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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,” …
New York Times:
NBC, Fox and Facebook Stop Running Trump Caravan Ad  —  NBC, Fox News and Facebook have pulled a controversial Trump campaign advertisement that CNN had previously refused to run after deeming it “racist.”  —  NBC had aired the 30-second prime-time ad in the middle of a highly anticipated …
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 …
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook pulls Trump campaign's racist anti-immigration ad
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Final picks for 2018  —  Democrats in House; Republicans in Senate; Democrats big in gubernatorial races; be on guard for upsets  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — Sorry, friends, but you are going to have to actually read this one.  —  Our best guesses for Tuesday
Discussion: Axios
Steven Shepard / Politico:
POLITICO's final race ratings: Democrats to take the House, GOP likely holds the Senate
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
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, Politico, Daily Wire and Breitbart
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Missouri Senate race is a margin-of-error contest
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 …
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
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.
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
Michael Wines / New York Times:   Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed News:
Mac Miller Died From A Mix Of Fentanyl, Cocaine, And Ethanol  —  Mac Miller died from a mix of fentanyl, cocaine and ethanol, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's office.  —  The Pittsburgh rapper died on Sept. 7 at the age of 26, after being found unresponsive at his home.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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.
Jacqueline Alemany / Washington Post:
Power Up: Will there be a youth wave?  Early voting points to yes  —  Happy day before Election Day, Power people!  Tips, recipes, comments?  Reach out and sign up.  —  Outside the Beltway  —  THE YOUTH WAVE?:  Youth turnout rates in the midterm early vote are up by 125 percent compared to 2014 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Familiar Force Nurtures Trump's Instincts on Immigration: Stephen Miller  —  When self-inflicted damage left Donald J. Trump's poll numbers sagging shortly after the Republican National Convention in 2016, the solution was to reframe the race around an incendiary issue that has animated Mr. Trump for decades: immigration.
Discussion: The Week and ImmigrationProf Blog
Mike Valerio / WUSA:
How secure is your vote in MD, VA & DC?  Threats from Russia and within exist on eve of midterms  —  In Russia, waging war is seen as simply pursuing politics by other means.  —  WASHINGTON - In Russia, waging war is seen as simply pursuing politics by other means.
Russian fighter jet intercepts US Navy plane  —  Washington (CNN)A US Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet Monday in an unsafe and unprofessional manner, according to three US defense officials and a statement from the Navy.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
Jamie Tarabay / New York Times:
Virgin Australia Airline Seeks to Thank Veterans for Their Service.  Vets Say, ‘No, Thanks.’  —  SYDNEY, Australia — Australian military veterans recoiled at a government-backed policy that would allow them to board some commercial airlines ahead of other passengers, calling the move a political stunt that smacked of tokenism.
Discussion: The Guardian and 9News
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.
New York Times:
Loaded With Data and Whiz-Bang Effects, Maps Are the Real Stars of Election-Night TV  —  Buckets of voters.  Obscure swing counties.  How John King, Steve Kornacki and Bill Hemmer bring the numbers to life with their magical “boards.”  —  On election nights, maps are the stars of the show.
Christina Caron / New York Times:
Spanking Is Ineffective and Harmful to Children, Pediatricians' Group Says  —  Parents should not spank their children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said on Monday in its most strongly worded policy statement warning against the harmful effects of corporal punishment in the home.
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Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senator Lindsey Graham On The Elections And His (Possible) Tenure As Chair Of Judiciary
Discussion: RedState and Townhall
Emerson College:
Final Emerson Battleground Polls Finds Democratic Momentum in Florida, Nevada, South Dakota …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
How identity politics elected Donald Trump
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Donald Trump Jr. Emerges as the G.O.P. ‘Relief Pitcher’ of 2018
New York Post:
Brooklyn lawmaker who lost primary spending campaign cash on new Mercedes
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
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
How Far Have the Democrats Moved to the Left?
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Hackers targeting election networks across country prior to midterms
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
‘Full Trumpism’: The president's apocalyptic attacks reach a new level of falsity