Today in 5 Lines
In her first joint campaign appearance with Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama urged voters in North Carolina to cast their ballots early. Moira Smith, who is now the general counsel for Enstar Natural Gas Company, accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of groping her at a dinner party in 1999. A federal judge approved a $265 million settlement over the 2015 Amtrak train crash outside of Philadelphia that killed eight people. The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges against 61 people and entities for conspiracy and fraud over a call-center scam that affected some 15,000 people. President Obama commuted the sentences of 98 federal inmates, bringing the total number of commutations granted during his presidency to 872.
Today on The Atlantic
Blast from the Past: North Carolina has seen decades of voting-rights disputes that are rooted in the state’s Jim Crow past. But a recent Republican-led push to tighten voting restrictions has reignited resistance from black voters. (Vann R. Newkirk II)
The Partisan Divide on Trade: Most Democrats believe that globalization and international trade is beneficial to the U.S. economy. But Hillary Clinton has failed to defend NAFTA and the TPP against Donald Trump’s attacks. Why? (Ronald Brownstein)
Depressing the Vote: On Wednesday, Trump announced plans to reach out to black voters, but a day later a report revealed his team’s desire to suppress black voter turnout—a move that could hinder “Republican efforts for years to come.” (David A. Graham)