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1:30 PM ET, October 18, 2016

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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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USA Today:
In deep-red Florida, signs of trouble for Donald Trump  —  A poll of Millennials by USA TODAY and Rock the Vote shows overwhelming support for Hillary Clinton.  Here are five other things the poll showed.  —  THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Lifelong Republican Linda Fogg pauses sometimes while explaining …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
CBS News:
CBS poll: Clinton's lead over Trump widens with three weeks to go
Ben Jacobs / Guardian:
Controversial Republican Mike Roman to run Donald Trump's ‘election protection’  —  Operative best known for promoting video of apparent voter intimidation by New Black Panthers will oversee poll-watching efforts  —  Donald Trump's “election protection” effort will be run by Mike Roman …
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New York Times:
Shameful Silence on Donald Trump's Lies About Vote-Rigging
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Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Melania Plays Defense  —  NOTABLES  —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's TOM LLAMAS, in an interview …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Trump's Wisconsin strategy: Burn it all down
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
Obama Slams Donald Trump's ‘Flattery’ of Vladimir Putin as Unprecedented and ‘Out of Step’  —  President Obama today characterized Donald Trump's affection for Russian President Vladimir Putin as an “unprecedented” moment in U.S. history.  —  “Any characterization that somehow …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
President Obama Tells Donald Trump to ‘Stop Whining’ About Election Rigging  —  President Obama criticized Donald Trump today for suggesting the presidential election will be rigged.  —  “I have never seen in my lifetime or in modern political history any presidential candidate trying …
Discussion: Politico, NY1 News, Vox and RedState
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
Italian prime minister takes a swipe at Trump during White House visit
Discussion: USA Today and The Week
Politico:   Matteo Renzi hopes to avoid curse of Obama
New York Daily News:
SEE IT: Naked statue of Hillary Clinton in downtown Manhattan causes fight during morning commute  —  An artist erected an obscene statue of Hillary Clinton in downtown Manhattan Tuesday morning causing a heated fight between defenders of the profane piece of protest art and women trying to tear it down.
Bloomberg:
Pressure Cited Against Marking Clinton E-Mails Classified  —  Exchanges also suggest a proposed ‘quid pro quo’ on e-mails  —  A State Department team responsible for determining which records should be kept secret felt “immense pressure” not to label any of about 300 e-mails found …
Discussion: RedState, Hot Air and Occupy Democrats
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Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton accused of stealing furniture from the State Department
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Donald Trump Is Running Some Really Insecure Email Servers  —  In what might be one of the more delicious cases of irony to ever grace a presidential election, a researcher has found that a number of email servers linked to Donald Trump's hotel and others businesses are running horribly …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Billy Bush officially leaves NBC in the wake of ‘Access Hollywood’ tape  —  His exit is the result of the leaked 2005 “Access Hollywood” videotape showing Bush and Donald Trump making lewd and sexually aggressive remarks about women.  —  Bush, a brand new host of the “Today” show's 9 a.m. hour …
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John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Rosenberg Lies Never Cease  —  Sons seeking to exonerate their long-dead parents for their spying for Stalin are resorting to dishonest evasions  —  On Sunday night, CBS broadcast a moving segment on its 60 Minutes program.  Entitled “The Brothers Rosenberg,” the piece delivered …
Discussion: Power Line
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Anderson Cooper / CBS News:
The Brothers Rosenberg  —  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg's sons …
Discussion: Power Line
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, Scared Monkeys and Hot Air
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
How almost everyone wants a piece of Mosul … With support from the United States and other coalition allies, the Iraqi government finally launched what could be the most decisive engagement in the regional war against the Islamic State.  —  Mosul, the most important city in northern Iraq …
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
Jim Rich exits Daily News; Arthur Browne is new EIC  —  Daily News editor in chief Jim Rich is exiting the newspaper after a little more than a year in the top masthead slot, and will be replaced by Arthur Browne, a longtime News fixture who finally takes the reins after years effectively serving as the tabloid's perennial no. 2.
Chicago Tribune:
John McCain backs off promise Republicans would block Clinton Supreme Court nominees  —  Sen. John McCain, seen here on April 12, 2016, backed off his comments on a radio show on Oct. 17 that Republicans in the Senate would block any nominee to the Supreme Court made by Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Vox and BuzzFeed
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Claims of ‘Rigged’ Election Could Hurt His Own Campaign, Research Shows  —  Republican Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that the election is rigged against him because of a corrupt political system may have the effect of lowering turnout among his own supporters, research shows.
Karen Mizoguchi / People.com:
Former PEOPLE Writer Natasha Stoynoff Speaks After Trump Controversy: ‘We Cannot Be Silent Anymore’  —  One week after accusing Donald Trump of forcing himself on her, former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff is breaking her silence.  —  “I am doing okay,” she says in the new issue of PEOPLE …
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|
 
 
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Graham Vyse / New Republic:
The Violence May Yet Come
George Takei / The Daily Beast:
George Takei: An Open Letter to America's Young Voters
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CBS News:
Iraqi refugee living in Houston pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Most Americans trust the military and scientists to act in the public's interest
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Anjali Mullany / Fast Company:
Ivanka Trump Doesn't Flinch
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Michigan GOP vice-chair ousted for refusal to support Trump
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court rules against EPA in case over coal job losses
Discussion: Hot Air
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
Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy Theorists: Pamela Anderson Poisoned Julian Assange With a Vegan Sandwich
Discussion: Heat Street, Daily Mail and Mashable
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:
Drudge, Limbaugh Fall for Twitter Joke About Postal Worker Destroying Trump Ballots