Election Day arrives: What’s at stake in midterm battles for Congress, governorships
After hundreds of campaign rallies, billions of dollars in donations, a nonstop blitz of TV advertising and polling that’s been in full swing since summer, Election Day has arrived – and with it, voters’ midterm verdict on whether Republicans should hold or lose their grip on power in Washington. Democrats have been working toward this day since the moment President Trump was sworn in. They’ve waited two long years for the shot to win enough seats in Congress to cripple the 45th president’s agenda. In the end, the elections will go one of three ways: Republicans hold both chambers, Democrats take the majority in both, or the parties split the House and Senate. Either of the latter two scenarios would be problematic for Trump, immediately putting a damper on his agenda. By the numbers, 35 Senate seats, 36 gubernatorial seats and 435 House seats are up for grabs on Tuesday. Fox
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Hollywood conservatives say more stars stay quiet to avoid public backlash, being blacklisted
Celebrated singer and actor Pat Boone noted in a recent interview that conservative stars in Hollywood are wary of publicly discussing their personal politics for fear of public backlash. “There used to be more of us,” the 84-year-old told The Hollywood Reporter Monday. “Tom Selleck, Jon Voight, Bruce Willis, who were outspoken, but they’ve been browbeaten and ridiculed, which is the main instrument on the left to shut us up.” But Boone, who sold 45 million records in the ‘50s and ‘60s, told the magazine that he refuses to pipe down. In fact, he has made robocalls on behalf of John Cox for California governor as well as for representatives Dana Rohrabacher, also of California, and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee. Fox
VOA VIEW: Americans must act and be counted.

Chinese warship warned USS Decatur it would 'suffer consequences' during near-collision in South China Sea
A Chinese destroyer that closed to within 45 yards of a U.S. Navy ship during a September mission in the South China Sea reportedly warned the American vessel it would “suffer consequences” if it didn’t redirect its course. The People’s Republic of China destroyer Luoyang delivered the message to the USS Decatur during their September 30 showdown near Gaven Reefs, the South China Morning Post reported Sunday, citing the British Ministry of Defence's transcript of the incident. “You are on [sic] dangerous course,” the Chinese warship warned. “If you don’t change course your [sic] will suffer consequences.” The USS Decatur responded: “We are conducting innocent passage.” The destroyer conducted “an unsafe and unprofessional maneuver,” U.S. Pacific Fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman said of the incident in October. Fox
VOA VIEW: The Chinese better watch their actions.

Bank of America CEO says Trump trade policy worries US business community
Business leadersOpens a New Window.  are worried that the Trump administration won’t end the China trade warOpens a New Window.  in a “reasonable period of time,” according to Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan. “The issue of the trade war is on people’s minds,” said Moynihan, who also is a member of the Business Roundtable, to FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo on Monday.  “I think it’s critical, at some point, we’ve got to reach agreements so people can go plan their business around them.” Moynihan is among dozens of CEOs on the Business Roundtable’s board of directors, including Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, Mary Barra of General Motors and Douglas McMillon of Walmart. Fox
VOA VIEW: Liberal fools will be proven wrong with Trump gets his way.

North Korea issues nuclear threat ahead of high-level talks with US
As the United States and North Korea prepare for another round of high-level talks this week, Pyongyang's increasingly heated rhetoric has analysts worried that the stalemate between the two sides could lead to a breakdown in negotiations. An official with North Korea's Foreign Ministry issued a veiled threat Friday, warning that Pyongyang could restart "building up nuclear forces" if the US does not ease the crippling sanctions levied on North Korea. The comments come ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's meeting with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yong Chol, in New York this week.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump should cancel any future meeting with NK.


Russian fighter jet intercepts US Navy plane
A US Navy reconnaissance aircraft flying in international airspace over the Black Sea was intercepted by a Russian fighter jet Monday in an unsafe and unprofessional manner, according to three US defense officials and a statement from the Navy. During an encounter that lasted a total of 25 minutes, the Russian SU-27 jet passed directly in front of the US EP-3 aircraft at a high speed, the officials said. The US crew reported turbulence following that initial interaction in which the direct pass occurred. The SU-27 then made a second pass of the US plane and applied its afterburner while conducting a banking maneuver, which is believed to have caused a vibration that was experienced by the American crew.   CNN
VOA VIEW: Russia is looking for confrontation that they can't win.

