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2:50 AM ET, October 28, 2016

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Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Oregon standoff: All defendants found not guilty  —  Update at 4:10 p.m.: All defendants found not guilty.  —  Update: The jury reported to the court Thursday afternoon that it has reached consensus on all but one charge.  The jury sent a note to the judge that members have …
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Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Bundy Brothers Acquitted in Takeover of Oregon Wildlife Refuge  —  PORTLAND, Ore. — Ammon and Ryan Bundy and five of their followers, charged in the armed takeover of a federally owned Oregon wildlife sanctuary in January, were acquitted Thursday of federal conspiracy and weapons charges.
KATU-TV:
Ammon Bundy's attorney, Marcus Mumford, in custody after standoff trial verdict  —  Marcus Mumford, Ammon Bundy's lawyer during a press conference outside federal court (KATU News photo)  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - Marcus Mumford, the lawyer for Malheur National Wildlife Standoff leader Ammon Bundy …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Raw Story
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Jury finds all Oregon standoff defendants not guilty of federal conspiracy, gun charges  —  A federal jury on Thursday found Ammon Bundy, his brother Ryan Bundy and five co-defendants not guilty of conspiring to prevent federal employees from doing their jobs through intimidation …
Conrad Wilson / OPB:
All Seven Defendants Found Not Guilty In Refuge Occupation Trial
Discussion: Vox
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Clinton eyes Biden for secretary of state  —  Joe Biden is at the top of the internal short list Hillary Clinton's transition team is preparing for her pick to be secretary of state, a source familiar with the planning tells POLITICO.  —  This would be the first major Cabinet candidate …
Vine:
Important News about Vine  —  Since 2013, millions of people have turned to Vine to laugh at loops and see creativity unfold.  Today, we are sharing the news that in the coming months we'll be discontinuing the mobile app.  —  Nothing is happening to the apps, website or your Vines today.
Telegraph:
Former Miss Finland becomes 12th woman to accuse Trump of sexual assault  —  A former Miss Finland has become the twelfth woman to come forward and accuse Donald Trump of sexual assault, with two weeks to go until the US election.  —  Ninni Laaksonen, now 30, was crowned Miss Finland in 2006.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Ex-Miss Finland: Trump groped me
Discussion: RedState
Matthew Nussbaum / Politico:
Pence plane skids off runway, passengers OK  —  A plane carrying Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence skidded off the runway Thursday evening after landing at New York's LaGuardia airport.  No one was injured.  —  Pence was traveling with his wife and eldest daughter …
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Who could replace Paul Ryan?  —  Speaker Paul Ryan's suddenly shaky future as House speaker is already prompting closed-door talk among House Republicans about who'd take over if he steps aside or is spurned by archconservatives.  —  Between his falling out with Donald Trump and his ongoing standoff …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
War In Europe?  Ho Hum  —  It seems to be a closely guarded secret, but preparations for war are going on in Europe.  A Russian fleet that includes that country's only aircraft carrier made a point of sailing through the English Channel and along the European coast en route to Syria.
Discussion: Daily Mail
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Sen. Mark Kirk questions opponent's American heritage in Illinois debate  —  In a stunning moment during a Thursday night debate, an embattled U.S. senator cast doubt on his opponent's military and ethnic heritage.  —  Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), seeking to unseat GOP Sen. Mark Kirk in Illinois …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
S.e. Cupp / New York Times:
The Lonely Life of a Republican Woman  —  As has become typical in an election marked by its often unpleasant surprises, I awoke to a storm of outrage on Twitter on Wednesday morning.  Newt Gingrich had told Fox's Megyn Kelly that she was “fascinated with sex” and didn't “care about public policy.”
Discussion: The Week and Mother Jones
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Republicans at war over Supreme Court  —  Senate Republicans are choosing sides ahead of a brutal conflict over how to handle the lingering Supreme Court vacancy, with Jeff Flake firing back Thursday at a suggestion by Ted Cruz that the party could indefinitely block any nominee from Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Kelli Ward aims to oust Flake in 2018
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Justice Clarence Thomas: Nation's capital is ‘broken’  —  Justice Clarence Thomas said Wednesday that the Supreme Court confirmation process is an example of how the nation's capital is “broken in some ways.”  Thomas reflected on his 25 years as a justice while speaking at the Heritage Foundation.
