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4:45 PM ET, November 4, 2016

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CBS News:
Sources: U.S. intel warning of possible al Qaeda attacks in U.S. Monday  —  NEW YORK — CBS News has learned about a potential terror threat for the day before the election.  —  Sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces …
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David Ingram / Reuters:   U.S. authorities warn of al Qaeda threat to election
New Jersey Online:
Bridgegate verdict: Bill Baroni and Bridget Kelly guilty on all counts  —  NEWARK — Two former Christie administration insiders charged in a bizarre scheme of political retaliation against a mayor who refused to endorse the governor for re-election were found guilty Friday on all counts in the long-running Bridgegate saga.
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The Daily Beast:
Christie Allies Convicted on All Bridgegate Charges  —  Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, Jr. were found guilty on Friday of all charges related to the 2013 orchestrated lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.  Kelly and Baroni were indicted in 2015 on nine counts of conspiracy, fraud, and other charges.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
2 Ex-Christie Allies Are Convicted in George Washington Bridge Case  —  NEWARK — A federal jury convicted two former aides to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey on Friday over a bizarre scheme to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge as punishment against a mayor who declined to endorse the governor's re-election.
Ryan Hutchins / Politico:
Kelly's lawyer suggests Christie knew Bridgegate plan before closures took place
Harry Enten / FiveThirtyEight:
Trump Is Just A Normal Polling Error Behind Clinton  —  Even at the end of a presidential campaign, polls don't perfectly predict the final margin in the election.  Sometimes the final polls are quite accurate.  An average of national polls in the week before the 2008 election had Barack Obama winning by 7.6 percentage points.
Discussion: Scripting News
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Election Update: Why Clinton's Position Is Worse Than Obama's  —  There's been a potential breach of Hillary Clinton's electoral firewall.  And it's come in New Hampshire, a state that we said a couple of weeks ago could be a good indicator of a Donald Trump comeback because of its large number of swing voters.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Samsung Recalls Top-Load Washing Machines Due to Risk of Impact Injuries  —  Recall Summary  —  Name of product:  —  Samsung top-load washing machines  —  Hazard:  —  The washing machine top can unexpectedly detach from the washing machine chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact.
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Gerry Wagschal / ABC News:
Samsung, CPSC Recalling 2.8 Million Top-Loading Washing Machines Due to Risk of Explosion
Discussion: WATE-TV
German Lopez / Vox:
Southern states have closed down at least 868 polling places for the 2016 election  —  The shutdowns follow a Supreme Court decision that limited federal oversight of elections.  —  Next week, Americans will hold the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act.
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German Lopez / Vox:
North Carolina Republicans are using one shameful trick after another to keep Democrats from voting
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Presidential Election: Any Surprises Left?
Discussion: Althouse and NBC News
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Multiple Courts Weighing Possible Voter Intimidation
Discussion: Associated Press
Aaron Rupar / ThinkProgress:
Giuliani says he was leaked information about emails days in advance of Comey letter  —  “You're darn right I heard about it.”  —  During an Friday morning appearance on Fox & Friends, Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani admitted “former FBI agents” leaked information to him about the Bureau's renewed interest …
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Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Michael Moore: Giuliani ‘knew something’ before FBI announcement
Discussion: The Week, New York Magazine and Hot Air
T. Rees Shapiro / Washington Post:
Jury finds reporter, Rolling Stone responsible for defaming U-Va. dean with gang rape story  —  CHARLOTTESVILLE — A federal court jury decided Friday that a Rolling Stone journalist defamed a former University of Virginia associate dean in a 2014 magazine article about sexual assault on campus …
Kurt Eichenwald / Newsweek:
WHY VLADIMIR PUTIN'S RUSSIA IS BACKING DONALD TRUMP  —  THE SCOOP VLADIMIR PUTIN DONALD TRUMP  —  In phone calls, meetings and cables, America's European allies have expressed alarm to one another about Donald Trump's public statements denying Moscow's role in cyberattacks designed to interfere with the U.S. election.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The real Clinton email scandal is that a bulls**t story has dominated the campaign  —  If you agree with her on policy, vote with a clear conscience about the server.  —  Some time ago, Hillary Clinton and her advisers decided that the best course of action was to apologize for having used …
Jim Kasuba / The News-Herald:
Allen Park man charged for allegedly holding kids at gunpoint over damaged Trump lawn sign  —  A 56-year-old Allen Park man has been charged with seven felonies after he allegedly pointed a gun at six children he accused of destroying his Donald Trump lawn sign.
