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9:15 PM ET, October 16, 2016


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Jim Morrill / The Charlotte Observer:
Pat McCrory: Firebombing ‘an attack on democracy’  —  Gov. Pat McCrory Sunday called the weekend firebombing of a North Carolina Republican headquarters “an attack on our democracy,” while one GOP official called it an act of “political terrorism.”  —  In a tweet, Republican presidential candidate Donald …
CBS North Carolina / WNCN:
Republican HQ in Orange County firebombed in what GOP calls ‘hate crime’  —  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 …
Discussion: Business Insider
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 …
Jim Morrill / Raleigh News & Observer:
Republican headquarters in Orange County firebombed
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: Where The Race Stands With Three Weeks To Go  —  Breathe deeply.  The election will be over in 23 days.  Well, unless there's a recount.  Or unless one of the candidates refuses to accept the results of the election, provoking a Constitutional crisis and undermining the norms …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Politico
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 …
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 …
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
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Giuliani on rigged election: ‘Dead people generally vote for Democrats’  —  Washington (CNN)Top Donald Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani claimed Sunday that Democrats could steal a close election by having dead people vote in inner cities, while vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said the ticket will …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Giuliani: Alleged Trump groping 'couldn't possibly have happened' because it was first class
Connor O'Brien / Politico:   Giuliani: ‘Dead people generally vote for Democrats’
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Rudy Giuliani: Democrats commit election fraud because they “control the inner-cities”
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.
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.
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  —  Top Hillary Clinton aides were upset a Muslim man was publicly named as the shooter in a 2015 massacre that left 14 people dead, and a longtime Clinton confidant even expressed regret that the terrorist …
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 …
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
John Wagner / Washington Post:
As Trump stumbles, Clinton weighs a striking choice: Expand the map or stick to the plan  —  Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton faces a striking choice in the final three weeks of the campaign: to expand her efforts to states that Democrats haven't won in a generation …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Fox News:
New FBI files contain allegations of ‘quid pro quo’ in Clinton's emails  —  FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Friday to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, contain allegations of a “quid pro quo” between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during …
Discussion: NPR and
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup?
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Inside Donald Trump's echo chamber of conspiracies, grievances and vitriol
Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Donald Trump at Risk of Losing Arizona Despite State Party Support
Discussion: NBC News
Fox News:
Mike Pence responds to allegations against Donald Trump; Tim Kaine on what emails reveal about Clinton campaign
Discussion: Althouse and Politicus USA
David Daleiden / Fox News:
Planned Parenthood at 100: Growing the abortion business and lawlessness
Discussion: Jezebel
New York Times:
In Somalia, U.S. Escalates a Shadow War
Discussion: Hot Air
Stephen Hiltner / New York Times:
Where the Trump Name Is Emblazoned Now: The Front Yard
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
The white flight of Derek Black
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
Vandals spray-paint at least 20 vehicles outside Trump rally in Bangor
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Tim Kaine Blasts Donald Trump's Rigged-Election Claim as ‘Scare Tactics’
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and Daily Kos
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Newt Gingrich Says Trump's Criticism of Women Accusers' Appearance is ‘Stupid’
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Omaha World-Herald:
Hillary Clinton is prudent pick for president
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Victoria McGrane GLOBE /
A toxic election is damaging the seed corn of democracy — young voters
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Fears mount on Trump's ‘rigged election’ rhetoric
New York Times:
Hacked Transcripts Reveal a Genial Hillary Clinton at Goldman Sachs Events

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Andy Greenberg / Wired:
Mandiant links hacktivist group Cyber Army of Russia, which claimed to target utilities in France, the US, and Poland, to Russia-linked hacking group Sandworm

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How a network of repair ships helps maintain the estimated 800,000 miles of undersea internet cables; of the 77 cable ships, only 22 are designated for repair

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Current and former T-Mobile and Verizon employees say they are receiving texts offering up to $300 to perform a SIM swap; T-Mobile says it is investigating

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