Discussion: CNN, Daily Wire and Fox News Insider
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Lawyer Alleges Justice Thomas Groped Her When She Was A Young Scholar
Ari Berman / The Nation:
North Carolina Republicans Tried to Disenfranchise a 100-Year-Old African-American Woman  —  With early voting underway in North Carolina, black and Democratic voters are being wrongly purged from the rolls.  —  By ,  —  Just weeks before early voting began in North Carolina …
Neil Eggleston / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
President Obama Grants Another 98 Commutations in the Month of October  —  Earlier this month, President Obama granted commutation to 102 federal inmates.  Today, he granted another 98 commutations, underscoring his commitment to using his clemency authority through the remainder of his time in office.
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump: ‘We should just cancel the election and just give it to Trump’  —  Donald Trump suggested canceling the election Thursday and granting himself the presidency.  —  “What a difference.  You know, what a difference this is,” Trump said during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, after comparing his tax plan with Hillary Clinton's.
Discussion: ABC News and Balloon Juice
Katie Jennings / Politico:
Christie's lieutenant governor goes rogue  —  Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno staked her independence from Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday morning, in a highly public break with the governor who had plucked her from relative obscurity to serve as his running mate.  —  Christie and Guadagno racked …
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
5 Points On How Allies Funneled Money To Clinton Foundation  —  A hacked memo published Wednesday by WikiLeaks sheds new light on the previously reported connections between the Clinton Foundation and a corporate consulting firm run by two longtime allies of the Clinton family.
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Billboard:
Billboard's Philanthropy Issue: Inside How the Music Industry Gives Back
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
Trump's direct transfers to RNC in October: $2.2 million  —  The Republican National Committee received only a few million dollars from its fundraising agreement with Donald Trump this month, according to Federal Election Commission records.  —  The RNC's latest report to the FEC shows …
Discussion: The Resurgent
Christine Rousselle / Townhall.com:
Donald Trump's Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame is Now Being Guarded By A Homeless Trump Supporter  —  After Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was destroyed by a vandal with a sledgehammer, an unidentified homeless woman took up a vigil “guarding” the star to prevent any further attempts at vandalism.
Matt Bai / Yahoo:
Live from Trump Tower, the Ultimate Conspiracy  —  Maybe the wisest bit of cautionary advice I ever heard about the media came from my brother-in-law, Paul, who grew up in rural Virginia.  “Just remember, son,” Paul's Uncle Russell used to tell him, “paper'll lay down and let you write whatever you want on it.”
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Donald Trump's great big, beautiful missed opportunity  —  CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Donna Ryan is a retired director of finance who describes herself as a political moderate and whose political hero is Ronald Reagan.  She worries about the national debt, the threat from the Islamic State …
Yalerecord / The Yale Record:
The Yale Record Does Not Endorse Hillary Clinton  —  In its 144-year history, The Yale Record has never endorsed a Democratic candidate for president.  In fact, we have never endorsed any candidate for president.  This is, in part, due to our strong commitment to being a tax-exempt 501(c) …
 
 
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Natalie Obiko Pearson / Bloomberg:
Trump's Family Fortune Originated in a Canadian Gold-Rush Brothel
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Fox News:
Sources: Clinton emails would have been ‘whitelisted’ for Obama BlackBerry
Arya Roshanian / Variety:
Mel Gibson on 2006 Anti-Semitic Remarks: 'I've Never Discriminated Against Anyone'
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Guardian
ABC News:
Donald Trump Dismisses Michelle Obama's Barbs as Part of ‘the Game’
Discussion: Politico and Vox
Media Matters for America:
James O'Keefe, Roger Stone Appear Together On Alex Jones, Promote Rigged Election Conspiracy
Discussion: Raw Story
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Joe Klein / TIME:
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
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