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12:45 AM ET, October 17, 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 …
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 with Molotov cocktail, police say
Discussion: WCMH-TV and The Daily Caller
Jim Morrill / Raleigh News & Observer:
Republican headquarters in Orange County firebombed
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”
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
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 …
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
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Inside Donald Trump's echo chamber of conspiracies, grievances and vitriol  —  He is preaching to the converted.  He is lashing out at anyone who is not completely loyal.  He is detaching himself from and delegitimizing the institutions of American political life.
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.
Vaughn Hillyard / NBC News:
Donald Trump at Risk of Losing Arizona Despite State Party Support  —  Trump refocuses on critical states 5:37  —  Three weeks until Election Day, the Trump campaign and the RNC are at risk of letting historically red Arizona slip away.  —  “I think he's going to lose Arizona,” …
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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.
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:
FBI asks for public's help to catch suspected serial child abductor  —  This image released Oct. 13, 2016 by the FBI shows the suspect in a number of child abductions in northeastern Ohio (FBI)  —  Authorities in northeastern Ohio, along with the FBI, are asking the public for help finding a suspected serial child abductor.
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Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Why the Battle for Mosul Is Important
Discussion: Associated Press
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
David Goldman / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump thinks SNL is rigging the election and should be canceled
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah P / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Jake Tapper Corrects Trump Surrogate: 'This Is A She Said, She Said, She Said, She Said …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Michael Shepherd / Bangor Daily News:
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
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Tim Kaine Blasts Donald Trump's Rigged-Election Claim as ‘Scare Tactics’
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and Politico
Nicki Rossoll / ABC News:
Newt Gingrich Says Trump's Criticism of Women Accusers' Appearance is ‘Stupid’
Discussion: Politico, RedState and The Atlantic
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

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