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News Wrap: Bomb suspect faces judge as another suspicious package is intercepted

In our news wrap Monday, federal prosecutors asked a Miami judge to deny bail for Cesar Sayoc, the man who allegedly sent bombs to top Democrats and critics of President Trump. The FBI said a new package sent to CNN in Atlanta was “similar in appearance”. And the Pentagon will send thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border beginning Tuesday, ahead of a migrant caravan moving in that direction.

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    In the day's other news: Federal prosecutors asked a judge to deny bail for the man who allegedly sent package bombs to top Democrats and critics of President Trump.

    Cesar Sayoc appeared in federal court in Miami. And another package addressed to CNN showed up in Atlanta. The FBI said it was — quote — "similar in appearance" to the others.

    The Pentagon announced today it is sending 5,200 active-duty troops to the Mexican border this week. That comes as some 4,000 Central American migrants are pushing northward through Mexico, a movement that President Trump called an invasion today.

    The head of the U.S. Northern Command said the soldiers will back up Customs and Border agents.


    We know border security is national security. And the U.S. military will advance CBP's capability to harden the border. The Department of Defense is already and will continue to provide support to CBP to secure the border.


    Federal police in Mexico today blocked a new group of several hundred migrants trying to enter the country from Guatemala.

    In Indonesia, an airliner crashed into the Java Sea, off Jakarta, today, killing all 189 people on board. The Lion Air Boeing 737 plane went down 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta on a domestic flight. Rescue workers pulled human remains and wreckage from the water through the evening.

    Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, asked grieving families to be patient.

  • PRESIDENT JOKO WIDODO (through interpreter):

    I feel deep anxiety for all the families of the victims, but we hope that the families of the victims will be calm while they wait for the search-and-rescue teams, who are working hard at the scene. We are making the best efforts to find the victims.


    Indonesian airlines were banned from flying to Europe and the U.S. for years because of their poor safety record. The U.S. lifted its ban in 2016, and the European Union ban ended this past June.

    The U.S. Navy says it will continue patrolling the disputed South China Sea, despite a near-collision with a Chinese warship. Last month, a Chinese destroyer came within 45 yards of the U.S. Navy destroyer Decatur near Gaven Reef, forcing it to veer off. The U.S. doesn't recognize China's claims in the area. The chief of naval operations said today that freedom of navigation operations will go on.

    The people of Brazil began coming to grips today with a stunning political shift. Far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro won Sunday's presidential runoff in Latin America's largest nation.

    Foreign affairs correspondent Nick Schifrin has our report.


    Jair Bolsonaro's supporters celebrated into the wee hours, hailing what they called a fresh start and the end of a ruling party they label a failure.

  • GABRIELA FERREIRA (through interpreter):

    They are big liars and criminals hiding behind their rehearsed speeches. Bolsonaro is much more original, says things that many people don't want to hear, but I believe that he is honest and that he wants improvements for the country.


    Sixty-year-old Bolsonaro is a longtime lawmaker, former army captain, and proud populist who reflects widespread anger. Brazil is in its worst ever recession.

    Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in prison, his successor was impeached, and the current president's accused of corruption. And violence has increased so much, the military secures Rio's massive slums.

    Voters blamed the government.

  • RENATO (through interpreter):

    Corruption, robbery, politics in the trash, that's why I want change. I prefer to risk something new.


    What they're risking is a candidate critics call an extremist. In 2014, he argued with a lawmaker, and after pushing her, yelled, "I wouldn't rape you because you are not worthy of it."

    In a 2011 interview with "Playboy," he said he would — quote — rather his son "die in a car accident, than be gay." And 10 days ago, when calling into a rally, Bolsonaro promised the rule of law would be become rule by law unleashed on his political opponents.

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT JAIR BOLSONARO (through interpreter):

    These red outcasts will be banished from our homeland. It will be a cleansing never seen in Brazilian history. You will see proud armed forces, a civilian and a military police with legal backing to enforce the law against them.


    The rhetoric that served him well to win the presidency will not serve him to govern.


    Paulo Sotero directs the Wilson Center's Brazil Institute. He says Bolsonaro is part of a populist wave that includes President Trump, and that he will have to rein in the rhetoric.


    He will, I think, very rapidly realize that he will have to negotiate certain things, to tone down some of the rhetoric.


    Last night, Bolsonaro did just that and read from a script.

  • PRESIDENT-ELECT JAIR BOLSONARO (through interpreter):

    I will be an advocate for defending the constitution, of democracy, of freedom.


    But a candidate who mimicked guns with his fingers, and whose supporters showed up in military fatigues or with dolls of politicians wearing prison uniforms has a base with high expectations.

    And it remains a question whether a man who campaigned in vicious poetry can govern in reasonable prose.

    For the PBS NewsHour, I'm Nick Schifrin.


    Meanwhile, in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she will step down as leader of her conservative party. She also confirmed she will not run again when her fourth term as chancellor expires in 2021.

    Her statement in Berlin came after the ruling coalition suffered new losses in a key state election on Sunday.

  • CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL (through interpreter):

    With this decision, I am trying to make a contribution which enables the German government to finally concentrate its efforts on good governance, something people demand, and rightly so. This step is also based on the clear intention of the German government to evaluate its work.


    Merkel has been chancellor since 2005, but she's faced heavy criticism for admitting large numbers of asylum seekers in 2015. That decision helped fuel the rise of a far-right party.

    Back in this country, former President Jimmy Carter appealed to Georgia's Republican candidate for governor to step down from his post as secretary of state. Brian Kemp oversees state elections in that role, and he's facing allegations of voter suppression. In a letter to Kemp, Mr. Carter said stepping aside would foster voter confidence.

    On Wall Street, stocks started with a rally, then swooned amid talk of new tariffs on China. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 245 points to close below 24443. It had been down more than 560 points earlier. The Nasdaq fell 117 points and the S&P 500 slipped 17.

    And it's time for another party in Boston, after the Red Sox won the World Series last night for the fourth time in 15 years. Boston beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles 5-1 to take the series in five games. The city will honor the winners with a parade on Wednesday.

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