Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic: With the candidate flailing in the polls, some on the right are wondering if a better version of the man wouldn't be winning. But that kinder, gentler Trump would've lost in the primaries. Last week, Peggy Noonan argued in the Wall Street Journal that an outsider like Donald Trump could've won handily this year, touting skepticism of free trade and immigration, if only he was more sane, or less erratic and prone to nasty insults: A figure like that would probably be polling better right now. But I don't think "Sane Trump" could have won the Republican Party's primary election. Only "Nasty Trump" could've managed to beat the huge field of more experienced rivals. "Trump's nastiness is one of the reasons he will lose the election," Josh Barro writes at Business Insider. "But it's also a key reason he got the Republican nomination in the first place." Barro argues that it helped Trump appeal to a particular faction: read more
The 2016 presidential campaign kicked off in earnest with a clash between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump over gender and conservatism at the first GOP debate, and now there's another Kelly moment to bookend the race. Newt Gingrich, a top Trump surrogate, was on Kelly's Fox News show Tuesday night, jousting with her in a tense exchange stretching over nearly eight minutes. ... The exchange is emblematic of a dynamic in the campaign dating to Trump's dust-up with Kelly in August 2015. Repeatedly, conservative women have raised concerns about Trump's language and treatment of women, and repeatedly, conservative men have not merely disagreed with them but have dismissed their concerns as evidence of bias or foolishness or identity politics. ... The pattern is especially galling to conservative women who spent years mounting good-faith defenses of the Republican Party against that "war on women" charge from Democrats. Now they find that the GOP is validating the Democratic narrative -- and to boot, few Republican men seem to have their back. read more
Microsoft has unveiled its first all in one PC. The $3,000 Surface Studio has a 28-inch touchscreen and what the firm says is "the world's thinnest screen," which can be folded down to a 20-degree viewing angle -- similar to slanted desks found in art studios -- to give users more room to be creative, the technology giant said. The new all-in-one PC has the processing and power components built into the base, and comes with a new dial controller with haptic feedback that can be used alongside a mouse, keyboard, stylus or finger. read more
Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post: White, unhinged men, most well past their prime, acting abusively toward women. It is remarkable the company [Donald] Trump keeps and how these men find solace in each other's company. In their fury and contempt for women, they reveal how uncivilized they are. They occupy space far outside the norms of polite society, one in which women are there to do as the men want and called liars, nasty and devious if they object. Trump and company use power to go after people they perceive as weaker than they are. They assume that women can be taunted, abused and kept quiet. read more
One of the most demonized patients in history, Gaetan Dugas, has been cleared of claims he first spread HIV to the U.S. A new study published in the journal Nature based on blood collected for hepatitis trials showed he was just one of thousands of infected people in the 1970s. Richard McKay, a science historian at the University of Cambridge, said: "Gaetan Dugas is ... one of a long line of individuals and groups vilified in the belief that they somehow fueled epidemics with malicious intent." The Air Canada employee who died in 1984 was labelled Patient O by the Centers for Disease Control because he was a case "Out of California." Over time the O became a 0 and the term Patient Zero was born.
Ashes to ashes is fine, the Vatican says, as long as you don't spread them around. On Tuesday, the Vatican responded to what it called an "unstoppable increase" in cremation and issued guidelines barring the scattering of ashes "in the air, on land, at sea or in some other way." The Vatican decreed that the ashes of loved ones have no place in the home, and certainly not in jewelry. It urged that cremated remains be preserved in cemeteries or other approved sacred places. The new guidelines, which Pope Francis approved this year, were released ahead of All Souls Day, which falls on Nov. 2 for Catholics, who are called to remember and pray for those who have died. The church banned cremation for centuries, but began to allow the practice in 1963, as long as it is not done for reasons at odds with Christian doctrine. read more
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has largely based her campaign on her uncompromising positions on the environment, opposition to big banks and Wall Street, defense contractors, and the pharmaceutical industry. But an analysis of her financial disclosures, which she was required to file as a presidential candidate, show she is heavily invested in the very industries that she maligns the most and as a result of her investments, she has built significant wealth. ... While Stein claims that she had difficulty finding [mutual] funds that aligned with her values, she didn't explain why she chose to remain in funds that are completely disjointed from her values.
A political party in Denmark has unveiled a crazy-good bus ad encouraging Americans living in the country to vote to defeat Donald Trump. The "Americans Abroad: Vote" campaign by the Socialist People's Party has gone viral because of a depiction of Trump that makes good use of the tire's spinning wheels. "One can't be in doubt that it was done tongue in cheek. We want to tell American citizens: 'Remember to vote, it has consequences,'" said party leader Pia Olsen Dyhr. read more
On a frigid night on the shore of Lake Erie, Jake Arrieta's bid for history came up short. The Chicago Cubs' bid for history, on the other hand, remains very much alive in large part because of the grand return of Kyle Schwarber. Arrieta overcame a shaky first inning to carry a no-hit bid into the sixth, as the Cubs evened the World Series with a 5-1 Game 2 win Wednesday over the Cleveland Indians. As the series shifts to Chicago in what promises to be an exuberant Windy City, the Cubs can win their first championship in 108 years by taking all three games at Wrigley Field this weekend.
A Southern California man has been arrested for repeated threats against an Islamic mosque, according to Los Angeles police. Mark Lucian Feigin, 40, was taken into custody Oct. 19 after calling the Islamic Center of Southern California and making threats. Police searched his home and found rifles, shotguns, handguns, "modified high-capacity magazines" and thousands of rounds of ammunition. read more
Sen. Ted Cruz indicated that Republicans could seek to block a Democratic president from filling the vacant Supreme Court seat indefinitely. "There is certainly long historical precedent for a Supreme Court with fewer justices. I would note, just recently, that Justice [Stephen] Breyer observed that the vacancy is not impacting the ability of the court to do its job. That's a debate that we are going to have," Cruz said. An indefinite GOP blockade of a Supreme Court nominee would almost certainly lead to an erosion in the Senate's super-majority requirement. read more
A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water. The technology has been patented by the University of Minnesota and is licensed to the new Minnesota-based startup company Sironix Renewables. read more
The belief that the Cleveland Indians were phasing out Chief Wahoo has been completely obliterated during the postseason. The Sambo-like caricature is on the team's caps, uniforms and a lot of other branding. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the logo is considered offensive and will discuss it with team owner Larry Dolan: "I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. Dolan and I have agreed we'll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward."
A nationwide poll released in mid-September found 44 percent of voters under 35 opting for a third party. A series of other state and national surveys put that figure between 25 and 30 percent -- more than enough to flip (what was then) an increasingly close race. ... After commanding little more than 40 percent of the youth vote for much of her general-election run, [Hillary] Clinton is now on pace to match the 60 percent share Obama won in 2012, according to an enormous new study from the Black Youth Project at the University of Chicago. read more
Estelle Liebow Schultz was born in 1918, two years before women gained the right to vote. When she cast her early vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election this month, Schultz said it was an historic moment. "I felt like a million bucks," Schultz, 98, told ABC News. [Schultz and her granddaughter] recruited two friends, Tom Fields-Meyer and Shawn Fields-Meyer, to create the website I Waited 96 Years. The website features the photos and stories of women like Schultz who were born before the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote was ratified in 1920. -- ABC News