27

Jul

2016

President Obama on Clinton: ‘There has never been a man or a woman ... more qualified’ to be president

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President Barack Obama addressed the Democratic Party’s convention for the final time as the Oval Office holder, reflecting on his presidency and preparing to vouch for the woman he hopes will be his successor, Hillary Clinton.

As Obama took the stage, the delegates stood and chanted “Yes we can!”

“Twelve years ago tonight, I addressed this convention for the very first time,” Obama said. “I was filled with faith; faith in America – the generous, bighearted, hopeful country that made my story – indeed, all of our stories – possible,” he added.

“I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your president, to tell you I am even more optimistic about the future of America,” Obama said.

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23

Jul

2016

Donald Trump is a unique threat to American democracy

Author: Editor

Donald J. Trump, until now a Republican problem, this week became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome. The real estate tycoon is uniquely unqualified to serve as president, in experience and temperament. He is mounting a campaign of snarl and sneer, not substance. To the extent he has views, they are wrong in their diagnosis of America’s problems and dangerous in their proposed solutions. Mr. Trump’s politics of denigration and division could strain the bonds that have held a diverse nation together. His contempt for constitutional norms might reveal the nation’s two-century-old experiment in checks and balances to be more fragile than we knew.

Any one of these characteristics would be disqualifying; together, they make Mr. Trump a peril. We recognize that this is not the usual moment to make such a statement. In an ordinary election year, we would acknowledge the Republican nominee, move on to the Democratic convention and spend the following months, like other voters, evaluating the candidates’ performance in debates, on the stump and in position papers. This year we will follow the campaign as always, offering honest views on all the candidates. But we cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world.

Why are we so sure? Start with experience. It has been 64 years since a major party nominated anyone for president who did not have electoral experience. That experiment turned out pretty well — but Mr. Trump, to put it mildly, is no Dwight David Eisenhower. Leading the Allied campaign to liberate Europe from the Nazis required strategic and political skills of the first order, and Eisenhower — though he liked to emphasize his common touch as he faced the intellectual Democrat Adlai Stevenson — was shrewd, diligent, humble and thoughtful.

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22

Jul

2016

Clinton picks Kaine as her running mate

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Tim Kaine isn’t just with her — the Virginia senator will also be on Hillary Clinton’s ticket, her campaign announced Friday evening.

While Kaine’s selection ends a months-long process for the Clinton campaign, his consideration for the vice presidency has been eight years in the making. He was an early endorser of Barack Obama in 2008 and was a top contender on Obama’s shortlist.

Similarly, Kaine was “Ready for Hillary” even before the now-presumptive Democratic presidential nominee had launched her campaign, having endorsed Clinton nearly a year before she entered the race last April. Now, he’s ready for the White House.

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19

Jul

2016

Will County projects moving forward

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As the first round of bids has hit the street for the construction of a new Will County sheriff's facility, the county's capital improvements committee decided Tuesday it does not need to hire another consultant to oversee the $32 million project.

Officials also want the sheriff's building — which includes a new consolidated 911 dispatch center and offices for the Emergency Telephone System Board — to be built with local union labor as much as possible, and they are now tweaking a labor-management agreement with the Three Rivers Construction Alliance.

Following a heated political discussion at the committee meeting two weeks ago over whether to spend $200,000 to hire an "owner's representative," — a liaison between the county board and its team of consultants to oversee the new sheriff facility and the new courthouse — committee chairwoman Ragan Freitag, R-Wilmington, began Tuesday's meeting saying she wanted it to be "orderly and respectful."

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17

Jul

2016

Donald Trump has a problem with female voters. Pence could make it even worse

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Donald Trump has already had problems making inroads with female, gay and minority voters. His vice-presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, could make things even worse.

Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, has endorsed conservative legislation on abortion, gay rights and immigration both in his home state and while in Congress, where he was consistently ranked as one of the most right-leaning members of the House. He attempted to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, supported a measure that made English the nation’s official language and signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws earlier this year.

Pence is almost certain to appeal to socially conservative and evangelical voters who have been skeptical of Trump, a brash, thrice-married New Yorker with little appetite for fighting the culture wars. By picking Pence, Trump added his inverse to the ticket: a social-issues warrior with a long, very conservative track record.

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