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Babin: ‘Sometimes a Lady Needs to be Told When She’s Nasty’
Says Trump was in the right to comment on Clinton

Poll: Clinton Leads by Double Digits in Virginia
Trump gets slight bounce back from post-‘Access Hollywood’ low point

A new poll shows Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by double digits in Virginia as independents turn toward the Democratic presidential nominee.

Clinton leads in Virginia with 45 percent of likely voters compared to 33 percent backing Trump, the poll from the Judy Ford Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University showed.

Russia Asks to Monitor U.S. Elections
State Department calls move a ‘PR stunt’

A Russian government request to monitor the upcoming U.S. election was rebuffed by federal and state officials as a publicity stunt.

Kirk Hits Back at Chicago Tribune in Op-Ed
Newspaper had cited his stroke as reason for not endorsing Illinois senator

Illinois Sen. Mark S. Kirk has responded to the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board that cited his stroke as a reason not to endorse him last week.

The Tribune chose to endorse the Republican senator's opponent, Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth. While the editorial said Kirk's 2012 stroke was not disqualifying, “we cannot tiptoe around the issue of Kirk’s recovery and readiness.”

Republicans File Ethics Complaint Against McGinty
Filing by Pennsylvania GOP based on hacked email from WikiLeaks dump

The Republican Party of Pennsylvania filed an ethics complaint on Wednesday against Democratic Senate candidate Katie McGinty based on a hacked email that WikiLeaks released.

The state GOP said in a release that, according to emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta that were revealed in a hack, McGinty emailed Podesta seeking campaign advice.

Feingold Gets Hollywood Assist
While Scott Walker to stump with Ron Johnson

With the Wisconsin Senate race entering the home stretch, former Sen. Russ Feingold is getting star power from Hollywood, while Sen. Ron Johnson is getting help from Gov. Scott Walker.

The Feingold campaign sent a fundraising email under Silverman’s name, in which she calls the Democrat a “progressive rock star” and “one of the very few totally righteous politicians who has always voted on the right side of history.”

Private Prison Companies Continue Giving to Senate Candidates
Geo Group's campaign contributions have increased sixfold since 2012

The political arm of a controversial company that wants to continue operating private prisons for the federal government has dramatically increased its donations to Senate candidates.

Those donations from the political action committee for the GEO Group, one of the nation’s largest private prison companies, have expanded sixfold this campaign season, compared to the 2012 cycle, from $22,000 to around $136,000. That’s based on a Roll Call analysis of the most recently available campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics.

Bookies Call it For Clinton
Paddy Power already paying off bettors

An Irish betting market is so confident that Hillary Clinton will beat Donald Trump that it is already paying off bettors.

Irish bookmaking market Paddy Power said it would close its U.S. presidential election book. The market would be paying slightly more than $1 million altogether for people who bet on a Clinton victory.

Rubio to Republicans: Stop Talking About Wikileaks
Says same thing could happen to Republicans

Florida Sen. Marco Rubiosaid he won't talk about emails revealed by Wikileaks and warned other Republicans that they shouldn't, either.

Rubio said that U.S. intelligence officials have said the leaks are an attempt by a foreign government to interfere with U.S. elections and he will not indulge in that.

Schilling Says He’ll Run Against Warren, if His Wife Says It’s OK
Former Red Sox pitcher has hinted at a Massachusetts run in the past

Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says he needs his wife’s permission before running for the Senate against Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Schilling told Providence, Rhode Island, radio station WPRO on Tuesday that he is ready to run in Massachusetts.

A History of 'Draining the Swamp'
Trump announces his ethics reform plan

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced his ethics overhaul plan on Monday, pledging to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

Since the nation's capital was built on a literal swamp, the phrase has become a staple for political outsiders, promising to come to Washington and clean up a mess.

Election Impact: Weaver Says Movement Won't Shut Down Nov. 9
Former Sanders campaign manager talks progressives and the DNC

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign excited progressives as it aggravated the Democratic establishment. And Jeff Weaver, Sanders' campaign manager, fought the fight as hard as anyone.

While the Vermont independent came up short, the Democratic Party's platform moved to the left and its presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is supporting some of his policies. Roll Call spoke with Weaver, a panelist at Roll Call's upcoming Election Impact Conference, about the campaign and the future of the movement.

Nearly $30 Million Spent in Indiana Senate Race
Young and allies spent $3 million more than Bayh and allies

Nearly $30 million has been spent so far by Indiana Senate candidates Rep. Todd Young and former Sen. Evan Bayh and outside groups supporting the two.

The campaign fund for Bayh, a Democrat and former senator running for his old seat, outspent Young by $4 million. However, when outside groups are accounted for, Young's side has spent about $3 million more, The Indianapolis Star reported.

Garrett Challenger Breaks Fundraising Record
Josh Gottheimer raised more money than any House candidate in New Jersey

Republican Rep. Scott Garrett's Democratic challenger broke a fundraising record for House candidates from New Jersey.

Josh Gottheimer, a former Microsoft executive and White House speechwriter, raised $1.1 million in the most recent fundraising quarter, which ended Sept. 30, bringing his total amount of money raised to $4 million.

Kirk Campaign: Paper's Endorsement of Duckworth a 'Cheap Shot'
Chicago Tribune cites Kirk's recovery from stroke as reason to back challenger

Illinois Republican Sen. Mark S. Kirk's campaign called the Chicago Tribune's citing of his stroke as a reason to endorse his challenger, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a "cheap shot."

"We are saddened to say we did not see that energetic, policy-driven Kirk when we met with him Oct. 3 for an endorsement interview," the newspaper editorial said. "While a stroke by no means disqualifies anyone from public office, we cannot tiptoe around the issue of Kirk's recovery and readiness."

Minnesota Delegation Congratulates Dylan
Franken, Klobuchar and Nolan talk about native son

Members of the Minnesota congressional delegation on Thursday celebrated native son Bob Dylan for his Nobel Prize.

Dylan, who was born in Duluth and grew up in Hibbing, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature "for having for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition."

Ryan Announces Third-Quarter Fundraising Haul
But it doesn't match up with what Pelosi has raised for Democrats

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced Friday that he raised $15.4 million in the third quarter of 2016, tallying up $48.2 million for the year.

He also announced he had transferred more than $31 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee over his time as speaker.

Trump on Assault Accusations: 'Pure Fiction and Outright Lies'
Calls them part of a 'concerted effort' between media and Clinton campaign

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump slammed news organizations for reporting on accusations that he sexually assaulted numerous women.

"They are pure fiction and they are outright lies," Trump said at a campaign appearance on Thursday in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Poll: Wisconsin Senate Race Tightens
Johnson now within the margin of error

A new poll shows the Wisconsin Senate race between Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson and Democratic former Sen. Russ Feingold tightening.

The Marquette University Law School poll found 46 percent of likely voters supporting Feingold while 44 percent backed Johnson. In September, the same poll showed Feingold with a 5-point lead.

Trump Denies Allegations of Unwanted Advances
Republican presidential nominee calls stories 'total fabrication'

Donald Trump has denied recent accusations from women who said the Republican presidential nominee had made unwanted sexual advances.

A number of women have come forward since The New York Times posted a story on Wednesday about two women who said Trump had forced himself on them.