“Seeking to break through on an electoral map that favors” Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump “has tested his strength in unconventional places — one day in tossup states, another in Democratic-leaning states like Michigan and New Mexico, still another in states that Mrs. Clinton seemed to have locked up long ago, like Virginia and Colorado. …Held at arm’s length by many Republican leaders, Mr. Trump also has few high-profile surrogates to help him deliver his closing message.” (New York Times)
$25 MILLION IN NEW SPENDING. “Trump is poised to ride $25 million of new advertising in the final days of the campaign, an enormous and unexpected boost that could bring him closer to parity with…Clinton on television. Two outside groups bankrolled heavily by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson will spend for the Republican nominee.” (CNN)
CLINTON-WEINER AD. Trump released a new TV ad attacking Clinton as unfit to be president because of the FBI investigation into her emails, and tying to her to Anthony Weiner. (release)
The AP made an interesting observation: “Trump has shown more than 586 hours of television ads in the general election, and until now something has been missing: his voice. There’s no footage of him speaking, no archival recordings to build out his life story and no direct-to-camera appeals to voters.” (AP)
CRUZ STUMPS. “Just because” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “is hitting the trail to campaign for Donald Trump does not mean, apparently, that he has to utter the GOP presidential nominee’s name. The Texas senator stumped for Trump for the first time on Thursday, joining Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on the trail in Iowa. But Cruz could not bring himself to so much as say Trump’s name onstage.” (Politico)
PENCE IN WIS. “Pence will appear in Wisconsin Saturday with” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Ron Johnson (W-WI). (Politico)
MELANIA EVENT. “On Thursday, more than three months” after her RNC speech “and with just six days left in the election, the would-be first lady finally gave another speech. This one left reporters asking questions, too.” Melania Trump cited inaccurate statistics on poverty and those without health insurance, and pleaded for more civility on social media. (Washington Post)
AWKWARD TRANSITION. “Two former aides to” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is heading up Trump’s transition team, “were convicted Friday of creating an epic traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for what prosecutors say was political revenge, capping a trial that cast doubt on Christie’s claims he knew nothing about the scheme.” (AP)
CABINET PICKS. Potential Trump nominees for Treasury secretary “include his campaign’s finance chairman, hedge fund founder Steven Mnuchin, and investors Carl Icahn and Wilbur Ross Jr.”(Bloomberg)
MACEDONIA HQ. BuzzFeed “identified more than 100 pro-Trump websites being run from a single town in” Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic. (BuzzFeed)
HMM. “What’s being billed as an ‘up-and-coming conservative media network currently in development’ is now scouring for hosts, reporters and right-leaning, well-spoken panelists” and is hosting a casting call in New York City on Nov. 7. (Fox News)
CALM WORDS FOR A TROUBLED TIME. In an interview with 630 KHOW Denver radio, “Eric Trump said on Thursday that former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke deserves ‘a bullet.’” (CNN)
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"Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. 'Important verbal agreements' were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements," and cooperation in Syria.
"Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed."