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Both sides are increasing the violence in Syria's second largest city, and today, the UN called for a humanitarian pause. Millions of people in Aleppo are threatened with a cutoff of their water supply. Rami Khouri, syndicated columnist and senior fellow at the American University in Beirut, says the geopolitics make it a quite complicated situation.
Donald Trump is already raising questions about the outcome of the November election, telling supporters, "I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged. I have to be honest." While experts discount Trump's claims about "voter fraud," they concede that electronic voting is vulnerable to hacking. One advisor predicts a political "bloodbath" if Trump should lose, while the Clinton campaign calls him "a reflexive conspiracy theorist." Will the dispute lead voters to lose faith in the integrity of the electoral system? Is that the real threat to democracy in America?
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR (@titonka)
Ryan Maness, Northeastern University (@DrManessRyan)
Allen Raymond, author and former Republican political consultant
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)
Kurtzleben on questioning if election will be 'rigged' striking at the heart of democracy
Maness on American voting machines, DNC hack
Hasen's 'Plutocrats United: Campaign Money, the Supreme Court, and the Distortion of American Elections'
Brennan Center for Justice on caging
Public Policy Polling on Trump voters, rigged election
For the first time in 2500 years, the Emperor of Japan is asking to step down. Emperor Akihito has been stripped of all authority and can't retire on his own. He's 82 years old and he's suffers from cancer — but abdication has implications beyond his personal problems.
President Barack Obama with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko (C), Crown Prince Naruhito and
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Tokyo Imperial Palaceon April 24, 2014
State Department photo by William Ng
Herbert Bix is professor emeritus at Binghamton University at the State University of New York. He's author of Hirohito and the Making of Modern Japan, a Pulitzer Prize winner for nonfiction.
Herbert P. Bix
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