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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 …
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
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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:
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.
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Kelly Cohen / Washington Examiner:
Democrats closing gap in key Senate races as late polls defy forecasts  —  As the electrifying, no-holds-barred battle for Congress in the 2018 midterm elections campaign comes to a close, Democrats appear poised to win back the House of Representatives.  —  Ramping up the drama …
Rasmussen Reports:
Generic Congressional Ballot's All Tied Up
Discussion: RedState, Daily Wire and Breitbart
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 …
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: Hit & Run
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:   Exclusive: Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities - officials
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.
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The moment is now upon us. All the lies must be defeated — decisively.
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 …
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: Axios, Raw Story and Eschaton
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Michael Wines / New York Times:   Why So Many Kentuckians Are Barred From Voting on Tuesday, and for Life
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: Raw Story
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.
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.
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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 …
US Department of State:
Constraining Iran's Nuclear Program  —  Fact Sheet  —  Office of the Spokesperson  —  Washington, DC  —  Iran cannot be trusted to have vital constraints on its nuclear program lifted.  The United States is committed to ensuring that Iran never comes close to possessing a nuclear weapon.
Discussion: RT
Patrick Monahan / The Cut:
I Think About This a Lot: A Louise Mensch Tweet About Steve Bannon Getting the Death Penalty  —  I Think About This a Lot is a series dedicated to private memes: images, videos, and other random trivia we are doomed to play forever on loop in our minds.  —  Every so often, when Steve Bannon slimes …
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.
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 …
The Hill:
Supreme Court refuses to take up challenge to Obama-era net neutrality rules  —  The Supreme Court on Monday put an end to a legal battle over the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, refusing to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld the 2015 regulations.
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: City Journal
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...
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Of course Trump is talking about the economy.  Who says he's not?  —  A talking point has taken hold in the final hours of midterm election campaigning.  The economy is booming, the story goes, but President Trump won't talk about it at his massive rallies, preferring instead to dwell on illegal immigration, the caravan, and “fear.”
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
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 …
Discussion: middleeastmonitor.com
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.
David French / National Review:
The Democrats Have Not Earned Your Vote  —  If you like your Republican, you should keep your Republican.  —  Tens of millions of Americans have mailed in their ballots already.  Tomorrow, tens of millions more will go to the polls.  I'm not confident how they'll vote …
Sara Carter / Sara A. Carter:
The Five Simple Words that SNL & Pete Davidson Should Learn to Say  —  While many see SNL's skit as another example of how divided our nation is, to me, it ended up serving as a reminder of just how connected we all are.  —  Saturday Night Live's skit about retired Navy SEAL …
Brandon Morse / RedState:
Lindsey Graham Roasts the Media Like a Pro, Points Out Why Democrats Are Losing Because of It  —  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has been savage toward the left as of late, but it's been, frankly, necessary.  —  Graham sat down with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt, where he noted that he parted ways …
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 …
 
 
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
Trump will “probably not” meet Putin in Paris
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
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Jamie Tarabay / New York Times:
Virgin Australia Airline Seeks to Thank Veterans for Their Service. Vets Say, ‘No, Thanks.’
Discussion: The Guardian and 9News
Emerson College:
Final Emerson Battleground Polls Finds Democratic Momentum in Florida, Nevada, South Dakota …
CNN:
Russian fighter jet intercepts US Navy plane
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why Don't Young People Vote? This System Doesn't Want Them To.
New York Post:
Brooklyn lawmaker who lost primary spending campaign cash on new Mercedes
Sam Morgan / New York Post:
I killed soccer star and cut off his genitals for raping my wife
Discussion: Daily Wire
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
'He's not that kind of fighter.' Can play-by-the-rules Chuck Schumer win on Trump's turf?
Discussion: Splinter
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Familiar Force Nurtures Trump's Instincts on Immigration: Stephen Miller
Discussion: The Week and ImmigrationProf Blog