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CNN:
NBC says it will pull Trump campaign's racist ad — after airing it on ‘Sunday Night Football’  —  (CNN)The Trump campaign's racist anti-immigration ad will no longer run on NBC or any NBC-owned network.  —  Following a storm of backlash after it showed the ad on “Sunday Night Football,” …
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Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Pulls Racist Trump Ad Following NBC, CNN, and Fox News  —  The spot was too controversial for TV.  And, now, the biggest social media platform has pulled it too.  —  Facebook on Monday pulled down advertisements from President Donald Trump's reelection campaign that sought to fire …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook pulls Trump campaign's racist anti-immigration ad
New York Times:
NBC, Fox and Facebook Stop Running Trump Caravan Ad Criticized as Racist
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Can a Facebook Ad Really Sway Your Vote? MoveOn Thinks So
Discussion: Morning Consult and Breitbart
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal, Fox News Pull Controversial Trump Campaign Ad
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Laura Stevens / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 Evenly Between Two Cities  —  Surprise decision is driven by the need to recruit enough tech talent and to support Amazon's growth  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -2.52% plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city for HQ2 …
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Final picks for 2018  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Sorry, friends, but you are going to have to actually read this one.  — Our full list of ratings changes is available here.  —  Our best guesses for Tuesday  —  The 2018 midterm has long been a study in contradictory signs.
Discussion: Axios
ProPublica:
Georgia Officials Quietly Patched Security Holes They Said Didn't Exist  —  On Sunday morning, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp unleashed a stunning allegation: State Democrats had committed “possible cyber crimes” after a tipster told party officials he had found gaping security holes in the state's voter information website.
CNN:
CNN Poll: In final days, Democrats maintain advantage  —  WASHINGTON (CNN)On the eve of the midterm elections, Democrats continue to hold a double-digit lead over Republicans in a generic Congressional ballot among likely voters, according to a new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS.
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Katy Tur / NBC News:
Why Barack Obama's rallies feel so different from Donald Trump's  —  Analysis: NBC's Katy Tur returned to the campaign trail for the first time in two years to see two presidents offering dueling midterm visions.  —  ATLANTA — The 44th and 45th presidents of the United States flew into Georgia …
Discussion: Breitbart
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Media Matters for America:   CNN's Marc Short says Barack Obama is using “toxic language” …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Campaign Trail Focus: Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities - officials  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration discussed using the U.S. military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border but the idea was dropped …
Discussion: Vox, The Week and The Hill
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Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Trump's border deployments could cost $220 million as Pentagon sees no threat from migrant caravan  — President Donald Trump's move to deploy troops to the U.S.-Mexico border is shaping up to cost $220 million, according to two U.S. defense officials who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Discussion: HuffPost and Hit & Run
ProPublica:
How Congress Stopped Working  —  For more than 200 years, Congress operated largely as the country's founders envisioned — forging compromises on the biggest issues of the day while asserting its authority to declare war, spend taxpayer money and keep the presidency in check.
Discussion: Political Wire
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
Election Day weather forecast: Potent storm to blast eastern US, could affect voter turnout  —  Unless you're a political junkie, it's not easy keeping track of the seats up for election.  Here's why midterm elections and chamber control matters.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: NPR
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
The Five Simple Words that SNL and Pete Davidson Should Learn to Say  —  Saturday Night Live's skit about retired Navy SEAL and congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw just wasn't funny at all.  The joke-if you can call it a joke-felt like someone kicked me in the stomach.
Discussion: twitchy.com
Caroline Zhang / CREW:
Ivanka Trump's Business Wins Approval for 16 New Chinese Trademarks Despite Shutting Down  —  Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump's fashion brand won first trial approval for 16 new trademarks from the Chinese government in October.  These approvals come about three months after Ivanka announced …
Discussion: Raw Story
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Rot  —  North Dakota's soybean crops are flourishing.  But China has stopped buying.  —  ARTHUR, N.D. — This is harvest season in the rich farmlands of the eastern Dakotas, the time of year Kevin Karel checks his computer …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Eschaton
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Michael Wines / New York Times:   Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life
Henry Olsen / National Review:
Tomorrow the RINOs Will Take Their Revenge  —  And Republicans are going to take a beating in the House and the governorships.  —  Conservatives love animals, but there is one species they have long wanted to make extinct: the RINO.  Not the horned African rhino, mind you …
Des Moines Register:
U.S. Justice Department sending personnel to Rep. Steve King's district to monitor Iowa voting  —  The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it will monitor compliance with federal voting right laws by deploying personnel to 19 states, including Iowa, for Tuesday's general election.
