Here’s what we’re reading today.
1. The Final Countdown
“Trump’s advisers are working hard to plan their own futures while riding out the roller-coaster end of the campaign.”
+1: One week out, Clinton talks emails on the stump.
+1: Donald Trump is refusing to pay his campaign pollster three-quarters of a million dollars
2. The secret eye inside Mosul
“Shortly after the Islamic State swept into Iraq, in June, 2014, a clandestine blog called Mosul Eye appeared on the Internet. It provided details about life under the caliphate—initially offering hourly reports regarding roads around Mosul that were safe to travel, and then, in the following weeks, reporting on the dawning anxiety about the heavily armed isis fighters, the power blackouts, the rising prices, the chaos in local markets, the panic over food shortages, and the occupiers’ utter brutality.”
The New Yorker’s Robin Wright interviews the Mosul Eye.
3. The FBI’s very political James Comey
From Politico: “The FBI director says he doesn’t ‘give a hoot’ about politics. But when it comes to Clinton and her emails, he’s made a series of political decisions that have jeopardized the integrity of the FBI—and the U.S. election process.”
4. A little-noticed fact about trade: It’s no longer rising
“The Walmart revolution is over. During the 1990s, global trade grew more than twice as fast as the global economy. Europe united. China became a factory town. Tariffs came down. Transportation costs plummeted. It was the Walmart Era.
“But those changes have played out. Europe is fraying around the edges; low tariffs and transportation costs cannot get much lower. And China’s role in the global economy is changing.”
5. Peter Thiel talks Trump, single-digit billionaires, and Gawker
“The Paypal billionaire had some things to get off his chest.”