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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  —  Washington DC (CNN)Facebook has stopped the Trump campaign from running its racist anti-immigration commercial as an ad on the site.  —  “This ad violates Facebook's advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it.
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.
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
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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Rasmussen Reports:
Generic Congressional Ballot's All Tied Up
Discussion: RedState, Breitbart and Daily Wire
Melanie Schmitz / ThinkProgress:
Pence: Don't associate political violence with politics
Discussion: Vox, New Republic, The Hill and Shakesville
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Exclusive: Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities - officials  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration discussed using the U.S. military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border but the idea was dropped …
Discussion: The Hill
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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: HuffPost and Hit & Run
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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
Doyle Rice / USA Today:
Election Day weather forecast: Potent storm to blast eastern US, could affect voter turnout  —  Unless you're a political junkie, it's not easy keeping track of the seats up for election.  Here's why midterm elections and chamber control matters.  —  CONNECT
Discussion: NPR
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
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 …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Isn't Inciting Violence by Mistake, But on Purpose.  He Just Told Us.  —  At a weekend rally, President Trump launched a riff that, even by the feverish standards of his closing campaign argument, stands out for its brutal authoritarian overtones.  The president mocked Antifa demonstrators …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Campaign Trail Focus: Trump  —  HIGHLIGHTS IN PITCH TO VOTERS INCLUDE ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION.  President Trump, ostensibly stumping for Republicans in dozens of campaign rallies around the country, has kept a more singular focus: himself.  —  Ahead of Tuesday's critical midterm elections …
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.
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...
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 and IJR
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
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.
Will Evans / Reveal:
Inside Tesla's factory, a medical clinic designed to ignore injured workers  —  When a worker gets smashed by a car part on Tesla's factory floor, medical staff are forbidden from calling 911 without permission.  —  The electric carmaker's contract doctors rarely grant it …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
 
 
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Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Something's Happening in Texas
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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Annabelle Dickson / Politico:
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Rachel Epstein / Marie Claire:
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Discussion: Daily Wire and twitchy.com
Margot Cleveland / The Federalist:
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David French / National Review:
The Democrats Have Not Earned Your Vote
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
U.S. Department of the Treasury:
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
A Familiar Force Nurtures Trump's Instincts on Immigration: Stephen Miller
Discussion: The Week and ImmigrationProf Blog