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After working to undermine the legitimacy of the press and the Mueller investigation, President Trump is now targeting the electoral process as insurance against possible Republican losses in too-close-to-call races in Florida and Arizona.
On Arizona, Trump tweeted: "Just out — in Arizona, SIGNATURES DON’T MATCH. Electoral corruption - Call for a new Election? We must protect our Democracy!"
"What’s going on in Florida is a disgrace," Trump said yesterday.
Post-midterms — and ahead of his re-election race and a possible Mueller report — Trump is continuing his effort to degrade and devalue mainstream reporters.
In Northern California, at least nine people died and more than 6,700 homes and commercial buildings were lost in a fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, in the Sierra Nevada foothills — making it the most destructive fire to property in state history, the L.A. Times reports.
In Southern California, at Zuma Beach, "the Pacific Ocean was obscured by smoke. Horses, dogs and Southern Californians displaced by raging wildfires ... sought refuge on the sand," per the L.A. Times.
The trends: Axios science editor Andrew Freedman reports that the Camp Fire that tore through Paradise is no anomaly.
"French President Emmanuel Macron sought to defuse a row with US counterpart Donald Trump [today], hailing the 'great solidarity' between their countries after Trump blasted his proposals for a European army," per Agence France-Presse:
Tomorrow marks 100 years since World War I ended ... "Paris, the City of Light, always was the grandest prize of World War I, either to conquer or defend," AP's Raf Casert reports:
"Democratic candidates across the country tried to leverage angst about Trump’s trade policies in their campaign pitches to voters," the WashPost's Jeff Stein reports on Sunday's Business cover:
Analysts "pointed in particular to races along the Upper Mississippi Valley, which encompasses northwest Illinois, northeast Iowa, southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin."
After years of declines, NFL television ratings are showing modest gains. for most packages, AP Sports Writer Joe Reedy reports:
Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company, said a major ratings driver has been the emergence of young quarterbacks like the Rams' Jared Goff, the Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes and the Bears' Mitchell Trubisky.
The data: "NBC's 'Sunday Night Football' package has shown the biggest improvement with an 8 percent increase from last season. It is averaging 19.7 million viewers, compared to 18.3 million last season."
"Fox's Sunday afternoon coverage is averaging more viewers than CBS at 17.299 million, but this is a decrease of less than 1 percent from last season (17.414 million)."