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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  —  Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -2.52% plans to split its second headquarters evenly between two locations rather than picking one city for HQ2 …
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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: WPIX 11 New York
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 …
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.
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The Hill:
Supreme Court refuses to take up challenge to Obama-era net neutrality rules
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Des Moines Register:
U.S. Justice Department sending personnel to Rep. Steve King's district to monitor Iowa voting
Discussion: CBS Dallas
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 …
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Washington Post:
Trump ends campaign hoping to defeat Democrats in states he won
Associated Press:   US election systems more secure, but voting problems persist
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” …
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Brian Kemp Enlists Donald Trump in the Effort to Build “A Big, Red, Beautiful Wall” Around Georgia
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
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
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 …
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: Washington Post and Political Wire
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.
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
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Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Michigan Reporter Caught On Tape Saying ‘F**k Could You Imagine John James Winning’  —  A reporter for a Michigan newspaper called Michigan Senate Republican candidate John James's campaign looking for an interview and thought she hung up the phone before leaving a voicemail saying “fucking John James ... that would suck.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
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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Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Democrats closing gap in key Senate races as late polls defy forecasts
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
Ben Popken / NBC News:
Factory of lies: Russia's disinformation playbook exposed  —  ‘Twenty years ago the Russians had to recruit journalists to find people to disseminate something... nowadays they just have to start a meme.’  —  Americans who want to be ready for the next Russian attack can just read an old newspaper.
David Freeman / NBC News:
Scientists say mysterious ‘Oumuamua’ object could be an alien spacecraft  —  Harvard researchers raise the possibility that it may be “a fully operational probe sent intentionally to Earth vicinity by an alien civilization.”  —  Maybe it's an alien spacecraft.
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life  —  Kentucky, Iowa and Florida impose lifetime voting bans for people with felony records.  A ballot measure in Florida could restore some voting rights.  —  You ‘Approved This Message’?  Seriously?
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Rot
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story and Eschaton
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
WJLA-TV:
Trump says he regrets the tone he used during first 2 years in office  —  WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - President Donald Trump said he regrets the tone he has used during his first two years in office during an exclusive interview with Sinclair Broadcast Group.
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
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 …
Discussion: abc7ny.com
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
 
 
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Richard Painter & Leanne Watt:
Hidden Motives behind Key GOP Leaders' Cooperation with Trump & Russia: An Evidence-based Examination …
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
Adam Taylor / Washington Post:
In Saudi Arabia, Washington Post's coverage of Khashoggi killing fuels calls for Amazon boycott
Discussion: BloombergQuint
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all
Discussion: Breitbart
Rebecca Leber / Mother Jones:
What's the Real Deal With This GOP Megadonor Who's Claimed He Wants Climate Action?
 Earlier Items: 
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Isn't Inciting Violence by Mistake, But on Purpose. He Just Told Us.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Newly released emails suggest Zinke contradicted ethics pledge
George Packer / New Yorker:
The Demise of the Moderate Republican
Discussion: Politico
Patrick Monahan / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: A Louise Mensch Tweet About Steve Bannon Getting the Death Penalty
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Defensive, caravan-fixated and Trump-obsessed, the media blow it again. Just not as badly.
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Don't join this year's Women's March unless you're good with anti-Semitism