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8:45 AM ET, October 18, 2016

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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
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's Bill Clinton strategy is going very poorly
Discussion: Daily Kos, Shareblue and New York Times
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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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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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 …
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
State Dept. official accused of offering ‘quid pro quo’ in Clinton email scandal
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
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
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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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Sophia Tesfaye / Salon:
While Donald Trump talks of a “rigged election,” Mike Pence may suppress the votes of nearly 50,000 African-Americans
Discussion: Politicus USA and Rewire
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
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Camp Explored Possible Trump TV Venture
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
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Men Are Treating 2016 As A ‘Normal’ Election; Women Aren't
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
Journalists shower Hillary Clinton with campaign cash