From the Upshot, what is the needle? and other questions about live election forecasts. Andrew Van Dam on gun control, tariffs and the issues that have literally fallen off the map in the midterms. Midterm elections: How politicians know exactly how you’re going to vote. Jennifer Cohn on voting machines: What could possibly go wrong? This is what democracy looked like: Alicia Cheng on a brief history of the printed ballot. Ari Berman on how voter suppression could swing the midterms. Voters like a political party until it passes laws. National politics has taken over America: Democrats are finally investing in state-level elections — but candidates in those races face big obstacles in trying to get voters to care.

Josh Blackman (South Texas): Presidential Speech. The Bill de Blasio show: Laura Nahmias on the New York City mayor’s rise and fall on the national stage. Why is art so expensive? Gaby Del Valle on the $63 billion, “winner-take-all” global art market, explained. “We can’t save everyone”: The hopeless mission of the only ship still rescuing refugees. What 500 elections in 28 European countries can tell us about the effects of anti-immigration rhetoric. Should Robert Bowers, the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect, be called a terrorist? Orban’s government vs. the social sciences: Censoring scientific lectures in Hungary. How can the news media do a better job covering elections — in a way that won’t leave out voters?

Missing wages, grueling shifts, and bottles of urine: Hayley Peterson on the disturbing accounts of Amazon delivery drivers may reveal the true human cost of “free” shipping. Silicon Valley and the quest for a utopian workplace: How Google, Tesla, and other tech giants could fix the broken relationship between employers and their employees. Bureaucracy as violence: Jonathan Weinberg reviews The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy by David Graeber. “No downside”: New Zealand firm adopts four-day week after successful trial. Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against “total work”. Why we need “blue laws”, the religious tradition that sanctifies life outside of work. The case against work: John Danaher argues that work is a bad thing.