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7:15 AM ET, October 22, 2016


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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  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  With reports that Trump hotels are seeing occupancy rates plummet faster than the GOP presidential nominee is falling in the polls, the CEO for Trump Hotels announced future travelers …
Discussion: The Daily Beast, and NBC News
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
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: Boing Boing
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Early voting shows upsurge of women  —  For much of his campaign, Donald Trump has done more to repel voting women than he has to win them over.  Now mounting evidence suggests they are already punishing him for it at the ballot box.  —  In three crucial battlegrounds — North Carolina …
Discussion: Opinion Savvy
Nancy Cook / Politico:   Clinton's transition team hits the gas pedal
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In several key states, the early vote has shifted heavily to the Democrats since 2012
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
New York Daily News:
Bury Trump in a Landslide  —  SELECT A CHAPTER ▼  —  When deliberating over a presidential endorsement, the Daily News Editorial Board strives to identify the person who offers the greatest promise to brighten the futures of Americans and to safeguard the national security.
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
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
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 …
Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
Huma on Hillary's $12M Morocco fiasco: ‘She created this mess and she knows it’  —  More On:  —  Hillary Clinton solicited a $12 million donation from a government her State Department considered corrupt, then realized the “mess” it would cause to her presidential run, a newly leaked ­e-mail reveals.
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 …
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.
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
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Trump wants everything he's said during the campaign excluded from Trump University trial  —  His lawyer argues it will unfairly malign his character  —  Soon after the election, Trump will find himself in federal court defending one of his business ventures, Trump University, against fraud charges.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Oprah: 'You don't have to like her'  —  Oprah Winfrey's message for undecided voters is simple: There's only one choice, and you don't have to like her.  —  The former talk show host and media mogul, who endorsed Hillary Clinton in June, said she has been largely silent in this election …
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Hit & Run and JustOneMinute
Fox News:
Clinton lectured State Dept. staff on cybersecurity in 2010 video
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Henry Graff / WVIR-TV:
Rolling Stone Trial: Author of Retracted Article Continues Testimony
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Matt Barber /
The Crucifixion of Judge Roy Moore
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Virginia sheriff says most people shot by cops are ‘on the way to jail’ anyway
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Associated Press:
Ex-NSA Worker Accused of Stealing Secrets to Stay in Custody
Discussion: Politico
Curtis Skinner / Reuters:
Judge sides with Planned Parenthood over Mississippi abortion law
Discussion: Daily Kos, Rewire and Common Dreams
 Earlier Items: 
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Biden Says He Wishes He Could Take Trump ‘Behind the Gym’ Over Groping Comments
Discussion: Politico
Christal Hayes / Orlando Sentinel:
‘Panicked’ daughters buried father, 94, in yard of Lake County home, deputies say
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump: I'll have ‘lots of options’ to go after Clinton when I win
Discussion: New York Magazine
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
GOP congressman on Clinton: 'A lady needs to be told when she's being nasty'