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9:45 PM ET, October 19, 2016


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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: Hot Air, Politico and Associated Press
Caitlin Yilek / The Hill:
Palin attending debate as Trump's guest
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
Palin to be a Trump guest at tonight's debate
Discussion: Political Wire
David Mack / BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed CEO: I Heard Ivanka Trump Talk About “Mulatto Cocks”  —  “Surprised Ivanka would be shocked by lewd language.  I met her once & she casually said: 'I've never seen a mulatto cock, but I'd like to!'”  Peretti tweeted.  —  Ivanka Trump once told a gathering of friends and acquaintances …
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, The Root and Raw Story
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.
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 …
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Ex-reporter who accused Bill Clinton of groping will attend debate: report  —  A former television reporter who alleged in an interview published Wednesday that Bill Clinton  —  groped her in 1980 will reportedly attend the third and final presidential debate Wednesday night.
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 …
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.”
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.
John McCormick / Bloomberg:
Clinton Has 9-Point Lead as Comeback Obstacles Loom for Trump
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Kathy Frankovic / YouGov US Opinion Center News:
Clinton maintains lead before the last debate
Discussion: Vox, New York Magazine and Hot Air
Sarah Robinson / ledger-enquirer:
Attorney: Student's leg to be amputated today after incident with teacher  —  A 13-year-old student who said he was “thrown to the floor” multiple times by a teacher at Edgewood Student Services Center on Sept. 12 is expected to have his leg amputated today as a result of the alleged incident, according to his attorney.
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.
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Complaint Filed Against Clinton's Campaign Following O'Keefe Videos  —  An election integrity group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission following the release of undercover videos from James O'Keefe's Project Veritas.  —  The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
House Republicans scramble for cash to stop Democratic takeover  —  Two of the three top House Republicans hosted a conference call Wednesday to urge GOP lawmakers to pony up cash to endangered colleagues, as the party faces one of the most challenging political climates in recent memory, according to sources familiar with the call.
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
McMullin tops new poll of Utah voters  —  Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is leading in Utah, according to an Emerson College Polling Society survey released Wednesday.  —  McMullin is favored by 31 percent of likely voters in the state.  Republican nominee Donald Trump
Alexia Fernandez /
Amy Schumer Delivers Open Letter to Tampa After Trump Supporters Walked Out of Her Show  —  Amy Schumer delivered an open letter to Tampa, Florida two days after audience members walked out of her show on Sunday night.  —  The actress and writer read the letter at her show in Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night in New York City.
Jordan B Peterson / The Hill:
Canadian gender-neutral pronoun bill is a warning for Americans  —  Two weeks ago I posted three YouTube videos about legislative threats to Canadian freedom of speech.  I singled out Canada's Federal Bill C-16, which adds legal protection for “gender identity” and “gender expression” …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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
David Paulin / Front Page Magazine:
Corpses ‘Exploding’ In Decrepit Venezuelan Hospitals  —  Foreshadowing socialism's final days.  —  It was one of the more macabre stories to emerge out of socialist Venezuela — and served as a metaphor for the final days of the rotting regime.  —  In a hospital morgue, a bloated corpse exploded.
Norman Lear / Hollywood Reporter:
Norman Lear on the Final Debate: “I, Donald Trump, vs. We, the People” (Guest Column)  —  The TV legend has been increasingly perturbed by Trump's “ignorance of, if not utter contempt for, the Constitution.”  —  Well, it's as clear as the pomp in his pompadour:
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Times
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Mallory Shelbourne / The Hill:
Iran's supreme leader slams US election
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Geller Report
Adam Wren / Politico:
Women Are Wavering in Trump County, USA
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CBS News:
Chicago police say officer didn't shoot suspect beating her, fearing scrutiny
Discussion: Bearing Arms and The Root
Art Swift / Gallup:
Support for Legal Marijuana Use Up to 60% in U.S.
Discussion: AOL, Hot Air and Hit & Run
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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