The political cartoon on this month's cover, created by two-time Pulitzer Prize–winning editorial cartoonist David Horsey, is a commentary on the contentious circumstances leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Through the course of the race, Americans have watched increasingly divisive and tumultuous political rhetoric dominate the news cycle, social media, and conversations with family and friends. In light of this, the cartoon's depiction of the symbols of the Republican and Democratic parties as battered and bruised, and its reference to the need for “new blood,” convey the idea that the current state of political discourse in the United States is problematic—and needs a change.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8: visit www.usa.gov/voting for information on how and where to vote. For more on the issues surrounding the election, read this month's Editorial, “Choosing a President,” and Policy and Politics, “Nursing, Health Care, and the 2016 Presidential Race.”—Diane Szulecki, Associate EditorCopyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.