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12:30 AM ET, October 18, 2016

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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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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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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
CBS News:
CBS poll: Clinton's lead over Trump widens with three weeks to go  —  Following the second presidential debate and controversies surrounding both campaigns, Hillary Clinton's lead over Donald Trump has expanded to nine points now nationally.  Forty-seven percent of likely voters support …
Discussion: Politicus USA and Political Wire
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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.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: 41 percent of voters say election could be ‘stolen’ from 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 …
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Trump Suggests Paul Ryan Doesn't Want Him to Be President Because of Ryan's 2020 Ambitions  —  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested tonight that House Speaker Paul Ryan does not want a President Trump because of his own political ambitions in 2020.
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Donald Trump Says 'I Don't Think So' When Asked If He's Crossed the Line With Women  —  The embattled Republican presidential nominee spoke out tonight on the accusations of sexual assault leveled against him.  —  ABC News' Tom Llamas, in an interview before a campaign event tonight in Green Bay …
Discussion: Mediaite
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's Bill Clinton strategy is going very poorly
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!
The Daily Beast:
Apprentice Staffer Claims Gary Busey Groped Her.  And Then Donald Trump Laughed.  —  Oscar nominee Gary Busey allegedly sexually assaulted a female Apprentice employee during his time on the show, five Apprentice employees tell The Daily Beast.  Donald Trump knew about the incident …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones  —  In what's believed to be an unprecedented attempt to bypass the security of Apple iPhones, or any smartphone that uses fingerprints to unlock, California's top cops asked to enter a residence and force anyone inside …
Discussion: CBS Philly
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
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
Politico Reporter Sends Story To Hillary Aide For Approval, Admits He's A ‘Hack’  —  Donny Deutsch Goes Into Full-Panic Mode On ‘Joe’ — 'What's Scaring Me Is...'  —  FBI Docs: Hillary Was So Unpleasant Security Agents Didn't Want To Protect Her  —  Cheerleading Coach Busted …
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
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
Democracy Now:
Breaking: Judge Rejects “Riot” Charges Against Amy Goodman in North Dakota … A North Dakota judge today refused to authorize riot charges against award-winning journalist Amy Goodman for her reporting on an attack against Native American-led anti-pipeline protesters.
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 Week and The Root
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
U.S. police chiefs group apologizes for ‘historical mistreatment’ of minorities
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.
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
 
 
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Heather Caygle / Politico:
Democrats dream the unthinkable: Speaker Pelosi
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Donald Trump Reveals Evangelical Rifts That Could Shape Politics for Years
Discussion: Washington Times and Guardian
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Trump's Campaign Manager Says She Wouldn't Have Attacked Accusers' Looks
Kevin McCoy / USA Today:
Companies used Clinton fundraisers to lobby State Department
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Liberal Values
 Earlier Items: 
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
I'm A Sexual Assault Victim Who Still Supports Trump
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
22 toxic days for Hillary Clinton
Anneta Konstantinides / Daily Mail:
But Wikileaks revealed this morning that Assange's internet link had been ‘intentionally severed by a state party’