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8:55 AM ET, November 5, 2018


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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.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Missouri Senate race is a margin-of-error contest  —  Democrat Claire McCaskill gets support from 50 percent of likely voters compared with 47 percent for Republican Josh Hawley.  —  Nearing the finish line of the 2018 election cycle, Democrat Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley …
Discussion: Political Wire
John Sides / Washington Post:
A new poll shows the secret truth of 2018: Not much has changed in months
Discussion: Political Wire
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Full Trumpism’: The president's apocalyptic attacks reach a new level of falsity  —  CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — President Trump is painting an astonishingly apocalyptic vision of America under Democratic control in the campaign's final days, unleashing a torrent of falsehoods and portraying …
Discussion: Althouse and POLITICUSUSA
Nic Robertson / CNN:
Exclusive: Khashoggi sons issue emotional appeal for the return of their father's body  —  Sons of slain Saudi journalist speak to CNN  —  Washington (CNN)The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi issued an emotional appeal for the return of their father's body, in their first interview since …
POLITICO Playbook: Leadership wrangling begins as House GOP lawmakers predict losing majority  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  WE'RE HERE.  Election Day is tomorrow.  The general consensus among Republicans is that they will lose the House, and end up in at least a five-seat minority — that would correspond to a 28-seat loss.
Jackie Wattles / CNN:
George Soros rep says he wants to go on Fox News.  But they won't book him  —  New York (CNN)Fox News talks about billionaire philanthropist George Soros a lot.  He is a favorite bogeyman of the right, so Fox's conservative talk shows blame him for all sorts of ills, sometimes even pushing into conspiracy theory territory.
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 …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
Brian Kemp Just Engaged in a Last-Minute Act of Banana-Republic Level Voter Manipulation in Georgia  —  In perhaps the most outrageous example of election administration partisanship in the modern era, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is running for governor while simultaneously …
Investigation Underway Into Alleged Failed Hack By Democratic Party of Georgia
Discussion: Breitbart
Elana Schor / Politico:
‘Trump has hijacked the election’: House Republicans in panic mode  —  House Speaker Paul Ryan got President Donald Trump on the phone Sunday for one final plea on behalf of anxious Republicans: Please, please talk up the booming economy in the final hours before Election Day.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr / Washington Post:
Racist ‘magical Negro’ robo-call from ‘Oprah’ targets Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor's race  —  For years, Oprah Winfrey's campaign rally appearances and political endorsements have posed a difficult question for anyone who happens to be advocating for the candidate on the other side …
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Abrams, Kemp prepare for overtime in Georgia governor's race
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
Matt Viser / Washington Post:
Midterms test whether Republicans not named Trump can win by stoking racial animosity
Discussion: ABC News, Daily Wire and The Week
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: Raw Story and Eschaton
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Another Trump Scoop, a Giddy Reaction and a Reporter Under Fire  —  WASHINGTON — Jonathan Swan could not sleep.  —  It was 4 a.m. last Wednesday, and Mr. Swan, the star White House correspondent for the upstart news outlet Axios, was tapping out a Slack message to his colleagues.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A fast-rising journalist hits a speed bump with his latest scoop about Trump
Discussion: Axios
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Did Beto Blow It?  —  In March 2017, a little-known Democratic congressman named Beto O'Rourke proposed something unusual to Will Hurd, a Republican colleague from a neighboring district: that they rent a car and embark on a 24-hour, 1,600-mile road trip from San Antonio to Washington.
Discussion: The Week and The Daily Beast
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
NBC Runs Immigration Trump Ad Deemed Too Racist by CNN  —  In the middle of a highly anticipated “Sunday Night Football” broadcast, NBC aired an immigration-themed advertisement, approved by President Trump, that CNN publicly declared to be too racist to accept as a paid ad.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Election Ads Turn Nasty, but Candidates Still ‘Approve This Message’
Colby Hall / Mediaite:
Morning Joe Reveals Trump Once Admitted He Plays Race Card: 'I Know It's Bad But It Works'  —  Morning Joe took a critical view of some of the GOP campaign strategies on Monday, the day before the 2018 midterm elections, and took a harsh view of what they called blatant racist tactics by Republican candidates in a number of local races.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
‘Special Guest’ Sean Hannity to appear at Trump rally  —  (CNN)Fox News is apparently allowing host Sean Hannity to appear as a “special guest” at President Donald Trump's final rally of the midterm season.  —  Hannity's involvement was promoted in a Trump campaign press release on Sunday afternoon.
Discussion: Variety
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Trump ally Kris Kobach accepted donations from white nationalists  —  The Republican candidate for governor of Kansas has accepted thousand of dollars in donations, and has for over a decade been affiliated with groups espousing white supremacist views  —  The Republican candidate for governor …
Gabriel Pogrund / Washington Post:
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto leads his city through its darkest days  —  PITTSBURGH — Mayor Bill Peduto had told his team not to call on Saturday morning unless it was urgent.  He was planning to sleep in, a rarity, which meant certain protocols applied, including that he would answer his phone only if it rang twice.
