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7:00 PM ET, October 21, 2016


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Dyn, Inc. Status:
DDoS Attack Against Dyn Managed DNS  —  Resolved - This incident has been resolved.  —  Oct 21, 22:17 UTC  —  Update - Our engineers continue to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.  —  Oct 21, 22:00 UTC
William Turton / Gizmodo:
Today's Brutal DDoS Attack Is the Beginning of a Bleak Future  —  This morning a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a major DNS provider.  Details of how the attack happened remain vague, but one thing seems certain.
William Turton / Gizmodo:
This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today  —  Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning.  This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host.
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
Hacking Vendetta Seen in Attack on East Coast Web Host
Discussion: Motherboard and Mediaite
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Trump uses out-of-context line to hit Michelle Obama … took a swipe at first lady Michelle Obama  —  by accusing her of disparaging Hillary Clinton  —  during the 2008 Democratic primaries between Clinton and then-Sen. Barack Obama  —  “We have a bunch of babies running our country, a bunch of losers.
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump: I'll have ‘lots of options’ to go after Clinton when I win  —  Donald Trump will have “lots of options” to go after Hillary Clinton if he's elected president, he told supporters Friday.  —  At a rally in Fletcher, North Carolina, Trump again dubbed his opponent “the most corrupt politician ever …
Discussion: New York Magazine
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's new justification for attacking the Clintons: Michelle Obama ‘started it!’
David French / National Review:
The Price I've Paid for Opposing Donald Trump  —  Trump's alt-right trolls have subjected me and my family to an unending torrent of abuse that I wouldn't wish on anyone.  —  I distinctly remember the first time I saw a picture of my then-seven-year-old daughter's face in a gas chamber.
Meeting Donald Trump  —  After my last trip to the US, I shared my views on the presidential election.  Having just completed another visit to Boston, Dallas and Miami, I wanted to share a previous encounter I had with Donald Trump.  —  Image from Getty Images
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Trump's incredible shrinking map  —  In June, POLITICO identified 11 key battleground states — totaling 146 electoral votes — that would effectively decide the presidential election in November.  A new examination of polling data and strategic campaign ad buys indicates that six of those 11 …
Early voting results promising for Clinton in battleground states
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Daily Kos
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In several key states, the early vote has shifted heavily to the Democrats since 2012
Discussion: New York Magazine
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Al Smith Dinner I attended was different than one I read about  —  The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner has always been the most underrated night of the campaign season.  —  Two presidential candidates.  New York City.  The Waldorf Astoria.  Lots of jokes, and invariably very good ones at that.
Adrian Carrasquillo / BuzzFeed:
Salma Hayek: I Denied Trump A Date, So He Planted A National Enquirer Story About My Height  —  Salma Hayek claimed that Donald Trump pursued her while she had a boyfriend, asked her on a date, and then — angry at being rejected — planted a National Enquirer story about her being too short for him …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP congressman on Clinton: 'A lady needs to be told when she's being nasty'  —  (CNN)Republican Rep. Brian Babin on Thursday defended Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton “a nasty woman” at the final presidential debate, saying “sometimes a lady needs to be told when she's being nasty.”
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Biden Says He Wishes He Could Take Trump ‘Behind the Gym’ Over Groping Comments  —  Vice President Joe Biden took GOP candidate Donald Trump to task over comments he made bragging about his ability to grope women, saying he wished he were in high school so “I could take him behind the gym.”
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden Says He'd Like To Take Donald Trump “Behind The Gym”
Discussion: Mashable
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Why Hillary Wins  —  Hillary Clinton is a terrible candidate.  Hey, that's what pundits have been saying ever since this endless campaign began.  You have to go back to Al Gore in 2000 to find a politician who faced as much jeering from the news media, over everything from claims of dishonesty …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Oren Dorell / USA Today:
Amid ‘rigged’ election charges, Russia wants to monitor U.S. vote  —  Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump's take on rigged elections ‘horrifying.’ USA TODAY  —  In an apparent move to embarrass the United States over Donald Trump's claims of a “rigged” presidential election …
Meredith Isaksen / New York Times:
Late-Term Abortion Was the Right Choice for Me  —  BERKELEY, Calif. — I was 21 weeks pregnant when a doctor told my husband and me that our second little boy was missing half his heart.  It had stopped growing correctly around five weeks gestation, but the abnormality was not detectable until the 20-week anatomy scan.
