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9:50 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
New York Times:
Shameful Silence on Donald Trump's Lies About Vote-Rigging
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
Discussion: Politicus USA
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
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.
Discussion: RedState and Scared Monkeys
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Tal Kopan / CNN:
FBI, State deny ‘quid pro quo’ over Clinton email
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 …
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Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Clinton campaign fires back: ‘The system is not rigged’
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
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
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|
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.
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 and Politico
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's Bill Clinton strategy is going very poorly
Discussion: Daily Kos and Shareblue
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
The GOP Created the “Rigged Vote” Myth  —  Now the party is trying to hide from it.  —  If Donald Trump loses the presidential election on Nov. 8, he will almost certainly claim that it was rigged.  We know that because he's already saying so, and he hasn't even lost yet.
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan GOP vice-chair ousted for refusal to support Trump  —  LANSING — The Michigan Republican Party ousted one of its state leaders Monday for her refusal to support presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a move that shone a brighter spotlight on party divisions over the controversial nominee.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
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.
Teresa Boeckel / York Daily Record:
West York accepts mayor's offer to resign  —  He has been under fire for racist Facebook comments  —  West York Council unanimously accepted embattled Mayor Charles Wasko's offer to resign to a round of applause from a crowd in council chambers on Monday night.
Raphael Satter / Associated Press:
Mystery swirls around Assange's status at Ecuadorean Embassy  —  PARIS (AP) — Midway through releasing a series of damaging disclosures about U.S. presidential contender Hillary Clinton, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange says his hosts at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London abruptly cut him off from the internet.
Stuart Rothenberg / Washington Post:
Trump's path to an electoral college victory isn't narrow.  It's non-existent.  —  The trajectory of the 2016 presidential race — which will result in a Hillary Clinton victory — remains largely unchanged from May, when Donald Trump and Clinton were in the process of wrapping up their nominations.
 
 
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Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
Will Obama foolishly escalate his secret wars?
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
New York Times:
Showing Confidence, Hillary Clinton Pushes Into Republican Strongholds
Discussion: Dallas Morning News and The Week