First Read’s Morning Clips: What a Contested Election Would Look Like

OFF TO THE RACES: What a contested election would look like

NBC’s Pete Williams lays out five things to know about what a contested election would look like.

Many schools throughout the country will be closed on Election Day because of fears of unrest.

The Wall Street Journal: “Two chief fundraisers for the Clinton Foundation pressed corporate donors to steer business opportunities to former President Bill Clinton as well, according to a hacked memo published Wednesday by WikiLeaks. The November 2011 memo from Douglas Band, at the time a top aide to Mr. Clinton, outlines extensive fundraising efforts that Mr. Band and a partner deployed on behalf of the Clinton Foundation and how that work sometimes translated into large speaking fees and other paid work for Mr. Clinton.”

From the New York Times: “In the years before Hillary Clinton announced she would run again for president, her top aides expressed profound concerns in internal emails about how foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and Bill Clinton’s own moneymaking ventures would affect Mrs. Clinton’s political future.”

POLITICO: “Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta is emerging as the top choice to serve as White House chief of staff — if only for a year — with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, former Joe Biden chief of staff Ron Klain, and policy adviser Jake Sullivan pegged as likely alternatives… But in private conversations, Podesta, 67, has told friends he has no interest in going back to the 12-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week younger man’s gig he already performed for Bill Clinton almost two decades ago. Last July, Podesta told POLITICO that even if Hillary Clinton wanted him to serve in a senior staff post, she “might not have a choice” to keep him, and he does not appear to have budged since.”

(Umm, doesn’t the WikiLeaks dump make it LESS LIKELY that Podesta would be Clinton’s chief of staff?)

Don’t miss our latest polls from New Hampshire and Nevada.

Bloomberg’s Josh Green and Sasha Issenberg look at Trump’s huge behind-the-scenes digital, data and direct-marketing organization – and how it could fuel Trump’s post-election career.

Ali Vitali reports on Trump’s “new deal for black America.”

Don’t miss our video team’s look inside the new Trump hotel in DC, which includes luxury goods from around the world.

The Wall Street Journal gives a review of how the election has scrambled traditional foreign policy debates.

The New York Times sums up how Trump voters are contemplating the possibility of violence if their candidate doesn’t win.

A Trump supporter brought an effigy of Clinton with a noose around her neck to Trump’s North Carolina rally yesterday.

Tim Kaine went to last night’s World Series game, NBC’s Kailani Koenig reports.

The new War on Women is inside the Republican Party, writes the Washington Post.

Ted Cruz now says Republicans could block any Democratic Supreme Court nominee.

And Jason Chaffetz now says he’ll vote for Trump but not endorse him – after saying he couldn’t support the GOP nominee.