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6:45 PM ET, October 4, 2016


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Guccifer 2.0 Hacked Clinton Foundation  —  Many of you have been waiting for this, some even asked me to do it.  —  So, this is the moment.  I hacked the Clinton Foundation server and downloaded hundreds of thousands of docs and donors' databases.  —  Hillary Clinton and her staff don't even bother about the information security.
Eric Geller / Politico:
Clinton Foundation refutes new claim that hacker stole files  —  A hacker persona with alleged ties to the Russian government has posted what the hacker claims are files stolen from the Clinton Foundation, but the foundation says the assertions are not true.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Insiders: Trump will sink Pence in VP debate  —  ‘Is it just me or are the two VP candidates infinitely more appealing than their running mates?’ said a Pennsylvania Republican.  —  Tim Kaine isn't Mike Pence's only opponent Tuesday night in the only debate between the vice-presidential hopefuls …
Discussion: ABC News and The Week
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Donald Trump's humiliation of Mike Pence has made tonight's VP debate very strange  —  What would a Mike Pence win in the debate mean?  That Republicans should be filled with regret?  —  I have never been quite so confused as to how to interpret a vice presidential debate.
Discussion: RT and MSNBC
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Tuesday's VP debate will shed light on something incredibly important  —  No vice presidential debate has ever meaningfully altered the outcome of a presidential election, so it's understandable that few are thrilled to see the showdown between Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.
Discussion: Politico and Liberty Unyielding
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Vice-Presidential Debate: Before the Face-Off, Clinton Extends Lead in Pennsylvania
Barack Obama / The Huffington Post:
Republican Obstruction Is Undermining The Supreme Court, Enough Is Enough  —  This week, the Supreme Court returns to work.  The Justices will hear important cases on issues ranging from the separation of church and state to intellectual property to Congressional redistricting to the death penalty.
Discussion: Mediaite and Business Insider
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
GOP senator: ‘Nobody really believes’ next president should fill Supreme Court vacancy  —  is knocking his party's Supreme Court strategy, arguing the opposition to taking up President Obama's nominee boils down to politics.  —  The Arizona Republican, who is a member of the Judiciary Committee …
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Slams ‘Willfully Negligent’ Senate GOP As New SCOTUS Term Opens
Naomi Lim / CNN:
Bill Clinton calls Obamacare ‘the craziest thing in the world’  — Clinton said Obamacare had caused premiums to rise for Americans who did not have access to subsidies  — He also touted his wife proposal to allow people without access to subsidies to buy into Medicare and Medicaid
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Bill Clinton slams ObamaCare: 'It's the craziest thing in the world'  —  steamrolled President Obama's signature healthcare law at a rally, calling it “the craziest thing in the world.”  —  Speaking Monday in Flint, Mich., Clinton blasted the core principles of ObamaCare as unworkable …
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Pennsylvania  —  Clinton Maintains Lead; Senate Race All Tied Up  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Pennsylvania is looking good for Hillary Clinton, driven by gains among white women voters, according to the Monmouth University Poll .
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Trump backers realize they've been played as WikiLeaks fails to deliver October surprise  —  LONDON — The expectations were breathless.  —  For weeks, backers of Republican nominee Donald Trump have hyped the tantalizing possibility that the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks was on the verge …
Joe Uchill / The Hill:
No rumored October surprise at WikiLeaks event
Rebecca Berg / Real Clear Politics:
Trump Used Foundation Funds for 2016 Run, Filings Suggest  —  As Donald Trump began making noise about a possible bid for president in 2011, South Carolina conservative activist Oran Smith caught the celebrity businessman's eye as a particularly vocal and potentially influential critic.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Vice President Biden's powerful rebuke of Donald Trump's PTSD comments  —  Vice President Biden, who delivered the toughest denunciation of Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention in July, just did it again.  —  And it was, yet again, the kind of rebuke that perhaps only Biden could deliver.
