Trump And Clinton’s Guests For Final Debate, Ecuador Cuts Off Assange’s Internet, And The Anti-Nate Silver

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October 19th, 2016

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Debate Guests: Trump To Bring Obama’s Half-Brother, Clinton Inviting Cuban

The Gist: For Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have both invited guests intended to get under the others’ skin.

Trailing Clinton, Trump Declares He Doesn’t ‘Believe The Polls Anymore’

The Gist: Trailing Clinton in national and state polls, Trump declared on Tuesday that he no longer believes in their results.

Ecuador: We Cut Off Assange’s Internet Access Over Interference In US Election

The Gist: Ecuador’s government on Tuesday acknowledged cutting off Internet access for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

From The Reporter’s Notebook

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said Tuesday that the Senate won’t “stonewall” Hillary Clinton’s choice to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court if she is elected president in November, TPM’s Esme Cribb reported. Grassley said that the Senate has a “responsibility” to consider the nominee chosen by the winner of the election. While he reiterated that he wants the next president to fill the seat left empty by the late Justice Anthony Scalia, but added that he would be open to working with whichever candidate wins in November: “If that new president happens to be Hillary, we can’t just simply stonewall.”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: “The current margin between the two candidates is roughly comparable to what it was between Barack Obama and John McCain in the final week of the 2008 election. Remember, 2012 was within a single percentage point on election day, though Obama won by about 3.5 percentage points. With that kind of margin, the Democrats should be able to easily take control of the Senate. But something odd happened over the three week period over which Trump cratered: Senate Republicans managed a mild resurgence.”

Say What?!

“Even though we’re doing pretty well in the polls, I don’t believe the polls anymore.”

– Trailing his Democratic opponent in national and state polls, Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he no longer believes in their results.

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: “Finally this is the first time an FNCer has been asked to be a moderator. If they don’t want it to be the last, he has to at least TRY to be fair. If Murdoch and his sons want to have Fox be seen as aomewhat creditable, and not have to fight a race for the Trumpers with Breitbart and TrumpNet, then Wallace has to be passably tough. Plus, I think Wallace will want to take it to Trump. Note that Trump has avoided Wallace of late. Even a draw at this debate favors Clinton. She has the momentum and the 7-11% lead (maybe larger if Trump keeps acting like an idiot and more relevations come out).”

Related: Andrea Tantaros’ lawyer challenged Fox News to release the details of its internal investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against Roger Ailes before it hosts the final debate.

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What We’re Reading

Huma Abedin, as revealed by WikiLeaks. (Politico)

The Trump movement’s anti-Nate Silver. (BuzzFeed)