From Highline, the future of America is being written in this tiny office: It’s time to get interested in what Hillary’s policy team is up to. The key question on the Clinton Foundation is whether it saved lives — the answer is clearly yes. The abnormalization of Hillary Clinton: The notion that Clinton’s email scandal is disqualifying requires a suspension of any rational standards or historical memory. Terrorism fears likely benefit Clinton, not Trump: Tom Jacobs interviews Bethany Albertson, co-author of Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World. I’m with her, not just against him: Jeffrey Goldfarb on Hillary Clinton for President. If you vote for Trump, then screw you: Drew Magary wants a word with anyone who’s about to be on the wrong side of history.

Donald Trump could actually win, putting Democrats who say he’s unfit for office in a tight spot. Rick Perlstein on how our political past is rarely prologue: “History, when done right, invites readers to tack between finding the familiar in the strange and the strange in the familiar”. Donald Trump on terror is just McCarthyism for a new age: While the Republican’s responses are hysterical, they fit with an American tradition of exploiting existential fear. Jelani Cobb on how the model for Donald Trump’s media relations is Joseph McCarthy. It’s Steve Bannon's world, we just live in it. Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is funding a Trump group that circulates dirty memes about Hillary Clinton. That idiot on your hunting message board might be Donald Trump Jr. Ivanka Trump’s business is thriving even as her dad’s reputation takes a beating.

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is friendly and seems moderate — but then there’s this. Judd Legum on the myth of Gary Johnson: He’s attracting a lot of support from Millennials — but why? Confessions of a Ross Perot Voter: Bill Scher on why millennials should reconsider that vote for a third party. Charles Blow on the folly of the protest vote. Third-party candidates don’t have to be spoilers: It’s time to reform an electoral system in which voting for your first choice can lead to such perverse consequences.


Simon Chesterman (NUS): Do Driverless Cars Dream of Electric Sheep? Siberia has been burning all summer. Women feed the world, not corporations: An excerpt from Who Really Feeds the World? by Vandana Shiva. From Buzzfeed, Hayes Brown and Karla Zabludovsky interview Chilean president Michelle Bachelet: “We need more female presidents in the world”. Republicans’ kangaroo court: The House GOP uses impeachment to smear an honorable public servant (and more). Send in the clown: Internet supervillain Milo doesn’t care that you hate him (and a response). Evidence rebuts Chomsky’s theory of language learning: Much of Noam Chomsky’s revolution in linguistics — including its account of the way we learn languages — is being overturned. The fight against legalized pot is being heavily bankrolled by alcohol and pharmaceutical companies, terrified that they might lose market share.


Michael Z. Green (Texas A&M): Negotiating While Black. Jared Bernstein on what racial injustice looks like in America’s economy. Patricia J. Williams on how the “ground” in “Stand Your Ground” means any place a white person is nervous: It’s not just about property anymore. Christine Emba on why not being “a racist” isn’t enough. The racism of good intentions: Carlos Lozada reviews Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi and Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation by Nicholas Guyatt. Zack Linly on why it’s time to stop talking about racism with white people: No more arguing with disingenuous folks who have nothing to lose.

Lisa A. Flores (Colorado) and Christy-Dale L. Sims (Denver): The Zero-Sum Game of Race and the Familiar Strangeness of President Obama. Claudia Garcia-Rojas interviews Simone Browne, author of Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness. I was a CIA whistleblower, now I’m a black inmate — here’s how I see American racism. The myth of the “race card”: Stacia L. Brown on Solange Knowles, Zendaya Coleman, and the perils of being a black woman who speaks up. Black women now the most educated group in US. Black women are most worried about the outcome of the 2016 election, poll finds.

African Americans worry Trump has awoken a resentment that won’t go away. Mike Pence: Trump and I believe there’s “far too much talk” about racism in policing. Could the Charlotte protests tip North Carolina to Trump? Darryl Pinckney on black lives and the police. If you don’t understand Black Lives Matter after Terence Crutcher’s death, you never will. Black man blissfully unaware his name going to be hashtag by end of week. Sarah Begley interviews Claudia Rankine: Society is “in a state of emergency”.

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