Here is some stuff in the news today...
Y'all! Shareblue's Benchmark Politics site is up and running! This is super exciting, because Anthony Reed's polling model is amazingly accurate, and also because Anthony is a super smart and incredibly kind dude with whom I love working, and you know how I love promoting the work of awesome people! If, in these waning weeks of the election, you are biting your nails and get some relief from being on top of the polling and forecasts, bookmark this page, because it will be continually updated so you've got access to the latest numbers.
Speaking of Shareblue, I've got a new piece there on some of the new policy Hillary Clinton has introduced this week, carrying on with unflappable dedication to the people she hopes to serve as president, even in the middle of a chaotic and scary campaign.
Wow: "LGBT kids are perfect exactly the way they are."—Hillary Clinton, calling for an end to conversion therapy. We are alive at a time when a United States presidential candidate says that LGBT kids are perfect exactly as they are. What you have to understand, if you aren't two hundred million years old like I am, is that I lived through administrations in which LGBT USians weren't mentioned by the president at all. This is something. It is good.
In other election news: Utah's biggest newspaper just endorsed Clinton (!!!), and Donald Trump thinks it's "pretty sad" that he could lose the election because of women. P.S. In the most recent polling, Clinton is winning women by 33 points.
[Content Note: Carcerality; self-harm; torture] Thank Maude: "Chelsea Manning has emerged from seven days of solitary confinement as punishment for having tried to take her own life during a spell of despair related to her treatment as a transgender woman at the hands of her military jailers. The army private, who is serving 35 years in the harshest sentence meted out to any source of an official government leak in modern history, announced her return to the general population of the military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in a tweet. 'I'm back. I'm OK. I'm resting and trying to get back in the groove of things.'" I'm relieved she is okay, but I'm filthy angry she was sent to solitary in the first place.
[CN: White privilege] I've said before to read everything Jessica Mason Pieklo writes, and this is no exception: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Shows Why White Feminists Must Do Better."
[CN: Video may autoplay at link] "Ancient Stars Spotted at Milky Way's Heart."
What have you been reading?