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Business Insider:
The GOP must do something about the conservative media industrial complex if it wants to survive  —  Standing before a Miami audience, sleeves rolled up, President Barack Obama was hard at work campaigning for Hillary Clinton.  —  But, as he sometimes does when he's riffing on the stump, the president took a detour in his speech.
Josh Barro / Business Insider:
Fact-free conservative media is a symptom of GOP troubles, not a cause  —  My colleagues Oliver Darcy and Pamela Engel have written a good account of the Republican Party's captivity to its own disinformation complex of talk radio and conservative websites that push both extremism and false information.
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Obamacare in 2017: Much higher premiums, much less choice  —  The Obama administration admitted today that Obamacare premiums will rise an average of 22 percent for the Silver Plan in 2017.  The Silver Plan is the Obamacare benchmark upon which federal subsidies are based.
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Obamacare's double-digit rate hike, explained in 400 words
Tami Luhby / CNNMoney:
Obamacare premiums to soar 22%
Health Plan Choice and Premiums in the 2017 Health Insurance Marketplace
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Trump on porn actress who accused him of misconduct: 'Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before'  —  (CNN)Donald Trump on Monday addressed the latest accusations of inappropriate sexual contact made against him, saying of the accuser, an adult film performer, “Oh, I'm sure she's never been grabbed before.”
Michael Gross / The Daily Beast:
Inside Donald Trump's One-Stop Parties: Attendees Recall Cocaine and Very Young Models  —  The morals of Donald J. Trump, as a longtime model lover and then a modeling agency owner, were forged in another era, one in which young girls were used as a sort of currency between men doing business with one another.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Breitbart coordinated with liberal activist and organizer who disrupted GOP primary campaign events  —  A liberal activist and organizer coordinated with reporters from the conservative news site Breitbart during the primaries to cover his disruptions of events for candidates such as Sen. Marco Rubio.
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Obama reads round two of ‘mean tweets’ on Kimmel  —  President Obama will appear on ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” late Monday night, reading a second batch of “mean tweets” about himself.  —  ...bro, do you even lift?" he read. “  Well, I lifted the ban on Cuban cigars.  That's worth something.
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Raw Story
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Trump's Campaign Is Launching a Nightly News Show on Facebook  —  Welcome to the Donald Trump show!  —  Tonight, the Trump campaign is kicking off a show that will air on the candidate's Facebook page every night at 6:30 pm ET via Facebook Live from the campaign war room at Trump Tower.
Pro-Trump fundraisers agree to accept illicit foreign donation  —  Donald Trump's presidential campaign is facing a fundraising scandal after a Telegraph investigation exposed how key supporters were prepared to accept illicit donations from foreign backers.
Dan Zak / Washington Post:
Forget Trump and Clinton.  ‘Black Jeopardy’ is SNL's best political sketch this year.  —  Just before midnight Saturday, Tom Hanks put on a denim shirt, a goatee and a red “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” hat, and in six minutes pulled off the best political sketch of the year …
The Brickmuppet / Brickmuppet Blog 2.0:
Steven DenBeste 1952(?)-2016  —  Steven DenBeste has passed away.  —  I just received word from Steven's brother, graciously thanking me for making the welfare call to the police and confirming that what many of us feared had indeed come to pass.  I did not inquire as to specifics …
Terry Jones / Investor's Business Daily:
Trump, Clinton In Dead Heat As Race Hits Final Two-Week Stretch — IBD/TIPP Poll  —  With the presidential election set to enter its final two weeks, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump find themselves in a near dead heat at 41% each in a four-way race, the latest IBD/TIPP presidential tracking poll shows.
Lanny J. Davis / The Hill:
Time for Clinton supporters to be tolerant and believe in ‘stronger together’  —  This column is tough to write.  I know that, out of context, I might be accused of wanting to pull punches on GOP nominee Donald Trump  —  and on many of his extreme, hateful supporters.  —  The opposite is the case.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
We're in the Universal Derp Implosion  —  Donald Trump is giving a raging, rambling speech with accusations against everyone and everything.  But there's one thing he flagged that everyone needs to understand the details about.  —  Here's what he said ...