Discussion: Mediaite
Kim Hjelmgaard / USA Today:
Exclusive: Iran open to talks with US if Trump changes ‘approach’ to nuclear deal, top diplomat says  —  In an interview with USA TODAY, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talked about U.S.-Iran relations and the Iran nuclear deal  —  ANTALYA, Turkey - As Iranians braced …
Steve Bousquet / miamiherald:
There's a surge in early voting.  And Florida Democrats are closing in on the GOP  —  Early voting surged to its highest levels yet in Florida's biggest counties on Saturday, giving Democrats new hope for a “blue wave” that could catapult Andrew Gillum to the governor's mansion and keep Bill Nelson in the U.S. Senate.
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
'He's not that kind of fighter.' Can play-by-the-rules Chuck Schumer win on Trump's turf?  —  One July evening in 1980, Chuck Schumer went to the see the Brooklyn Philharmonic play — and started a fight backstage.  —  According to reports at the time, Schumer, who was then a 29-year-old assemblyman running …
New York Times:
Tracing a Meme From the Internet's Fringe to a Republican Slogan  —  Since President Trump's election, his loyalists online have provided him with a steady stream of provocative posts and shareable memes, often filtered up from platforms like Reddit through media channels like Fox News.
On climate change, Trump disavows his own scientists, government  —  When “Axios on HBO” interviewed President Trump last week, one goal was to get him to reckon with his own government's scientific findings, which unequivocally state that global warming is nearly entirely caused by humans.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bishop Robert Finn wasn't going anywhere.  —  He never alerted authorities about photos of young girls' genitals stashed on a pastor's laptop.  He kept parishioners in the dark, letting the priest mingle with children and families.  Even after a judge found the bishop guilty of failing …
Discussion: The Catholic Thing
Benjamin Kerstein /
Notorious Antisemite Louis Farrakhan Leads ‘Death to America’ Chant on Solidarity Trip to Iran  —  Nation of Islam leader and prominent antisemite Louis Farrakhan led chants of “Death to America” and claimed that “America has never been a democracy” on Sunday during a solidarity trip to Iran …
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
How Far Have the Democrats Moved to the Left?  —  The future of the Democratic Party looks a lot like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Once it was the party of patrician liberals like Franklin Roosevelt; now women, people of color, and voters in big cities are the demographics at the heart of the party.
Jeff Greenfield / Politico:
Wonder How Trump Will Handle Defeat?  Don't Bother with History.  —  Okay, assume that $5 billion later, the midterms play out pretty much as everyone has expected for the last two years: Democrats take the House of Representatives (and a clutch of governorships) and Republicans keep the Senate.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
Will Ryan Bundy Help Elect a Democrat as Nevada Governor?  —  Cliven Bundy's son is running as an independent, and could draw enough votes to tip the election.  —  Since declaring his candidacy for Nevada governor in March, Ryan Bundy hasn't mustered much of a campaign.
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Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
An Embattled GOP Senate Candidate Is Lying About Her Health Care Record — Again
Discussion: Splinter and Shareblue Media
Dean Obeidallah / CNN:
Trump is trying to whip up fear about the browning of America
Discussion: Mediaite
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Voting machine errors already roil Texas and Georgia races
Discussion: Political Wire and The Daily Beast
Amanda Teuscher / American Prospect:
Planned Parenthood — the New Election-Day Giant
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Don't join this year's Women's March unless you're good with anti-Semitism
Christopher Buskirk / New York Times:
If You're Sure You Know What's Going to Happen on Tuesday, You're Wrong
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Hackers targeting election networks across country prior to midterms
Vivian Nereim / BloombergQuint:
Saudis Call for Amazon Boycott Over Anger at Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Shepard / Politico:
POLITICO's final race ratings: Democrats take the House, GOP likely holds the Senate
Discussion: Political Wire
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Familiar Force Nurtures Trump's Instincts on Immigration: Stephen Miller
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Washington Post:
Saudi campaign to abduct and silence rivals abroad goes back decades
Tamar Auber / Mediaite:
Dan Crenshaw Won't Demand Apology from SNL's Pete Davidson: 'We Don't Need to be Outwardly Outraged'
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Exclusive poll: Trump would lose the 2020 election to every woman who might run against him
Mike Levine / ABC News:
‘No Blame’?  ABC News finds 17 cases invoking ‘Trump’ in connection with violence, threats or alleged assaults
Discussion: Mediaite
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Michael Bloomberg to air $5 million in ads before midterm elections to tout Democrats — and himself
New York Times:
Two Capitals, One Russian Oligarch: How Oleg Deripaska Is Trying to Escape U.S. Sanctions