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Ceiling shatters in Philly but not so much in California

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The glass ceiling shattered, Hillary Clinton took center stage Thursday night, promised to work for gun safety, build infrastructure and work with Sen. Bernie Sanders to provide tuition-free college for middle-class kids. Mostly, she blistered Donald Trump: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.” We’ll hear variations of that statement many times between now and Nov. 8. Though not soaring, Clinton’s speech was direct and strong, and capped off a very good week for Democrats. With her party unified, Clinton almost certainly will rise in post-convention polls. Can’t wait to see how the 101 days play out.

Take on California

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took center stage at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to give a speech to the Democratic National Convention about immigration. Los Angeles’ current mayor, Eric Garcetti, got his moment on stage, too, as did Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. Treasurer John Chiang and Tom Steyer, the most accessible billionaire in America, were everywhere in Philly this week. Each is an announced, likely or possible candidate for California governor in 2018. Not a woman among them. Unless there’s a surprise, California’s glass ceiling won’t be shattered for at least six years and more likely a decade.

Take on Florida

With little else to do while standing in line for coffee at Starbucks at the down Philadelphia Marriott, former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist took time to handicap politics in his pivotal swing state. It was, understandably, a partisan take. Because of fairer congressional boundaries, Democrats could pick off three congressional seats or more, including the one in the St. Petersburg district where he is running. Marco Rubio is in trouble for having derided the job of a U.S. senator while he ran for president, saying he would never run again for the Senate, and then deciding to run. And Dems could win by 5 percentage points. Two reasons: new residents and the politics of guns. After the Pulse nightclub massacre, attitudes are shifting. “No question in my mind,” Crist said.

Take a number: 237

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is in trouble for his clueless comments at a news conference this week encouraging Russia to hack and release Hillary Clinton’s emails. He is rude to reporters and bans some who have gotten under his thin skin from attending his press events. But at least he holds news conferences. Clinton has granted one-on-one interviews with journalists, but hasn’t done a news conference for 237 days, according The Washington Post.

Our take

Editorial: Stop playing politics with national security.

Editorial: The great drama of the Democratic National Convention has been whether the party could unite its fiery factions.

Aly Pachter: Instead of trying to get inspired by two flawed politicians, millennials should focus on what they’re passionate about.

Nathaniel Haas: Enter Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president.

Chuck Reed’s Soapbox: California’s ignored pension crisis is only getting worse.

Fran Pavley and Eduardo Garcia’s Soapbox: We need justice in fighting climate change.

Peter Tateishi’s take: Sacramento Metro Chamber will help Darrell Steinberg create jobs.

Their take

L.A. Times: John Warnock Hinckley’s attack on President Ronald Reagan was a shocking act of violence. But the reaction to it weakened an important legal principle without increasing public safety.

Mercury News: Marissa Mayer stumbled in her struggle to reinvigorate Yahoo, a goal many thought from the start was impossible. She succeeded, however, in raising the profile of women in tech.

Miami Herald: Hillary Clinton, whether you like her or not, trust her or not, has gone further politically than any other woman in America. For her perseverance alone, she should be praised.

Eric Frazier of The Charlotte Observer: Resent Hillary Clinton, if you feel compelled to. Hate her if you’ve got nothing better to do with your energy. But whatever else you do, give her achievement your respect.

Stephen F. Hayes of The Weekly Standard: Openly encouraging cyberattacks on political opponents by an emerging enemy seems to be another new low. And Donald Trump’s behavior makes clear that for all of his talk about putting “America first,” he is, yet again, putting Donald Trump first.

Syndicates’ take

Charles Krauthammer: What’s the case to elect Hillary Clinton?

Eugene Robinson: This time, Democrats channel Ronald Reagan.

Trudy Rubin: A President Donald Trump could be Vladimir Putin appeaser.

Dana Milbank: Women seize their moment at DNC.

Nicholas D. Kristof: Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump and our election.

Gail Collins: Hillary Clinton on the march, in a pantsuit.

Quote of the day

“France will always be France. France will never yield. because France is always the bearer of ideals, values and principles, for which we are recognized throughout the world.” – French President François Hollande.

Hollande was responding to Donald Trump, who, in the wake of the Nice slaughter and a horrendous attack on an elderly priest, said: “France is no longer France.”

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