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2:55 PM ET, October 29, 2016


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Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
James Comey Broke with Loretta Lynch and Justice Department Tradition  —  On Friday, James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, acting independently of Attorney General Loretta Lynch, sent a letter to Congress saying that the F.B.I. had discovered e-mails …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Justice officials warned FBI that Comey's decision to update Congress was not consistent with department policy  —  Senior Justice Department officials warned the FBI that Director James B. Comey's decision to notify Congress about renewing the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server …
Kurt Eichenwald / Newsweek:
HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAILS: THE REAL REASON THE FBI IS REVIEWING MORE OF THEM  —  The disclosure by the Federal Bureau of Investigation late on Friday, October 28 that it had discovered potential new evidence in its inquiry into Hillary Clinton's handling of her personal email when she was Secretary …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Five takeaways from Comey's October surprise  —  Hillary Clinton has never met a sunny day she completely trusted, and Friday proved why.  —  The front-running Democrat has always been weakest when protecting a lead, and, according to the people around her, chronically suspicious …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Lynch advised Comey against letter to Congress: report  —  Attorney General Loretta Lynch advised FBI Director James Comey not to send a letter to Congress informing them of the discovery of new emails related to the investigation into Hillary Clinton  —  's private email server, The New Yorker reported early Saturday.
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Comey memo to FBI staffers says election, timing required disclosure of renewed probe  —  FBI Director James Comey told his bureau he broke with custom in alerting lawmakers that the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server was being reopened because of its political sensitivity.
New York Times:
For Democrats, New Focus on Clinton Email Is ‘Like an 18-Wheeler Smacking Into Us’  —  Leading Democrats and advisers to Hillary Clinton expressed deep concern on Saturday that the renewed attention and unanswered questions about emails relating to Mrs. Clinton would turn some voters …
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Read the letter Comey sent to FBI employees explaining his controversial decision on the Clinton email investigation
The Hill:   Anger, disbelief in Clinton camp
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
Memo to the Press: What Comey's Letter Does and Doesn't Mean
New York Times:
F.B.I. Chief James Comey Is in Political Crossfire Again Over Emails
New York Times:
Emails Again, This Time With Anthony Weiner
Burgess Everett / Politico:   GOP Senate hopes brighten on FBI news
Sarah Boden / Iowa Public Radio:
Des Moines Woman Says She Voted Twice For Trump Because “The Polls Are Rigged”  —  A Des Moines woman has been charged with Election Misconduct, a Class D felony, after allegedly voting twice for GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Des Moines Register:
Voter fraud suspect arrested in Des Moines
Nico Pitney / The Huffington Post:
Someone Was Actually Arrested For In-Person Voter Fraud. She's A Trump Supporter.
Discussion: Stop The Steal and Joe.My.God.
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
Trump supporter charged with voting twice in Iowa
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Shift in the Electorate's Makeup Tightens the Presidential Contest (POLL)  —  It's a tale of two electorates in the ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, with shifts in intended turnout moving a large advantage for Hillary Clinton a week ago to a far tighter 2016 presidential race today.
Elliot Smilowitz / The Hill:   Tracking poll: Trump within 2 points of Clinton nationally
Steven Shepard / Politico:
National poll: Clinton leads Trump by 2 points
Discussion: and The Week
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Final Days  —  Trump's advisers are working hard to plan their own futures while riding out the roller-coaster end of the campaign.  —  “I'm on the battlefield right now, which is amazing,” Donald Trump said as he surveyed the Gettysburg National Military Park.  “When you talk about historic, this is the whole ballgame.”
Maurice Tamman / Reuters:
Clinton enjoys solid lead in early voting: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  With 11 days to go before the U.S. presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 15 percentage points among early voters surveyed in the past two weeks, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Video Shows Donald Trump Sexually Humiliating Woman Before Large Audience  —  He decided to take revenge on another former Miss Universe.  —  Washington bureau chief for The Huffington Post  —  Revenge has been a fixture of Donald Trump's corporate speeches for years.
Mike Allen / Politico:
2020: Rematch of Trump vs. Clinton?  —  What if it isn't over?  —  Newt Gingrich, one of Donald Trump's closest confidants and most visible boosters, on Friday raised the novel possibility of a Trump-Clinton rematch in 2020 — a spooky Halloween-weekend notion for the many voters who just want the ugly race to stop.
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Ian Schwartz / RealClearPolitics:
Clinton on New FBI Probe: People Have Already “Factored” In Emails In How They Think About Me
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Clinton's State Department: A RICO Enterprise
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