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Olympics give us a respite from Trump

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We’re delighted that the Olympics are giving us an alternative to the endless campaign. But what’s up with that four-hour tape delay, and what was going through DeMarcus Cousins’ mind at that, uh, male spa? There is no tape delay on the presidential race. We spent much of our morning watching Donald Trump’s economic speech, wondering how he plans to pay for it all. The address got mixed reviews in Detroit, where it was delivered. Erika D. Smith takes a hard look at Oak Park promises.

Take that

Donald Trump gave a significant, if scattered, policy speech in Detroit outlining his economic vision, only to be upstaged when The New York Times reported on a letter signed by 50 national security experts stating that Trump would “put at risk our country’s national security and well-being.” Powerful stuff.

The signatories don’t include secretaries of state, but they are not lightweights. And it’s noteworthy that one of the signatories is former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, The Philadelphia Inquirer noted. Ridge, a Republican, was Homeland Security director under President George W. Bush.

Ridge’s name matters in Pennsylvania, and Trump will have a tough time winning the presidency without capturing Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 8 percentage points in Pennsylvania, Real Clear Politics reports. But there are 90 days until Nov. 8.

Take a number: 0

Proponents of Proposition 64, the initiative to legalize marijuana, say it makes no sense to incarcerate people for marijuana possession. We couldn’t agree more. We also think it’s a bogus statement. Opponents write in their ballot argument that “not one single person remains in California’s prisons solely for simple marijuana possession.” They base that statement on a review by the California Department of Corrections in which the department’s “staff were unable to locate anyone in prison with MJ offenses where the weight was less than an ounce,” writes Albert Rivas, of the department’s external affairs office. In other words, no one goes to prison in California for simple possession.

Our take

Editorial: Handling the whole Olympian truth, including the news of DeMarcus Cousins and his Team USA teammates at that Copacabana, er, “male spa.”

Editorial: As a welcome change from name-calling and fact-challenged attacks, Donald Trump gave an actual policy speech. That’s to be applauded. The details? Not so much.

Erika D. Smith: Fulfilling the empty promises of Oak Park.

Daniel Weintraub, among our regular contributors: One out of four California kids never sees a dentist during elementary school. School dental clinics are good for kids and taxpayers.

Tom Scott and Kathay Feng: The people of California deserve a more transparent government that is more open, honest and accountable. That’s why people should vote for Proposition 54.

Their take

L.A. Times: California lawmakers should not punt on climate change. We could not agree more.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Child victims of sexual exploitation should be helped, as Sen. Holly Mitchell proposes, and not punished.

Debra J. Saunders, San Francisco Chronicle: Warning: Dangerous think tanks ahead.

Kansas City Star: Guns on college campuses jeopardize safety. Unless a new Legislature repeals the law in early 2017, next July people in Kansas will be able to carry firearms onto community college, college and university campuses.

Nancy Kaffer, Detroit Free Press: The economic plans that Donald Trump’s team had said he’d outline were sketchy, at best, as a set of policy objectives – cutting taxes and regulation – delivered at a rapid-fire, almost dizzying pace.

Detroit News: Donald Trump used Detroit as an example of failed Democratic policies, without acknowledging that the auto bailout implemented by Barack Obama’s administration helped trigger the industry’s tremendous rebound. But overall, it was a solid plan, and its delivery provides Trump with a map for bringing a derailed presidential campaign back on track.

Syndicates’ take

Eugene Robinson: Brace yourself for an uglier race.

Michael Gerson: Hillary Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ apology.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Elitism won’t defeat Trumpism.

And finally

“I don’t know what I am going to do, to be honest with you,” Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones, the Republican seeking to unseat Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, told KFBK last week, flinching from his earlier stand that he would vote for Trump. The Sacramento Bee’s Christopher Cadelago reported on Monday that Dave Gilliard, Jones’ campaign manager, clarified that saying Jones would vote for Trump if the election were held today, “because Clinton is simply not trustworthy.”

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