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1:40 PM 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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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.
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
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Clinton's Lead Narrows to 4 Points, Wider Majority Expects Her to Win (POLL)
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.
Mother Jones:
Nobody Puts Tammy Duckworth in a Corner  —  Her opponent in her race for Congress, Rep. Joe Walsh, calls Obama a “tyrant” and belittles her military service.  Bring it on.  —  ADAM WEINSTEIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2012 ISSUE  —  WHEN I FIRST MEET TAMMY DUCKWORTH in her suburban Chicago campaign office …
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MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
GOP Senator Mark Kirk Under Fire for Jab at Opponent's Asian Heritage
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and New York Times
Rebecca Sinderbrand / Washington Post:
Yes, it was the most cringe-worthy debate moment of the week
Discussion: Daily Kos and WBEZ
NBC News:
Illinois Senator Draws Fire for Racially Charged Attack on Opponent's Family
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.
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New York Post:
Bill and Hillary's sleazy road to riches
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
The Man at the Center of ‘Bill Clinton Inc.’
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 …
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.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Man Arrested For Wearing ‘Basket Of Deplorables’ Shirt At Texas Polling Place  —  A Texas man was arrested Monday for electioneering after refusing to hide his “Basket of Deplorables” T-shirt.  —  “He wanted to take a stand,” Bulverde Police Chief Gary Haecker told the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung …
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Katrina Webber / KSAT-TV:
Campaign-related clothing leads to voter's arrest in Bulverde
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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: New York Magazine and Hullabaloo
Peter W. Stevenson / Washington Post:
Professor who's predicted 30 years of presidential elections correctly is doubling down on a Trump win  —  Last month, the man who's tried to turn vote prediction into a science predicted a Trump win.  —  Allan J. Lichtman, distinguished professor of history at American University …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
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 …
ProPublica:
Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users by Race  —  Imagine if, during the Jim Crow era, a newspaper offered advertisers the option of placing ads only in copies that went to white readers.  —  That's basically what Facebook is doing nowadays.  —  The ubiquitous social network …
Kira Lerner / ThinkProgress:
Gun store runs ad saying it won't sell to Muslims, Clinton supporters  —  “I don't feel safe arming them.”  —  Paul Chandler, the owner of Altra Firearms in rural Jackson Center, Pennsylvania, says he turns customers away at his door who are Muslim or who are supporting Hillary Clinton for president.
Discussion: alan.com
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.
Democracy Now:
Developing: 100+ Militarized Police Raiding #NoDAPL Resistance Camp Blocking Pipeline's Path  —  This is viewer supported news.  Please do your part today.  —  In Cannonball, North Dakota, over 100 police with military equipment are advancing on a resistance camp established …
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.
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: Vox and bradford-delong.com
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
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
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
NYT executive editor: CNN and Fox News are ‘bad for democracy’  —  New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet took aim at CNN and Fox News for their coverage of the presidential race, calling the cable news channels' coverage of this election cycle “ridiculous” and “bad for democracy and those institutions.”
 
 
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Brendan O'Brien / Reuters:
Federal judge blocks two abortion laws in Alabama
Discussion: Rewire and alan.com
CBS Chicago:
2 Investigators: Chicago Voters Cast Ballots From Beyond The Grave
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Liberals are preparing blacklists of appointees they want Clinton to avoid
Discussion: Common Dreams
Gena Wolfson / SiriusXM Blog:
President Obama offers advice for the next president on ‘Sway in the Morning’
Discussion: Politico, Balloon Juice and Refinery29
John Parkinson / ABC News:
President Obama's Golf Trip With Tiger Woods Cost Taxpayers $3.6 Million: GAO Report
CNN:
Lithuania issues manual on what to do if Russia invades
Discussion: RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump campaign wants ‘no waffling’ and no ‘week knees’ from House GOP
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
The IRS Scandal, Day 1268: Sen. Whitehouse …
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Hacker Behind Hollywood Nude Photo Leak Sentenced to 18 Months
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Here's What We DON'T Know About That Sketchy Indiana ‘Voter Fraud’ Probe
Discussion: RT
Steven Shepard / Politico:
GOP insiders: Polls don't capture secret Trump vote
Discussion: The Week
CNN:
Plane carrying Pence skids off runway