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5:05 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 …
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
Trump Leads Clinton By 1 Point Going Into Debate — IBD/TIPP Poll  —  After more than a week of blistering attacks from Democrats, celebrities and the press, Donald Trump has managed to pull ahead of Hillary Clinton by 1 percentage point — 41.3% to 40% — in a four-way matchup, according to the new IBD/TIPP poll released today.
Arizona Republic:
About the Arizona Republic/Morrison/Cronkite News poll
Alex Griswold / Mediaite:
Trump's Newest Debate Guest Appears to Support Terrorist Group Hamas, Abolition of Israel  —  In a move apparently intend to troll the president, Donald Trump invited Barack Obama's half-brother Malik Obama to attend Wednesday's night presidential debate.  But Trump might have been unaware …
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John Parkinson / ABC News:
White House Baffled by Donald Trump's Debate Invite to Obama's Estranged Brother  —  Why is Donald Trump bringing President Obama's half-brother to the presidential debate in Las Vegas?  —  White House press secretary Josh Earnest says he doesn't understand the intent behind …
Elizabeth Koh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's half-brothers clash over debate invite from Trump
Discussion: Hit & Run and Right Wing Watch
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Exclusive: Rubio Won't Talk About WikiLeaks, and Neither Should Donald Trump  —  Sen. Marco Rubio tells ABC News that 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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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Gingrich: Little Trump reacts to criticism ‘almost uncontrollably’
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Newt Gingrich: ‘Little Trump’ Lashes Out ‘Uncontrollably’ When Criticized
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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.”
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
The Independent:
The betting pattern that called Brexit has a terrifying prediction about the US election  —  It is news that will strike fear into the hearts of perhaps half of America and large chunks of the world outside of it.  Despite a calamitous week of campaigning, betting markets on the US election …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Madonna pledges oral sex for Clinton voters … Madonna is pledging to perform oral sex on voters who cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton  —  The pop queen, known for her shocking antics, made the remark Tuesday while opening for comedian Amy Schumer in New York.
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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David Weigel / Washington Post:
Two Democratic operatives lose jobs after James O'Keefe sting
The Atlantic:
Police Fatally Shoot 66-Year-Old Woman in New York City  —  A New York City police officer fatally shot a 66-year-old black woman in her apartment in the Bronx on Tuesday night, authorities said.  The woman, identified as Deborah Danner, lived alone.  —  Several officers responded to a call of an …
Discussion: New York Post, The Root and RT
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz: Voter fraud a challenge  —  (R-Texas) has sidestepped weighing in on Donald Trump  —  's accusation that the elections are “rigged,” instead saying that the country has previously had issues with voter fraud.  —  “Voter fraud has long been a challenge in America …
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and RedState
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Eugene Scott / CNN:
Trump's campaign manager: ‘No, I do not believe’ there will be widespread voter fraud
Discussion: The Atlantic and Daily Kos
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
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Clinton maintains lead before the last debate  —  Clinton has a 4% lead over Donald Trump heading into the last debate, while most Trump voters lack confidence in the integrity of vote counting … Heading into the third and final presidential debate, Democrat Hillary Clinton continues …
Discussion: Vox
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 …
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.
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 …
Art Swift / Gallup:
Support for Legal Marijuana Use Up to 60% in U.S.  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — With voters in several states deciding this fall whether to legalize the use of marijuana, public support for making it legal has reached 60% — its highest level in Gallup's 47-year trend.
Discussion: Hot Air, Business Insider and Hit & Run
 
 
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Shawn Schossow / Vox:
I'm voting for Jill Stein. It's a moral choice. It reflects who I am as a person.
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