Conservative Leadership Race Is Still a Toss-Up: Here’s What We’re Reading Today

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Leadership race can break any way

“With a ranked ballot featuring 14 candidates, voters are currently juggling with seemingly countless scenarios as they decide who will be their first, second, third or even tenth choice.”

The Globe and Mail

+1: O’Leary ditches Tory debate, appears on MSNBC from Miami – Toronto Star

2. Worst chemical attack in years in Syria; U.S. blames Assad

“The United States blamed the Syrian government and its patrons, Russia and Iran, on Tuesday for one of the deadliest chemical weapons attacks in years in Syria, one that killed dozens of people in Idlib Province, including children, and sickened scores more.”

New York Times

+1: Iraq looks to Canada for help dealing with aftermath of the Islamic State – Vice News

3. Why men don’t live as long as women

“Men die earlier than women, regardless of their environment or lifestyle, and are often more susceptible to some cancers and heart disease at an earlier age. In fact, men are at a higher risk than women when it comes to most of the top 15 contributing sources of mortality in the United States — which account for nearly 80 percent of all deaths.”


4. Adding conservatism to liberal feeds doesn’t make for well-rounded readers; it makes for rote centrism

“In addition to their faith in the power of curation — either human or technological — to faithfully convey the experience of foreign newsfeeds, these products embody the belief that consumption of countervailing opinions can lead to meaningful, productive engagement; and that consumption is a form of engagement at all.”

Real Life Mag

+1: FOX News is losing advertisers thanks to wave of sexual harrassment claims – Vice

5. Trump conspiracy tweetstorms are the Infowars of the left

“An increasing number of D-list Twitter celebrities are spewing unhinged takes and loosely-connected conspiracy theories about the still-developing story of Russia’s attempts to interfere in the election. And they’re building sizable online fanbases among frustrated liberals by telling them exactly what they want to hear.”