DONALD TRUMP CONTINUES ‘RIGGED ELECTION’ RHETORIC The GOP nominee is blaming “illegal immigrants” for voting fraud. Hillary Clinton has a lead in the battleground states going into the third debatetomorrow, and if kids could vote, she would win their votes as well. [S.V. Date, HuffPost]
WAS THERE A QUID PRO QUO WITH THE FBI AND STATE OVER CLINTON’S EMAILS? A new Washington Post report alleges a State Department official argued for a lower classification of one of Clinton’s emails in return for the approval of more FBI personnel in Iraq. [WaPo]
WHAT THE FIGHT FOR MOSUL MEANS FOR BARACK OBAMA’S FOREIGN POLICY LEGACY “For more than two years, the administration has stuck to its argument that the only path to a sustained victory over the Islamic State group is for locals, not Americans or other outsiders, to bear the main responsibility for the fighting and for governing after the extremists are removed.” And here’s how the fight could affect the fate of ISIS’s Yazidi sex slaves. [AP]
MELANIA TRUMP BREAKS PUBLIC SILENCE To say her husband is being falsely accused of sexual assault, and to blame the hot mic incident on Billy Bush. [Christina Wilkie, HuffPost]
SPEAKING OF BILLY BUSH He has officially parted ways with NBC. [Stephanie Marcus and Sara Boboltz, HuffPost]
JOHN MCCAIN SAYS REPUBLICANS WILL FIGHT CLINTON’S SUPREME COURT JUSTICE PICKS Meanwhile, Merrick Garland is still unconfirmed. [Christian Farias, HuffPost]
TAKING SHELTER IN THE CAVES OF HAITI “For much of the world, Haiti is known more as a crisis than a country. Disaster, whether man-made or natural, has come to define the nation, where progress is often just a prelude to another step back. Dictators, corrupt officials and international meddling have competed with earthquakes and hurricanes to destabilize the country.” [NYT]
HOW TO BINGE SMARTER Because we all know the siren song of Netflix. [Vulture]
‘GREENLAND IS MELTING’ “The shrinking of the country’s ice sheet is triggering feedback loops that accelerate the global crisis. The floodgates may already be open.” [The New Yorker]
VARIETY BREAKS DOWN HOW MUCH PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR ADS PER SHOW And it’s so much money. [Variety]
APPLE CHANGES LANES ON DESIGNING A CAR Looks like the tech company is focusing on just an operating system now. [Bloomberg]
IF YOU HAVE SOME SPARE CHANGE, YOU CAN BUY THIS UNFINISHED NUCLEAR PLANT $36 million to be exact. [Newser]
THIS GRAPHICAL BREAKDOWN OF THE EUROPEAN ROYAL FAMILIES INTERLACING IS... SOMEWHAT DISTURBING That’s not that many degrees of separation for this massive family of royals. [DataSketch]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Jury’s out on the Azealia Banks-Russell Crowe hotel room clash.
~ The secret to Patagonia’s success in retaining women is pretty darn spectacular.
~ No one is mad Scott Eastwood decided to go as his dad for Halloween. No one.
~ Did the FBI fire this man for failing a polygraph?
~ YouTube just landed some pretty serious big names for some series orders.
~ Kim Kardashian is taking some time off out of the spotlight after she was robbed in Paris.
~ Could there be two moons hiding in the rings of Uranus?
~ All of the TV shows you should be watching that have been picked up for a full season. FYI we cry every new episode of “This Is Us.”
~ How Instagram is trying to keep its users safe.
~ And Canada is trying to make us all feel better during this election season.
How to vote
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General Election: Nov 3, 2020
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