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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  — Inc. AMZN -2.52% plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city for HQ2 …
New York Times:
Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 in Two Locations  —  SEATTLE — After conducting a yearlong search for a second home, Amazon has switched gears and is now finalizing plans to have a total of 50,000 employees in two locations, according to people familiar with the decision-making process.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:   Under Armour's #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime
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,” …
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 …
Josh Marshall / Associated Press:   CNN, NBC, FB, Fox Drop Prez Ad for Being Too Racist
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Rep. Steve King says he hopes Supreme Court Justices Sotomayor and Kagan ‘will elope to Cuba’  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that he hopes Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor “will elope to Cuba,” hours before he is set to appear with Iowa's governor in an election-eve rally.
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
Des Moines Register:
U.S. Justice Department sending personnel to Rep. Steve King's district to monitor Iowa voting
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
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
Media Matters for America:   CNN's Marc Short says Barack Obama is using “toxic language” …
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: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump ends campaign hoping to defeat Democrats in states he won
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 …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
In secret chats, trolls struggle to get Twitter disinformation campaigns off the ground  —  The messages highlight the arms race between trolls and social media companies that are developing systems to stop them.  —  In a private “strategy chat” with more than 40 far-right trolls …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“I'm Very Worried About Don Jr.”: Forget the Midterms—West Wing Insiders Brace for the Mueller Storm  —  In the run-up to the election, Rudy Giuliani was made to shut up.  But now, with Trump making excuses for possibly losing the House, officials are bracing for a legal assault.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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: Washington Post and Political Wire
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 Hill and The Week
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.
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
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
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
Michael Wines / New York Times:   Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
“Certain Readers May Have a Nervous Reaction”: The New York Times Election Needle Is Back, with a Few New Safety Features  —  After the trauma of November 8, 2016, the Times is taking steps not to trigger its readers—even as it rolls out not one, but two midterm-election needles.
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 …
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 …
Nigel Chiwaya / NBC News:
Anti-immigrant ‘extremist’ group makes campaign donations to six Republican candidates  —  The U.S. Immigration Reform PAC seeks to curb legal and illegal immigration.  —  Six Republicans in races across the country have accepted donations from a group that advocates for immigrants say has ties to anti-immigrant hate groups.
Alex Warofka / Facebook:
An Independent Assessment of the Human Rights Impact of Facebook in Myanmar  —  We want Facebook to be a place where people can express themselves freely and safely around the world.  —  As part of that commitment, we commissioned an independent human rights impact assessment on the role …
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
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Midterms MAGA: LinkedIn Is Now Home To Hyperpartisan Political Content, False Memes, And Troll Battles  —  “Facebook banned me, they hate me.  But that's all good — I started posting on LinkedIn and everybody is following me,” said one Trump supporter.  —  They have American flags and …
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
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 …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:
Congressional candidate Young Kim, the self-made woman of color the media didn't fall in love with  —  The Republican candidate for California's 39th Congressional District, Young Kim embodies everything liberals claim to love: She's an immigrant (from Korea), a woman of color at that …
Miranda Green / The Hill:
EPA official says agency has ‘no tolerance for racism’ after offensive messages found at headquarters  —  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson on Monday told employees that the EPA “has no tolerance for racism” and will investigate recent incidents of offensive words scrawled …
Discussion: Splinter
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 …
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
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Robert E Kelly / The Interpreter:
The cliché is true: this is the most important US midterm, ever
Emma Zack / Innocence Project:
Innocent Man Who Spent Over a Decade on Florida's Death Row is Exonerated
Trump says he regrets the tone he used during first 2 years in office
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
In Saudi Arabia, Washington Post's coverage of Khashoggi killing fuels calls for Amazon boycott
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Joe Simonson / The Daily Caller:
Media Won't Judge New Jersey Voters For Reelecting Menendez
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Townhall
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all
Discussion: Breitbart
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
House Problem Solvers Caucus has solved few problems, bipartisan critics allege
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
What's the Real Deal With This GOP Megadonor Who's Claimed He Wants Climate Action?
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
5 possible scenarios for Election Day, and what they'd mean
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Evans / Reveal:
Inside Tesla's factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers
Discussion: CBS San Francisco
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Lindsey Graham Roasts the Media Like a Pro, Points Out Why Democrats Are Losing Because of It
David French / National Review:
The Democrats Have Not Earned Your Vote
Patrick Monahan / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: A Louise Mensch Tweet About Steve Bannon Getting the Death Penalty
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Woman pretends to be persecuted Trump supporter — and scams conservatives out of $150,000
Discussion: Daily Wire and IJR
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Don't join this year's Women's March unless you're good with anti-Semitism