The candidates' health and tightening polls. Colin Powell’s leaked emails. Russian hackers target Olympians. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
Tightening polls in the presidential race this week, with Donald Trump out front in some key swing states and Hillary Clinton briefly sidelined with pneumonia. Trump glosses his own health with Dr. Oz. Clinton goes after Trump "deplorables." And Trump talks childcare and supply-side economics. Colin Powell is hacked. Syria’s ceasefire looks fragile. A call for pardon for Edward Snowden. And Americans’ median income, up 5 percent. Hooray! This hour, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. - Tom Ashbrook
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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Tim Kaine steps up surrogate duty, Ted Strickland steps in it — "Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, the Democratic candidate for vice president, made his first Ohio appearance without Hillary Clinton on Monday. And though it was planned that way all along, Kaine's Dayton visit came amid heightened coverage of Clinton's health. Kaine stuck to his script – college affordability, the Columbus Dispatch's Darrel Rowland reports. But Rowland also notes an awkward comment from warm-up act Ted Strickland. As part of his introduction, Strickland, the Democratic candidate for Senate in Ohio, remarked that Kaine is prepared to be vice president and president 'if that ever became necessary.'"
USA Today: A suburban tide against Trump could sink his election bid — "The biggest swing in the American electorate this year is happening among white, college-educated voters like Mapa. They are a big and growing group — an estimated 23% of the electorate four years ago and expected to be a bit more this year — and they have voted Republican in every presidential election since at least 1952. Four years ago, Mitt Romney won their support by a solid 14 percentage points, according to surveys of voters as they left polling places. But in the latest Pew Research Center poll, taken last month, Clinton led among whites who have a college degree by 14 points."
NPR News: Passing Research Ship Saves Weather Station Staff From Polar Bear 'Siege' — "Five people. Ten bears. One desperate call for help. On a remote Arctic island, five researchers at a weather station found themselves "besieged" by polar bears over the weekend, Russia's TASS news agency reports. Vadim Plotnikov, the head of the weather station on Troynoy Island, told the news agency on Monday that the staff there had seen 10 adult bears around the station, as well as several cubs."
This program aired on September 16, 2016.