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump's Posts as Hate Speech  —  Ruling by CEO Mark Zuckerberg to keep presidential candidate's posts spurred heated internal debates  —  Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside …
Tyler Bridges / The Advocate:
John Kennedy, Foster Campbell lead in poll used for next debate invites; David Duke makes cut … State Treasurer John Kennedy, left, makes a point during a candidate forum for U.S. Senate Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, at the Tchefuncta Country Club in Covington.  He was joined at the dais …
Discussion: ABC News, NBC News and The Week
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
David Duke qualifies for Louisiana Senate debate
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Ed Henry / Fox News:
Abedin implicated Clinton in foundation trade-off with Morocco amid $12 million commitment  —  Just hours after Hillary Clinton dodged a question at the final presidential debate about charges of “pay to play” at the Clinton Foundation, a new batch of WikiLeaks emails surfaced with stunning charges …
Brian Slodysko / Associated Press:
Bayh didn't stay overnight in Indiana condo once in 2010  —  INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Bayh says that his Indianapolis condominium has long been his home, and that he has spent “lots and lots” of time there since deciding to run for his old Senate seat.  But a copy of his schedule shows Bayh …
Jason Newman / Rolling Stone:
Michael Moore to Donald Trump Voters: 'You're Legal Terrorists'  —  ‘TrumpLand’ director on why society should treat the GOP candidate like a pedophile and how “white privilege is on the ballot”  —  All Stories  —  Earlier this week, veteran documentarian Michael Moore delivered his own October Surprise.
Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
AJC poll: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked in Georgia  —  Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are deadlocked in Georgia with less than three weeks until Election Day, according to a new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll.  —  The poll released Friday shows Trump leading Clinton …
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Clinton's transition team hits the gas pedal  —  The secretive team tasked with preparing for a possible Hillary Clinton presidency is ramping up big time.  —  With polls pointing to the likelihood of a Clinton win, her transition team is hiring staff, culling through the resumés …
Discussion: Political Wire
Pippa Norris / Washington Post:
Trump's election-rigging claim will backfire.  Here's the evidence.  —  In recent days, Donald Trump has ratcheted up claims of voter fraud, claiming that the Nov. 8 election may be “rigged” against him.  In Wednesday's debate, he refused to pledge that he would accept the result if he loses …
Discussion: Hot Air and Business Insider
Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
Gretchen Carlson's Next Fight  —  Belinda Luscombe is an editor-at-large of TIME  —  The former Fox News star is taking on sexual harassment.  And she likes to win.  —  When Gretchen Carlson was a cub reporter in Virginia in the early '90s, she was returning from a shoot in the TV production truck …
Nancy French / Washington Post:
What it's like to experience the 2016 election as both a conservative and a sex abuse survivor  —  “Should we pick him up?”  The preacher pointed to the side of the road to a hitchhiker.  —  “No!”  I shrieked, but the idea was intoxicating.  I'd lived in a one-festival town my whole life.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Bridget Kelly: Christie Knew About GWB Lane Closures A Month Ahead Of Time  —  In bombshell testimony Friday, Bridget Anne Kelly said that she told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) that access lanes to the George Washington Bridge would be closed for a traffic study a month before the plan actually was carried out in September 2013.
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Henry Graff / WVIR-TV:
Rolling Stone Trial: Author of Retracted Article Continues Testimony
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump wants everything he's said during the campaign excluded from Trump University trial
Curtis Skinner / Reuters:
Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law
Discussion: Rewire, Common Dreams and Daily Kos
Christal Hayes / Orlando Sentinel:
‘Panicked’ daughters buried father, 94, in yard of Lake County home, deputies say
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Oprah: 'You don't have to like her'  —  Oprah Winfrey's message …
Discussion: Mashable and The Week
The Independent:
A woman was arrested on Monday after allegedly smearing peanut butter on 30 cars parked outside …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Former Republican Party Chairman Says He Won't Vote For Trump