The Atlantic Daily: Don’t Forget to Vote

As U.S. voters prepared to head to the polls, the FBI cleared Hillary Clinton’s emails once again.

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What We’re Following

Deciding Votes: The end of the U.S. presidential race is finally upon us. Tomorrow, November 8, voters will head to the polls to choose between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—and the final outcome will depend on a few key demographic trends, as voters are expected to split along lines of race, class, gender, and age. The stakes are particularly high in Pennsylvania, where turnout among minority voters in the Philadelphia area could make a significant difference for Clinton—and it’s where the U.S. Senate race is still very tight. Our politics team is live-blogging the latest election updates, and tomorrow we’ll be following news all day on our homepage.

Parting Shots: After his announcement last month about a renewed investigation into Clinton’s emails rocked the presidential race, FBI Director James Comey took it all back this weekend, telling Congress that a look at the new emails—many of them duplicates of the ones already reviewed—hadn’t changed the bureau’s conclusions, thus clearing Clinton for a second time. Whatever your problems with Clinton, it’s safe to say she’s a far less risky choice than Trump. That reasoning is held by Conor Friedersdorf, who explains why he’s voting for Clinton—even though he deeply disagrees with her—to fulfill his civic duty. But the challenges of this election won’t end tomorrow. Trump has shone a light on some key problems with American politics, and they’re not going away so easily.

Future of the Free World: Yes, that’s at stake on tomorrow’s ballots, but not just in the U.S. presidential race. Instead, when it comes to climate change, some of the most important policy decisions will be made at the state level—both as a sidebar to other questions of market and government reform, like in Colorado and Nevada, and also on energy-focused ballot initiatives like those in Florida and Washington. That Washington debate, over what would be the first carbon-tax measure in the U.S., is particularly interesting: Despite its groundbreaking possibilities, it’s opposed by many environmentalists. Meanwhile, if you need more motivation to save the planet, a new documentary, Planet Earth II, presents a gorgeous celebration of the world’s wildlife. Read a review here—and, if you’re a U.S. citizen, remember to vote tomorrow. You know where The Atlantic stands.

What We Covered This Weekend: Clinton’s reluctant Millennial supporters, the maddening end of Netflix’s The Fall, how Brexit hurts U.K. universities, the value of diversity in the legal profession, the best political podcasts, the power of political sisterhood, paintings of an idyllic past, the next fight to expand voting, the original, mythical “nasty woman,” how to bring back the joy of voting, the future of the death penalty, Mike Pence’s plea to Republicans, Trump’s unlikely gift to American women, and what Vladimir Putin wants from America’s elections.


Cosita, a dog who was rescued in Mexico and taken to the Humane Society of New York. See more portraits of shelter dogs from photographer Richard Phibbs here.

Who We’re Talking To

Thomas Wright, a foreign-policy expert, explains why Tuesday’s presidential vote could be the most important election anywhere since the 1930s.

Marian Cannon Schlesinger, who was 8 when women gained the right to vote, reflects on  her mother’s feminist activism and what it would mean to see a woman in the White House.

Graham Allison, a nuclear proliferation expert, considers the prospect of a nuclear threat during a Trump presidency. “Our commander-in-chief is the only person who stands between us and the possibility of getting blown to hell,” he says. “Whether [Trump] would be impetuous, or impatient, or not know the material, we just don’t know.”

Evening Read

Anna Diamond on the global refugee crisis:

The crisis figures are familiar, but remain unfathomable—one in 113 people displaced “by conflict and persecution in 2015;” and 54 percent of 21 million refugees from just three volatile countries: Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia. It’s easy to be numbed by the numbers. Or even actively repelled—across Europe and the United States, 2016 has seen a surge of anti-refugee protests and rhetoric conflating refugees and terrorists—sentiments that influence elections and produce significant legislative and societal results. In a sense, the refugee crisis has helped generate a corresponding crisis in empathy.

But if national and international political solutions seem sluggish or even impossible, what hope is there for refugees in the meantime if not for the empathy of individuals? Where there is a confluence of human suffering and nationalistic backlash, can empathy be taught, sparked, or successfully deployed?

[An interactive] MSF [Médecins Sans Frontières] exhibit can be seen as a test of these questions.

Keep reading here, as Diamond explores how the exhibit, which has visitors role-play as refugees, could help shape a response to the crisis.

What Do You Know?

1. Today’s Hollywood blockbusters typically make over ____________ percent of their earnings outside the U.S.

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2. Only ____________ percent of American schoolteachers are black.

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3. A new lung-cancer vaccine developed in ____________ is set to begin clinical trials in the U.S.

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Answers: 60, 7, Cuba

Reader Response

After his errors in judgment related to Clinton’s emails, should Director Comey be investigated himself? This reader says yes:

An investigation into whatever happened at the FBI is not simply a matter of punishing the director for his error/malfeasance, but actually investigating a disturbing series of events at the nation’s national largest law enforcement agency. It wasn’t just Comey. Credible reports indicate that (1) Comey acted in part because he knew an anti-Clinton faction at the FBI would leak it first; and (2) that there is a rogue faction at the FBI that was pushing against FBI and DOJ orders to investigate a public candidate for office and to leak damaging information and innuendo at a critical time in the election season. At the very least, the director is unable to control his bureau. What happened absolutely needs to be investigated, and whatever bad actors responsible need to be rooted out. If there is a larger cultural problem at the FBI, that needs to be exposed and fixed.

Otherwise, this will continue. And not just in elections.

More readers’ condemnations and defenses of Comey here. And as for the impact of potential FBI leaks outside elections, here’s how the Comey fallout could undermine the process of government background checks.

What You’re Working On

As part of our ongoing series of interviews with American workers, we’ve talked to a fabric-cutter in North Carolina who takes pride in 30 years of manufacturing work; a home-care worker in South Carolina who fights not only for her clients’ well-being, but also to be paid a living wage; an economist from Peru who works as a janitor in Connecticut; and a cafeteria worker in New Jersey who works 60-hour weeks at two different jobs, yet still struggles to feed her own kids.

Now, we’re hoping to bring you, our readers, into the conversation. And we’d like to hear your stories from your own working life. What does it mean to make it in America? Have you managed to climb to the top of your industry? Or, despite your best efforts, have you struggled to make ends meet? Please send us a brief note via, and we’ll post some of the responses as part of an upcoming project.


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