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1:45 PM ET, October 18, 2016

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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
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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Bloomberg:
Pressure Cited Against Marking Clinton E-Mails Classified
Marisa Schultz / New York Post:
Hillary Clinton accused of stealing furniture from the State Department
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
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, RedState and Mediaite
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
Discussion: Politico
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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
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.
Stephanie Petit / People.com:
PEOPLE Reveals 6 Witnesses Who Corroborate Natasha Stoynoff's Story of Being Attacked by Donald Trump  —  Six colleagues and close friends who corroborate former PEOPLE writer Natasha Stoynoff's account of being attacked by Donald Trump in 2005 are now coming forward.
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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
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton holds clear advantage in new battleground polls  —  Hillary Clinton holds a decisive advantage over Donald Trump in the competition for votes in the Electoral College, leading in enough states to put her comfortably over the 270 majority needed to win the presidential election in November …
Discussion: Politicus USA
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NBC News:
Poll: Clinton Maintains Solid National Lead
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 …
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
Allan Smith / Business Insider:
Curt Schilling says he's running for Senate in 2018, setting up potential blockbuster race with Elizabeth Warren  —  Former star major-league pitcher and conservative firebrand Curt Schilling said Tuesday that he had decided to challenge Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for her US Senate seat in 2018.
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.
 
 
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Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Khloe Kardashian fires back at ‘cruel’ Donald Trump remarks
Discussion: AOL
Bloomberg:
The Missing Climate Change Debate
Discussion: Media Matters for America and Vox
George Takei / The Daily Beast:
George Takei: An Open Letter to America's Young Voters
Discussion: Raw Story and twitchy.com
Chicago Tribune:
John McCain backs off promise Republicans would block Clinton Supreme Court nominees
Discussion: The Atlantic, Mother Jones, Vox and BuzzFeed
 Earlier Items: 
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Claims of ‘Rigged’ Election Could Hurt His Own Campaign, Research Shows
Anjali Mullany / Fast Company:
Ivanka Trump Doesn't Flinch
Discussion: Politico and New York Magazine
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court rules against EPA in case over coal job losses
Discussion: Hot Air
Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy Theorists: Pamela Anderson Poisoned Julian Assange With a Vegan Sandwich
Discussion: Heat Street, Daily Mail and Mashable