Today in 5 Lines
Melania Trump said that as first lady she would be an advocate for women and children, and teach American youth “kindness” and “respect” in a rare appearance on the campaign trail. Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will join Clinton and her family at a rally in Philadelphia on Election Eve. The U.S. Department of Education fined Penn State University $2.4 million, saying the school failed to comply with a law that requires the reporting of campus crimes. Officials said two American soldiers, along with three Afghan troops and 26 civilians, were killed during a raid against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Opening arguments began in the trial of Michael Slager, the white police officer who fatally shot Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina in 2015.
Today on The Atlantic
Get Your Kicks: Route 66, which stretches 2,440 miles, is a symbol of the American Dream and often evokes nostalgia among people in the United States. But for African Americans traveling in the 1900s, the road “bore witness to some of the nation’s worst acts of racial terrorism.” (Candacy Taylor)
A Political Battlefield: The years-long fight over voting rights in North Carolina—and voter suppression efforts by state Republicans—could be affecting black early-voting turnout. Recent reports show a decrease in black voter turnout compared to the 2012 election. (Vann R. Newkirk II)
History in the Making: Hillary Clinton may become the first female president of the United States. And it if happens, it’ll be thanks to the dozens of women who ran for the position before her. (Adrienne LaFrance)