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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.
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Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump: Maybe Ryan doesn't want me to win because he wants to run in 2020 … might not want the Republican presidential nominee to win because Ryan may want to launch his own White House bid in four years.  —  “I don't want to be knocking Paul Ryan,” Trump said in an interview …
Discussion: RedState
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Donald Trump Says 'I Don't Think So' When Asked If He's Crossed the Line With Women
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
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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Manu Raju / CNN:
Heck on tape: ‘I really’ want to support Trump but I can't
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How low can Trump go in the polls?  —  Polls conducted since the first presidential debate last month put Donald Trump on a pace to earn a smaller percentage of the vote than any major-party nominee in at least 20 years.  —  In matchups that include third-party candidates, Trump is winning …
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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
Kerry Picket / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: FBI Agents Say Comey ‘Stood In The Way’ Of Clinton Email Investigation  —  FBI agents say the bureau is alarmed over Director James Comey's decision to not suggest that the Justice Department prosecute Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information.
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
FBI, State deny ‘quid pro quo’ over Clinton email
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Clinton campaign fires back: ‘The system is not rigged’  —  campaign on Monday dismissed cries from Donald Trump  —  that a “rigged election” will steal the presidency from him.  —  “He knows he's losing and is trying to blame that on the system,” Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said in a conference call with reporters.
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Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National:
Donald Trump - Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim of ‘large scale voter fraud’  —  The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire!  Donald Trump's Pants on Fire claim of ‘large scale voter fraud’  —  Donald Trump tripled down on his baseless claim that the U.S. election system is rigged against him …
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.
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Chris Massie / CNN:
John McCain: 'I don't know' if Trump will be better for Supreme Court than Clinton
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's Bill Clinton strategy is going very poorly
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue
Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy Theorists: Pamela Anderson Poisoned Julian Assange With a Vegan Sandwich  —  In past years, a Presidential nominee calling women he's accused of groping ugly liars or a major foreign power allegedly hacking into huge swathes of campaign emails would be Internet-breaking ammo.
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NBC News:
Poll: Clinton Maintains Solid National Lead  —  After a bruising week for Donald Trump amid backlash from the release of a lewd 2005 recording and in-fighting among GOP party leaders, Hillary Clinton now holds a 6-point lead over the Republican nominee, according to the latest NBC News|
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tim Miller / The Ringer:
Donald Trump Is on a Presidential Death March We've Never Seen Before  —  A political survivor describes what it means when a campaign fails, and how this bizarre election cycle is exposing the worst in Trump  —  Donald Trump is going to lose this election.  His campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, is going to lose this election.
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Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   Trump's Campaign Manager Says She Wouldn't Have Attacked Accusers' Looks
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
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.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court rules against EPA in case over coal job losses  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not properly estimated the potential job losses in the coal and other industries affected by its regulations, a federal judge ruled Monday.  —  Judge John Preston Bailey of the District Court …
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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
Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
While Donald Trump talks of a “rigged election,” Mike Pence may suppress the votes of nearly 50,000 African-Americans  —  Is Mike Pence using law enforcement in his state to gin up false fears of voter fraud?  —  Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence is being applauded …
Discussion: Politicus USA and Rewire
Anderson Cooper / CBS News:
The Brothers Rosenberg  —  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's sons tell Anderson Cooper how it felt to be the children of the infamous spies, in a story that sheds new light on a central event of the Cold War  —  The following is a script from “The Brothers Rosenberg,” which aired on Oct. 16, 2016.
Ellen Pao / Project Include:
Peter Thiel, YC, and hard decisions  —  Diversity and inclusion are hard, especially in tech.  Doing them right means agreeing on values, setting standards, calling out bad behavior, and sometimes firing people.  At Project Include, we call it getting comfortable being uncomfortable …
 
 
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Will Obama foolishly escalate his secret wars?
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan GOP vice-chair ousted for refusal to support Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Jaweed Kaleem / Los Angeles Times:
Head of nation's largest police group issues formal apology for ‘historical mistreatment’ of racial minorities
Discussion: The Root and The Week
Rep. Michael Burgess M.D. / Reuters:
Reps. Burgess, Price, Roe: Our diagnosis as doctors — ObamaCare is about to collapse
Discussion: Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
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
Discussion: Salon and Daily Kos
Kevin McCoy / USA Today:
Companies used Clinton fundraisers to lobby State Department
Discussion: Liberal Values and The Right Scoop
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash