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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
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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CBS News:
CBS poll: Clinton's lead over Trump widens with three weeks to go
Discussion: Politicus USA and Political Wire
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Trump campaign left out of Alaska voter guide
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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!
New York Times:
Showing Confidence, Hillary Clinton Pushes Into Republican Strongholds  —  Hillary Clinton's campaign is planning its most ambitious push yet into traditionally right-leaning states, a new offensive aimed at extending her growing advantage over Donald J. Trump while bolstering down-ballot candidates …
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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
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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Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: 41 percent of voters say election could be ‘stolen’ from Trump
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
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Donald Trump Reveals Evangelical Rifts That Could Shape Politics for Years
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones
Discussion: CBS Philly
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Camp Explored Possible Trump TV Venture
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: Liberal Values and The Right Scoop
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
New York attorney general grants Trump Foundation more time to file proper paperwork, comply with state charity laws
D.C. McAllister / The Federalist:
I'm A Sexual Assault Victim Who Still Supports Trump
Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune:
1,000 more people shot in Chicago compared with same time last year
Discussion: Sputnik International
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
The Case for Trump  —  Conservatives should vote for the Republican nominee.
Discussion: Althouse