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6:30 PM ET, October 25, 2016


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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
What Drives Donald Trump?  Fear of Losing Status, Tapes Show  —  By any measure, Arsenio Hall was a Hollywood success: He had starred in popular films, packed houses as a stand-up comic and hosted a hit late-night television show bearing his name.  —  Donald J. Trump saw it differently by the mid-2000s.
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Trump halts big-money fundraising, cutting off cash to the party  —  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has effectively shut down his high-dollar fundraising operation for the rest of the campaign, a highly unusual move that deals another serious blow to the GOP's effort to finance …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Donald Trump has no idea what Obamacare does  —  Trump spouts the classiest, most luxurious word salad you've ever heard.  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's employees are having a “tremendous problem” with health plans they don't actually have.
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Trump bobbles attack on Obamacare  —  DORAL, Fla. — Standing beside his shimmering green golf course, Donald Trump had the political equivalent of a tap-in putt — news that Obamacare premiums are set to shoot up next year.  —  He muffed it.  —  At a campaign event at his Miami-area golf …
Andrew Kaczynski / CNNMoney:
Donald Trump: ‘I have no interest in Trump TV’  —  Donald Trump says he has no interest in setting up “Trump TV” when the election ends.  —  “No, I have no interest in Trump TV,” Trump said on Cincinnati radio station 700WLW on Tuesday.  “I hear it all over the place.
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Trump Says He Has ‘No Interest’ in Launching TV NetworkNEW!
Kelsey Sutton / Politico:
Trump: ‘I have no interest in Trump TV’
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:NEW!
Trump to 2020 prospects: You don't have a chance  —  Donald Trump is the only candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton, he suggested Tuesday, laughing at Republicans who may be considering mounting a run in 2020.  —  Hailing his campaign as a movement during his rally in Sanford, Florida …
Discussion: ABC News
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Poll: GOP voters trust Trump more than Ryan to lead party
Ari Berman / The Nation:
A CITY CLERK OPPOSED AN EARLY-VOTING SITE AT UW-GREEN BAY BECAUSE ‘STUDENTS LEAN MORE TOWARD THE DEMOCRATS’  —  New e-mails released to The Nation reveal ongoing GOP attempts to suppress the vote.  —  By ,  —  Students wait in long lines to register and vote at UW-Eau Claire Davies Center on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
REVEALED: Wisconsin clerk limits voting near campus because ‘students lean more toward the Democrats’  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  A Wisconsin city clerk has been complaining for months that she doesn't have the money or staff to offer early voting …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Images of New MacBook Pro With Magic Toolbar Leaked in macOS Sierra 10.12.1  —  macOS Sierra 10.12.1, released yesterday, includes hidden Apple Pay images that depict the brand new MacBook Pro with an OLED touch panel that's set to be announced by Apple on Thursday, October 27.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Florida spirals away from Trump  —  From polling to early voting trends to TV ad spending to ground game, Donald Trump's Florida fortunes are beginning to look so bleak that some Republicans are steeling themselves for what could be the equivalent of a “landslide” loss in the nation's biggest battleground state.
Kristin Salaky / Talking Points Memo:
White Woman Waving ‘Blacks For Trump’ Sign Appears Behind Trump At Rally (PHOTOS)  —  The colorful, enthusiastic crowd behind Donald Trump at a rally Tuesday in Sanford, Florida drew some attention from the Republican presidential nominee.  —  “I love those pink signs, ‘Women for Trump.’ I love the signs behind me,” he crowed.
Robert Brodsky / Newsday:30 minutes ago
Colin Powell endorses Hillary Clinton for president  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told a crowd of more than 1,000 Long Island business and political leaders Tuesday that he will vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton for president, citing her experience, temperament and in a jab at GOP nominee Donald Trump, the “stamina.”
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:
Trump: I've Been Endorsed By The Military ‘Conceptually, At Least’ (VIDEO)  —  Donald Trump's habit of claiming endorsements that do not exist kicked into gear again Tuesday morning, when the Republican nominee claimed to have been endorsed “largely, at least conceptually, by the military.”
Discussion: The Week and Hit & Run
The Independent:
We probably just heard a message from aliens, scientists say  —  Scientists have heard hugely unusual messages from deep in space that they think are coming from aliens.  A new analysis of strange modulations in a tiny set of stars appears to indicate that it could be coming …
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
The Right Is Giving Up on Democracy  —  It's not just Donald Trump and his fans who think the system is rigged.  —  The single most ominous thing that Donald Trump said in all three presidential debates was a misguided attempt at a quip: “I'll keep you in suspense, okay?”
