What We’re Following
The Battle for Mosul: Backed by U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish fighters, Iraqi forces today began operations to retake the Iraqi city from ISIS. The terror group has controlled Mosul since 2014, and since then humanitarian groups have had no access to the city—leaving the 1.5 million trapped civilians particularly vulnerable right now. What else is going on in the world? Our news team is live-blogging the day’s biggest stories all in one place: Ecuador cutting Julian Assange’s internet connection, the economic cost of Brexit, record high-school graduation rates, and more.
Corrosive Claims: Donald Trump spent the weekend asserting that the 2016 election is “rigged” by the media, by potential voter fraud, and—much more disturbingly—by the electorate itself, thus sowing deep suspicion of the American system. His claims are absurd, but the stakes are high: Democracy itself depends on the losers accepting defeat—which Al Gore and even Richard Nixon did despite dubious election results.
The Pop Culture Is Political: One piece of evidence Trump cites for a “rigged” election? Saturday Night Live making fun of him. The comedy show also turned its gaze on his wife Melania, with a complicated parody that’s both empathetic and insulting. Meanwhile, at an Amy Schumer show in Florida, about 200 people walked out when she criticized Trump, some saying they didn’t want to hear the comedian get political. Of course, the dividing line between art and politics is blurry, but if you’re looking for a little more escapism, we’re marking the weeks before Election Day with a political movie club. This week’s choice is Wag the Dog, and you can join the discussion with Megan Garber via firstname.lastname@example.org.