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October 31, 2016, Issue
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The American Social Safety Net Does Not Exist
After welfare reform, poor people were supposed to be able to find work. Not all of them could—and then the jobs disappeared.
Win or Lose—Hillary Clinton’s Troubles in Ohio Should Worry Democrats
Trump is imploding nationally—but Clinton has failed to connect here with disaffected whites, African Americans, and young voters.
Texas’s Voter-Registration Laws Are Straight Out of the Jim Crow Playbook
Compare them to Oregon’s, which make voting incredibly easy.
10 Down-Ballot Campaigns You Should Keep an Eye On
Does the presidential race make you wanna holler? These progressive contenders should put a smile on your face.
The Rise of a Cooperatively Owned Internet
Platform cooperativism gets a boost.
5 Novels About the Sordid Lives of High-Minded People
Zetigeist literature that prefigures the Brat Pack.
The Sexual Predator Who Would Be King
Trump seeks to impose on America a strongman politics that even Republicans note—and fear.
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What We Talk About When We Don’t Talk About Climate Change
Years from now, historians will marvel at the absence of global warming in the 2016 campaign coverage and presidential debates.
Hot-Mic Tape Brings Late-Inning Defections
Why It Took Republican Leaders 16 Months to Denounce Trump
When it comes to minorities, immigrants, and women—the party still has a major empathy gap.
Books and the Arts
Populism’s Two Paths
Throughout the North Atlantic, insurgencies on the left and the right are challenging mainstream politics. The question is: Which popular movement—the left’s or the right’s—will prevail?
The Brat Pack Grows Up
Once the voice of youthful dissatisfaction, Jay McInerney, Tama Janowitz, and Bret Easton Ellis experience the growing pains of middle age.
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Letters From the October 31, 2016, Issue
Hello, goodbye… Bern on, Bern out… With or without her… Media malfeasance… Pragmatism trumps purity… Uberteachers …
Puzzle No. 3411
Joshua Kosman and Henri Picciotto