Wasted Votes and Dream Candidates
1. Some terrific work from Nate Cohn at the Upshot to explain a big reason polls vary the way they do.
2. John Sides at the Monkey Cage looks at the evidence of media bias in the current election.
3. Also at the Monkey Cage, Nives Dolsak, Aseem Prakash and Maggie Allen look at the fight against a pipeline in North Dakota.
4. Rick Hasen points out the basic condition of voting in the U.S. -- that third-party votes are not only wasted, but can actively backfire for those who do have any preference among the major-party candidates.
5. Mark Goldberg on what’s happening at the United Nations this week.
6. Max Boot on why Donald Trump is Islamic State’s “dream candidate.”
7. Kevin Drum on who Republican politicians respond to.
8. And James Fallows explains the purely fictional case that Hillary Clinton had anything at all to do with claims that Barack Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. As has repeatedly been the case with Trump, this isn’t normal political truth-stretching and spin, but something far worse.
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