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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.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and The Crime Report
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 …
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
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 …
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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Bob Fredericks / New York Post:
Clinton donor got State Department invite — and Bill got $17M
Discussion: RedState
Lisa Hagen / The Hill:
Trump seizes on leaked memo to blast ‘corrupt’ Clinton World
Discussion: Instapundit and RedState
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.
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Clinton's Lead Narrows to 4 Points, Wider Majority Expects Her to Win (POLL)
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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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Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Sen. Mark Kirk questions opponent's American heritage in Illinois debate
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump: ‘We should just cancel the election’ and declare me the winner  —  Toledo, Ohio (CNN)Donald Trump, trailing his opponent in key battleground states polls less than two weeks from Election Day, said Thursday he'd like to “cancel the election” and be declared the winner.
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.
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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.
New York Times:
Money Flows Down Ballot as Donald Trump Is Abandoned by Big Donors (Even Himself)  —  With Donald J. Trump facing a potential rout at the hands of Hillary Clinton, a river of cash from some of the Republican Party's biggest donors has begun to flow down to Senate and House races in the final days of the 2016 campaign.
Discussion: The Resurgent
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Will Trump Keep America Safe?  Marco Rubio Won't Say  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has maintained his support for Donald Trump, dodged questions from reporters on Thursday about the Republican nominee's ability to lead and be a role model for young Americans.
Discussion: CNN and RedState
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
Democrats Get Out the Vote.  Republicans Suppress It.  —  A voter passes a sign in Minneapolis on September 23, 2016.  —  It's during the homestretch of campaigns that political parties often reveal their deepest identities, and that's never been truer than it is this year.
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.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Another GOPer Says He'll Vote For Trump Despite Calling On Him To Drop Out  —  Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said on Wednesday that he will vote for Donald Trump despite once comparing the GOP nominee to Benito Mussolini and calling on Trump to drop out of the race following the release of a 2005 tape with vulgar comments from the nominee.
Discussion: St George News
 
 
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Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
Facing potential loss, Trump expands the list of conspirators plotting against him
Discussion: alan.com and The Daily Caller
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Discussion: TaxProf Blog and Washington Post
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Discussion: Vox Popoli
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Discussion: Daily Mail
Katie Jennings / Politico:
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