Today in 5 Lines
FBI Director James Comey reportedly declined to have the bureau sign onto a statement accusing Russia of “meddling in the U.S. election” because of the proximity to Election Day. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said he will neither “defend nor criticize” Comey’s decision to look into additional emails related to Hillary Clinton. Tech billionaire Peter Thiel defended his support for the Republican nominee in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., saying “what Donald Trump represents isn’t crazy, and it’s not going away.” CNN cut ties with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, after a new batch of hacked emails appeared to reveal her sharing questions with Clinton’s campaign in advance. Jury selection began for the trial of former Officer Michael Slager, who is accused of fatally shooting Walter Scott following a traffic stop in North Charleston, South Carolina in April 2015.
Today on The Atlantic
‘No Rest for Paul Ryan’: No matter who wins the presidential election, the House Speaker “is looking at a lousy 2017.” And it’ll all be thanks to the House Freedom Caucus. (Michelle Cottle)
Tension on Campus: College students around the country are at odds over the 2016 election. College Republicans who plan to vote for Donald Trump, in particular, face hostility not only from their liberal peers, but also from anti-Trump conservatives. (Clare Foran)
Comey Catches Heat: Since FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the bureau will examine additional emails, Democrats have accused him of attempting to sway the election, while Republicans believe he was wrong to close the investigation at all. (David A. Graham)