From Broad­way to outer space: Elec­tion snip­pets

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Broad­way read­ies for a night of (off­stage) drama, an early vote is cast in space, and Don­ald Trump takes a rib­bing from the man he hopes to suc­ceed. Here are some snip­pets from the White House race on Mon­day, the fi­nal day of the months-long show­down be­tween Repub­li­can Trump and his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton:

Lights out on Broad­way

Much of Broad­way will be tak­ing the night off on Tues­day, and with good rea­son: what is the sense in com­pet­ing with the big­gest spec­ta­cle on Earth? Big-name Broad­way shows with no sched­uled per­for­mances on Elec­tion Day in­clude “Wicked,”“Kinky Boots,”“The Phan­tom of the Opera,” “Beau­ti­ful”, “Cats”, “Chicago,” Cirque du Soleil’s “Paramour” and “The Color Pur­ple.” The lights will also be out at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera and Carnegie Hall. Af­ter all, the 2016 White House race could hardly have de­liv­ered more drama, and hun­dreds of mil­lions around the world will be watch­ing with bated breath to see which path the coun­try chooses in a photo-fin­ish con­test.

More than once, Barack Obama has been the tar­get of a Don­ald Trump tweet­storm. Not any more: Team Trump has re­port­edly wrested away the un­ruly can­di­date’s Twit­ter ac­count as part of a fran­tic ef­fort to keep him on mes­sage as the race goes down to the wire-rais­ing amused eye­brows in the op­po­site camp. “Think about this: over the week­end, his cam­paign took away his Twit­ter ac­count,” the US pres­i­dent taunted as he stumped for Clin­ton in Michi­gan. “Now, if your clos­est ad­vi­sors don’t trust you to tweet-then how can we trust him with the nu­clear codes?”

While the change of Twit­ter strat­egy-re­ported by The New York Times-is not of­fi­cial, there is no mis­tak­ing the shift in tone of the ac­count. Gone are the un­fil­tered tirades be­rat­ing his op­po­nent, a former Miss Uni­verse, or a sys­tem “rigged” against him. In­stead, since late last week, @RealDon­aldTrump has been tweet­ing pol­ished, well-tar­geted mes­sages, with links to cam­paign posts on Face­book. One of his only out­bursts of re­cent days did tar­get Obama: “Why is he cam­paign­ing in­stead of cre­at­ing jobs & fix­ing Oba­macare? Get back to work for the Amer­i­can peo­ple!” Ac­cord­ing to The New York Times, the tweet in ques­tion was posted af­ter mak­ing it past Trump’s cam­paign staff-af­ter a light edit.

Out of this world

In an elec­tion that’s al­ready been out of this world, the lone Amer­i­can as­tro­naut in outer space has cast his vote, NASA said Mon­day. Shane Kim­brough be­came the lat­est as­tro­naut to join in a long tra­di­tion of vot­ing while float­ing high above the Earth, in­side the or­bit­ing In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. US as­tro­nauts have been able to vote from space since 1997, un­der Texas law. Most live in the Hous­ton area, home to NASA’s Mis­sion Con­trol and the John­son Space Cen­ter. Since as­tro­nauts can get emails in space, an elec­tronic bal­lot gen­er­ated by the Galve­ston County Clerk’s of­fice was emailed to Kim­brough’s se­cure ac­count at NASA’s John­son Space Cen­ter. Mis­sion Con­trol then trans­ferred the email to the space sta­tion, so Kim­brough could make his choice some 250 miles above the Earth, be­fore send­ing it back to Texas via se­cure email. There was no word from NASA or Kim­brough on which can­di­date he picked for pres­i­dent. — AFP

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