The Atlantic Daily: The Last Battle

Trump and Clinton debate in Vegas, Jewish journalists received thousands of hateful tweets, climate change shaped Trump’s rise, and more.

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What We’re Following

What’s Happening in Vegas: That would be the final debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, starting at 9 p.m. ET at the University of Nevada. Our politics team will be watching and live-blogging. As the candidates take the stage, Trump’s support is getting lower and lower while voter registration is at an all-time high. But even with less than three weeks before Election Day, there’s still plenty of time for surprises. Follow the homestretch here.

Hateful Words: One of the ugliest updates from the campaign trail comes in a new report showing that between August 2015 and July 2016, Jewish journalists received about 19,000 anti-Semitic tweets. The messages, from 1,600 Twitter users, included not only hateful language and stereotypes, but also death threats and Holocaust imagery. And though the report’s findings don’t imply Trump endorses or encourages these tweets, many of their senders do appear to support him. One possible piece of the connection: Some of Trump’s harshest rhetoric has been directed at the media.

And I Feel Fine: In the world as we know it, the stable democracies in Europe and North America have long been considered guiding examples of how government by the people can endure. That idea is now being endangered, as Trump’s demagogic rise mobilizes anti-democratic threats to minorities, journalists, and the system of voting itself. His supporters are united partly by a sense of doom and persecution, the idea that their world is ending and they need to take it back. That can sound like hysteria—but in fact, there is one force that’s on its way to cause upheavals around the globe. That force is climate change, and Trump is the exactly the kind of leader it’s likely to shape.


A squirrel holds a horse chestnut in Royal Victoria Park in Bath, England, on October 19, 2016. See more autumn photos here. (Matt Cardy / Getty)

Who We’re Talking To

Michael Knights, an expert on security in the Middle East, who explains what will happen if ISIS loses Mosul.

Tim Wu, a law professor, who explains how advertising took over daily life.

Helen Fisher, a biological anthropologist, who explains why online dating won’t change love. More on what it does change in our November issue—but remember, as Fisher puts it, “Singles are smarter than people think.”

Evening Read

Gabrielle Bellot on the animator and director Hayao Miyazaki:

In many Western cartoons and in anime, it’s common to have well-defined heroes and villains, as well as clear demarcations between what male and female characters can achieve and how they should look. But Miyazaki softens these distinctions. Many of his characters, including the Princess Nausicaä, the wolf-girl San, and the delivery girl Kiki, were role models who defied cultural stereotypes of femininity and showed me women who could be anything they wished to be. In a way, they actually saved me.

Keep reading here, as Bellot tells the story of how Miyazaki’s characters shaped her identity as a trans woman.

What Do You Know?

1. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the value of the ____________ industry increased from $75 million to $143 million between 2001 and 2014.

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2. A new report finds that ____________ percent of the people in America’s police facial-recognition databases aren’t criminals.

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3.  ____________ percent of U.S. law schools can’t find jobs for 80 percent of their graduates.

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Answers: pumpkin, 80, 90

Reader Response

Is it sexist to tell a woman she should smile? A reader writes:

I think it’s multifaceted. There’s the obvious implication that women look more attractive when smiling, which is seen by many as our primary purpose. But as someone who worked for years in the hospitality industry, smiling is a job requirement (although more strongly encouraged for females). Smiling tells a guest / customer I’m demure and here to serve you, and not challenge you in any way. While I realize no one likes a cocky server, the industry is a pretty accurate microcosm.

Read more here. Meanwhile, Liza, an exotic dancer in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, describes in an interview how her job requires her to put aside her emotions “to make people feel special every single day.” If you’ve worked in one of these industries, how did you manage your demeanor when interacting with coworkers and customers? Did you notice different expectations for men and women? We’d like to hear from you:


Tools smashed, treats picked, grammarians split, Islam undefeated.

The Atlantic Daily is written by Rosa Inocencio Smith. To contact us, email