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Chris Massie / CNN:
John McCain: 'I don't know' if Trump will be better for Supreme Court than Clinton  —  (CNN)Republican Sen. John McCain said on Monday that he wasn't sure if Donald Trump would be a better president for appointing Supreme Court justices than Hillary Clinton.  —  Trump has released lists of 21 potential justices.
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Matt York / Talking Points Memo:
McCain: GOPers Will Unite To Block ‘Any’ Clinton SCOTUS Nominee  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) suggested Monday that the Republican party's months-long refusal to fill a vacant seat on the Supreme Court would extend into the next administration if Hillary Clinton is elected president.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
McCain Vows Supreme Court Blockade Will Continue Through Clinton's Presidency  —  Senate Republicans have formed a united front around the principle Barack Obama should not be able to appoint a replacement for Antonin Scalia, and that the seat should instead be selected by the winner of the 2016 election.
Discussion: Althouse and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Melania Trump: Donald Trump was ‘egged on’ into ‘boy talk’  —  (CNN)Melania Trump says her husband was “egged on” in the 2005 tape in which he made lewd comments about his own sexually aggressive behavior toward women — remarks she says were “boy talk.”  —  “I said to my husband that, you know, the language was inappropriate.
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Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Melania Trump: Donald was ‘egged on’ to say ‘dirty’ things
Esme Cribb / Talking Points Memo:   Melania Gives First Interviews After Sexual Misconduct Claims Against Trump
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's email problems just came roaring back  —  For the past few months, Hillary Clinton's decision to exclusively use a private email server while at the State Department has receded as a campaign issue as Donald Trump's comments about women have come to dominate the daily chatter about the 2016 race.
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
FBI, State deny ‘quid pro quo’ over Clinton email  — Newly released documents contain a summary of notes related to the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton  —  Washington (CNN)The FBI is denying that any “quid pro quo” was offered in a fight between the bureau and State Department …
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Trump Hurt by Misconduct Claims as Clinton Lead Widens  —  Voters divided on whether most guys use same language  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Hillary Clinton is currently ahead of Donald Trump by 12 points among voters likely to cast ballots in November.
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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: 41 percent of voters say election could be ‘stolen’ from Trump
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Drudge, Limbaugh Fall for Twitter Joke About Postal Worker Destroying Trump Ballots  —  Just when you thought 2016 couldn't get any stupider, a Twitter user who describes himself as “the cool and chill guy of online” inadvertently punked two of the most powerful figures in conservative media.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
POSTAL WORKER Brags Online About Destroying Trump Ballots (Updated)  —  An Ohio(?) man who describes himself as a postal worker bragged online this weekend about destroying Donald Trump absentee ballots.  —  This was posted by Twitter user Randygdub on Sunday-  —  He actually bragged about it!
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton camp wades deeper into Senate fight  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is moving to pour new money into down-ballot races in an attempt to swing the Senate back to Democrats and claw back seats in the House, hoping to leverage Donald Trump's implosion into renewed Democratic control of Congress.
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New York Times:   Showing Confidence, Hillary Clinton Pushes Into Republican Strongholds
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton goes for the kill in Arizona
Discussion: ABC News
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash  —  Far fewer making contributions to Donald Trump, analysis shows  —  Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to members of the media on her campaign plane in September 2016.  Andrew Harnik/AP  —  likes
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Is Shep Smith The Future Of Fox News?  —  “The long look of history is going to be necessary, and I don't think it will reflect well on this time,” Smith says, “or on the voters' ability to decipher what it is they're hearing and seeing.”  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post
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Lucas Grindley / Advocate:   Shepard Smith Answers Question on Roger Ailes by Coming Out
Media Matters for America:
Alex Jones Responds To Clinton Video Tying Him To Trump: “There Were Bombs” In The World Trade Center On 9/11  —  ALEX JONES (HOST): They misrepresent 9/11 truth, they say, and I'm the founder of it, question it before 9/11, question it on the day of 9/11, I said it's being used to take your freedoms …
Discussion: Salon and Daily Kos
Casey Reynolds / The Midnight Sun:
MIDNIGHT SUN EXCLUSIVE: New Poll Shows Trump-Clinton Tied In Alaska  —  New polling numbers provided exclusively to The Midnight Sun by the Alaska Democratic Party show Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a statistical tie in The Last Frontier.  —  The poll was conducted …
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rep. Michael Burgess M.D. / Reuters:
Reps. Burgess, Price, Roe: Our diagnosis as doctors — ObamaCare is about to collapse  —  ObamaCare is collapsing.  Its utter failures become more obvious by the day.  —  We all remember the promises of ObamaCare, chief among them that the “Affordable Care Act” would lower health care costs.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
The Delayed Gratification of Obamacare
Jaweed Kaleem / Los Angeles Times:
Head of nation's largest police group issues formal apology for ‘historical mistreatment’ of racial minorities  —  Protesters march through downtown El Cajon, Calif., on Oct. 1 to protest the fatal police shooting of Alfred Olango, who was unarmed.  (Denis Poroy / Associated Press)
Discussion: The Root
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
U.S. police chiefs group apologizes for ‘historical mistreatment’ of minorities
Nicole Pelletiere / ABC News:
Clown Sightings Prompt Target to Pull Masks From Shelves Weeks Before Halloween  —  The scary clown craze is now affecting big businesses like Target, which is removing clown masks from its shelves just weeks before Halloween.  —  The retailer's decision comes after multiple reported incidents …
Jamie Gregora / The Daily Signal:
This Is the Percentage of Millennials Who Believe George W. Bush Killed More People Than Stalin  —  The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation released its first “Annual Report on U.S. Attitudes Towards Socialism” Monday.  The survey showed a distinct generation gap regarding beliefs …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's Bill Clinton strategy is going very poorly  —  Donald Trump is hell-bent on proving that he's not the only male politician who has stood accused of groping and violating women.  —  First it was Bill Clinton that he pointed to.  Now it's Vice President Biden.
Manu Raju / CNN:
Heck on tape: ‘I really’ want to support Trump but I can't  —  (CNN)Rep. Joe Heck gave his most extensive assessment of his decision to dump Donald Trump at a closed-door fundraiser last week, saying Republicans had “cut a lot of slack” to his party's presidential nominee for months …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Men Are Treating 2016 As A ‘Normal’ Election; Women Aren't  —  We could be looking at the largest gender gap in a presidential election since at least 1952: Men are favoring the Republican nominee, Donald Trump, in typical numbers, but a historically overwhelming share of women say they will vote for the Democrat, Hillary Clinton.
 
 
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Kevin McCoy / USA Today:
Companies used Clinton fundraisers to lobby State Department
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Discussion: New York Times
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
I'm A Sexual Assault Victim Who Still Supports Trump
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
North Carolina GOP leader suffers email breach
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Case for Trump  —  Conservatives should vote for the Republican nominee.
Discussion: Althouse
Tampa Bay Times:
Trump fans boo, walk out on Amy Schumer show in Tampa