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Kevin Miller / Press Herald:
LePage says he's moving to Florida and may take a teaching job  —  The two-term governor wouldn't say where he might teach, but he indicated he would become a Florida resident because the state has no income tax and low property taxes.  —  AUGUSTA - Gov. Paul LePage said Monday that he plans …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Defensive, caravan-fixated and Trump-obsessed, the media blow it again.  Just not as badly.  —  On election night 2016, I described the news media's campaign performance as “an epic fail.”  —  You might remember what happened: the sense of inevitability about Hillary Clinton's rise …
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Under Armour's #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime  —  ‘We can and will do better,’ says chairman and chief executive of sports-apparel company  —  Under Armour Inc. UAA 1.31% employees received an email earlier this year that upended a longstanding company practice …
The Hill:
Supreme Court refuses to take up challenge to Obama-era net neutrality rules  —  The Supreme Court on Monday put an end to a legal battle over the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, refusing to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld the 2015 regulations.
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Isn't Inciting Violence by Mistake, But on Purpose.  He Just Told Us.  —  At a weekend rally, President Trump launched a riff that, even by the feverish standards of his closing campaign argument, stands out for its brutal authoritarian overtones.  The president mocked Antifa demonstrators …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Something's Happening in Texas  —  This year, I voted in Texas for the first time.  It was complicated.  —  Registering to vote was simple enough.  The post office had a form I could print out with my personal information and change of address.  Because I don't own a car …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Newly released emails suggest Zinke contradicted ethics pledge  —  The interior secretary continued to work on issues regarding his Montana land holdings in 2017 despite a one-year recusal.  —  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke continued to engage in discussions involving his family foundation's property …
Washington Post:
Trump administration prepares for massive shake-up after midterms  —  The Trump administration is bracing for a massive staff shake-up in the weeks following the midterm elections, as the fates of a number of Cabinet secretaries and top White House aides are increasingly uncertain heading …
Roger Angell / New Yorker:
Get Up and Go Vote  —  Back in 1992, I published a piece about voting at the Y on Lexington Avenue.  “At the Y, nothing has changed,” I wrote: … I went on to say that I'd fallen “a long way from the hot certainties of my twenties and thirties, when I would argue politics with my friends …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Duncan Hunter Is Running the Most Anti-Muslim Campaign in the Country  —  SAN DIEGO, Calif.—Congressman Duncan Hunter had a problem.  —  The California Republican was supposed to coast to reelection this year.  A square-jawed ex-marine who inherited his father's House seat in 2008 …
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Don't join this year's Women's March unless you're good with anti-Semitism  —  With the Pittsburgh shooting so fresh and anti-Semitism (alas) so necessary a topic, it's time for a reckoning with the Women's March.  This January, women who say they stand with Jews need to boycott the Women's March.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Woman pretends to be persecuted Trump supporter — and scams conservatives out of $150,000  —  A woman identifying herself as “Reformed Republican” posted a photo of herself in a “Make America Great Again” hat and announced she refused to hide any longer.  The way the story ended, however, was not the way Republicans would have hoped.
Discussion: Daily Wire and IJR
George Packer / New Yorker:
The Demise of the Moderate Republican  —  Ryan Costello, a centrist wonk, ran for Congress to solve problems—but his colleagues fell in line with Trump's parade of resentment.  —  Ryan Costello came to Washington the old-fashioned way.  Growing up in Chester County, Pennsylvania …
Discussion: Politico
Will Evans / Reveal:
Inside Tesla's factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers  —  When a worker gets smashed by a car part on Tesla's factory floor, medical staff are forbidden from calling 911 without permission.  —  The electric carmaker's contract doctors rarely grant it …
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
Patrick Monahan / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: A Louise Mensch Tweet About Steve Bannon Getting the Death Penalty  —  I Think About This a Lot is a series dedicated to private memes: images, videos, and other random trivia we are doomed to play forever on loop in our minds.  —  Every so often, when Steve Bannon slimes …
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed News:
Mac Miller Died From A Mix Of Fentanyl, Cocaine, And Ethanol  —  Mac Miller died from a mix of fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.  —  The Pittsburgh rapper died on Sept. 7 at the age of 26, after being found unresponsive at his home.
 
 
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Miranda Green / The Hill:
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Discussion: Raw Story
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David French / National Review:
The Democrats Have Not Earned Your Vote
Emerson College:
Final Emerson Battleground Polls Finds Democratic Momentum in Florida, Nevada, South Dakota …
CNN:
Russian fighter jet intercepts US Navy plane
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The Daily Beast:
Democrats Ponder the Unthinkable: What If They Lose?
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
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Discussion: RedState
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Week and ImmigrationProf Blog