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2:40 PM ET, October 18, 2016

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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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CNN:
Obama: Trump's rigged election claim 'whining before the game's even over'  —  Washington (CNN)President Barack Obama on Tuesday cast Donald Trump's claims of a rigged election as potentially corrosive to American democracy, insisting that the Republican presidential nominee was griping about an invented conspiracy.
Discussion: Mashable and Althouse
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, Guardian, NY1 News, Vox and RedState
Tamerra Griffin / BuzzFeed:
Obama: “I'd Advise Mr. Trump To Stop Whining” About A Rigged Election  —  President Barack Obama advised Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop whining about voter fraud ahead of the elections.  —  Trump has urged his supporters to monitor certain areas on election day to prevent what he believes could be a rigged election.
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
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
RNC members agree with Trump: It's rigged  —  Donald Trump is spending the final weeks of his presidential bid declaring he's the victim of an unprecedented vote-rigging conspiracy meant to elect Hillary Clinton.  —  Many top Republican Party officials agree.
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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 …
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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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
Monmouth University:
Monmouth University Polling Institute  —  Nevada  —  Clinton Retakes Lead; Senate Race Remains Close  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Hillary Clinton has pulled ahead of Donald Trump by 7 points in Nevada, which has been one of the “swingy-est” states of the 2016 election.
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
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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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.
Chris Massie / CNN:
Maine Gov. Paul LePage claims election not legitimate until voter ID laws passed  —  (CNN)Maine Gov. Paul LePage claimed Tuesday that elections in his state and in the US as a whole couldn't be considered legitimate until voter ID laws are passed.  —  LePage, a prominent supporter of Donald Trump …
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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.
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Schilling says he'll run against Elizabeth Warren if wife approves  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Former Red Sox star and 38 Studios founder Curt Schilling said Tuesday he's made up his mind to run against Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2018, but still needs to win approval from his wife.
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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 …
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 …
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Vogue:
Vogue Endorses Hillary Clinton for President of the United States  —  For all the chaos and unpredictability and the sometimes appalling spectacle of this election season, the question of which candidate actually deserves to be president has never been a difficult one.  —  Vogue has no history of political endorsements.
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, AOL, Business Insider and The Week
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Benghazi victim's mother to attend debate as Trump's guest  —  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  has invited the mother of a State Department employee killed in the 2012 Benghazi attacks to attend Wednesday's final presidential debate of 2016.  —  Pat Smith is a vocal critic of Hillary Clinton
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
 
 
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Amy Kaufman / Los Angeles Times:
Khloe Kardashian fires back at ‘cruel’ Donald Trump remarks
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George Takei / The Daily Beast:
George Takei: An Open Letter to America's Young Voters
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Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Claims of ‘Rigged’ Election Could Hurt His Own Campaign, Research Shows
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John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
Rosenberg Lies Never Cease
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Anjali Mullany / Fast Company:
Ivanka Trump Doesn't Flinch
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Court rules against EPA in case over coal job losses
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Amy Zimmerman / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy Theorists: Pamela Anderson Poisoned Julian Assange With a Vegan Sandwich
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NBC News:
Poll: Clinton Maintains Solid National Lead
 

 
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