Pew Research Center:
1. Public views on climate change and climate scientists  —  There is a host of ways Americans' opinions about climate issues divide.  The divisions start with views about the causes of global climate change.  Nearly half of U.S. adults say climate change is due to human activity …
Graydon Carter / Vanity Fair:
Donald Trump: The Ugly American*  —  Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has spent more than 30 years observing Donald Trump's orange-tinted antics.  With a month left to go before the election, he reports on some memorable lessons learned along the way.  —  In 1987, Michael Kelly …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Former accountant refutes Trump's tax brilliance: I did all the work  —  Donald Trump's former accountant challenged the Republican presidential nominee's assertion that he “brilliantly” used tax laws to avoid paying federal taxes.  —  “I did all the tax preparation.
Discussion: Political Wire and Inside Edition
Ed Klein / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama was so worried about Hillary's health he set up a secret medical check-up for her at Walter Reed - but she refused, fearing her LEAKING HEART VALVE and arrhythmia would be exposed  — Ed Klein - one of Hillary Clinton's fiercest critics - revealed new details …
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Michelle Obama hammers Trump over taxes, Twitter, PTSD  —  Michelle Obama didn't mention Donald Trump by name during her speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday, but the first lady warned voters that not supporting Hillary Clinton would aid the election of a temperamentally unfit bully …
Discussion: ABC News
Melina Delkic / ABC News:
Michelle Obama Takes Aim at Trump Over Late-Night Tweets
Discussion: Mediaite and Associated Press
Louis Nelson / Politico:
Gary Johnson: I can't start wars with places if I can't find them on a map  —  Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson on Tuesday defended his lack of knowledge of world affairs, suggesting on MSNBC that foreign policy expertise, or even an understanding of where international leaders are from …
Discussion: Political Wire and
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
Gary Johnson: Knowledge of world geography allows leaders 'to put our military in harm's way'
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom McKee / WCPO:
Parade float-maker apologizes (sort of) for depicting Trump executing Clinton in electric chair  —  Frank Linkmeyer says he's spoofed people for years  —  AURORA, Ind. - The creator of a controversial float in the Aurora Farmer's Fair parade depicting Donald Trump killing Hillary Clinton is apologizing.
New York Times:
Why Referendums Aren't as Democratic as They Seem  —  The voters of the world have had quite a year: They rejected Colombia's peace deal; split Britain from the European Union; endorsed a Thai Constitution that curtails democracy; and, in Hungary, backed the government's plan to restrict refugees …
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
What Just Happened in Colombia?
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Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Hannity rails against Glenn Beck: I have ‘no interest’ in making peace with ‘a guy that gives a Nazi analogy a day’
Discussion: RedState
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Sandy Rios: Conservatives Will Be Put In ‘Reeducation Camps’ If Clinton Wins
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe.My.God.
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Man shot and wounded by sheriff's deputy at Santa Monica Expo Line station
Discussion: KTLA
Chris Summers / Daily Mail:
The WHITE ghettos that blight South Africa: 20 years after the fall of apartheid, how it is now …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP struggles to find women to lead House committees
Discussion: Shakesville
Jesse Singal / New York Magazine:
What Happens When Black People Learn They Should Fear the Police
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Sykes / RTWI:
Time For A New Chapter
Discussion: Business Insider, Politico and WBAY-TV
Ashley Bateman / The Federalist:
Obama Administration Tells Black Parents Their School Choices Are Racist
Discussion: Newsalert
Brad Plumer / Vox:
The one thing Trump and Clinton agree on is infrastructure.  This economist thinks they're both wrong.
Discussion: Eschaton
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Kelly Ayotte's Donald Trump agony continues
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and Hot Air
Paddy Dinham / Daily Mail:
16 ISIS fighters are killed when faulty suicide vest worn by one militant goes off during meeting …
Paul Blake / ABC News:
Former Host Andrea Tantaros Hopes to Bring ‘Accountability’ to Fox News
Discussion: Mediaite and Joe.My.God.