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‘Where is Nancy?’ intruder shouted during attack on Pelosi’s San Francisco home

Multiple news outlets are now reporting that the person who broke into Nancy Pelosi’s home and attacked her husband Paul Pelosi shouted, “Where is Nancy?”

Here’s CNN with the new detail:

The assailant who attacked Paul Pelosi was in search for the Speaker of the House, a source tells @jamiegangel. The intruder confronted the speaker’s husband in their San Francisco home shouting “where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 28, 2022

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CNN reports that the Capitol Police have obtained video of the attack on Paul Pelosi in San Francisco:

The Capitol Police are considering increasing their protection of congressional leaders in response to the attack on Paul Pelosi, CBS News reports:

A senior congressional source familiar with the matter tells CBS News @CapitolPolice is currently considering additional protection for families of Congressional leadership in response to the attack on Paul Pelosi.

— Michael Kaplan (@mkaplantv) October 28, 2022

‘Where is Nancy?’ intruder shouted during attack on Pelosi’s San Francisco home

Multiple news outlets are now reporting that the person who broke into Nancy Pelosi’s home and attacked her husband Paul Pelosi shouted, “Where is Nancy?”

Here’s CNN with the new detail:

The assailant who attacked Paul Pelosi was in search for the Speaker of the House, a source tells @jamiegangel. The intruder confronted the speaker’s husband in their San Francisco home shouting “where is Nancy, where is Nancy?”

— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) October 28, 2022

The suspect who attacked Paul Pelosi was apparently looking for his wife, Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi, ABC News reports, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The suspect entered their home through a sliding glass door, according to ABC. Police have not released details about the person arrested for the assault.

The Washington Post reports that while Nancy Pelosi, who occupies a leadership post that is second-in-line to the presidency, has a protective detail, her husband does not unless he is with his wife.

With Americans soon heading to the polls in the midterm elections, it’s worth noting that the majority of states have passed new laws in the wake of the 2020 election that Ese Olumhense of Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting finds amounts to one of the biggest voter suppression threats in recent memory:

Since the 2020 election, lawmakers in all but eight states have attempted to pass laws that would create new election investigation agencies, establish criminal penalties for election offenses or further empower law enforcement officials to investigate such crimes, according to an analysis by Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The proliferation of election crime legislation represents the most intense voter suppression threat in decades and comes in direct response to former president Donald Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

In the last two years, at least 130 bills have been introduced across 42 states that would increase the involvement of law enforcement in the voting process, the analysis shows. Of those bills, 28 have passed in 20 states.

Some of these efforts have grabbed attention individually, like Georgia’s law making it a crime to hand out food or drinks – even water – to voters waiting in line or Florida’s creation of an entirely new law enforcement agency to police elections, the office of election crimes and security, which has already been criticized for bringing flimsy prosecutions.

Reveal’s first-of-its-kind analysis shows those bills are part of a larger movement, mostly led by Republican state lawmakers and fueled by conspiracy theories. While some of those efforts have so far failed, they show no sign of relenting, as the myth of voter fraud has become a central GOP platform.

According to the Associated Press, sources familiar with the investigation say Nancy and Paul Pelosi’s home in San Francisco was specifically targeted for attack.

The assailant who left Paul Pelosi “severely beaten” was taken into custody. No details have been released about the suspect. The San Francisco police department will have a press conference about the attack at 12.30pm eastern time, which this blog will cover.

The Guardian’s Joan E Greve has taken a close look at Democrats’ chances ahead of the 8 November midterms, and finds things are not looking good for Joe Biden’s party:

With less than two weeks to go until election day, Democrats’ hopes of defying political history and keeping their narrow majorities in the House and Senate appear to be fading, as many of the party’s candidates go on the defensive in the final days of campaigning.

Over the summer, many election forecasters wondered if Democrats could avoid the widespread losses typically seen by the president’s party in the midterms. With voters expressing outrage over the supreme court’s decision to end federal protections for abortion access and gas prices falling, Democrats had been hopeful that their endangered incumbents could win re-election.

In August, Democrats took the lead on the generic congressional ballot, according to FiveThirtyEight. They held on to that lead for two and a half months – until last week.

The national political environment now seems to have moved in Republicans’ favor, and Democrats are running out of time to turn the tide. Gas prices started to rise again this month, although they have since started to moderate. With inflation at near record levels, the share of voters who name the economy as their top priority has increased since the summer.

House Democrat Pramila Jayapal condemned the assault on Paul Pelosi. This summer, a man was arrested outside Jayapal’s home for allegedly shouting obscenities and threatening to kill her.

Republican senator Rand Paul also spoke out against the attack, while expressing bitterness for comments Nancy Pelosi’s daughter made when he was attacked by a neighbor in 2017:

No one deserves to be assaulted. Unlike Nancy Pelosi’s daughter who celebrated my assault, I condemn this attack and wish Mr. Pelosi a speedy recovery. https://t.co/2LxIlbIYQP

— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 28, 2022

Biden ‘praying’ for speaker’s family after Paul Pelosi attacked: White House

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has released a statement about the attack on Paul Pelosi in San Francisco:

The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family. This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack. He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The President continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected.

Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the Senate, also reacted to the assault. “What happened to Paul Pelosi was a dastardly act. I spoke with Speaker Pelosi earlier this morning and conveyed my deepest concern and heartfelt wishes to her husband and their family, and I wish him a speedy recovery,” he said.

