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First Read's Morning Clips: What to Watch in the Debate

A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day
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Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport on October 10, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. A day after the second presidential debate in St. Louis, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Michigan and Ohio.Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

OFF TO THE RACES: What to watch

NBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald and Benjy Sarlin have you covered with five things to watch in the final presidential debate.

A debate in Harry Reid’s backyard is a fitting way for the senator to end his political career, writes Leigh Ann Caldwell.

The New York Times writes that the Clinton team argued for a new arrangement for the candidates’ families to enter in order to avoid embarrassing encounters.

The Wall Street Journal writes that Trump needs to expand his appeal during the debate.

How low can Trump go in the polls? POLITICO: “Polls conducted since the first presidential debate last month put Donald Trump on a pace to earn a smaller percentage of the vote than any major-party nominee in at least 20 years.”

Hillary Clinton has a clear advantage in the Washington Post’s new battleground polls, which show her competitive even in states like Texas.

By the way: Just how big is that Clinton ad buy in Texas? Abby Livingston from the Texas Tribune checks it out.

A prominent environmental group is urging voters to support Hillary Clinton over Jill Stein.

No, dead voters aren’t going to tip the election. Here’s why.

The New York Times looks at how Trump’s calls for Election Day vigilance are alarming officials.

The Washington Post spoke to the FBI official at the center of the “quid pro quo” issue.

One revelation from the Wikileaks hack: Who was on Clinton’s “first cut” VP list?

From NBC’s Hallie Jackson: Sen. Marco Rubio says he won’t discuss issues that arise solely from the Wikileaks hack. His full statement: "I will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of Wikileaks. As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process and I will not indulge it. Further, I want to warn my fellow Republicans who may want to capitalize politically on these leaks: Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow it could be us."

Also: “Ecuador's government acknowledged Tuesday that it had partly restricted internet access for Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, who has lived in the South American country's embassy in London since mid-2012. WikiLeaks said Assange lost connectivity Sunday, sparking speculation that Ecuador might have been pressured by the United States because of the group's publication of hacked material linked to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.”

Leigh Ann Caldwell reports that the Republican Jewish Coalition is stepping in to help Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania.

Politico notes a pattern: “Ever since Ryan distanced himself from the top of his party’s ticket one week ago, a frustrated and reeling Trump has lashed out at the Wisconsin Republican on a near-daily basis. Ryan has become one of Trump’s favorite targets. Yet instead of parrying the attacks and defending himself, the speaker has deployed a strategy of complete disregard: pretend he can’t hear the loudest guy in politics and focus solely on protecting his suddenly fragile House majority.”