Wiretap: On illness, islamophobia, Putin, fear, loathing, and baskets and baskets of other deplorables

So, Hillary Clinton is ill. She has pneumonia, which is nothing like aphasia, but it’s a diagnosis that, of course, she did not reveal until the wobbly candidate was seen being helped into a car upon leaving a 9/11 memorial early. This raises many questions – about health, about transparency, about campaign tactics, about Donald Trump’s refusal to provide information about his health. Via Politico.

Clinton hasn’t exactly been forthcoming about her health issues. Trump, on the other hand, hasn’t been forthcoming at all. Isn’t it time to require something more? Via the Washington Post.

And as if Clinton weren’t already feeling sick, then there was her “basket of deplorables” gaffe, which is probably not the right way to answer the complicated question: Why are so many people ready to vote for Trump? Via the New Yorker.

Maybe this is a better way to put it: This has been the campaign of deplorables. Via the Washington Post.

Donald Trump’s family foundation is making donations in a way no other family foundation does – by spending other people’s money. Via the Washington Post

On why, despite what you may have read, this is not the “Flight 93” election. Via Jonah Goldberg at the National Review.
Ross Douthat: Our Russia problem doesn’t begin or end with Donald Trump, whose man-crush on Putin is not the only part of our Russian strategy that needs to be reconsidered. Via the New York Times.

A week inside the Trump campaign: County fairs, foreign policy gaffes and a plan ride with the candidate. Via the Guardian.

Dana Milbank: Is there any presidential candidate who has more openly disparaged those in the U.S. military? (Hint: This is not a trick question.) Via the Washington Post.

In the 15 years since the 9/11 attacks, is America any safer, asked Steven Brill in the Atlantic. The answer is, yes and no.

Nine revealing stories about being Muslim in America since 9/11. Via Vox.

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