Today in 5 Lines
President Obama defended Hillary Clinton in his first public comments about the FBI’s decision to examine additional emails related to the former secretary of state, saying, “We don’t operate on innuendo.” Authorities arrested 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene, the suspect in the fatal shootings of two police officers in Des Moines, Iowa, early Wednesday morning. Gawker Media reached a $31 million settlement with Hulk Hogan in an invasion of privacy lawsuit, ending a years-long dispute. The Federal Reserve kept interest rates the same, but warned that rates could increase in December. French authorities bused 1,616 child migrants out of the Calais migrant camp known as “the Jungle” in the country’s final push to empty the camp.
Today on The Atlantic
The FBI vs. American Democracy: Adam Serwer explains how “cutthroat bureaucratic infighting” has become a Washington tradition, starting in 1972 with the Watergate Scandal and continuing with FBI Director James Comey’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
‘A Black Church Burned’: Authorities are investigating the burning of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi. Questions remain about who set the fire, if anyone did, and whether it was intentional, but as Emma Green writes, one thing is clear: “At some point, someone decided to attach the name of Trump to a burned black church.”
Keep Holding On: Hillary Clinton has fought hard to win over three key swing states, but has invested little time or resources to those that will give her an Electoral College majority. Now, the latter are vulnerable to Trump, who has made a last-minute push for support in the states. (Ronald Brownstein)