Trump: The Media Doesn’t Like to Cover Economy
The mainstream media does not like to cover the economic gains made during the Trump administration, President Donald Trump said Sunday.  Trump was addressing reporters on the South Lawn of the White House prior to heading to Georgia for a rally to support Republican Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp when a reporter asked, “Why not focus more on the economy instead of immigration?”  “Well, I do focus on the economy, but you people don’t like to cover that. I mean, we have the greatest economy. We have the greatest economy in the history of our country. The jobs report that came out on Friday -- 250,000 added jobs in just October. It was incredible. Wages going up 3.1 percent. If you look at every single element of that report was a 10. It was perfect,” he said.  CNS
VOA VIEW: The liberal media only wants to cover their agenda.

Trump: 'Barbed Wire Used Properly Can Be a Beautiful Sight'
Television footage on Sunday showed U.S. troops setting up razor wire in Texas, as part of an attempt to seal more of the porous border with Mexico. President Trump told a rally in Montana on Sunday that he is pleased with what he saw: "And I noticed all that beautiful barbed wire going up today. It was some -- barbed wire used properly can be a beautiful sight. "Women want safe neighborhoods for their families, great schools for their children, and they want violent predators like we're talking about to be thrown in jail or thrown the hell out of our country, and that's what we're doing. That's what we're doing."  CNS


Trump says he 'probably' won't meet with Putin in Paris
President Donald Trump said Monday he "probably" won't be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin when he travels to Paris later this week, but will meet with him at the G-20 gathering of world leaders later this year in Argentina. White House national security adviser John Bolton had said previously that Trump would meet with Putin this week when he travels to Paris for the Armistice Day 100th anniversary. But Trump told reporters as he departed for a trio of rallies Monday that he wasn't sure the venue was right. "I'm not sure that we'll have a meeting in Paris. Probably not," ABC

Georgia governor hopeful says Republican opponent abused power with ‘cooked up’ hacking allegation
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for the governor of Georgia, has accused her Republican opponent and current Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp of abusing his power by leveling “cooked up” hacking allegations. The Democratic Party of Georgia said it was blindsided Sunday when Kemp’s office announced it had “opened an investigation” into the party on Saturday evening after what it described – without evidence – as “a failed attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system.” In a flurry of statements sent on Sunday, Rebecca DeHart, executive director of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said the “scurrilous claims are 100 percent false” and slammed the move as a “political stunt.”  ABC
VOA VIEW: Abrams is a loser.

RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel defends Trump's controversial immigration ad
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel defended a controversial new Trump campaign ad on immigration, arguing it highlights a "disgusting" individual who "got through the cracks." "I think the ad is highlighting the fact that one individual got through the cracks and killed cops. That should make every American upset and we need to fix our immigration system," McDaniel said on "Face the Nation" Sunday. The ad features an expletive-laced courtroom tirade by Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who admitted to killing two police officers. CBS

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Fox News, NBC stop airing Trump immigrant ad deemed racist
NBC and Fox News Channel both said Monday that they will stop airing President Trump's campaign advertisement that featured an immigrant convicted of murder. CNN had rejected the same ad, declaring it racist. Fox pulled the ad Sunday "upon further review," said Marianne Gambelli, president of the network's ad sales department. Fox did not immediately say how many times it aired on either Fox News Channel or the Fox Business Network. The advertisement aired on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" and MSNBC's "Morning Joe," and drew a heated online response. After reviewing the ad, NBC said it recognizes its insensitive nature. A source familiar with the matter told CBS News the ad was produced by the Trump campaign, with an ad buy of $1.5 million across TV and digital platforms. CBS
VOA VIEW: Cowards and the real racists are those who sensor.

U.S. stocks edge higher ahead of midterms
Wall Street stock indexes mostly rose on Monday, the eve of U.S. midterm elections to determine whether President Donald Trump’s Republican party retains control of congress and also ahead of a meeting of Federal Reserve policy makers. Oil prices rose in choppy trading after five days of heavy losses as the United States imposed a range of sanctions aimed at curbing exports by Iran. Iran sanctions boosted U.S. energy stocks which helped lift Wall Street. But the Nasdaq index.IXIC fell, pressured by slumping shares of Apple and Amazon.  Reuters

U.S. regulator demands companies take action to halt 'robocalls'
U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday wrote the chief executives of major telephone service providers and other companies, demanding they launch a system no later than 2019 to combat billions of “robocalls” and other nuisance calls received monthly by American consumers. In May, Pai called on companies to adopt an industry-developed “call authentication system” or standard for the cryptographic signing of telephone calls aimed at ending the use of illegitimate spoofed numbers from the telephone system. Monday’s letters seek answers by Nov. 19 on the status of those efforts.  Reuters


