NEW: For all the dire predictions about polling disasters, violence, disruptions and disinformation — Election Day has largely been smooth ... for now.

The latest on what election observers are (and aren't) seeing across the country, w/ @ZachMontellaro…
@ZachMontellaro There have been sporadic issues with voting machines, ballot printing and delays — most of them quickly resolved — but none of the systemic problems many feared.…
@ZachMontellaro One reason for this: coronavirus. The pandemic led states to loosen restrictions on early voting, which relieved pressure on in-person polling locations, despite record-breaking turnout across the country.…
@ZachMontellaro And of course: the big caveat. There are still a few hours of voting to go, and the worst of the disinformation might arrive in the sensitive hours after the polls close.…

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(They have not won Pennsylvania, and it might not be relevant to the final tally)
PA governor responds to Trump effort to stop vote-counting and prematurely claim victory >>> Image
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JUST IN: Postal Service files a new explanation in court explaining its failure to comply with Judge SULLIVAN's order but says it complied in spirit anyway. Image
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NEW: Lawyers for Strzok and McCabe declined this week to help DOJ vouch for the accuracy of handwritten notes used as evidence to dismiss the case against FLYNN.

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"Ms. Carroll would be left with no remedy, even if the president’s statements were false and defamatory," the judge wrote.…
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