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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reportedly said he will vote for Hillary Clinton.

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Today in 5 Lines

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell reportedly said he will vote for Hillary Clinton during a speech to the Long Island Association. Trump said his employees are “having a tremendous problem with Obamacare,” but later appeared to contradict himself, saying “they’re not worried about their health care because we take great care of people.” Khizr Khan, the father of a U.S. army captain killed in Iraq, will campaign for Hillary Clinton in Norfolk, Virginia, on Wednesday. A new batch of hacked emails from Clinton’s campaign chairman reveal Clinton aides scrambling after President Obama said in a TV interview that he learned of her private email use through news reports. Workers in France began the demolition of “the Jungle,” a major migrant camp in Calais.

Today on The Atlantic

  • ‘Trump’s Graying Army’: Donald Trump’s nostalgia-fueled campaign has captured the support of senior citizens who believe the country has taken a downward turn during their lifetime. But, Molly Ball writes, “he could be starting to lose them, too.”  

  • Life After Trump: House Speaker Paul Ryan has been in the difficult position of trying to distance himself from Donald Trump’s controversial campaign this election cycle. But what will happen to him if Trump loses? (Norm Ornstein)

  • The Tipping Point: Voter allegiance has intensified over time, but the 2016 election appears to have accelerated this pattern, according to an analysis of voting trends in key swing states. Here’s a look at the data. (Ronald Brownstein and Leah Askarinam)

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A Trump supporter stands near the candidate’s campaign bus, which made a stop at Hoover Tactical Firearms in Alabama. Brynn Anderson / AP

What We’re Reading

We’re Not in Mayberry Anymore: Pop culture’s depiction of policing has changed a lot since Sheriff Andy Taylor patrolled the streets of the sleepy, “racially homogenous” North Carolina town. As violent crime increased in the real world, so did tensions between fictional police officers and civilians. (Alyssa Rosenberg, The Washington Post)

Trump’s Right-Hand Woman: CNN’s Dana Bash spoke with Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, about how she handles the Republican nominee’s frequent rants and whether she considered quitting after the release of the 2005 video clip in which Trump brags about groping women.

Tell Me What I Want to Hear: American politics has a massive problem with confirmation bias, Emma Roller writes, and the only way for people to start rejecting false information is if they begin “confronting uncomfortable truths.” (The New York Times)

‘Inside Trump Tower’: Last year, Donald Trump kicked off his presidential campaign at Trump Tower, “the skyscraper where Trump is already king.” If voters want to get a sense of how he might lead the country, they can take a look at how Trump runs the facility. (Max Abelson, Jesse Drucker, Zachary R. Mider, Bloomberg)   

Silicon Valley Is With Her: Nearly 99 percent of the political donations from the region went to Hillary Clinton, according to Crowdpac. Here’s why Trump’s immigration stance is helping drive that trend. (Ella Koeze, FiveThirtyEight)


First-Timers: These 20 people will vote for the first time on November 8. Which candidate will they choose—and what’s prompting them to head to the polls? (Katy Grannan, The New Yorker)

Question of the Week

Halloween is just around the corner, and we’re anticipating seeing a number of 2016-inspired costumes. What do you think each presidential candidate should dress up as for Halloween?

Send your answers to, and our favorites will be featured in Friday’s Politics & Policy Daily.

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