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“One in six prime-age guys has no job; it’s kind of worse than it was in the depression in 1940.”

“Donald Trump Stumbles and Lies His Way Through Vets Town Hall”

For example, he said that he would stem refugee flows from the civil war in Syria by creating safe zones in the Middle East. And while the United States, under a Trump administration, would “lead the charge” in creating these zones, it would neither help build the zones nor pay for it—leaving the question open as to how America would get the zones done at all. Trump also fired up the crowd with pure fiction and lies. He furthered the misconception that illegal immigrants—who are not eligible for welfare, food stamps and most other forms of public assistance—are being treated better than veterans are; and he also made the dizzying claim that ISIS is better equipped than American troops. At other times, Trump answered questions with total nonsense.

The Republican nominee, near the beginning of his remarks, was asked by Flynn about the health treatment that female veterans receive. Puzzlingly, Trump responded, “We are going to do procedures that they’ve never done.” These are words, but they don’t have meaning. And then came a rambling, explanation of the Iran-Iraq war, which has to be read to be believed: “They’d fight fight fight. And then Saddam Hussein would do the gas,” he said at one point. One Clinton aide compared it to “Drunk History,” a Comedy Central show where celebrities get drunk and try to explain historical events.

“Improper payment rate for Medicaid in 2016 will likely hit 11.5%. That’s nearly double the 5.8% rate in 2013.”

On Pre-Raphaelite muse Jane Morris

“There are only 15 proper Jewish delicatessens left in New York—down from about 1,500 in the 1930s.”

How sex, wine, and opium-laced tonic inspired Frankenstein and Dracula

The fierce, forgotten library wars of the ancient world

Monet’s mad enchantment

The robotic lander Philae has been found squeezed into a shadowy crack on the comet it was sent down to explore.

How this election is like “The Wrath of Khan”

The dull piety of the new Tate Modern

“Save Scotland’s jewels from the barbarians’ grasp”

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