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British voters stunned the world earlier this year by voting to leave the European Union. Now the highest court in the United Kingdom says Parliament has to approve the process before it can begin. Stephen Castle, London correspondent for the New York Times, has more on the complexities of the situation.
The last few days may seem like forever, with candidates, surrogates and new TV and Internet commercials almost impossible to avoid. Donald Trump is telling himself to "stay on point," which means claiming, untruthfully, that Hillary Clinton is under a "criminal investigation." He’s trying to lower the turnout in urban centers, while Clinton is trying to increase it -- claiming that Trump is biased against blacks and Latinos. Do early voting and last minute polls mean the dynamic is really changing with so little time left to go?
Sasha Issenberg, Bloomberg / Slate (@sissenberg)
Ken Thomas, Associated Press (@kthomasdc)
Kyle Kondik, Sabato's Crystal Ball / University of Virginia (@kkondik)
Anne Gearan, Washington Post (@agearan)
Paid political commentators are also partisans and even campaign operatives -- at the same time. Is there a conflict?
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Partisan aides from the political past, failed candidates -- even staffers in current campaigns -- are on the payrolls of cable news networks. CNN recently cut ties with long-time commentator Donna Brazile, who's also the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee. Frank Sesno, Director of the School of Media at George Washington University, is a former White House correspondent and anchor for that same cable news network,CNN.
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Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
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