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Posted November 5, 2018 9:40 p.m. EST

Trump Closes Out a Campaign Built on Fear, Anger and Division

President Donald Trump embarked Monday on a final three-state election swing that will close out an us-against-them midterm campaign built on dark themes of fear, anger, division, nationalism and racial animosity. The president’s warnings about “left-wing mobs” and a migrant “invasion” have energized conservatives he hopes to mobilize to hang onto control of Congress. At a rally in Cleveland, Trump's remarks were laced with acerbic attacks on his adversaries and accusations that Democrats would raise taxes, destroy Medicare and enact a socialist takeover of the U.S. health care system, reserving his most vitriolic language for the issue of immigration.

Trump’s Expected Meeting With Putin to Be Delayed

President Donald Trump said Monday that a meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia expected to take place this weekend in Paris will be delayed, possibly until later in the month when both are planning to attend an international summit in Argentina. The change in schedule came at a time of tension between Washington and Moscow over the fate of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, from which Trump has indicated he will withdraw the United States. Trump gave no explanation Monday for scrapping the Paris meeting, but a Kremlin spokesman said the schedule did not allow for a full-fledged discussion.

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Net Neutrality Challenges

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear challenges to net neutrality regulations adopted in 2015 by the Federal Communications Commission and upheld by a federal appeals court the next year. The regulations had barred broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or content. The rules allowed the federal government to regulate high-speed internet delivery as a utility, like phone service. Three members of the Supreme Court said they would have instead vacated the appeals court decision as moot, presumably because the commission reversed itself last year, after a change in its membership.

Tiniest Ape Ever Discovered Hints at the Rise of the Monkeys

A tiny fossilized molar found in the shrub land of Kenya’s Tugen Hills belonged to what may be the smallest species of ape yet discovered, according to a new study. The newly identified extinct species, Simiolus minutus, weighed only about 8 pounds, or slightly less than an average house cat. Dwarfed by today’s gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans, the miniature ape was possibly a casualty of natural selection. The finding, published online in the Journal of Human Evolution, provides insight into one aspect of an arms race between ancient apes and monkeys some 6 million to 14 million years ago.

Facing Threats and Bias, LGBT Candidates Running in Record Numbers

Ashley Lunkenheimer’s campaign for the Democratic nomination in Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District in May was trailed by whispers from some in her own party: It was fine that she was a lesbian, but were voters ready for that? Gina Ortiz Jones, a Democratic candidate in the 23rd Congressional District in Texas, faced a similar question. At least 244 LGBTQ candidates, all Democrats, are running for elected office at all levels of government, including 21 for Congress and four for governor. This “rainbow wave” comes at a time when the LGBT community faces a hostile White House and an escalating number of bias incidents.

Spanking Is Ineffective and Harmful to Children, Pediatricians’ Group Says

Parents should not spank their children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said Monday in its most strongly worded policy statement warning against the harmful effects of corporal punishment in the home. The group, which represents about 67,000 doctors, also recommended that pediatricians advise parents against the use of spanking and said to avoid using nonphysical punishment that is humiliating, scary or threatening. The academy’s new policy, which will be published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics, updates 20-year-old guidance on discipline that recommended parents be “encouraged” not to spank.