Media Matters for America:
Even Bret Baier Has Now Abandoned Bret Baier's Anonymously Sourced FBI Report  —  On November 2, days before the presidential election, Fox host Bret Baier cited two anonymous sources to issue three explosive claims: The FBI is currently engaged in a “very high priority” investigation of …
New York Times:
Donald Trump's Impeachment Threat  —  Donald Trump and other embattled Republican candidates are resorting to a particularly bizarre and dangerous tactic in the closing days of the campaign — warning that they may well seek to impeach Hillary Clinton if she wins, or, short of that …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who Broke Politics?  —  As far as anyone can tell, Paul Ryan …
Josh Baugh / MySanAntonio.com:
Officials: SA cop fired for attempting to feed fecal sandwich to homeless person  —  An officer from the San Antonio Police Department has been fired for allegedly attempting to feed a fecal sandwich to a homeless person, several sources have confirmed.  —  The City Council was briefed …
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
Stephen Bannon's Long Game  —  How the Breitbart CEO will keep Trumpism alive long after Election Day.  —  Stephen Bannon, the CEO of Donald Trump's presidential team, has kept a low public profile, even if his fingerprints are all over Trump's attacks on Bill Clinton's sex scandals and the Clinton Foundation.
The Huffington Post:
Why I Can No Longer Support Hillary Clinton  —  Writer, director, advocate, strategist, cultural critic.  Founder of upliftt.com.  —  It took me a long time to write this.  I had to dig deep into my being to come up with these words.  I'm recanting my endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the presidency.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Hint of Momentum for Clinton, With Issues a Defining Factor (POLL)  —  A hint of momentum for Hillary Clinton has produced a 3-point race in the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll results, with wide leads for the Democrat in trust to handle the economy and health care among likely voters focused on those two issues.
Discussion: CNBC and RedState
New York Times:
‘The Voter Suppression Trail’  —  Note to viewers: “The Voter Suppression Trail” is the first-ever video game for Op-Docs, and also the final installment of our series of Op-Docs about the 2016 election.  We hope you enjoy playing, and let us know what you think in the comments.  —The Editors
Discussion: Polygon, Mashable, Heat Street and The Verge
Mercury News:
Greg Louganis is the Rose Parade's first openly gay Grand Marshall  —  In between the excitement of being chosen as a Grand Marshal for the 128th Rose Parade Tuesday, Greg Louganis didn't think stop to think that he could be the first openly gay person to be given the honor.
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
The Vatican's Illusions About Chinese Communism  —  Cardinal Joseph Zen says that the Holy See misunderstands how repressive China is.  —  Hong Kong  —  Cardinal Joseph Zen, the most senior Chinese cleric in the Catholic Church, believes the Vatican is fast approaching a tragic mistake in China.
Discussion: The Week
Bloomberg:
These Patients Are Covered by Obamacare But Can't Afford Treatment  —  High deductibles keep patients from seeking care for ailments  —  'It hurts, but we don't have that kind of money,' patient says  —  While Obamacare has brought health insurance to millions of people in the U.S. …
Discussion: Infowars
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Democratic insiders: Clinton's ground game will sink Trump  —  The presidential race may be tightening, but Democrats are convinced they have an Election Day ace-in-the-hole: Hillary Clinton's ground game.  They're confident it will withstand Donald Trump's late surge in key battleground states.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
At Trump rally, former N.H. governor jokes about the Clintons' sex life  —  ATKINSON, N.H. — Speaking at Donald Trump's rally here on Friday, former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu joked that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's husband does not want to have sex with her.
 
 
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Ovetta Wiggins / Washington Post:
Hogan, Maryland's popular governor, keeps his distance from state GOP
Discussion: RedState
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
At Trader Joe's, Good Cheer May Hide Complaints
Discussion: Gothamist and grubstreet
Stacey Barchenger / Tennessean.com:
Brandon Vandenburg sentenced to 17 years in Vanderbilt rape case
Discussion: Jezebel and Law News
Neil Eggleston / Blog Daily Listings RSS:
President Obama Issues a Second Round of Commutations in an Eight-Day Period, Bringing Total to 944
Discussion: Hit & Run and Common Dreams
Washington Post:
History will remember which Republicans failed the Trump test
Dan Scanlan / Florida Times Union:
Jacksonville man, 18, charged with murder after fight with grandmother over beer
Discussion: Associated Press
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New York Post:
Anthony Weiner rides through sex addiction rehab on a horse
WALV-TV:
EXCLUSIVE WTHR/HPI Poll: Young pulls ahead of Bayh in Senate race
Discussion: Hot Air
Niraj Chokshi / New York Times:
Harvard Cancels Rest of Men's Soccer Season Over Lewd Ratings of Female Players
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
Wikileaks: Clinton Campaign Chairman Practices Aleister Crowley Black Magic
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Feeling anxious about the election? Here's how to cope with election stress disorder
Discussion: Mother Jones and Mashable
Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
‘It Really Does Get Into Your Head.’ The Election, Through the Eyes of Teenage Girls.