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First Read's Morning Clips: Fracture

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.
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A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning voters see a lasting fracture in the GOP, the latest NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll shows.

The poll’s horserace numbers: Clinton leads Trump by six points in a two-way matchup, 50%-44%, and by five in a four-way, 46%-41%.

The Wall Street Journal notes that the winner of the election won’t have a clear policy mandate.

The rhetoric is getting more – not less – intense in the final weeks of the election.

Clinton hopes to quash the “rigged” talk with a huge win that boosts downballot Dems.

From the New York Times: "Premiums for midlevel health plans under the Affordable Care Act will increase by an average of 25 percent next year, while consumers in some states will find significantly fewer insurance companies offering coverage, the federal government said Monday. But the Obama administration said three-fourths of consumers would still be able to find plans for less than $100 a month with the help of federal subsidies.”

The Wall Street Journal: "Republican and Democratic camps are gearing up for the possibility of heated legal battles on Election Day, preparations that have taken on additional urgency following GOP nominee Donald Trump’s charges that the election will be rigged against him. Mr. Trump’s campaign is leaning on the Republican National Committee and state parties for recruiting lawyers and other legal preparations. Democratic officials and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, meanwhile, are preparing to address any potential voter intimidation and to help people navigate tighter voting rules in several GOP-led states.”

The Washington Post notes that Donald Trump’s relationship with his campaign manager is becoming very strange.

Can Hillary Clinton actually win Texas?

Trump’s only hope in Florida might be very low turnout, POLITICO writes.

Trump has been bragging about endorsements that didn’t really happen, writes Amanda Sakuma.

Pat Toomey still isn’t answering questions about Trump.

The Washington Post digs into the North Carolina Senate race.