We’ve got climate change on the brain this week, with opinions from Sacramento to Raleigh and Miami, but the choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is a no-brainer on global warming. Meanwhile, Erika D. Smith wonders about Mike Pence’s decision to stand by the Donald, who has alienated church women in Indiana. Also, our endorsements for Citrus Heights City Council, and dueling op-eds on the condom-porn ballot measure. And don’t forget the mailbag, where a reader imagines the locker room in Trump’s gym.
Well, that didn’t take long. On Wednesday, two women – Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks – told The New York Times that Donald Trump touched them inappropriately. That makes at least three women who have come forward since a damning 2005 video of the Republican nominee boasting about groping women surfaced last week.
But Mike Pence, the Republican vice presidential nominee, isn’t one to let accusations of sexual assault get in the way of a good stump speech. He went to bat for Trump on Wednesday, extolling the virtues of forgiveness to his fellow evangelicals at Liberty University.
“As Christians,” he said, “we are called to forgive, even as we’ve been forgiven.”
Not everybody is in the forgiving mood, though. A growing number of evangelical women are appalled at the way male leaders of the religious right have continued to back Trump, columnist Erika D. Smith writes. The Republican Party, it seems, needs your prayers.
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Heads rolled after it was revealed that Wells Fargo opened as many as 2 million accounts without customers’ knowledge. But the 5,300 employees sent packing somehow didn’t include the bank CEO.
On Wednesday, Wells Fargo Chairman and Chief Executive John Stumpf finally stepped down from both roles, effective immediately, amid continued criticism, losses and general outrage. Here and here are what we had to say last month about the scandal.
Compensation in 2015 for the banker whose leadership U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called “gutless”? See above.
Editorial: For voters who care about climate change, there’s no contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Endorsement: In the race for two seats on the Citrus Heights City Council, Jeff Slowey has been an important factor in the city’s success, and Rick Doyle has served on the city’s planning commission for six years.
Erika D. Smith: Donald Trump’s casual misogyny and Mike Pence’s clueless calls for forgiveness could turn out to be a wrong turn for the religious right.
Physician Gary Richwald debates performer Chanel Preston and doctor Jay Gladstein on whether Proposition 60 is needed to protect adult-film actors from disease.
Chanel Preston and Jay Gladstein: Prop. 60 will lead to harassment and lawsuits of actors.
Joe Mathews: People power fueled the plastic bag ban.
San Jose Mercury News: Rep. Mike Honda’s lawsuit is mostly a publicity stunt.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Donald Trump’s lonely race to the bottom.
Orange County Register: Has Donald Trump lost the support of women voters?
Los Angeles Times: What we don’t know about superbugs could kill us.
The Raleigh News & Observer: The wrath of Matthew.
Miami Herald: Paris pact on global warming must move forward – quickly.
Seattle Times: Don’t permit homeless camping in Seattle’s green spaces.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The GOP’s Trumpian moment of truth.
Dana Milbank: The religious right makes a deal with the devil.
Thomas L. Friedman: Can the U.S. win this election?
Ross Douthat: The Republican inferno.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Donald Trump does not represent all men.
Trump’s locker room is filled with obscenely rich, aged, obese, misogynistic white men with dyed hair, hair transplants, bad comb-overs, spray tans and expensive suits tailored to hide an expanded gut. Banter about unwanted kissing, groping and sexual assault is their equivalent to points, rebounds and assists. – Mark Shannon, Sacramento