We finish our endorsements for statewide propositions with our recommendations for Propositions 62 and 66, the death penalty measures, take a whack Donald Trump, the unctuous Billy Bush and NBC, and offer our weekly spin through swing-state editorials. A chain of Alabama newspapers endorsed Hillary Clinton. Trump was getting hammered before the hot mic “Access Hollywood” video was released, which explains why he acted as he did.
We shake our heads in disgust
In any other campaign, the debate at Washington University might have helped inform voters about where candidates stand on issues. Instead, Trump lashed out like the cornered and wounded animal he is, using Bill Clinton’s transgressions against women to throw Hillary Clinton off her game.
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An hour before the debate, Trump offered a photo-op of himself seated with Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey and Kathy Shelton, who was raped; Clinton, then a defense attorney, defended the attacker.
Once again, Trump was using women, and, in the process, sought to avoid owning up to his own sexist and predatory predilections. He soiled and debased our democracy. It was a sick and sad spectacle.
Take a number: 105
The Sacramento Police Department employs 105 women as police officers, down from 131 in 2010. In the Numbers Crunch, Foon Rhee raises the question about whether there might be fewer office-involved shootings if there were more women cops.
Editorial: Voters who wondered just how low Donald Trump would go in his race against Hillary Clinton got their answer on Sunday night.
Endorsement: End the illusion: Abolish the death penalty. Questions persist about our collective willingness to carry out the ultimate penalty, about the vagaries of an imperfect justice system, and the fundamental principle we learned as children: Two wrongs don’t make a right.
Editorial: The video makes clear what Donald Trump’s supporters have denied for months, with willful blindness: Trump is unfit to be president.
Dan Morain: Now, the Yes-on-64 campaign should amend its campaign finance reports to clearly show George Soros is the source of $4 million, not some corporate shell.
Joyce Terhaar: Investigative coverage starts with a tipster who takes a risk.
John J. Donohue: Beware of anyone who trumpets the simplistic view that more guns lead to less crime. This is a complicated area, but there is more reason to be skeptical about easy access to concealed carry permits than there is to be enthusiastic about it.
Ben Boychuk: Trump has been characterized as a wannabe Hitler or a would-be Caesar, but his nationalism and the nationalist sentiment of many of his supporters is quintessentially American.
George Runner: Marijuana tax revenue hopes could go up in smoke.
L.A. Times: Kamala Harris has shown she is the U.S. Senate candidate who is more likely to be the persuasive, thoughtful and pragmatic lawmaker California needs.
Brian Calle, Southern California News Group: To some residents, legalization will feel like a big step, and in a way, it is. But more importantly, it’s a thoughtful, reasonable one, well in sync with the times.
The Fresno Bee: Think of what a Donald Trump presidency would mean to the San Joaquin Valley.
The Modesto Bee: Enjoy seeing your gas-tax money spent in Alameda or Los Angeles? Like it when prospective businesses look at our roads, then look elsewhere? If you want better roads and fewer potholes, vote for Measure L.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Mayor Kevin Faulconer just drove home the seriousness of homelessness.
Miami Herald: The Guantánamo detention facility has failed; shut it down.
Birmingham News: Donald Trump is a unique threat and in an election where supporting third-party candidates splits a national vote, we see but one option. Hillary Clinton may be the second least popular major party candidate in 50 years, but she is also one of the most qualified candidates in history.
Tampa Bay Times, Florida-29: Hillary Clinton is the only candidate for president with the values, experience and knowledge to meet the challenges at home and abroad. Donald Trump is stunningly unprepared and temperamentally unfit.
Philadelphia Daily News, Pennsylvania-20: To anyone nursing the notion that there is no difference between the two major presidential candidates, two words: climate change.
Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Ohio-18: Using LeBron James as an endorsement vehicle for Hillary Clinton a perfect fit for an awkward election.
Detroit News, Michigan-16: Even former President Bill Clinton this week declared Obamacare’s higher premiums and deductibles resulting from the law are “crazy.” Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press: A vote for Donald Trump means that white men threatened by demographic changes won’t have to worry what people like me think.
Raleigh News & Observer, North Carolina-15: No candidate has ever been more qualified. She will be an excellent president. Vote for Hillary Clinton.
Arizona Republic, Arizona-11: As Donald Trump continued his clumsy courtship of Arizona, the state that any qualified Republican presidential candidate could have taken for granted remains in play precisely because Trump is Trump.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missouri-10: There is one choice, and only one choice, if America has any hope of sustaining its world leadership position and upholding the ideals laid out by the Founding Fathers. That choice is Hillary Clinton.
Des Moines Register, Iowa-6: Are there any limits to Gov. Terry Branstad’s loyalty to Donald Trump? It seems the candidate can say or do anything and Iowa’s governor remains a devoted fan.
Las Vegas Sun, Nevada-6: We must choose experience over ineptitude, empathy over ego, coherent reasoning over recklessness. With absolute confidence in her abilities and our nation’s bright future, we enthusiastically endorse Hillary Clinton for president.
Manchester Union Leader, New Hampshire-4: The remarkable thing about the Clintons is that even on the rare occasion when they tell the truth, it is still a shameless deception.
Ruben Navarrette: The media broke this election, and here’s how.
Dana Milbank: Pat McCrory’s loss could be a watershed for gay rights.
Trudy Rubin: Wartime allies deserve visas.
Maureen Dowd: Don’t compare Donald Trump to dogs because dogs are awesome.
E.J. Dionne: Only the willfully blind are shocked by Donald Trump.
David Brooks: Intimacy for the new generation.
Nicholas Kristof: Donald Trump, Groper in Chief.
Ross Douthat: Among Thomas Piketty, Naomi Klein, Ta-Nehisi Coates and other post-liberals.
Paul Krugman: What about the planet?
Eugene Robinson: The vice-presidential debate left me wanting less.
Kathleen Parker: Thinking dangerously at Elon University.
“In closing, I will do the dab while my opponent stares and then laughs uncomfortably. Thank you.” – Jack Ohman, @jackohman