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Anger and suspicion at a gathering of Republican activists in Nevada

AS THE 2016 election descends into a fever swamp of conspiracy theories, and allegations that victory by one presidential candidate or the other will threaten democracy itself, it has become commonplace to lay some blame on a media as divided as the country. Lexington has typed out that observation several times himself.

The rise of Evan McMullin, an independent candidate in a deep-red state

RACHEL OSTERLOH'S face falls when she is asked about the general election. “I feel really discouraged with the candidates” says the 22-year-old student at Brigham Young University (BYU), a Mormon college in Provo, Utah.

Donald Trump suggests the election will be rigged

TOWARDS the end of the third and final presidential debate, in Las Vegas on October 19th, Donald Trump must have wondered what more he could do to tarnish American democracy.

The presidential race enters the classroom

AMERICA’S haywire presidential election is worrying the country's teachers. The norm is for educators to tread lightly in the classroom when it comes to politics.

The justices puzzle over the right to an impartial jury

THE SIXTH Amendment declares that criminal defendants will “enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury”. The guarantee is uncontroversial in theory, but recent research in cognitive science casts doubt on whether it can be plausibly provided.

Pro-Trump group targets Amish voters

TRAFFIC jams are fairly common in Intercourse, a rural hamlet in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where corn fields and rolling hills flank the winding roads. The congestion is caused by horses and buggies driven by the Amish, especially when they make left-hand turns.

How Trump has slumped in battleground polls

IT WOULD have been unthinkable to question Utah’s political allegiances one year ago. The state last sent its vote to a Democratic candidate for president when Lyndon Johnson was in office—in 1964.

What Clinton and Trump say about fighting Islamic State

MOST Americans would probably agree that America needs to stay engaged in the Middle East. Its oil production keeps the global economy afloat; its often-weak states, if they fail completely, can become havens for extremist groups.

How Hillary Clinton plans to expand child tax-credit

FOR a long time, Hillary Clinton has said that she wants to reduce taxes for low- and middle-income Americans. But, unusually for her, she has been a little vague about exactly how she would do it. This week she announced a specific policy: to expand the child tax-credit (CTC), which reduces income-taxes for parents.

A short-handed Supreme Court begins a new term

THE JUSTICES returned to their chairs this week facing a docket that looks modest by the standards of recent years. With one seat of the nine vacant since February, when Antonin Scalia died, the risk of 4-4 ties in tricky cases seems to be making the justices choosier.

Donald Trump boasts of groping women

IS THIS the end for Donald Trump’s presidential ambition? It just might be. A fortnight ago, as he prepared for the first presidential debate, the Republican nominee was almost level with Hillary Clinton in the polls.

Donald Trump threatens to lock up Hillary Clinton

SO THIS is how it was to end: a septuagenarian con-man flanked by four victims of sexual assault, real or alleged, trying to intimidate his opponent by dredging up old accusations against her husband, Bill Clinton.

Ken Thompson: Prosecutor and criminal justice reformer

"I WANT to apologise to you for what happened to you. I'm sorry," said Ken Thompson, Brooklyn’s district attorney. He was speaking to Paul Gatling, an 81-year old man who 50 years earlier had been convicted of a murder he did not commit. He had an alibi. But the investigation was flawed and Mr Gatling was not given a fair trial.

Barack Obama’s open letter to his successor

IN A trenchant, unapologetically centrist essay for The Economist Barack Obama has urged the next president to shun the “crude populism” being peddled by both the right and the left, and to ensure that the American economy remains open to the world.

Why Hillary Clinton needs Michelle Obama

“NO!” the crowd roars, when, a few seconds into her speech at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, Michelle Obama points out the tragic fact: she and her family will soon leave the White House.

The Supreme Court is likely to nix a racist death sentence

LAST spring, Scott Keller, the solicitor general for Texas, rose to defend his state’s indefensible abortion clinic regulations at the Supreme Court. The hearing did not go well for Mr Keller—the justices struck down Texas’s rules as an unconstitutional burden on the right to abortion.

The vice-presidential debate was relatively civil, but still alarming

KEEP Donald Trump off stage and wash this presidential campaign’s mouth out with soap, and American politics is still broken. That is the result that emerged from a controlled experiment in political science conducted on October 4th—more formally known as the first and only vice-presidential debate of 2016.

Why Hillary Clinton has the edge in Virginia

AS BATTLEGROUND states go, Virginia appears to be relatively unworrying for Hillary Clinton.

A close, crucial race in North Carolina

ON SEPTEMBER 28th, the day after her first presidential debate with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton held a rally in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, where she ripped into Mr Trump’s “dangerously incoherent,” performance.

Dragged from the temple of justice yet again

THE outcome was not quite so definitive as Roy Moore’s critics had demanded or as, in his secret heart, the man himself may have expected. In a ruling issued today by Alabama’s Court of the Judiciary (COJ), following a hearing last week, the state’s chief justice was suspended without pay for the remainder of his term of office.

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