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THE BASICS: Lauren Gambino of the Guardian writes that Donald Trump's potential refusal to concede the election will have no bearing on Hillary Clinton's ability to take office if she should win. While, Dana Milbank of the Washington Post fears Trump supporters may resort to violence if they perceive their candidate has been robbed. But John Podhoretz of the New York Post argues that Trump's slip of the tongue in the third presidential debate might have actually been a kind of concession.
Ines Pohl of Deutsche Welle writes that the second presidential debate was full of "contempt and hatred" and entirely lacking highlights. Fox News' Douglas E. Schoen claims Trump did what he needed to do to turn his poll numbers around. While, Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post declares Trump's debate terrible performance put the last nail in his campaign's coffin.Read More
THE BASICS: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, writing for Fox News, claims that the "Intellectual Yet Idiot class" is out of touch with the American people, who seemingly voted overwhelmingly online for Trump after the first debate. While Allan Smith of Business Insider argues that online polls are meaningless because participants self-select and that all the scientific polls show Clinton won the debate decisively. Meanwhile, Jon Swartz of USA Today writes that social media is real winner, as online discussions around the debate spiked.
THE BASICS: Kevin McCarthy, writing for the Sacramento Bee, argues that after an officer-involved shooting, independent outsiders should be brought in to investigate, free from the conflicts of interest that could influence an internal inquiry. The editorial board of the New York Times, contends that failing to release videos related to police shootings serves only to tear communities apart. While, Malcolm D. Holmes of US News believes that tackling racial injustice is the only way to end police shootings.
THE BASICS: Hillary Kelly of Glamour writes that Hillary Clinton has the right to keep her illness private. Emily Crockett of Vox explains how the “concern-trolling” directed at Clinton is meant to shame her. Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post writes that this close to elections, we have the right to pertinent medical information about our presidential contenders. Jonah Goldberg of The LA Times explains how neglecting to share her state of health only validates the preconception that Clinton is untrustworthy.
THE BASICS: A lawsuit against Airbnb was filed, accusing widespread discrimination against guests based on race. Katie Benner from The New York Times writes that the company by agreeing to make certain policy changes, including hiring a multitude of new employees will help combat the discrimination on the site, whereas Tracey Lien of The LA Times suggests a few new policies cannot fix the racism that exists not only within Airbnb but the entire internet and the culture at large.
THE BASICS: Ezra Klein of Vox explains how an effort to treat the nominees fairly, Matt Lauer overcorrected and ended up giving Donald Trump and unfair advantage. Michael Goodwin of The New York Post writes that too many journalists give biased opinions in favor of Hillary Clinton and as a result of this, Trump is discriminated against. While John A. Tures of The Huffington Post explains that journalists, in fear of getting labeled as biased, will refuse to challenge Trump for fear of retribution.
THE BASICS: Timothy B. Lee of Vox writes that Apple is renowned for their courage with their technology and this is not the first time Apple has done something revolutionary; removing the headphone jack will make for a sleeker look, and an overall better audio experience, one that Apple believes will outweigh the cons, whereas David Wheeler of CNN explains how often headphones are used in conjunction with the iPhone and offers a retort for every explanation Apple gives as to why they are ditching the audio jack in the new iPhone 7, and complains that this move was designed to get customers to spend even more money on Apple products.
THE BASICS: Perry Stein of the Washington Post explains that year-round schooling increases a student's chance of reaching their potential; they learn more, struggling students receive more focused attention, and by not having to come back from a long summer break, teachers will not have to spend weeks re-teaching last year's material. Mathew Lynch of Education News, however, argues year-round schooling takes a toll on the student's home life; as family vacations, child care, and extra curricular activities may suffer.
THE BASICS: Shaun King of New York Daily News writes that Colin Kaepernick is heroic for refusing to stand for a song that praises America because he no longer believes America to be a country with liberty and justice for all. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler speaks to Alejandro Villanueva, an Army Ranger turned NFL player, who believes sitting for the anthem shows disrespect to the troops who fight for our freedom and does nothing to solve the problems at hand. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, writing for The Washington Post, explains that Kaepaernick displayed true patriotism by sacrificing himself to take a stand for what he believes in. Tamara Holder from Fox News explains how Kaepernick’s actions prompts the rest of America to question what it is they truly stand for.
THE BASICS: Douglas Perry of The Oregonian writes that since the latest polls appear to show that third-party presidential candidate Gary Johnson is taking votes from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump would benefit most from his appearance on the debate stage. Whereas Sam Husseini of the Huffington Post argues that bad polling is holding Johnson back from the 15% mark that would allow him into the debates. Tara Golshan of Vox says that since there's no chance of Johnson winning, support for him amounts to support for the abstract concept of a third party candidate. While Michael Tanner of the National Review writes that fair and just democracy as a whole benefits from Johnson debating Clinton and Trump.
THE BASICS: Raul A. Reyes of NBC News describes Donald Trump's much-anticipated immigration speech as racist, inflammatory rhetoric that serves only to demonize Latinos and other immigrants. While the Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin characterizes the speech as just a rehashing of his existing, unspecific positions. Whereas, Wayne Allyn Root of Fox News believes Trump's speech was so moving and so presidential that it has the power to turn his entire campaign around.
THE BASICS: Frank Ocean's long awaited sophomore album has been heralded as an instant classic after just one week of public consumption. Why? Jonah Weiner of Rolling Stone points to the enormous variety of topics covered in the lyrics, while Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic writes about its one-of-a-kind attention to detail.
THE BASICS: Adriana Cohen from the Boston Herald claims that anyone who invests in the Clinton Foundation are investing in her in office, and they will have influence over her. The Editorial Board of The Washington Post argues the lines between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department are murky at best. Neil W. McCabe of Breitbart writes that Clinton's emails expose a corrupt system. Paul Gigot from The Wall Street Journal says that no matter the circumstances Clinton Foundation ought to shut down. Slate's Mark Joseph Stern writes there's no evidence to suggest anything is amiss and the entire scandal is just a smear campaign.
THE BASICS: David Corn of Mother Jones argues that while it's difficult to find the achievement numbers of any non-profit organization, it’s hard to deny that the Clinton Foundation does important work for people in need, whereas USA Today’s Editorial Board explains why, if Clinton becomes President, she must transfer the foundation over to other charities for political optics, if nothing else.
THE BASICS: Gene Marks of Inc.com says that Kardashian is simply a self-made millionaire who has built an empire on the pillars of capitalism, thereby personifying the American Dream, while Lynn Stuart Parramore of Alternet writes that the queen of American pop culture symbolizes our increasing collective narcissism and materialistic values.
THE BASICS: James P. Clements of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says college education is important, especially for first-generation college students, because it unlocks opportunities that otherwise might not be available. However, after noticing a surge of students taking week-long mission trips to third-world countries as a way of bolstering their college application essays, Frank Bruni of The New York Times highlights how the college admission process alone is misguided since it is telling applicants that success is a checklist of superficial accomplishments. While Jacob McMillen of The Huffington Post argues college is bad because the skills needed for 90 percent of careers are learned on the job.
THE BASICS: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to legalize recreational marijuana usage within the next year. Dan Levin of The New York Times writes that it makes economic sense to decriminalize as soon as possible, while Jim Bronskill of CBC News points out that legalizing could encourage extortion and heavier drug usage.