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2:10 PM ET, October 19, 2016

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John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Clinton Has 9-Point Lead as Comeback Obstacles Loom for Trump  —  Ahead of their final debate, the survey “shows movement toward Clinton with all the right groups it takes to win.”  —  McCormickJohn  —  Donald Trump would need to stage a historic comeback to win the White House in 20 days …
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PRRI:
Clinton maintains double-digit (51% vs. 36%) lead over Trump  —  CLINTON MAINTAINS DOUBLE-DIGIT LEAD OVER TRUMP  —  Clinton Maintains Double-digit Lead over Trump  —  With only three weeks remaining in the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton maintains a double-digit lead over Donald Trump among likely voters …
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
Poll: Clinton up 4 points over Trump in Arizona  —  Hillary Clinton is hanging on to a small lead over Donald Trump in Arizona, according to a new Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll released Wednesday. azcentral.com Wochit  —  Hillary Clinton is hanging on to a small but widening lead …
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Exclusive: Rubio: I Won't Talk About Wikileaks, and Neither Should Donald Trump  —  Sen. Marco Rubio tells ABC News Republicans are making a mistake by jumping on allegedly hacked emails released by WikiLeaks to criticize Hillary Clinton.  In fact, he says he won't talk about the hacked emails at all.
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New York Times:
At Previous Debates, Melania Trump and Bill Clinton Shook Hands.  Not Anymore.  —  This intensely antagonistic election has shattered another quaint campaign ritual: the handshakes between opposing candidates' family members before a debate.  —  At previous debates, former President Bill Clinton …
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
The Note: Debate Expectations — Final Round  —  NOTABLES  —5 STORYLINES TO WATCH: Tonight marks something that political reporters, campaign aides and much of the American public have been looking forward to for months, if not more than a year: the closing showdown of the 2016 presidential race.
Elizabeth Koh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's half-brothers clash over debate invite from Trump
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Obama's half-brother will be at Vegas debate cheering for Trump
Aaron Klein / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW: New Bill Clinton Sexual Assault Accuser Goes Public for the First Time  —  NEW YORK — Speaking publicly for the first time in a Breitbart News video exclusive interview, a former local television news reporter from Arkansas claims she was sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton on three separate occasions in 1980.
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Peter Sterne / Politico:
Former TV reporter accuses Bill Clinton of sexual assault
Discussion: Raw Story
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Gingrich: Little Trump reacts to criticism ‘almost uncontrollably’  —  One of Donald Trump's top surrogates all but described the Republican presidential nominee as a thin-skinned candidate whose weakness is that he lashes out “almost uncontrollably.”  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich explained …
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CBS News:
John Kasich skewers Donald Trump's “silly” rigged election claims
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and WCMH-TV
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Irish bookmaker already paying out on Clinton win
CNNMoney:
Steve Bannon speaks: Donald Trump is “master of the head fake”  —  Trump campaign CEO Steve Bannon says Donald Trump is “the master of the head fake.”  —  According to Bannon, the news that President Obama's Trump-supporting half-brother Malik Obama is attending Wednesday's debate is “just an appetizer.”
Discussion: twitchy.com
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Nathaniel Meyersohn / BuzzFeed:
Trump Campaign CEO In 2012: “I Don't Want To Hear That The Media's Against Us”
Discussion: Washington Post
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Trump in 2013: We must ‘leave borders behind’ because future of US ‘depends on a cohesive global economy’  —  Donald Trump, who has championed anti-free-trade and hardline immigration rhetoric on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, had a starkly different tone about globalization in a 2013 op-ed published on CNN's website.
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
Dem operative ‘stepping back’ after video suggests group incited violence at Trump rallies  — In the past, O'Keefe and his Project Veritas Action have been criticized for strategically editing footage  —  Washington (CNN)A Democratic operative whose organization was helping Hillary …
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Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Anti-Semitic Posts, Many From Trump Supporters, Surge on Twitter  —  She had seen her face superimposed on the body of a concentration camp inmate.  She had been called “a slimy Jewess.”  She had been told she “deserved the oven.”  One anonymous individual had electronically harassed her for 19 hours straight.
