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11:25 AM ET, October 18, 2016

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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.
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Ben Jacobs / Guardian:
Controversial Republican Mike Roman to run Donald Trump's ‘election protection’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Vox, CNN and NY1 News
New York Times:
Shameful Silence on Donald Trump's Lies About Vote-Rigging
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:   Clinton campaign fires back: ‘The system is not rigged’
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
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Trump's Wisconsin strategy: Burn it all down  —  Wisconsin Republicans already rejected Donald Trump once.  His escalating attacks on Paul Ryan are motivating a sizable number of them to do it again.  —  Trump will campaign in Green Bay Monday night, but many Republicans won't be glad …
Tom Llamas / ABC News:
Donald Trump Says 'I Don't Think So' When Asked If He's Crossed the Line With Women
Discussion: Associated Press, Mediaite and Politico
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
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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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
The FBI's Own Investigation Summary Proves Hillary Clinton Broke The Law
Kevin McCoy / USA Today:
Companies used Clinton fundraisers to lobby State Department
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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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
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.
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.
Discussion: Power Line
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John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Rosenberg Lies Never Cease
Discussion: Power Line
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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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
Politico:
Matteo Renzi hopes to avoid curse of Obama  —  Italian prime minister will hope US president's backing doesn't backfire ahead of referendum.  —  The leader of a major European government enjoys a high-profile love-fest with Barack Obama just months before a risky national referendum that will decide his political future.
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
Discussion: Gothamist
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
 
 
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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
 Earlier Items: 
Tim Miller / The Ringer:
Donald Trump Is on a Presidential Death March We've Never Seen Before
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Thomas Fox-Brewster / Forbes:
Feds Walk Into A Building, Demand Everyone's Fingerprints To Open Phones
Discussion: CBS Philly
The Daily Beast:
Apprentice Staffer Claims Gary Busey Groped Her. And Then Donald Trump Laughed.