Simon Doonan decodes political spectacle

The Democratic and Republican conventions differ in substance, but they create a similar spectacle. In studying the clothing and staging of the 2016 conventions and the candidates, humorist and fashion observer Simon Doonan says we must ask, “what are these people doing in order to manage our perceptions about them? They are carefully orchestrating their appearance.”

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Can You Understand Your Ballot?

Polling places are open for business all around California. There are 34 candidates competing for the seat of U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, who’s retiring. Some counties found ways to cram all 34 names on to one page. But in other places, the list takes up two pages of the ballot. And that has some election watchers nervous.

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