The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Weiner Dogs Clinton Campaign

The FBI is looking into additional Hillary Clinton emails.

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Today in 5 Lines

FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers that the bureau will look into additional Hillary Clinton emails, which were reportedly “discovered after the F.B.I. seized at least one electronic device shared by Anthony D. Weiner and his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, a top aide to Mrs. Clinton.” Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta called the timing “extraordinary.” Donald Trump welcomed Comey’s decision at a New Hampshire rally, saying “this is bigger than Watergate.” Former Miss Finland Ninni Laaksonen said Trump groped her in 2006, making her the 12th woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct. The U.S. Supreme Court said it will review a Virginia school board's policy that requires students to use the bathroom of their "biological gender,” marking its first transgender-rights case.

Today on The Atlantic

  • Bill’s Partner: Doug Band has been by Bill Clinton’s side since the early 1990s, helping launch the Clinton Foundation and negotiating lucrative deals for the former president. But Band’s re-emergence in the WikiLeaks hack could be a problem for the Hillary Clinton campaign. (Russell Berman)

  • Come One, Come All: Erie, Pennsylvania, is one of several U.S. cities welcoming refugees and immigrants. And, contrary to much of today’s divisive rhetoric on the issue, people in Erie believe their town is better off. (Deborah Fallows)

  • Stiff Competition: Startups like Lyft and Uber provide easy and efficient services, but they compete with government public transit. While privatization has its benefits, what will it mean for the future of public transportation? (Alana Semuels)

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President Barack Obama leaves Air Force One as he arrives for a Hillary for America campaign event in Orlando, Florida. Joshua Roberts / Reuters

What We’re Reading

A Long Road Ahead: Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has rattled the Republican Party, and some are worried the GOP has embarked on a long and grueling civil war over its identity. (Julia Ioffe, Politico)

Nitpicking the 2016 Race: The Wikipedia pages of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have been updated almost 12,000 times since they announced their candidacies in 2015. Who’s responsible for managing their pages, and how do they keep track of the minutia of the campaign? (Chris Alcantara, The Washington Post)

Unintended Consequences: The Reverend Dr. Jeff Hood helped organize a rally in Dallas where five police officers were shot and killed in July. Following the shooting, people have blamed him for provoking violence against law enforcement, while others have questioned his place in a movement for black lives. (Eric Markowitz, GQ)

Time to Step Aside?: With just two weeks to go until the presidential election, the FBI announced it’s looking into additional Hillary Clinton emails, prompting National Review’s David French to ask: “Is her personal ambition worth this national pain?”

Color Matters: On Thursday, a jury acquitted the people who staged an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in January. Though unrelated to the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline protests, the court decision highlights differences in the treatment of white and nonwhite protesters. (Charles P. Pierce, Esquire)


‘Can a Museum Help America Heal?’: In this short documentary, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History Director Lonnie Bunch explains what it’s like to curate 400 years of black history. (Daniel Lombroso)

Question of the Week

This week we asked you what you thought the presidential candidates should dress up as for Halloween, and we got a number of great responses. Thanks to everyone—and there were several—who suggested Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump simply dress as each other to achieve peak scariness.

Props to Joanne Allard for a truly creative submission: Allard hopes Clinton will dress as Ellen Ripley, the protagonist from the 1979 film Alien, while Trump comes as the alien, wearing an orange headpiece.

Reader James Miles suggested Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson might dress as Elmer Fudd, and John Bianchi said Green Party nominee Jill Stein would be Gaia—“nuff said.”

Check out our Notes section for a few more creative submissions, and stay tuned for next week’s Politics & Policy Daily.

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) and Candice Norwood (@cjnorwoodwrites)