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12:10 PM ET, November 5, 2018


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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 …
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.
Rasmussen Reports:
Generic Congressional Ballot's All Tied Up
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
John Sides / Washington Post:
A new poll shows the secret truth of 2018: Not much has changed in months
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The moment is now upon us.  All the lies must be defeated — decisively.  —  With one day left until the election, President Trump and Republicans are lying relentlessly about health care and taxes to limit their losses among college-educated and suburban whites, particularly women …
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 …
POLITICO Playbook: Leadership wrangling begins as House GOP lawmakers predict losing majority
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.
Sarah K. Burris / Raw Story:
Woman pretends to be persecuted Trump supporter — and scams conservatives out of $150,000  —  A woman identifying herself as “Reformed Republican” posted a photo of herself in a “Make America Great Again” hat and announced she refused to hide any longer.  The way the story ended, however, was not the way Republicans would have hoped.
Discussion: Daily Wire
Amanda Macias / CNBC:
Trump's border deployments could cost $220 million as Pentagon sees no threat from migrant caravan  — President Donald Trump's move to deploy troops to the U.S.-Mexico border is shaping up to cost $220 million, according to two U.S. defense officials who were not authorized to speak publicly.
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns
Discussion: Shareblue Media, Joe.My.God. and IJR
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.
The Daily Beast:
Democrats Ponder the Unthinkable: What If They Lose?  —  It likely won't happen.  But after 2016, everyone is paranoid.  —  Nearly two years of organizing, marching, candidate recruitment and unprecedented fundraising has led the Democratic party to a critical moment.
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 …
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Will there be a youth wave? Early voting points to yes
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 …
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
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: The Week and Political Wire
Carrie Dann / NBC News:
Democrats have slight edge in close Florida Senate, governor races  —  Both Andrew Gillum and Bill Nelson lead by four percentage points, within the poll's margin of error.  —  On the eve of Election Day, Democrats have a slight edge in Florida's high-stakes Senate and gubernatorial contests, a new NBC News/Marist poll finds.
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Missouri Senate race is a margin-of-error contest
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Don't join this year's Women's March unless you're good with anti-Semitism  —  With the Pittsburgh shooting so fresh and anti-Semitism (alas) so necessary a topic, it's time for a reckoning with the Women's March.  This January, women who say they stand with Jews need to boycott the Women's March.
Sam Morgan / New York Post:
I killed soccer star and cut off his genitals for raping my wife  —  The businessman who allegedly killed Brazilian soccer player Daniel Correa Freitas says he did so after finding the midfielder in his underwear trying to rape his wife.  —  The Sao Paulo star's body was discovered in Sao Jose dos Pinhais …
Discussion: Daily Wire
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 …
Discussion: Splinter
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.
New York Times:
On Election Night, Their Maps Show the Lay of the Land  —  Buckets of voters.  Obscure swing counties.  How John King, Steve Kornacki and Bill Hemmer bring the data to life with their whiz-bang “boards.”  —  On election nights, maps are the stars of the show.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: RedState
New York Post:
Brooklyn lawmaker who lost primary spending campaign cash on new Mercedes … A Brooklyn lawmaker who lost his Democratic primary has spent more than $3,700 in campaign cash on lease payments for a brand-new, Mercedes-Benz sedan — a car that he recently used for a workday booze run, The Post has learned.
Dan Kaufman / New Yorker:
Did Scott Walker and Donald Trump Deal Away the Wisconsin Governor's Race to Foxconn?  —  As the public has become aware of the spiralling costs associated with building a new Foxconn plant in Wisconsin, the deal has become something of a political liability for the governor.
Discussion: Raw Story and Althouse
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
Resource Center  —  Home » Resource Center » Financial Sanctions » OFAC Recent Actions » Publication of Updates to OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List and 13599 List Removals  —  Publication of Updates to OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals …
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why Don't Young People Vote?  This System Doesn't Want Them To.  —  Don't lament young people's apathy, consider what's making them apathetic  —  To vote in the United States, you can't simply go cast a ballot.  In most states, you first have to register.
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Voting machine errors already roil Texas and Georgia races  —  Glitchy paperless voting machines are affecting an untold number of early voting ballots in Texas and Georgia, raising the specter that two of the most closely watched races could be marred by questions about whether the vote count is accurate.
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Emerges as the G.O.P. ‘Relief Pitcher’ of 2018
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Former Pentagon Spokesman: This Is Not An ‘Invasion’ — And The Military Doesn't Need To Go To The Border
Discussion: Raw Story
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Vote, Vote, Vote!  —  You have to ask yourself: Do you want a …
Brent Staples / New York Times:
Frederick Douglass in Full
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Ohio Poll Worker Sees Her Dead Neighbor's Name On Active Voter Roster
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
An Embattled GOP Senate Candidate Is Lying About Her Health Care Record — Again
Discussion: Splinter and Shareblue Media
Bishop Robert Finn wasn't going anywhere.
Discussion: The Catholic Thing
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
How Far Have the Democrats Moved to the Left?
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Bousquet / miamiherald:
There's a surge in early voting. And Florida Democrats are closing in on the GOP
Jana Winter /
Hackers targeting election networks across country prior to midterms
Steven Shepard / Politico:
POLITICO's final race ratings: Democrats to take the House, GOP likely holds the Senate
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Familiar Force Nurtures Trump's Instincts on Immigration: Stephen Miller
Discussion: The Week and ImmigrationProf Blog
Gabriel Pogrund / Washington Post:
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto leads his city through its darkest days
Discussion: Splinter and Mediaite
Mike Levine / ABC News:
‘No Blame’?  ABC News finds 17 cases invoking ‘Trump’ in connection with violence, threats or alleged assaults
Discussion: Vox and Mediaite
New York Times:
Tracing a Meme From the Internet's Fringe to a Republican Slogan