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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.
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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 …
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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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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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Without evidence, Trump and Sessions warn of voter fraud in Tuesday's elections
Discussion: Fresno Bee
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
Brian Kemp Enlists Donald Trump in the Effort to Build “A Big, Red, Beautiful Wall” Around Georgia
CNN:   Kemp calls targets Abrams with false claims that she will “steal” election with undocumented voters
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
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Steven Hayward / Power Line:   Our “Unbiased” Media at Work
Huron Daily Tribune:   Tribune fires staff writer
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
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 …
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CNN:   Joint Chiefs chair says soldiers will not be involved in denying border entry to migrants
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.
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.
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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
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 …
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
Des Moines Register:
U.S. Justice Department sending personnel to Rep. Steve King's district to monitor Iowa voting  —  The U.S. Justice Department said Monday it will monitor compliance with federal voting right laws by deploying personnel to 19 states, including Iowa, for Tuesday's general election.
Discussion: CBS Dallas
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Washington Post:
Trump ends campaign hoping to defeat Democrats in states he won
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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  —  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.
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.
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
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Something's Happening in Texas
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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...
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.
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
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 …
James Arkin / Politico:
Trump scrambles to save the Senate  —  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 in the battle for control of the Senate.  —  The president kicked off the final day of the campaign …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity owns Fox News
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
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: Bloomberg
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: 
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
Election Day weather forecast: Potent storm to blast eastern US, could affect voter turnout
Discussion: NPR
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
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
Duncan Hunter Is Running the Most Anti-Muslim Campaign in the Country
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com