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10:25 PM ET, November 5, 2018


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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: CBS Miami and WPIX 11 New York
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 …
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.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Rep. Steve King Blasts GOP House Fund For Supporting Gay Candidate
Discussion: The Daily Beast and VICE News US
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” by pointing out number of Trump officials who have been indicted  —  VIDEO ››› November 5, 2018 ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF  —  From the November 5 edition of CNN's New Day:  —  Loading the player reg...
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Without evidence, Trump and Sessions warn of voter fraud in Tuesday's elections
Discussion: Fresno Bee
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 and Mediaite
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.”
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.
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Brian Kemp Enlists Donald Trump in the Effort to Build “A Big, Red, Beautiful Wall” Around Georgia
Kemp calls targets Abrams with false claims that she will “steal” election with undocumented voters
Discussion: The Guardian
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Justice Department will monitor voting on Election Day — and also ‘fraud in the voting process’  —  The Justice Department announced plans to monitor compliance with voting laws on Election Day, including sending personnel to 35 jurisdictions in 19 states.  —  But the statement …
Des Moines Register:
U.S. Justice Department sending personnel to Rep. Steve King's district to monitor Iowa voting
Discussion: CBS Dallas
Washington Post:
Trump ends campaign hoping to defeat Democrats in states he won
Discussion: BuzzFeed News, Breitbart and Bloomberg
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: CNBC, Vox, The Hill, Daily Kos and The Week
CNN:   Joint Chiefs chair says soldiers will not be involved in denying border entry to migrants
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 …
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump scrambles to save the Senate  —  The president continued his campaign blitz amid late polls pointing to Democratic momentum in key battlegrounds.  —  President Donald Trump rushed around the country on Monday in a final bid to drive his voters to the polls and blunt any late Democratic momentum …
CNN Poll: In final days, Democrats maintain advantage
Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Democrats closing gap in key Senate races as late polls defy forecasts
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Richard Painter & Leanne Watt:
Hidden Motives behind Key GOP Leaders' Cooperation with Trump & Russia: An Evidence-based Examination of Irrational Behaviors & the Republican Congress Members Who Exhibit Them  —  Putin knew just where to strike the U.S., crippling us on a post-modern battlefield.
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
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 …
Federal Bureau of Investigation:
Joint Statement on Election Day Preparations  —  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)—in coordination with federal, state, local …
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
US election systems more secure, but voting problems persist  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Tuesday's midterm elections will mark the first nationwide voting since Russia targeted state election systems in the 2016 presidential race, with federal, state and local officials seeking to reassure the public their voting systems are secure.
Emma Zack / Innocence Project:
Innocent Man Who Spent Over a Decade on Florida's Death Row is Exonerated  —  Facing Exculpatory DNA Evidence and Multiple Confessions by Another Suspect, Prosecutors Agree to Dismiss All Charges on Eve of Clemente Aguirre's Second Death Penalty Trial  —  Contact: Julia Lucivero …
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Scott Bland / Politico:
House Dem candidates snag free rent
Vivian Wang / New York Times:
Just One Seat: The High-Octane Fight to Flip New York's Senate
Discussion: NY State of Politics
Brentin Mock / CityLab:
The Strangest Form of White Flight
Robert E Kelly / The Interpreter:
The cliché is true: this is the most important US midterm, ever
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?
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Miranda Green / The Hill:
EPA official says agency has ‘no tolerance for racism’ after offensive messages found at headquarters
Discussion: Splinter
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Something's Happening in Texas
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Patrick Monahan / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: A Louise Mensch Tweet About Steve Bannon Getting the Death Penalty
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Don't join this year's Women's March unless you're good with anti-Semitism