Welcome to the Trump show, by Andrew Mitrovica

Whichever way the political pendulum swings in the US, the rest of the world will be reduced to absorbed bystanders.

[Reuters]

"Trump understands and satiates the need of corporate media for conflict and drama and he delivers it in unrelenting doses in person and via social media."

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Can Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump? by Marwan Bishara

Or will this year's presidential elections repeat the 2000 Republican upset?

[Reuters]

"The Democratic Party primaries have exposed Clinton's failure to inspire or gain the trust of important segments of the voters, especially the young."

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The US election is about the past, Mark Perry

This election is about holding those responsible for the thousands of dead in Iraq and the bankruptcy of the country.

[The Associated Press]

"The insurgent current in the American electorate is undeniable. The old orthodoxies are melting away."

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The garden of Americanly delights, by Hamid Dabashi

Conspiracy theories are the fantasy of revolt against the assumption that the ruling elite is getting away with murder.

[Getty Images]

"Conspiracy theories are flights of fancy and delusional fantasies run amok. But they are also a healthy sign of a public defiance against the establishment media and their conventional opinion-makers left, right, and centre."

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Can Hillary Clinton placate the divided left? by Lauren Carasik

Some on the left remain deeply conflicted about submitting to the depressing repetition of "lesser evilism".

[Reuters]

"Between now and election day, vigorous debate about the width of the difference between Clinton and Trump and the best way to dismantle the prevailing status quo will underscore the paucity of options within the two-party system."

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The American system mobilises to save itself - again, by Geoffrey Aronson

The establishment is rousing itself to protect the system, this time from political rather than economic calamity.

[Reuters]

"In the waning weeks of the campaign, titans of the Republican establishment are sitting on the fence or declaring, as former president George H Bush has reportedly done, their intention to swallow hard and vote for Clinton."

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How Donald Trump could win - and why, by Richard Seymour

Old electoral alliances are cracking up, and the new have yet to clearly form.

[Reuters]

"While Trump may be hated for being a bigoted loose cannon, Clinton's weakness is precisely that she's seen as an untrustworthy and coddled establishment hack."

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Hillary Clinton and the 'woman card', by Gina Benevento

Clinton has masterfully used Trump's sexist blunders to her advantage.

[Reuters]

"Victims elicit sympathy - the precise quality Clinton is unable to arouse on her own. And victims, when they fight back at their attackers, make us respect and even like them."

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Source: Al Jazeera