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10:25 AM 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
Discussion: Politicus USA
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
Discussion: RedState and The Right Scoop
New York Times:
Shameful Silence on Donald Trump's Lies About Vote-Rigging
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Trump's Wisconsin strategy: Burn it all down
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, Hot Air 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’
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Business Insider and The Week
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|
Anjali Mullany / Fast Company:
Ivanka Trump Doesn't Flinch  —  As she leads her brand into its next stage, Ivanka reveals how she's navigating the drama around her father's presidential campaign.  —  11 images  —  The energy on the 22nd floor of Trump Tower becomes a little giddier when Ivanka Trump enters the small offices …
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
 
 
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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
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
Ellen Pao / Project Include:
Peter Thiel, YC, and hard decisions
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
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones
Discussion: CBS Philly
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
McCain Vows Supreme Court Blockade Will Continue Through Clinton's Presidency