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11:20 PM ET, October 21, 2016


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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.
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
Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg:
Hacking Vendetta Seen in Attack on East Coast Web Host
Cailey Rizzo / Travel + Leisure:
Trump Hotels Ditching Name For New Hotels  —  Amidst reports that occupancy rates at Trump Hotels have slipped this election season, the company has announced that new brand hotels will no longer bear the Trump name.  —  The newest line of luxury hotels, geared towards millennials, will be called Scion, the company said.
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Damaged brand: New Trump hotels will no longer bear his name
Discussion: The Daily Beast and NBC News
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Donald Trump is in a funk: Bitter, hoarse and pondering, ‘If I lose. . .’  —  FLETCHER, N.C. — As he took the stage here in this mountain town Friday afternoon, Donald Trump was as subdued as the modest crowd that turned out to see him.  He complained about the usual things …
Discussion: TalkLeft, Boing Boing and WCMH-TV
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.
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: New York Magazine
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's new justification for attacking the Clintons: Michelle Obama ‘started it!’
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.
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
Tearful Bridgegate defendant says Christie knew about scheme, threw bottle at her
Discussion: The Atlantic
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
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
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 …
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.
Hillary Clinton looks to expand political map  —  PHOENIX - Hillary Clinton has grown so confident that she is working to expand her goals beyond merely defeating Donald Trump and is now trying to flip Arizona and other traditionally Republican states to generate a broader Democratic victory in November.
Discussion: The Hill and Politicus USA
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.
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.”
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
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
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden Says He'd Like To Take Donald Trump “Behind The Gym”
Discussion: Mashable
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 …
Zachary Crockett / Vox:
Americans are more afraid of clowns than climate change, terrorism, and ... death  —  We live in scary times.  —  In 2016, we've seen hundreds of mass shootings.  We've watched the gap between rich and poor Americans widen.  We've witnessed the fulminant rise of Donald Trump …
Kristen M. Clark / miamiherald:
No Univision debate for Rubio, Murphy after Murphy rejects Spanish-language format  —  A proposed U.S. Senate debate on Univision Miami between Republican incumbent Marco Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy has been scrapped because the two campaigns couldn't agree on what language …
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 …
Michael Wines / New York Times:
How Charges of Voter Fraud Became a Political Strategy  —  In asserting that the presidential election has been rigged against him and casting accusations of widespread voter fraud, Donald J. Trump has tapped deep into an increasingly prevalent theme of Republican Party politics: that Democrats try to steal elections, not win them.
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 …
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Could Donald Trump Reject the Election Results?  Yes.  Would It Do Any Good?  Nope.  —  It was the most searing moment of the final presidential debate, plastered across newspaper front pages and dominating the cable news: Donald J. Trump's warning that he might not accept the results …
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
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Discussion: ABC News, The Week and Mashable
Patrick J. Buchanan / WND:
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Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Vox Popoli