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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 …
New York Times:
NBC, Fox and Facebook Stop Running Trump Caravan Ad Criticized as Racist  —  An ad created by President Trump's campaign committee tying together Democrats, a notorious murderer and a caravan of asylum-seeking migrants in Mexico embroiled NBC in controversy overnight, prompting the network to backpedal and pull it from the air.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook pulls Trump campaign's racist anti-immigration ad
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 …
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, Breitbart and 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: 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
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: Political Wire
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
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 …
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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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.
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
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 …
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 …
Khadeeja Safdar / Wall Street Journal:
Under Armour's #MeToo Moment: No More Strip Clubs on Company Dime  —  ‘We can and will do better,’ says chairman and chief executive of sports-apparel company  —  Under Armour Inc. UAA 1.31% employees received an email earlier this year that upended a longstanding company practice …
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
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
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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...
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
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 …
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 …
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
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Newly released emails suggest Zinke contradicted ethics pledge  —  The interior secretary continued to work on issues regarding his Montana land holdings in 2017 despite a one-year recusal.  —  Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke continued to engage in discussions involving his family foundation's property …
George Packer / New Yorker:
The Demise of the Moderate Republican  —  Ryan Costello, a centrist wonk, ran for Congress to solve problems—but his colleagues fell in line with Trump's parade of resentment.  —  Ryan Costello came to Washington the old-fashioned way.  Growing up in Chester County, Pennsylvania …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
‘This is not how I raised him,’ mother of mail bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc wrote in exclusive letter to ABC News
Discussion: Law & Crime and HuffPost
Will Evans / Reveal:
Inside Tesla's factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers
Rachel Epstein / Marie Claire:
50 Influential Women on Why They're Voting in the 2018 Midterm Elections
Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Isn't Inciting Violence by Mistake, But on Purpose. He Just Told Us.
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Trump will “probably not” meet Putin in Paris
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Roger Angell / New Yorker:
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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
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why Don't Young People Vote? This System Doesn't Want Them To.
Sam Morgan / New York Post:
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