Harvey Weinstein's lawyers try to get New York sexual assault case dismissed
Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers are making a new attempt to get the New York sexual assault case against him dismissed. The former Hollywood producer’s attorneys said in a court filing on Monday his indictment was “irreparably tainted by police misconduct”, among other problems. Weinstein’s attorneys are asking for a dismissal, or a hearing on what they call “the extent of the misconduct”. The Manhattan district attorney’s office has not immediately responded. Weinstein was originally charged with assaulting three women. A charge involving one woman was dismissed after prosecutors said a detective advised a witness to suppress doubts concerning whether that alleged encounter was consensual.  Guardian
VOA VIEW: Even a scum bag has rights.

Prince Charles to recall Ghana's 'darkest and most painful' chapter in landmark slavery speech
The Prince of Wales is to acknowledge the role of Britain in the “most painful chapter” of Ghana’s historic relations with Europe, as he speaks of the “appalling atrocity” of the slave trade in a landmark speech. The Prince, who will speak at the invitation of the President of Ghana at an international conference on Monday morning, will make clear reference to slavery for the first time in such a forum, as he seeks to build Commonwealth ties during a visit to West Africa. Speaking of the “unimaginable suffering” which left an “indelible stain on the history of our world”, he will argue that Britain must take responsibility for ensuring the horrors are never forgotten. Telegraph

Trump tells reporter: "Your questions are offensive"
A reporter asked Donald Trump about a controversial anti-immigration advertisement. President Trump replied: "I don't know about it. I mean you're telling me something I don't know about. We have a lot of ads and they certainly are effective, based on the numbers that we're seeing." On criticism that the advert might be offensive, the US president added: "A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive" Telegraph

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CDC confirms 80 cases of polio-like disease
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday confirmed eight more cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like disease, bringing the total to 80 confirmed cases across 25 states this year. The eight new cases were detected last week. In addition, the CDC is investigating 215 suspected cases of AFM. It is unknown how many states are currently investigating cases of the disease. The rare disease attacks the nervous system, particularly along the gray matter in the spinal cord. It can lead to muscle weakness and sudden paralysis, the CDC said. About 90 percent of the 404 patients diagnosed with the AFM since 2014 have been children, though adults can develop the disease as well. AFM symptoms include a drooping face or eyelids, difficulty swallowing or slurred speech. United Press International

Kyrsten Sinema vs. Martha McSally: What to watch for in the Arizona Senate race
The race for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat was very close heading into Election Day. According to the latest CBS News poll released last week, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema held a 3-point edge over Republican Rep. Martha McSally, 47 percent to 44 percent. No matter who wins, Arizona will have its first female senator in history. The candidates have both been eyeing swing voters as they vie to replace Republican senator and frequent Trump critic Jeff Flake. Flake has said his brand of Republicanism simply isn't viable anymore in today's polarized political climate. As of October, Sinema had raised roughly $18.9 million, edging out McSally's $16.1 million. But the milestone of electing the state's first female senator isn't that important to all voters. A recent CBS News poll showed more than half of Democrats are excited about the state electing its first female senator, but most Republicans say it doesn't matter. CBS
VOA VIEW: McSally should and must win.

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Everything you need to know about voting in all 50 states
Tuesday is Election Day. You might still have questions. When can you vote? What do you need to vote? Can you cast your ballot if you still haven't registered yet? CBS News has answers for voters in all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C. To make sure you get to the polls and have your vote counted — no excuses! — here's our guide to everything you need to know in your state. Keep in mind that regardless of when polls close, state laws require that everyone waiting in line can still vote. Most states also have laws requiring employers to let you take time off to vote, which we've noted here as well. CBS

'Start Here': Election Day, Trump's final midterm push and how to watch the results
Control of the House is up for grabs in these high-stakes midterms, with the Democrats' needing only 23 seats, but the party will face a bigger challenge taking back the Senate as several Democratic senators have to defend seats in states Trump won in 2016. We review the fight for control and the other big storylines of the night with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran and ABC News Deputy Political Director MaryAlice Parks. Karl tells us Trump’s base "is as fired up as ever," but, according to Parks, Democrats are energized and have a wave of new candidates. ABC

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