Discussion: The Week
How the GOP's first female presidential campaign manager manages Donald Trump  —  Conway on Trump: ‘He delivers his own speeches’  —  (CNN)Morning at the Conway household is like mornings in most homes with children.  It's a scramble to get the kids fed, dressed and out the door on time for school …
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
Republicans Threaten Lawsuits Over TV Ads Linking Them To Donald Trump  —  Saying a candidate supports Trump is basically defamation, they argue.  —  Congressional Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  WASHINGTON Some Republicans are running so far away from their party's nominee …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Clinton's Specter of Illegitimacy
Sara Murray / CNN:
Anger unleashed: On the trail in Trump's America  —  During the 1972 election, Timothy Crouse penned “The Boys on the Bus” — a book that introduced us to the gritty (mostly male) journalists on the campaign trail.  Over four decades later, the daily grind of election may be the same, but the faces have certainly changed.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Woman Groped At Protest Against Trump's Groping, Police Say  —  A man groped a female protestor at an event meant to highlight Trump's own inappropriate touching outside of Trump Tower ahead of the third presidential debate.  —  One woman who attended the “Pussy Power at Trump Tower” …
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
Trolls for Trump  —  Meet Mike Cernovich, the meme mastermind of the alt-right.  —  In late August, Hillary Clinton announced that she would soon give a speech, in Reno, Nevada, linking Donald J. Trump to what has become known as the alt-right—a loose online affiliation of white nationalists …
Ben Botkin / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
RJ poll shows Clinton adding to lead over Trump in Nevada  —  Hillary Clinton is pulling away from Donald Trump in Nevada with early voting underway, according to a poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  —  Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, has a 7-point lead …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Ex-CIA director calls Hannity a ‘true propagandist’  —  A former director of the CIA under President George W. Bush writes that Fox News host Sean Hannity is a “true propagandist.”  —  Michael Hayden, who led the CIA under Bush from 2006 to 2009, told Brookings Institution senior fellow Benjamin Wittes …
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid's Parting Shot: Dems Will Nuke The Filibuster For SCOTUS  —  Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said he is confident that he has laid the groundwork for Democrats to nuke the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees if they win back the Senate in November.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Fearing Trump, Bar Association Stifles Report Calling Him a ‘Libel Bully’  —  WASHINGTON — Alarmed by Donald J. Trump's record of filing lawsuits to punish and silence his critics, a committee of media lawyers at the American Bar Association commissioned a report on Mr. Trump's litigation history.
Discussion: The Week and Mediaite
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Twitter Planning Hundreds More Job Cuts as Soon as This Week  —  Company may announce around third-quarter earnings report  —  Twitter said to plan cut of about 8 percent of workforce  —  Twitter Inc. is planning widespread job cuts, to be announced as soon as this week, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Engadget
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Gabe Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton aims to run up the score
Discussion: Political Wire
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Awaiting Next U.S. President: A Splintered Middle East in ‘Free Fall’
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and RealClearWorld
Associated Press:
Tom Hayden, '60s Activist and Liberal Statesman, Dead at 76
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
THE WIKILEAKS LIST: At Least 65 MSM Reporters Were Meeting with and/or Coordinating Offline with Top Hillary Advisors
Discussion: WND
Warren Henry / The Federalist:
Liberals Adored Trump When He Was Winning The GOP Primary
Discussion: Washington Post
California Guard vets told to repay millions in enlistment bonuses
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
THIS IS BIG=> DONALD TRUMP Continues Lead in Florida Early Voting
Andy Ostroy / New York Times:
My Wife's Killer Was Not an ‘Illegal Immigrant’
Discussion: Law News and ImmigrationProf Blog
 Earlier Items:
Despite plea for leniency, Kane gets 10 to 23 months in prison
Michael R. Strain / Washington Post:
It will take conservatives a lot of work to clean up after Trump. We should start now.
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Donald Trump's chances of winning are approaching zero
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Very bad analysis of a 2008 email is Donald Trump's new excuse for why he's losing