Your guide what’s driving the world this week, and what Millennial Times covered.
The RealClearPolitics average has Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton up 6.8 points over Republican Nominee Donald Trump as of Friday, as Clinton enjoys a post-convention surge in support while Trump faces a week of gaffes and a party elite that has considered abandoning him to preserve their hold on Congress, governorships, and state houses.
Third-party candidates, meanwhile, have seen an unusual level of coverage. Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson and VP nominee Bill Weld held a town hall on CNN on Wednesday, while Green Party nominee Jill Stein and VP nominee Ajamu Baraka will appear in a CNN town hall on August 17th.
Nuclear Weapons, Deterrence, and Donald Trump
Donald Trump made the news this week for allegedly asking why the United States had nuclear weapons if it was not allowed to use them. These comments sparked debate over Trump’s willingness to use nuclear weapons, the wisdom of a no-first-use policy, and other matters related to nuclear security.
The Truth About That Cash Payment to Iran
A Wall Street Journal article published in January has returned to the news, raising suspicions that $400 million in cash sent to Iran was a ransom paid for the release of American prisoners.
Korryn Gaines, Black Lives Matter, and Police Violence in America
Baltimore police shot and killed Korryn Gaines, a young black mother, on Monday, and injured her five-year-old son. Activists decried the incident as another tragic case of undue police violence against black people.
And Last But Not Least, The Millennial Times
“All in all, it boils down to the circumstances and their personal intentions. Snowden did what many would consider heroic, by seeing that something was terribly wrong and trying to correct it. However, some whistleblowers have darker intentions, and release information with the goal of creating mayhem and chaos.”
“Like I said previously, being different is not bad, but let me tell you, sometimes you do feel bad when you are constantly being alienated and called out for those differences. Florida, New Jersey, and Barbados have been three different lives for me.”
“The contrast between the handling of foreign relations as an issue even within the two campaigns is difficult to reconcile. When Mr. Trump says, “My primary consultant is myself,” he is declaring his own experience against the woman who traveled 956,733 miles during her tenure at the State Department.”