The Associated Press is presenting a series of stories called "Why It Matters" examining 36 issues at stake in the presidential election. AP reporters who specialize in the subject matter explain how these issues shape the lives of Americans and summarize where the presidential candidates stand on each. Stories in the coming week will examine North Korea, the opioid epidemic and income inequality. The past week featured America's place in the world, voting rights and health care.
The choice for voters on Election Day goes far beyond the contrasting personalities and backgrounds of the candidates. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump see America's place in the world in far different terms. Their policies clash on immigration, the economy, health care, the direction of the Supreme Court and much more. They offer distinct approaches on matters that affect nearly everyone living in the United States.
Whether the question at hand is about the warming climate, the not-so-distant crisis over Social Security, the tax bite out of paychecks, the spread of opioid addiction or the perils of terrorism, hard decisions await the next president. "Why It Matters" aims to illuminate that economic, social and foreign policy landscape as voters weigh their decision.
The stories are being released Monday, Wednesday and Thursday early in the morning Eastern time, and repeated later in the day. A fourth story per week will be added on Tuesdays, starting the week of Oct. 3.
In addition, a weekly compilation is being released, drawing together condensed versions of the week's stories. Each compilation — BC-US--Campaign 2016-Why It Matters-Review — comes out early Saturday morning and is repeated later in the day.
Each story will run a maximum of 600 words, with photos and a variety of video presentations.
"Why It Matters" for the week of Aug. 15:
— Campaign 2016-Why It Matters-North Korea - A look at a country that may soon be able to target the U.S. with a nuclear weapon, and what Clinton and Trump think they can do about it. Moving Monday.
— Campaign 2016-Why It Matters-Opioid Epidemic - A look at record high opioid deaths, the impact on families and taxpayers, and the severe shortage of treatment. Moving Wednesday.
— Campaign 2016-Why It Matters-Income Inequality - The economy creates more high-paying and more low-paying jobs, hollowing out the middle. Moving Thursday.
A 380-word story introducing the series is also available: BC-US--Campaign 2016-Why It Matters.
The series can be found at http://apnews.com/tag/WhyItMatters
For questions, please contact U.S. Political Editor David Scott ([email protected]), Why It Matters editor Cal Woodward ([email protected]), or the AP's Nerve Center, which can be reach 24 hours a day at 212-621-1600.
The AP, Washington