrian targets in Syria in response to what happened here over the last 24 hours.

[08::45:00] PAUL: Wow, all right, Oren Liebermann, thank you so much for walking us through it.

BLACKWELL: So you've seen President Trump and former President Obama, Secretary Clinton but not all the stickers on that would be male bomber's van were political.

We'll take a closer look at what exactly was on the suspect Cesar Sayoc's van.


PAUL: Well, the van is now what is the focus of, of course, the bomb suspect that stirred panic across the country, he is in Federal Detention Center this morning but investigators are combing over that vehicle now, the one that was packed with the pro-Trump images.

And it quickly became a subject of internet fascination.

BLACKWELL: CNN's Tom Foreman takes a closer look at the pictures that Sayoc chose to display on those windows.

TOM FOREMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: This suspect had a big profile on social media but you didn't have to go there to see things that caught the public's attention.

[08::50:00] The van he was driving down the road at least authorities say he was driving, they've now taken into custody drew the attention of passers-by because it was covered with so many signs of his political views.

This was one window of the van, you can see up top it has support for Mike Pence and Donald Trump in the White House. Here it has a little bit more of that, also mixed in with generic support for sports and then you get down to this area and you really get to the part that gets into sort of the nastiness of it all.

There are cross hairs here on Hillary Clinton, on Barack Obama riding a tricycle, on the filmmaker Michael Moore, on Jill Stein from the Green Party, from our colleague Van Jones here at CNN and then other things that just sort of attack the government in general. And then beyond that if you go up to from this window back into this area, you can see another window that's filled with support for Donald Trump here, some anti-abortion minds over here, support for the Seminole tribe down there, which he has a lot of postings about and then generic religious things, support for troops and then some references to country music down here.

Overall, when you look at this van from the outside including the front windshield, just packed with all sorts of debris, you can see why this attracted a lot of attention just going down the road even before all of these recent events.

BLACKWELL: Tom Foreman, thank you very much. Let's talk about this game with all this drama that went on and on and on. Coy Wire with more on the historic World Series game.

I mean, it was a lot, it was a lot, it went on until the morning.

COY WIRE, CNN SPORTS CORRESPONDENT: Yes, and can't wait to share it with your late night heroics, exactly well into the morning when LA went wild, bananas if you will, walk away victorious in the longest World Series game ever. The sights and sound coming up after the break.

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PAUL: All righty, 7 hours 20 minutes that was game 3 of the World Series, the longest in history.

BLACKWELL: Coy, you had to have some coffee or five-hour energy, something to get this?

WIRE: Cadmarine (ph), yes, Cabernet, this Friday night and it became the morning though after 18 innings, this game ended at 3:30 AM on the East coast in Los Angeles.

Dodgers and Sox tied at 1 in the 13th, Sox have a runner a second but looking toward Eduardo Nunez dribbler turns into trouble, an errant throw to first allowing the Sox to take the lead.

That meant LA would have to match or better in the bottom of the 13th, Dodgers backs against the wall but they'd rise up. Yasiel Puig tops one up the middle, this time, the Socks with an errant throw to first, that allows Max Muncy to score and tie it up again.

You can see Boston's Ian Kinsler tripped up just before the throw. Dodgers now have new life to go deeper into extra innings, all the way to the 18th, with all eyes on LA's Max Muncy after all those hours. Mwah, Muncy, Mad Max, they call him, a cheap fly to left and I want you to watch the moment, the home crowd, who stayed all those hours realize this historic game was finally over.

What a moment for Muncy who spent all the last season in the minors. Dodgers win 3 to 2 cutting the Socks series lead to 2 to 1, the next two games are back at Dodger Stadium, they start tonight at 8:00 Eastern, not a lot of rest, we're going to see who wants it in this one, a good series brewing.

PAUL: That moment just makes me happy.

BLACKWELL: That's a lot of energy for 7 hours and 20 minutes.

PAUL: So happy.

BLACKWELL: A lot of energy left.

PAUL: Coy, thank you.

WIRE: You're welcome.

PAUL: Sure.

BLACKWELL: And thank you for being with us this morning, more news straight ahead.

PAUL: Yes, Smerconish is next but we're going to see you back here again in one hour. Special from New York.