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First Read's Morning Clips: How to Clean Up the Mess

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Protestors rally against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a 'Nasty Women Protest' outside of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, October 26, 2016 in New York City. The New York City chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) organized the protest. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)Drew Angerer / Getty Images

OFF TO THE RACES: How to clean up the mess from this ugly election

One of us(!) offers a final view at the battered state of our political process and institutions heading into Election Day. "The nation's democracy has been battered by a category 5 political storm unlike anything seen in the modern era. As Election Day dawns, there isn't a political figure or institution in the country that has avoided damage from the unrelenting battering the 2016 presidential campaign has unleashed… The reality is this: It's time for everyone to grab a broom, a shovel and a whole lot of duct tape and get to the hard task of cleaning up after this near-catastrophic storm. This mess didn't start with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and it's not going to end with a victory of either of the most unpopular candidates ever to win their party's nominations." will keep you up to date on everything you need to know throughout the day. Follow along with the Election Day live blog here.

Here’s a viewer’s guide from one of us(!) laying out what to look for, hour by hour, on Election Night.

Ari Melber lays out what happens if Donald Trump loses but does not concede.

Can Trump’s movement survive without him? Benjy Sarlin reports.

What could Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually accomplish as president? A look from Alex Seitz-Wald and Benjy Sarlin.

The AP lede for history: “After nearly two years of bitterness and rancor, America will elect its 45th president Tuesday, making Hillary Clinton the nation's first female commander in chief or choosing billionaire businessman Donald Trump, whose volatile campaign has upended U.S. politics."

The markets are sure to react to the results. Here’s what experts expect.

The New York Times lays out the big themes of the election — and what to watch as the returns come in.

POLITICO phrases Trump’s chances like this: “It would take nothing short of a miracle for Donald Trump to convert his combustible campaign into a solid win, after having spent 17 months ripping apart the Republican Party, shocking America with his anarchic language and inspiring legions of voters who feel left behind by the economic recovery.”

Trump drifted off message in his final days on the trail.

From the Washington Post: "State leaders, voting experts and advocates say they are preparing for an unusual level of confusion and chaos Tuesday as voters cast their ballots in a historically bitter presidential race.”

The Post also offers a guide to voter intimidation and how to report it.

Early voting has reshaped how presidential campaigns play out, the New York Times notes.

Don’t forget the race for the Senate! It’s going to be extremely close. Here’s what to watch for.

How did the FBI review all those emails in one week? The New York Times explains.