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12:45 AM ET, November 6, 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.
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 …
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 …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Facebook discloses possible election meddling by foreign actors on eve of midterms  —  SAN FRANCISCO - Acting on a tip from law enforcement, Facebook has removed more than 100 accounts - 30 on Facebook, 85 on Instagram - engaging in coordinated activity in French, English and Russian …
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 …
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,” …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity owns Fox News  —  Back in the early years of the Obama administration, Fox News host Sean Hannity used his popular program to boost conservative activism.  The fiery host was a celebrity at tea party rallies, including one in Georgia in 2009: “If we go through these numbers …
Discussion: HuffPost, Talking Points Memo and Salon
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Facebook Pulls Racist Trump Ad Following NBC, CNN, and Fox News
Josh Marshall / Associated Press:   CNN, NBC, FB, Fox Drop Prez Ad for Being Too Racist
Huron Daily Tribune:
Tribune fires staff writer  —  UPPER THUMB — The Huron Daily Tribune has issued a statement Monday evening after the newsroom management heard a voicemail left by one of its staff writers to Republican U.S. Sen. Candidate John James.  —  In the voicemail, Brenda Battel requests an interview with James …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steven Hayward / Power Line:   Our “Unbiased” Media at Work
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
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
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” …
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
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.
Discussion: KTLA
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.
David Alexander / Reuters:
Trump says would prefer softer tone as president but has ‘no choice’
Discussion: Political Wire
David French / National Review:   The Democrats Have Not Earned Your Vote
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
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 …
Maggie Astor / New York Times:
Bad Weather Will Greet Voters From Florida to the Midwest  —  Storms are expected to hit much of the Eastern United States on Tuesday, which could depress Election Day turnout in some places.  —  A strong cold front could cause rain and wind anywhere along the Eastern Seaboard …
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
Election Day weather forecast: Potent storm to blast eastern US, could affect voter turnout
Discussion: NPR
Joint Chiefs chair says soldiers will not be involved in denying border entry to migrants  —  Pentagon rejects border troop request from DHS  —  Washington (CNN)Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford said Monday that the US military will not be “involved in the actual mission …
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
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 …
Brentin Mock / CityLab:
The Strangest Form of White Flight  —  Less than two miles from the Vulcan Materials rock quarry, where the popular fight scenes from the movie Black Panther were filmed, and near Hawkins Middle School, where the cult-status Netflix series Stranger Things is filmed, sits the castle called Eagle's Landing Country Club.
John Harwood / CNBC:
Democrat Beto O'Rourke tries to upend Ted Cruz the way Trump did in 2016  — Democrat Beto O'Rourke's longshot bid against Sen. Ted Cruz in staunchly conservative Texas will be a vivid test of the midterm campaign.  — Despite previously holding positions believed to be disqualifying …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Something's Happening in Texas
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Maricopa County election officials: 72 polling places not ready for Election Day  —  PHOENIX (KSAZ) — FOX 10 has learned that a number of polling places in Maricopa County are not ready for Election Day business, as of 5:45 p.m. Monday.  —  Election officials spoke with FOX 10's John Hook on the issue.
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Zach Montellaro / Politico:
A staggering 36 million people have voted early, setting the stage for big midterm turnout
Scott Bland / Politico:
House Dem candidates snag free rent
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump scrambles to save the Senate
Richard Painter & Leanne Watt:
Hidden Motives behind Key GOP Leaders' Cooperation with Trump & Russia: An Evidence-based Examination …
Emma Zack / Innocence Project:
Innocent Man Who Spent Over a Decade on Florida's Death Row is Exonerated
Nigel Chiwaya / NBC News:
Anti-immigrant ‘extremist’ group makes campaign donations to six Republican candidates
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Guardian
Sharyl Attkisson / The Hill:
CIA's ‘surveillance state’ is operating against us all
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Under Armour's #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime
Discussion: BloombergQuint
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
Roger Angell / New Yorker:
Get Up and Go Vote
Kevin Miller / Press Herald:
LePage says he's moving to Florida and may take a teaching job
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Duncan Hunter Is Running the Most Anti-Muslim Campaign in the Country