Poll: Trump’s Voter-Enthusiasm Advantage Crumbles

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According to the latest tracking poll from ABC News, Donald Trump’s 12-point advantage in voter enthusiasm from early September has now crumbled to a 3-point deficit to rival Hillary Clinton. Entering the final stretch of the 2016 election season, 52 percent of Clinton supporters polled describe themselves as “very enthusiastic” about their choice—her highest level to date, up sharply from the 36 percent in surveys taken just after Labor Day. By contrast, 49 percent of Trump’s supporters can say the same about their enthusiasm for the reality-TV-star-turned-candidate. Additionally, the ABC News poll found, Clinton has improved in terms of “negative support”: 56 percent of her supporters say they will vote for her mainly to support her candidacy rather than to oppose Trump; whereas, 54 percent of Trump’s voters are motivated by opposition to Clinton.


2 Former Trump Aides Tied to Firm That Helped Putin

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Two former aides to Donald Trump have been tied to EyeLock, a firm that lobbied for the Russian government’s bid to expand its domestic-spying program, the New York Post reported. The paper cited anonymous sources saying former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former aide Rick Gates had financial ties to the firm, which fought to win a contract for iris-scanning machines to be placed in Moscow’s subway stations. Although the company lost the bid, Manafort and Gates’s close ties to a firm that sought to help Russian President Vladimir Putin spy on his own people has raised questions about national security. Manafort is already under scrutiny for his role in helping to bring Kremlin-backed Viktor Yanukovych to power in Ukraine before he was ousted amid riots in 2014. Manafort was reportedly an early investor for EyeLock, and Gates an independent contractor. One source told the Post that Manafort used to own 10 percent of the company after investing about $1 million in 2006, though his stake fell to less than 1 percent last year.


France Begins Clearing Calais ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp

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French authorities have begun clearing out the so-called Jungle migrant camp at Calais, where 1,200 police and officials are working to remove at least 7,000 people from the squalid conditions. According to BBC News, the first 60 coach buses full of migrants left the camp as of Monday morning, transporting the people to various refugee centers across the country. When all migrants exit the camp, officials will begin dismantling it. The operation is expected to take three days. Calais, which has been the temporary home to many migrants attempting to make their way to the United Kingdom, became a flashpoint for protests by locals and truck operators as well as the site of many reports of violence. British officials have reportedly begun to accept some of the 1,300 unaccompanied minors that were staying at Calais.

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Tom Hayden, Famed Liberal Activist, Dead at 76

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Iconic political activist Tom Hayden, who led progressive anti-war and civil-rights movements throughout his life, died Sunday at the age of 76. His wife confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Hayden had suffered from heart issues and had fallen ill while attending the Democratic National Convention in July. During his early years, Hayden was a founder of Students for a Democratic Society, a defendant in the trial of the Chicago Seven following riots at the 1968 DNC, and a protester for peace  who married fellow activist Jane Fonda. He later ran for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in California, in 1976, but lost to incumbent John V. Tunney; he eventually turned his attention to state politics and became a Democratic California assemblyman in 1982, serving for a decade before becoming a state senator from 1993-2000.


Ex-CIA Director: Hannity a ‘True Propagandist’

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In a scorching statement, former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden blasted Fox News host Sean Hannity for his newfound love of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. “In 10 yrs @wikileaks has gotten nothing wrong & no one’s been killed bc of the info released. #freejulianassange #freeinternet for all,” Hannity tweeted over the weekend, continuing his recent trend of praising the man he once said was “waging war” on the U.S. and deserved to be arrested. In response, Hayden told Brookings Institute senior fellow Benjamin Wittes in a statement: “Hannity has entered the pantheon of a true propagandist.” Additionally, he wrote, “Fox News has almost entirely jumped the shark. They have given up any semblance of conservatism and focused on an almost visceral hatred of all things Clinton and Obama.” The four-star general—who has served in positions under Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama—concluded that Hannity reminds him a Bulgarian political official he met in the 1980s who, when asked what truth is, told Hayden, “Truth is what serves the party.”


Trump Supporter Arrested for Assault at Clinton Event

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A man wearing a Donald Trump T-shirt attacked a person at a campaign event for Hillary Clinton in North Carolina on Sunday. The man was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor after punching another person at the Charlotte event, local police told CNN. It was not clear what, if anything, prompted the attack. The assault reportedly did not cause serious injuries. Clinton responded to the disruption by saying, “Some people are just sore losers; we just have to keep going.” The assault is the latest episode of violence in a presidential race plagued by angry protests and clashes at rallies, with Trump sometimes egging on his supporters. Yet the violence has not been limited to Trump’s events. A GOP county headquarters in North Carolina was firebombed this month, with threats made to Republicans to “leave town or else.”


Clinton Ally Helped Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an FBI official who later became involved in the investigation into Clinton’s email use. The Wall Street Journal cited campaign financial records that showed McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 political campaign of Jill McCabe, wife of Andrew McCabe, who is now the deputy director of the FBI. In addition, the Virginia Democratic Party donated an additional $207,788 to McCabe’s state senate campaign. More than a third of all campaign funds raised for the race thus came from entities in which McAuliffe played a major role. (She lost the race.) McAuliffe and the FBI have both played down the link between McAuliffe’s campaign donations and the later investigation into Clinton’s email use, however. McAuliffe said he had barely ever even come into contact with Jill McCabe’s husband, and the FBI released a statement reiterating that Mr. McCabe had “played no role” in his wife’s political campaign and was promoted to deputy months after it had ended.


Study Finds Youth Football May Affect Brain as Young as 8

A study published Monday in the journal Radiology found the youngest football players, ages 8 to 13, who have shown no concussion symptoms still suffer changes associated with traumatic brain injury after just one year of playing. The subtle changes only became evident, however, when compared with brain scans taken before a child started to play football. Before and after the single season studied by researchers, the participating players underwent brain-imaging scans to detect tiny changes in the structure of white matter—neurons in the brain—which tell doctors about the effects of head trauma. After the season, the scans found, boys who had experienced more head impacts experienced more changes in the white-matter structures. “We aren’t out to destroy football, by any means,” lead co-researcher Joel Stitzel told The Atlantic. “This is the type of work that’s going to save and help football going forward.”

9. OH NO

NBA TV Host Kristen Ledlow: I Was Robbed at Gunpoint


A popular NBA TV host revealed Sunday evening that she was robbed at gunpoint at her home. Kristen Ledlow, host of NBA Inside Stuff, told her social-media followers that on Saturday she was robbed “by three men who knew who I was, where I lived, and were waiting for me when I got home.” The thieves allegedly stole her car, purse, and phone, as well as her “sense of security,” Ledlow wrote. As a result of the experience, Ledlow concluded, she will take a hiatus from social media but “will not become a slave to fear.”


‘Boo! A Madea Halloween’ Wins Weekend Box Office


Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween easily won the box office for the weekend of October 21-23, racking up $27.6 million from more than 2,000 North American theaters, and defeating Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The much-hyped action sequel came in second with $23 million across 3,780 theaters. Madea’s substantial opening weekend gave Perry his best showing in six years as a director, and his most diverse audience yet: Previous installments in his Madea series brought out 80-90 percent black audiences, while for Boo! that percentage dropped to 60.