Trickle-down toxicity, and advice to vote, but pray


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Three weeks before the election, momentum gathers. Unnervingly, so does violence.

In the swing state of North Carolina, a county Republican headquarters was firebombed Sunday. In a tweet, Donald Trump blamed “animals representing Hillary Clinton.” Meanwhile in Arizona, another swing state, Mi-Ai Parrish, the president of the state’s major daily, The Arizona Republic, responded to death threats in the wake of the conservative paper’s historic endorsement of Clinton.

Apparently such threats don’t deter Warren Buffett. The Omaha paper owned by his Berkshire Hathaway endorsed Clinton over the weekend, the paper’s first Democratic presidential endorsement since 1932.

Take that

Trump toxicity trickled down-ticket, endorsement-wise, to senate races in Pennsylvania and Nevada, and almost in Ohio (see our takes from the swing states, below). The Bee’s Shawn Hubler also celebrated millennials putting the brakes on his sexist bandwagon.

But worries persist about what happens after the election. Doug Elmets looks to the GOP’s future, and Kathleen Parker, Charles Krauthammer and others wonder whether Trump’s claims of a “rigged election” will leave faith in the system more permanently undermined. This editorial board has expressed similar concerns.

Take a number: 1.7 million

That’s the number of truckers in America, whose jobs may be in jeopardy in the next decade because of technological advances in driver-less vehicles. In the latest Numbers Crunch, Foon Rhee asks what would happen if entire categories of jobs disappear in the new economy and looks at what President Obama, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are saying about this economic transformation, or not.

Our take

Endorsement: Kamala Harris is the clear choice for U.S. Senate.

Editorial: Initiatives reveal the sad state of California’s direct democracy.

Shawn Hubler: With a millennial push, Donald Trump’s sexist bandwagon is about to crash.

Douglas Elmets: Where does the Republican Party go from here?

Hedrick Smith: Advocates of campaign finance reform and overturning Citizens United will have an important ally if Hillary Clinton becomes president.

Reuven H. Taff: In this exasperating election, candidates and voters should heed a lesson in civility.

Markos Kounalakis: Ethiopia’s promise, potential at a crossroads.

Timothy J. Bradley and David L. Feldman: Salton Sea water diversion could be catastrophic for public health.

Mike Montgomery: In reforming the PUC, Gov. Jerry Brown should replace commissioners.

Rob Turner: Don’t make the same mistake with convention center plans again.

Foon Rhee: What if entire categories of jobs just disappear?

Dan Morain: The Pulitzer Prize awarded last week to Jack Ohman was nice, though journalists don’t do what they do for awards.

Their take

The Arizona Republic: A response to threats about our presidential endorsement.

The Charlotte Observer: Why we’re not endorsing Pat McCrory for the first time in 25 years.

The Denver Post: Yes on Amendment 72. Update Colorado’s cigarette tax.

The Virginian-Pilot: Let studies begin on decriminalizing pot.

Reno Gazette-Journal: Vote no on initiative to legalize marijuana.

Takes from the swing states

Miami Herald, Florida-29 electoral votes: Hillary Clinton picks up another Sunshine State endorsement. Add this one to the Tampa Bay Times, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and the Orlando Sentinel, with zero dailies for Trump in Mar-A-Lago’s home state.

York Dispatch, Pennsylvania-20: Vote for Hillary Clinton, and say good riddance to Trump.

Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania-20: Trump trickles down-ticket, as the Philly paper endorses endorses Democrat Katie McGinty for U.S. senate over Trump-waffling incumbent Pat Toomey, in a tight race.

Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio-18: Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman “waited too long” to denounce Trump, but he should be reelected.

Raleigh News & Observer, North Carolina-15: Elect Democrat Deborah Ross to U.S. Senate and replace the low-profile, Trump-supporting incumbent Richard Burr.

Las Vegas Sun, Nevada-6: Republican Senate candidate Joe Heck finally backed away from Trump, better late than ever. But Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto gets the endorsement to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

Des Moines Register, Iowa-6: Hillary Clinton is a vote for American values.

Omaha World Herald, Nebraska-5: The paper owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway endorses Hillary Clinton, the first Democrat it has endorsed for president since FDR.

Syndicates’ take

Leonard Pitts: America, the most civilized of nations?

Dana Milbank: Shame on Trump? Shame on us.

Ruben Navarrette: Young adults should be taught the benefits of looking inward.

Kathleen Parker: Greatest fear will come after the election.

Charles Krauthammer: “Lock her up” talk is worse than “locker room” talk

Timothy Egan: Burning down the house.

Paul Krugman: The Clinton agenda.

David Brooks: The beauty of big books.


By all means vote on Nov. 8, then pray for this country. – Editorial Board of The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, in a Sunday non-endorsement recommending only that the GOP majority in Congress be maintained.