What We’re Following
Battle for Mosul: As Iraqi forces continued their advance toward the city, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, broke a 10-month silence to deliver a statement to his supporters. It was in many ways a familiar call to arms—and yet, with ISIS forced into retreat under cover of toxic clouds of smoke from oil fires, Baghdadi’s words reflected the high stakes of the battle. Graeme Wood unpacks the historical allusions in the speech to show how Baghdadi is urging his supporters to fight to the death.
American Jobs: The Labor Department announced today that the U.S. economy added 161,000 jobs in October. It’s a modest but respectable gain that continues a pattern of slow-and-steady economic improvement—and in fact, it sets a record at 73 consecutive months of jobs growth, adding up to 11 million jobs created during Obama’s presidency. With numbers like that, why is Obama’s economic record so underrated—and why are so many Americans still dissatisfied and struggling? There are many factors, but to hear some economists tell it, our focus on growth might be setting the wrong priorities.
The Homestretch: With just a few days to go before Election Day, voters in Arizona—once a solidly red state—could have a major influence on the outcome if young and minority voters turn out to turn the state blue. Over in North Carolina, Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, and pop star Pharrell Williams got together to make one last appeal to young voters. And here at The Atlantic, James Fallows, who’s been blogging about Donald Trump throughout the campaign, closed his case against Trump and provided a reading list. What’s next? It’s in the voters’ hands.