POLLS. Donald Trump takes single point lead over Clinton in one new poll: “According to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll, released Tuesday, 46% of likely voters are supporting Trump while 45% are behind Clinton. Trump’s single-point lead marks the second time in the poll’s history where the Republican polled ahead of the Democrat. In May, one sampling showed him with a two-point advantage over Clinton.”
Another poll shows her maintaining lead: “The NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll showed Clinton with a 6-point lead over Trump in the days prior to the Comey news. When looking at the data for Saturday and Sunday only, her lead remained the same — 47 percent to Trump’s 41 percent. The poll was conducted online from October 24 through October 30. Questions about Comey’s announcement were included on October 29 and October 30.”
NEWSWEEK. Donald Trump’s companies have destroyed thousands of emails and records. “Over the course of decades, Donald Trump’s companies have systematically destroyed or hidden thousands of emails, digital records and paper documents demanded in official proceedings, often in defiance of court orders. These tactics—exposed by a Newsweek review of thousands of pages of court filings, judicial orders and affidavits from an array of court cases—have enraged judges, prosecutors, opposing lawyers and the many ordinary citizens entangled in litigation with Trump. In each instance, Trump and entities he controlled also erected numerous hurdles that made lawsuits drag on for years, forcing courtroom opponents to spend huge sums of money in legal fees as they struggled—sometimes in vain—to obtain records.”
TRUMP-RUSSIA. Clinton responds to news of secret server. More background HERE.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 31, 2016
BIG MISTAKE. New York Times editorial board savages FBI Director James Comey: “The Clinton campaign and its supporters are apoplectic. But top federal law enforcement officials from both Democratic and Republican administrations have been just as swift and fierce in their condemnation of Mr. Comey….In an election that has featured the obliteration of one long-accepted political or social norm after another, it is sadly fitting that one of the final and perhaps most consequential acts was to undermine the American people’s trust in the nation’s top law enforcement agencies.”
POLITICALLY RELEVANT COSTUME. A Halloween scare.
THRILLER. POTUS and FLOTUS get down to Michael Jackson on Halloween:
PETE BURNS. Boy George will pay for Dead or Alive star’s funeral. “It is very sad, but Pete died absolutely penniless and there is no money for a funeral. At one point Lynne and Michael were discussing with Pete’s friends setting up a crowdfunding page to pay for it. But people were not happy about that as they thought it would be undignified for Pete.”
TRANSGENDER RIKERS INMATE. Guards watched fellow inmates attack me: “Stanley Young said she is planning to sue the city and the Department of Correction over the unprovoked assault on Dec. 11, 2015, claiming guards didn’t intervene when the prisoners were taunting her and were slow to respond when the prisoners assaulted her in a bathroom in her housing unit.”
ATLANTA. Man found guilty of murdering Atlanta gay activist: “Donte Lamar Wyatt was found guilty of malice murder, felony murder, rape, aggravated sodomy, three counts of aggravated assault, home invasion, first degree burglary, false imprisonment, theft by taking and criminal trespass in the April 13, 2015 killing of Catherine Han Montoya.”
NINE-YEAR BATTLE. Gay man wins claims against Metropolitan Police in London after they failed to investigate anti-gay abuse from neighbor: “The case was due to be heard in the Court of Appeal, but Scotland Yard agreed to compensate Mr Cary and apologised to him ahead of a decision on Monday, admitting it could have handled his complaint ‘more professionally and sympathetically’.”
RUSSIA. Trans woman murdered days after wedding: “A transgender Muslim woman has been hacked to death in Russia days after marrying a man after her father pleaded on television: ‘Bring him here and kill him in front of my eyes’. Adam Aliev became Raina after a sex change operation in Moscow, and was killed several days after a ‘wedding’ to a man called Viktor.”
RICKY GERVAIS. Most terrifying Halloween costume of 2016?
MATT BOMER. He and his husband did not join the Mile-High Club: “A so-called “spy” is quoted as saying in totally unnatural (and immature) language, . ‘The guys couldn’t keep their hands off each other — and people nearby heard Matt begging Simon to join the Mile High Club! Amid mucho hugging and sizzling kisses, Matt kept trying to talk Simon into a loo rendezvous, pleading, ‘I’ll go in first — then you can sneak in after!’ But Simon flat-out nixed the mile-high action.'”
ALASKA. Strange “ice monster” spotted in Chena River.
COVER GIRL. Adele glams it up for the new Vanity Fair.
— Adele (@Adele) October 31, 2016
BIRD’S EYE. A 4k drone view of Apple’s new ‘spaceship’ campus.
TOO HOT FOR TUESDAY. Zimzon Lelo.