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Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
There's a new “silent majority,” and it's voting for Hillary Clinton  —  Trump voters and Bernie Bros get all the press, but it's Hillary voters who are going to win.  —  In a 1969 speech, then-President Richard Nixon directly addressed the “silent majority” of Americans who he hoped would support his middle path policy on Vietnam.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
WikiHillary for President  —  Thank God for WikiLeaks.  —  I confess, I was starting to wonder about what the real Hillary Clinton — the one you never get to see behind closed doors — really stood for.  But now that, thanks to WikiLeaks, I've had a chance to peruse her speeches …
miamiherald:
Miami Herald recommends Patrick Murphy for U.S. Senate  —  This newspaper has a long history of supporting U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio's electoral campaigns, going back to his days as a promising political newcomer from West Miami with a strong measure of personal magnetism and a crowd-pleasing message …
Ellen Eldridge / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
DNC apologizes for dumping raw sewage from bus in Gwinnett  —  The Democratic National Committee issued an apology Tuesday after a bus it chartered was seen dumping raw sewage in Gwinnett County.  —  A DNC spokesperson called the unusual incident “an honest mistake.”
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WGCL-TV:
Witness: DNC tour bus dumps human waste into storm drain
Shawn Schossow / Vox:
I'm voting for Jill Stein.  It's a moral choice.  It reflects who I am as a person.  —  Both major party candidates in this election are unusually unpopular.  Young people in particular are unenthusiastic about Trump and Clinton — polling earlier in the election suggested that somewhere between 15 …
Discussion: Jezebel and CNBC
Julia Edwards / Reuters:
Exclusive: White House plans community-based prevention of violent ideologies  —  A new White House plan aims to convene teachers and mental health professionals to intervene and help prevent Americans from turning to violent ideologies, work that is currently mostly done by law enforcement, a draft of the policy seen by Reuters shows.
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and The Daily Caller
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry / The Week:
Silicon Valley's shameful purging of Peter Thiel  —  If there are saints in the church of secular progressivism, the Hollywood Ten are surely among them.  These are the individuals who worked in Hollywood and were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer the question …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Mediaite
CNN:
Condi Rice responds to report Trump called her a ‘bitch’ in 2006 : 'Can't wait until November 9!'  —  (CNN)Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice responded Tuesday to a resurfaced report from 2006 that Donald Trump called her a “bitch” in a speech, telling CNN's KFile in an email that she “can't wait until November 9!”
Emily Jane Fox / Vanity Fair:
Bad Blood?  Donald Trump and Roger Ailes Reportedly No Longer Speak  —  The G.O.P. nominee and former cable news king, longtime friends, have reportedly had a falling out in the midst of the campaign.  —  With less than three weeks until Election Day, Donald Trump is dipping in the polls …
Discussion: RedState and TVNewser
Avery Thompson / Popular Mechanics:
Scientists Accidentally Discover Efficient Process to Turn CO2 Into Ethanol  —  The process is cheap, efficient, and scalable, meaning it could soon be used to remove large amounts of CO2 from the atmosphere.  —  Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee have discovered …
 
 
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 Earlier Items: 
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
General Cartwright is paying the price for Hillary Clinton's sins
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Rubio warns GOP to stay silent on WikiLeaks hack
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
Because you asked: Mrs Obama is wearing a floor length, rose gold chainmail gown designed …
Discussion: The Point, Mashable and The Week
Cal Thomas / Fox News:
The one thing Trump should do at the final debate
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump proposes term limits for Congress
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times Names A.G. Sulzberger Deputy Publisher
Elizabeth Warren / Washington Post:
Trump didn't invent the ‘rigged election’ myth. Republicans did.