Discussion: Forbes
Rob Tornoe /
Friday violence as teen mob attacks Temple students, police; four arrested  —  Four juveniles have been arrested in a series of violent incidents Friday night near Temple University's main campus in North Philadelphia.  —  According to Temple security, a group of over 150 juveniles coordinated a …
Kenneth Lipp / The Daily Beast:
AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit  —  On Nov. 11, 2013, Victorville, California, sheriff's deputies and a coroner responded to a motorcyclist's report of human remains outside of town.  —  They identified the partially bleached skull of a child, and later discovered the remains …
National Journal:
For GOP, Time To Worry, Not To Panic  —  Trump's misbegotten candidacy is turning close races to purple or even blue.  —  For sev­er­al weeks many Re­pub­lic­an can­did­ates and op­er­at­ives have been fret­ting that Don­ald Trump's …
Jeff Greenfield / The Daily Beast:
Can't Wait for It to Be Over?  Don't Kid Yourself  —  It's become just about all anybody can say: “I can't wait for this election to be over.”  It also is very likely to become a textbook case of: “be careful what you wish for.”  If you think this contest has demonstrated fault lines …
CBS Philly:
Police: Homes Near Sen. Pat Toomey's Vandalized With Anti-GOP Messages  —  UPPER MILFORD Twp., Pa. — A pair of homes were vandalized, with anti-GOP messages in Zionsville, Pa. near the residence of Senator Pat Toomey in Lehigh County, who is currently battling challenger Katie McGinty for his seat.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!  Tim Kaine Holds Rally and ONLY 30 PEOPLE Show Up!  —  THIS IS JUST EFFING INCREDIBLE!  —  Hillary's VP pick Tim Kaine Held a Rally today AND NOBODY CAME!  —  There were literally like 30 people there — in West Palm Beach, Florida.  —  And that includes journalists and operatives.
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Clarence Thomas's Twenty-Five Years Without Footprints  —  This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Clarence Thomas's confirmation to the Supreme Court.  Conservatives like Thomas have dominated the Court throughout his tenure, and he has been in the majority in all of their victories.
Discussion: Althouse
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Oversampling is used to study small groups, not bias poll results  —  Every election year, questions arise about how polling techniques and practices might skew poll results one way or the other.  In the final weeks before this year's election, the practice of “oversampling” …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
The Failure Of American Institutions, Not Of Conservatism, Made Donald Trump Possible  —  The Washington Free Beacon's Matthew Continetti argues at length in an essay published Friday that populism has displaced conservatism in the Republican Party, creating a crisis for the conservative intellectual class …
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump says Clinton policy on Syria would lead to World War Three  —  U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Democrat Hillary Clinton's plan for Syria would “lead to World War Three,” because of the potential for conflict with military forces from nuclear-armed Russia.
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Guardian and Fox News Insider
Brian Beutler / New Republic:
Obama Was Right About Republican Extremism All Along  —  They should've listened to his warnings about the dangers of right-wing rhetoric.  Now they're going to pay for it.  —  It has been a long time since a popular, term-limited president has campaigned vigorously on behalf of his presumptive heir.
Discussion: Business Insider
Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Spent $300K Of Donor Money On Books From ‘Art Of The Deal’ Publisher  —  It looks like Donald Trump's book sales got a boost from his own presidential campaign.  —  The Republican nominee directed $300,000 of small donors' money to the publisher of his bestselling business book …
Adrian Florido / NPR:
Attempting To Woo Latino Voters, Marco Rubio Gets Booed At Orlando Festival  —  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio got booed off a stage in Orlando on Sunday, by a crowd that was overwhelmingly Latino.  —  It happened at Calle Orange, a street festival in downtown Orlando geared toward the city's large Puerto Rican community.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Trump to 2020 prospects: You don't have a chance   Find
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Natalie Schreyer / Mother Jones:
The Trump Files: Donald's Words to a Grieving Mother   Find
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Shane Bauer / Mother Jones:
I Went Undercover With a Border Militia. Here's What I Saw.   Find
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Robert Brodsky / Newsday:
Colin Powell endorses Hillary Clinton for president   Find
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Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Trump halts big-money fundraising, cutting off cash to the party   Find
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Natalie Schreyer / Mother Jones:
The Trump Files: Donald's Words to a Grieving Mother10 minutes ago
Discussion: Guardian
Shane Bauer / Mother Jones:
I Went Undercover With a Border Militia. Here's What I Saw.25 minutes ago
Discussion: NPR and Daily Kos
Charlie Bayliss / Daily Express:
Syrian refugee with FOUR WIVES and 23 CHILDREN ‘claims £320,000 a year in benefits’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Jihad Watch
Chris Massie / CNN:
Giuliani: When I see Clinton, ‘I see her in an orange jumpsuit’
Discussion: AOL and Washington Times
Scott Bland / Politico:
Complaints allege House Democrats' Trump ads break campaign finance law
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Priebus to hold nationwide ‘members-only’ RNC call
Discussion: Politicus USA
 Earlier Items: 
Nikita Vladimirov / The Hill:
Glenn Beck: Trump is a ‘sociopath’
Discussion: RedState
Jim Galloway / Political Insider blog:
Herman Cain and Donald Trump tilt at West Coast windmills
Discussion: Grist, Gizmodo and The Week
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Bernie defended Clinton on her leaked emails — but he couldn't resist taking one shot
Discussion: Politico, AOL and New York Times
Erik Sandoval / WKMG:
WATCH LIVE: Thousands expected at Donald Trump rally in Sanford
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Pew Research Center:
The Political Environment on Social Media
Discussion: Washington Post, Mashable and NPR