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12:45 PM ET, October 19, 2016

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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.
Richard Johnson / Page Six:
Obama's half-brother will be at Vegas debate cheering for Trump
Elizabeth Koh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's half-brothers clash over debate invite from Trump
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
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 …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Five things to watch in tonight's last debate
Discussion: Florida Politics
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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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Rubio warns GOP to stay silent on WikiLeaks hack
Discussion: RedState
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.
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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Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed:
A Reporter Got An Anti-Semitic Death Threat From A Trump Supporter
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 …
Discussion: RedState
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   Newt Gingrich: What Trump needs to give himself a chance to win
WGCL-TV:
Witness: DNC tour bus dumps human waste into storm drain  —  Lawrenceville police are investigating a claim that involves a Democratic National Committee tour bus illegally dumping human waste into a storm drain between campaign stops.  —  The incident happened on Grayson Highway Tuesday morning …
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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 …
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!”
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos, CBS Miami and Naked Politics
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.
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
Cancilleria / Ministerio de Relaciones …:
Official Communiqué  —  Ecuador granted political asylum to Julian Assange in 2012 based on his legitimate fears of political persecution because of his journalistic activities as the editor of WikiLeaks.  —  In recent weeks, WikiLeaks has published a wealth of documents, impacting on the U.S. election campaign.
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
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Memo: Google's Eric Schmidt Working Directly With the Clinton Campaign  —  Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Alphabet, Google's parent company, is working directly with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, according to a memo contained within an email released by WikiLeaks.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Irish bookmaker already paying out on Clinton win  —  An Irish bookmaker is so convinced that Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States that it has already paid out more than $1 million to customers who placed bets on the Democratic candidate winning on Nov. 8.
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 …
New York Times:
The Rap Sheet Against Sheriff Arpaio  —  A thorough moral and political indictment of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., would spill far beyond this page.  It would catalog the years of racial profiling, the tormenting of immigrants and Latinos, the physical mistreatment and humiliation …
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Cal Thomas / Fox News:
The one thing Trump should do at the final debate  —  Modern journalists have little in common with those I was privileged to know when I was a copyboy at NBC News in Washington in the '60s.  —  Today's “journalists” will disagree, but as numerous surveys have shown, the public trust …
Pam Fessler / NPR:
Poll Workers Are Hoping For Calm But Preparing For The Worst  —  At a hearing last month on the possible hacking of voting machines, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler said he was more worried about something else.  The real threat on Election Day, said Schedler, is violence at the polls.
 
 
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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
Danielle Paquette / Washington Post:
After the Trump tape, calls to rape hotlines spike
Discussion: AOL and Shakesville
Bruce Finley / Denver Post:
Peterson Air Force Base dumped 150,000 gallons of PFC-laced water into Colorado Springs' sewer system
Discussion: RT, Common Dreams and AOL
Carimah Townes / ThinkProgress:
School shooting in San Francisco leaves 15-year-old girl in critical condition
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Lynn Vavreck / New York Times:
Do Campaign Ads Matter? Donald Trump Offers a Rare Chance to Find Out
Tara Golshan / Vox:
Presidential debate moderator Chris Wallace says it's not his job to be the “truth squad”
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Yousef Saba / Politico:
Falwell censored anti-Trump column, Liberty U student editor says
Discussion: RedState
CNN:
Because you asked: Mrs Obama is wearing a floor length, rose gold chainmail gown designed …
Discussion: Mashable and The Week
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times Names A.G. Sulzberger Deputy Publisher