Wiretap: Downturns, upswings, and why Colorado won’t swing

Swing, swing

Colorado: The state that fell off the electoral map, or so writes the great Molly Ball in The Atlantic in wondering why the ultimate swing state doesn’t seem to be swinging this election season. There’s the GOP’s demographic problem, of course. There’s the state-GOP message problem. But this year there are two new problems: first, Donald Trump; second, Darryl Glenn.


The recent economic upswing is real, but the greater reality is still the staggering number of people that the recovery leaves out. Via The New York Times.

Seeing through him

There should be no debate about this: Donald Trump is the least transparent presidential candidate in modern times. The Dr. Oz debacle is just the latest example. Via The Washington Post.

Tweet trouble

A reporter tweets himself into serious trouble by posting a claim about Trump without any evidence whatsoever. Via The Washington Post.

Now or never

Ross Douthat on why Trump just might win. He probably won’t, Douthat writes, but if there’s any campaign season in which it might happen, it would have to be this one. Via The New York Times.

Bad polls

There has been a sudden rush of bad polls for Hillary Clinton in critical states. Should Democrats be worried? Via Vox.

Bad timing

The New York Times reports that the actual timeline of the $25,000 check Donald Trump’s foundation sent to Florida attorney general Pam Bondi makes the case seem less clear.

Backing Kaepernick

Jeffrey Toobin looks to one of the Supreme Court’s most famous opinions to find the most eloquent backing for Colin Kaepernick and his fellow National Anthem protesters. From Justice Robert Jackson: “To believe that patriotism will not flourish if patriotic ceremonies are voluntary and spontaneous, instead of a compulsory routine, is to make an unflattering estimate of the appeal of our institutions to free minds.” Via The New Yorker

Potty talk

First it was the NCAA and now it’s the ACC pulling championship matches from the state of North Carolina because of its so-called bathroom law. Via Politico.

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