The US Capitol police, FBI and San Francisco police department have released a joint statement about the assault on Paul Pelosi. It contains few new details, but tells their side of the incident.

Here it is, in full:

The United States Capitol Police (USCP) is assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the San Francisco Police with a joint investigation into a break-in at the California home of the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

The Speaker was in Washington, D.C. with her protective detail at the time of the overnight, break-in.

During the California break-in, the Speaker’s husband was assaulted, but he is now recovering.

The San Francisco Police Department has the suspect in custody. The motivation for the attack is still under investigation.

Special Agents with the USCP’s California Field Office quickly arrived on scene, while a team of investigators from the Department’s Threat Assessment Section was simultaneously dispatched from the East Coast to assist the FBI and the San Francisco Police with a joint investigation.

The law enforcement agencies will provide more information when it can be released.

During a visit to Syracuse, New York yesterday, Joe Biden gave a brief interview to Nexstar Media Group, where he touched on inflation and Russian president Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threats.

Here are the highlights:

Biden didn’t make much news in the encounter, instead sticking to well-worn messages about the low unemployment rate, and insisting inflation will fall. He did, however, express skepticism about Putin’s recent statements that he didn’t plan to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine:

I asked President Biden if he believes Putin really does have no intention of using nuclear weapons in Ukraine?

“Why does he keep talking about it?” pic.twitter.com/StLIqq9XXp

— Reshad Hudson (@ReshadHudson) October 28, 2022

Paul Pelosi ‘severely beaten’, attacked with hammer during break-in: media

More details are emerging of the violent assault on Paul Pelosi, husband to Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi. According to the Associated Press, Paul Pelosi was “severely beaten” during the break-in at their San Francisco home.

CNN reports he was hit with a hammer:

The speaker’s office has said Paul is “expected to make a full recovery”.

Twitter now in ‘sane hands’, Trump declares after Elon Musk buys platform

Donald Trump was once Twitter’s most famous user, deploying it as a megaphone for his presidential administration before being banned after the January 6 insurrection. As of yesterday, billionaire Elon Musk owns the influential platform, and has said kicking Trump off was a mistake.

So will Trump return to Twitter? Here’s what the former president had to say, in a post on his Truth social network:

TRUTH SOCIAL has become somewhat of a phenomena. Last week it had bigger numbers than all other platforms, including TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and the rest. It also looks and works better to my eye. I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country. Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE TRUTH!

The Guardian has a live blog dedicated to this developing story, which you can follow along below:

Nancy Pelosi’s husband attacked in San Francisco home

Paul Pelosi, husband of Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi, was attacked in their San Francisco home, the lawmaker’s office announced. The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington has the latest on this breaking story:

Paul Pelosi, the husband of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, was taken to hospital early on Friday after an attack took place at the couple’s home in San Francisco.

Pelosi’s office said he was “violently assaulted” by an attacker who broke into the Pelosi home.

“The assailant is in custody and the motivation for the attack is under investigation,” the office of the longtime Democratic congresswoman and House speaker said.

In a statement, Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill said her husband, 82, was “receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery”. Hammill said Nancy Pelosi was not in San Francisco at the time of the attack.

“The speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” Hammill said.

Obama, Sanders, Biden and Harris: they’re all out today in what can best be described as an effort to stem the bleeding Democrats are expected to do in the 8 November midterms.

Polls have grown significantly worse for the party in recent weeks, indicating a “red wave” of Republican victories that seemed avoidable over the summer may indeed arrive. The below estimate from Cook Political Report is typical of what analysts are now saying to expect in the House of Representatives, where the GOP needs to gain six seats to create a majority:

Democrats’ chances are viewed as better in the Senate, but a resurgence in GOP support has poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight ranking their chances of continuing to control the chamber for the next two years as very, very slim.

Here’s where the country’s most prominent Democrats will be today:

Joe Biden will speak at a reception for the Pennsylvania Democratic party at 7pm eastern time, where he’ll be joined by Vice-President Kamala Harris. She is scheduled to participate in a moderated discussion on protecting reproductive rights with congresswomen Mary Gay Scanlon and actress Sophia Bush in Philadelphia at 3.50pm.

Barack Obama will be in Atlanta, campaigning alongside senator Raphael Warnock and Stacey Abrams, who is running for governor. Hanging on to Warnock’s seat is seen as crucial to Democrats’ chances of keeping control of the Senate.

Senator Bernie Sanders has three events planned today, all in Nevada, where polls indicate senator Catherine Cortez Masto is in for a tough fight to retain a seat that’s similarly key for the continued Democratic majority. He’ll be in Reno at 3pm, then appear in Las Vegas for events at 7pm and 11pm.

Democrats roll out the big guns as midterm advantage slips away

Good morning, US politics blog readers. With their prospects of retaining control of Congress growing dimmer, Democrats are today sending out their biggest names to make their case before the American people. These include Barack Obama, who will appear in Georgia alongside senator Raphael Warnock and gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams. Joe Biden will speak to Democrats in Pennsylvania, where he’ll be joined by Vice-President Kamala Harris. And Bernie Sanders will rally the base in Nevada.

There’s plenty of other news expected today:

  • Elon Musk now owns Twitter, and the question is: will he make good on his promise to let Donald Trump back on the influential social media platform? Follow the Guardian’s live blog for more on this.

  • Young people aren’t turning out for early voting, and Democrats are worried, Politico reports.

  • A new Gallup poll has found a record number of American adults believe there’s more crime than last year, underscoring how public safety has become a major issue in this year’s election.

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