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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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Restoring public confidence in our institutions Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.
Has the ‘Year of the Woman’ finally arrived? Women’s Rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution, despite generations of effort. Will #MeToo, #TimesUp and backlash against President Trump make this a year of liberation? More women are running for office than ever before. And black women are especially energized. We’ll hear how times may be changing for women--in culture and at the ballot box.
The shutdown highlights a broken system “To the Point” goes beyond the current blame game and explains the political calculations behind government shutdowns. You need to know, because the next one may be just weeks away. You’ll get the history of a self-defeating strategy the mainstream media don’t have time to tell you. On our Talking Point: the continuing Trump Campaign wears out the best of reporters.
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