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7:40 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 …
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Trump seizes on leaked memo to blast ‘corrupt’ Clinton World … Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump  —  on Thursday jumped on a leaked memo revealing the interplay between the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton family's business interests, calling the revelations “outright corrupt.”
Discussion: Instapundit and America Rising
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Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Man at the Center of ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’
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
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Sen. Kirk Mocks Mixed-Race Heritage Of Dem Opponent Duckworth (VIDEO)  —  Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) mocked the mixed-race background of Democratic challenger Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) during a Thursday night debate.  —  Duckworth, a U.S. Army veteran who lost both legs in the Iraq war …
Discussion: Slate, New York Magazine and NBC News
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
CNN:
Plane carrying Pence skids off runway  —  (CNN)A plane carrying Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence skidded off a runway Thursday night as it landed at LaGuardia Airport in New York.  —  There were no reported injuries in the rough landing, which occurred on a rainy Thursday evening in the city.
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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.
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 …
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
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Clinton lead shrinks, even as nearly 6 in 10 expect her to win, Post-ABC tracking poll finds  —  Donald Trump has gained on Hillary Clinton during the past week, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News tracking poll, solidifying support among core Republican groups as well as political independents.
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 …
Julia Ioffe / Politico:
‘We Are in for a Pretty Long Civil War’  —  As the country geared up for the third and final presidential debate last week, the fellows of the storied conservative Hoover Institution gathered in Palo Alto to present their research to the think tank's wealthy patrons.
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.
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Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Lawyer Alleges Justice Thomas Groped Her When She Was A Young Scholar
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Obamacare Hits a Pothole  —  For advocates of health reform, the story of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, has been a wild roller-coaster ride.  —  First there was the legislative drama, with reform seemingly on the edge of collapse right up to the moment of passage.
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
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 …
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.
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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Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
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