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6:55 PM ET, October 16, 2016


 Top Items: 
Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Republican HQ in Orange County firebombed  —  Hillsborough police are investigating the apparent weekend firebombing of the Orange County Republican headquarters, an incident that one GOP official called an act of “political terrorism.”  —  Police say the incident occurred when a bottle …
Town of Hillsborough:
Orange County Republican Party Headquarters Targeted with Arson, Graffiti  —  Updated Oct. 16 at 5:22 p.m. to specify the nature of the activity in the headline and lead paragraph.  —  Hillsborough police are investigating an incident involving arson and graffiti that occurred overnight …
CBS North Carolina / WNCN:
Republican HQ in Orange County firebombed, vandalized, police say  —  HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — The Republican Party headquarters in Orange County was vandalized and firebombed overnight, Hillsborough Police said Sunday afternoon.  —  The building at 347 Ja-Max Drive was hit with graffiti and …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Clinton Holds 11-Point National Lead Over Trump: NBC/WSJ Poll  —  Trump Claims ‘Election is Rigged,’ Challenges Hillary to Drug Test 3:31  —  Hillary Clinton is ahead of Donald Trump by double digits with just over three weeks until Election Day, according to a new national NBC News/Wall …
Kristinn Taylor / The Gateway Pundit:
Rigged Poll?  WSJ/NBC Poll with 11 Point Clinton Lead Includes 14 Percent More Obama Voters  —  The Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll released Sunday morning attempts to bury the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump going onto the third and final debate …
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Extends Lead Over Donald Trump to 11 Points
Discussion: The Week, The Right Scoop and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Clinton has 4-point edge as voters weigh in on Trump's treatment of women
Discussion: RedState and ABC News
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: Where The Race Stands With Three Weeks To Go
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
Arizona Republic:
How do we respond to threats after our endorsement?  This is how  —  What is the correct response to these threats?  Today, I offer you a few.  —  As someone who has spent a career in the business of words, it's unusual to find myself speechless.  —  Yet, there I was, a little more than two weeks ago.
David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump thinks SNL is rigging the election and should be canceled  —  Donald Trump thinks that even “Saturday Night Live” is part of a media conspiracy to bring down his presidential candidacy.  —  Saturday night, SNL opened with a mocking reenactment of the second presidential debate.
Fox News:   WikiLeaks: Podesta lamented that a Muslim, not a white man, named as killer in 2015 massacre
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Giuliani: Alleged Trump groping 'couldn't possibly have happened' because it was first class  —  Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani continued his fervent defense of Donald Trump Sunday morning, implying that voter fraud existed more widely in “inner cities” and also trying to discredit …
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Rudy Giuliani: Democrats commit election fraud because they “control the inner-cities”
Sarah P / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jake Tapper Corrects Trump Surrogate: ‘This Is A She Said, She Said, She Said, She Said, She Said, She Said, She Said, She Said Situation’  —  Jake Tapper had Rep. Renee Ellmers on this morning to talk about the election and she tried her best to serve as a female spokesperson for Donald Trump.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Axelrod: Maybe Clinton should reconsider final debate  —  Democratic strategist David Axelrod on Saturday suggested that Hillary Clinton  —  skip her third and final debate with Donald Trump  —  The former White House adviser to President Obama responded to Trump's call for a drug test …
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Newt Gingrich Says Trump's Criticism of Women Accusers' Appearance is ‘Stupid’  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stood by Republican nominee Donald Trump's claim that the election is being “rigged,” blaming what he calls “the unending one-sided assault of the news media” on the GOP candidate.
Discussion: RedState, The Atlantic and Politico
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
An unshackled Trump.  An unmoored campaign lurching to the finish line.  —  Donald Trump isn't really running a campaign for president anymore.  Instead, he's involved in an extended revenge plot or is simply following the politics of grievance to its natural, unseemly end.  —  See, campaigns have a message.
New York Times:
Donald Trump Intensifies His Claim That Campaign Is ‘Rigged’  —  WASHINGTON — Donald J. Trump on Sunday intensified his claims that the presidential campaign is “rigged” against him, sowing doubts about the integrity of the country's democratic process even as his own running mate …
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Tim Kaine Blasts Donald Trump's Rigged-Election Claim as ‘Scare Tactics’
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Daily Kos
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump's ‘rigged’ election claim targets the media
Nick WagonerESPN / ESPN:
Bills fans boo Colin Kaepernick, chant ‘USA’ before he kneels  —  ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Before San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem of Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, a loud chant of “USA, USA” rang out at New Era Field.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup?  —  A senior State Department official repeatedly pressed the FBI to change the classification of emails stored on Hillary Clinton's private server, according to FBI interview summaries set to be released in the coming days.
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Vandals spray-paint at least 20 vehicles outside Trump rally in Bangor
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Issues in Hillary Clinton's Past Leave Her Muted in Furor Over Donald Trump
Omaha World-Herald:
Hillary Clinton is prudent pick for president
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A toxic election is damaging the seed corn of democracy — young voters
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Fears mount on Trump's ‘rigged election’ rhetoric
Des Moines Register:
Register's endorsement: Clinton a vote for American values
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Hacked Transcripts Reveal a Genial Hillary Clinton at Goldman Sachs Events
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Clinton camp to compare email hacks to Watergate
Discussion: The Week and Politico
Sheera Frenkel / BuzzFeed:
Russian Hackers Faked Gmail Password Form To Invade DNC Email System