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6:05 PM ET, October 19, 2016

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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.”
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and Hot Air
Elizabeth Koh / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's half-brothers clash over debate invite from Trump
Discussion: Hit & Run and Right Wing Watch
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Cruz: Voter fraud a challenge
Discussion: The Texas Tribune and RedState
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 …
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.
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 …
Arizona Republic:
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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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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 …
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 …
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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Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump in 2008: Hillary Clinton will ‘go down at a minimum as a great senator’  —  (CNN)Donald Trump has attacked Hillary Clinton for her performance as the U.S. Senator from New York, calling her two terms a “disaster” during the second presidential debate.  —  In an 2008 interview …
Discussion: Mediaite, Political Wire and Guardian
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNBC
Jason Wells / BuzzFeed:
Ivanka Trump Says Her Father's Lewd Comments Were “A Bit Jarring”  —  Ivanka Trump on Wednesday called her father's comments about women that were caught on a leaked Access Hollywood tape “crude” and “a bit jarring,” but said they were not consistent with the man she knows.
Discussion: CNN and Raw Story
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
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 …
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Local TX GOP Recruits Poll Watchers With Claim Of ‘Voter Fraud’ In Dem Areas  —  The local Republican Party in Tarrant County, Texas - which includes Fort Worth and is state's third most populous county - is being accused of egging on discriminatory voting practices with an email it sent calling for …
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 …
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Man shouts news to WikiLeaks founder after his internet cut off … A Canadian comedian is helping Julian Assange keep up with the news after Ecuador severed the WikiLeaks founder's internet connection on Saturday.  —  Calling himself “Julian Assange's Personal Internet Service,” …
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.
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, AOL and Hit & Run
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, CNBC and Mediaite
 
 
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CBS News:
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 Earlier Items: 
Yvonne Villarreal / Los Angeles Times:
When truth is stranger than fiction: TV writers weigh in on the presidential campaign
Discussion: New York Magazine and The Week
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The Atlantic:
Police Fatally Shoot 66-Year-Old Woman in New York City
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and The Root
Shawn Schossow / Vox:
I'm voting for Jill Stein. It's a moral choice. It reflects who I am as a person.
Discussion: Jezebel and CNBC