Headlines Edition

Tuesday Headlines: “This is the play.”

In an interview, Trump says he intends to sign an executive order to change how the 14th Amendment is applied and end birthright citizenship. Expect the courts to decide whether this is unconstitutional.

With the announcement it will deploy troops to the US-Mexico border, the US military will have more personnel defending against a migrant caravan of mostly women and children than it has fighting extremists in Syria and Iraq.

From suspicions of terrorism to Soros funding, tracking the misinformation about the migrant caravan.

A senior Trump administration official on the caravan: "It doesn't matter if it's 100% accurate. This is the play."

What does it all mean? "The only way the Republicans think they can win the election is by stoking as much racial anxiety as possible in the final days, which tells you everything you need to know about their morally bankrupt party."

Don't forget economic anxiety: Trump says the stock market is "taking a little pause" before the midterms.

Trump heads to Pittsburgh this afternoon, even though the mayor asked him not to come.

"I saw the body of Cecil on the steps." Harrowing accounts from those who were in the Tree of Life synagogue during the shooting.

What to know about Gab, the far-right Twitter clone where the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter broadcast his intentions.

Yesterday Pence opened a campaign event with a Christian rabbi who prayed for each Republican candidate in the midterms, but initially omitted the victims and survivors of the synagogue attack.

An important term for this moment: stochastic terrorism, "the use of mass, public communication, usually against a particular individual or group, which incites or inspires acts of terrorism which are statistically probable but happen seemingly at random."

More US companies than ever—44%—are offering paid time off for their workers to vote on Nov. 6.

A new poll says a high number of Americans under 30 plan to vote in the 2018 midterms. School shootings are a big reason why.

Evangelicals could stop a blue wave. They turned out for Trump in 2016 and were repaid with anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion policies.

If US voter turnout improved, Democrats wouldn't necessarily win, because politicians would adapt—and that's the point.

Or just go low: Political advertisers on the left are spreading disinformation-lite campaigns that fall within Facebook's rules.

A list of all the known instances of the Trump administration actively engaging in corruption—while Congress lets it happen.

A study of 75 fascist activists' online activity shows how radicalization happens now—surprisingly, half were red-pilled offline.

They were mostly white-collar shitlords testing the waters of trolling in real life. Their pristine “Make America Great Again” hats, displayed boldly in a pack, showed little evidence of prior wear. Embedded with New York’s alt-right for three months, an antifascist details how white nationalists live and thrive in plain sight.

Ntozake Shange, who wrote For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, dies at 70.

In theory, carbon capture sounds simple; in practice, it's a political and economic quagmire that we have to solve.

The World Health Organization: More than 90% of the world's children are breathing toxic air, setting up a future health crisis.

The remains of Pluto's discoverer, Clyde Tombaugh, flew past Pluto in 2015, and are now over four billion miles away from Earth.

“I had to hear that song more than anyone else on Earth. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever worked on. I hated it when we were making it, but I really did love it but hated it at the same time.” An oral history of Too Many Cooks.

As more mountaineers scale Everest, contamination from human feces becomes a problem. A new biogas reactor nearby could help.

Fascinating 3D population density maps show where people live down to a 250-square-meter area.

A map visualizing the per-capita graveyards of the contiguous US, including towns that have cemeteries but no population.

A website tells you if your home is "stigmatized": e.g., if someone died there, it was a meth lab, or there's paranormal activity.

Video: With a set of strings attached to a 3D printer, David McCallum manipulates the printer's sounds, playing it like an instrument.