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The Guardian

FBI gets search warrant as agency head accused of ‘partisan’ actions: The FBI has acquired a warrant to investigate emails found on the laptop of a former aide to Hillary Clinton as part of its investigation into the Democratic presidential nominee’s use of a private email server. The move came as senior Senate Democrats made an extraordinary attack on the head of the FBI, James Comey, on Sunday over the new investigation, with Senate minority leader Harry Reid warning he may have broken the law. In a scathing letter, Reid wrote: “Your actions in recent months have demonstrated a disturbing double standard for the treatment of sensitive information, with what appears to be a clear intent to aid one political party over another. The Hatch Act limits the political activity of federal employees, for instance barring them from seeking public office or using their authority “or influence to interfere with or affect the result of an election”.

The New York Times

Clinton Forges Slim Lead With Early Turnout in Swing States: Hillary Clinton has established a slim edge over Donald J. Trump in early-voter turnout in several vital swing states, pressing her longstanding advantages in state-level organization and potentially mitigating the fallout from her campaign’s latest scrap with the F.B.I. Even as Democrats continued to reel from revived questions about Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state — a jolt delivered 11 days before the election in an abstruse letter from the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey — turnout tallies and interviews with dozens of early voters suggest that even a vintage “October surprise” may pack less of a punch than it once did. In a race between two deeply polarizing candidates, opinions appear to have been cemented weeks if not months ago for most voters.

The Economist

African countries are wrong to leave the ICC: SOUTH AFRICA’S decision to stomp out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is deplorable. It is inconceivable that Nelson Mandela would have done such a thing. Virtually all right-thinking liberals and lawyers in his country have condemned the move. In the name of standing up against the supposed anti-African bias of the court, South Africa has aligned itself with the autocrats of the continent and given succour to those who have committed appalling human-rights abuses. Its announcement on October 21st followed that of Burundi, which is under “preliminary examination” by the ICC for its president’s bloody suppression of dissent; the Gambia, another nasty regime, followed suit this week. It would be tragic if South Africa set in motion a domino effect that prompted ever more African countries to leave the court. A wave of withdrawals would reverse the progress towards greater rule of law across the continent and beyond.

Financial Times

Mark Carney stands ready to serve 8-year term at Bank of England: Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, is ready to serve a full eight-year term, facing down Brexiter critics campaigning for him to resign ahead of time. Mr Carney has told friends that he is likely to make a statement on his future this week to put an end to damaging speculation. The governor is expected to confer with prime minister Theresa May and chancellor Philip Hammond before making a final “personal” decision, potentially ahead of the publication of the BoE’s inflation report on Thursday. Financial markets, which have pummelled sterling since Britain voted to leave the EU in June, will be watching developments closely for signs of further political uncertainty. Mr Carney is said to be leaning strongly towards staying in his post.


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