A series of pipe bombs sent to prominent Democratic Party targets has sharply raised the political temperature in the United States less than two weeks before an increasingly pivotal midterm election marked by what even old-time political operatives say is unprecedented invective.
The bombs, delivered to former president Barack Obama, former vice-president Joe Biden and the offices of CNN, among others, also raised the spectre of political violence in a particularly polarised time fertile with conspiracy theories. None has exploded.
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