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11:55 AM ET, October 28, 2016

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The Cook Political Report:
New Electoral College Ratings: Texas and North Carolina Shift in Clinton's Favor  —  Less than two weeks before the election, Trump continues to struggle to lock down traditionally Republican states — even Texas and Utah — and lags behind Clinton in key battleground states he would need to win.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Americans are tuning out Trump's ugly lies.  This new poll proves it.  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Donald Trump actually said this on the campaign trail late yesterday: … Whether or not Trump was joking, his supporters greeted that remark with lusty cheers.
Discussion: alan.com and Associated Press
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.
Maxine Bernstein / Oregonian:
Oregon standoff defendants found not guilty in ‘unbelievable, truly astonishing’ verdict  —  A jury Thursday delivered a stunning across-the-board acquittal to the leaders and participants in the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation and a remarkable blow to the federal government …
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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.
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 …
New York Post:
Bill and Hillary's sleazy road to riches  —  If there were still any doubt, the latest WikiLeaks disclosure makes it undeniable: Everything we've heard about Bill and Hillary Clinton's sleazy drive to enrich themselves is true.  —  In a way, we have daughter Chelsea to thank for the revelation.
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Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
Wikileaks Email: Hillary Campaign Struggles to Reach “F**king Dumb” Young People  —  “That's the crap that young people pay attention to”  —  A new email released by Wikileaks as part of the Podesta dump features Hillary ally Wendy Bronfein advising Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on how to reach “f**king dumb” young people.
Discussion: Sputnik International, RT and WND
Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
Clinton donor got State Department invite — and Bill got $17M
Discussion: RedState
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Chelsea Clinton's Frustrations and Devotion Shown in Hacked Emails
Jeff Mason / Reuters:
Clinton, Michelle Obama make first joint campaign appearance in bid for women's support
Discussion: Daily Wire
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Trump seizes on leaked memo to blast ‘corrupt’ Clinton World
Discussion: Instapundit and RedState
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 …
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 …
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Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Trump will win the election and is more popular than Obama in 2008, AI system finds  —  Trump on course to win the election, AI system finds  —  The polls that put Hillary Clinton ahead Donald Trump are wrong... that's according to an AI system that's managed to predict the last three presidential elections correctly.
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.
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Jacob S. Hacker / New York Times:
The Best Way to Save Obamacare
Discussion: Hit & Run
The Huffington Post:
Trump's Campaign Might Not be Winning, But His Hotels Sure Are  —  New campaign filings show big payments to Trump properties in New York, Las Vegas and Washington.  —  S.V. Date  —  WASHINGTON Donald Trump's campaign may not be winning the presidential race, but it did a fine job this month of providing business to his hotels.
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.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andrew McGill / The Atlantic:
We Built a Fake Web Toaster, and It Was Hacked in an Hour  —  Last week, a massive chain of hacked computers simultaneously dropped what they were doing and blasted terabytes of junk data to a set of key servers, temporarily shutting down access to popular sites in the eastern U.S. and beyond.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
Even Trump's Kids Haven't Donated to His Campaign  —  With less than two weeks until the election, Donald Trump has amassed an impressive army of small donors, fueling his bid with individual contributions of $200 or less.  But noticeably absent from the list of contributors is basically anyone …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Economy Roars Back, Grew 2.9% in Third Quarter  —  Growth rate was the fastest recorded in two years after expanding an anemic 1.4% in the second quarter  —  WASHINGTON—U.S. economic growth accelerated last quarter, easing fears of a near-term slowdown but doing little to change the trajectory of a long but weak expansion.
Jonathan V. Last / Weekly Standard:
The Strangest of Bedfellows  —  Why did social conservatives hook up with Trump?  —  Last week, Buzzfeed's Katherine Miller observed that the most interesting thing about Donald Trump is what he reveals about other people.  This depressing truth has been on display for the better part …
Discussion: The Resurgent
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Hacker Behind Hollywood Nude Photo Leak Sentenced to 18 Months  —  Ryan Collins, 36, agreed to a plea deal earlier this year.  —  The man responsible for the 2014 nude photo leak that put dozens of Hollywood women's most private moments on public display will spend a year and a half in prison.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
GOP insiders: Polls don't capture secret Trump vote  —  Those battleground state polls that paint such a grim picture of Donald Trump's prospects against Hillary Clinton?  Most Republican insiders don't believe they're accurately capturing Trump's true level of support.
Discussion: The Week
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
The IRS Scandal, Day 1268: Sen. Whitehouse — Republicans Are Using Koskinen Impeachment To Bring IRS To Heel On Dark Money Campaign Financing  —  The Hill op-ed: The Republican Mission to Quell the IRS, by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI):  —  It looks like any other slick political ad on your TV.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Conservative Intellectual Crisis  —  I feel very lucky to have entered the conservative movement when I did, back in the 1980s and 1990s.  I was working at National Review, The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal's editorial page.  The role models in front of us were people like Bill Buckley …
Discussion: bradford-delong.com
 
 
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Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
NYT executive editor: CNN and Fox News are ‘bad for democracy’
Discussion: WND, more at Mediagazer »
Peter W. Stevenson / Washington Post:
Professor who's predicted 30 years of presidential elections correctly is doubling down on a Trump win
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Here's What We DON'T Know About That Sketchy Indiana ‘Voter Fraud’ Probe
New York Times:
Money Flows Down Ballot as Donald Trump Is Abandoned by Big Donors (Even Himself)
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Resurgent
Democracy Now:
Developing: 100+ Militarized Police Raiding #NoDAPL Resistance Camp Blocking Pipeline's Path
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Clinton's Lead Narrows to 4 Points, Wider Majority Expects Her to Win (POLL)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Democrats Get Out the Vote. Republicans Suppress It.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Another GOPer Says He'll Vote For Trump Despite Calling On Him To Drop Out
Discussion: St George News
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
States unprepared for Election Day cyber attack
Discussion: Mediaite and The Crime Report
CNN:
Plane carrying Pence skids off runway
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
War In Europe? Ho Hum
Discussion: Daily Mail