Hillary Clinton’s experience makes her the right choice for president

The Idaho Statesman is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president.

We recognize a lot of you are not going to like our choice of a Democrat in this Republican state — where Sen. Ted Cruz won the GOP primary in a landslide and where Sen. Bernie Sanders soundly defeated Clinton in the Democratic caucus. But our hope is that you will consider our reasoning before critiquing our conclusion. At this critical time in our nation’s history, we need, more than ever, to listen to each other with respect.

Even though Donald Trump won the Republican nomination fair and square, his checkered past, vague policies and divisive statements have never convinced us that he is, indeed, a Republican. This is borne out by a growing list of GOP icons — generals, former presidents, former Cabinet members, national security experts and Republicans in Congress — who, like us, are convinced Trump’s allegiances begin and end with himself.

Our seven-member editorial board’s vote for Clinton was nearly unanimous, and we decided this before the audio and video surfaced of Trump’s lewd 2005 conversation about women. A few expressed low to medium enthusiasm for Clinton, and one simply would not endorse her. But the board was unanimous on one count: None could endorse Trump.

The board believes the 2016 presidential race ought to be about how the candidates intend to govern, keep us safe and create an atmosphere for economic growth for the nation. We also believe that Clinton is far from perfect. We did not ignore or dismiss her private emails, Benghazi and her lack of transparency. We talked at length about the poor judgment she has used and her reluctant acknowledgment of it.

But our conversation focused on the choice before us: Clinton or Trump. During our deliberations, we considered a long list of Idaho issues and essential qualifications for presidential candidates, and decided to highlight the ones below. We sourced the candidates’ records and policy statements to see whether they measured up. This led us clearly to Clinton.


No Mass Exodus Out of RSC for Freedom Caucus Members

dailysignal.com – By Philip Wegmann – The number of Freedom Caucus members considering an exodus from the Republican Study Committee has dwindled to just a handful of lawmakers, according to a comprehensive Daily Signal survey. That healthy prognosis comes little more than a month after Freedom Caucus members began talking openly of a breakup between the two influential conservative groups, and it could signal continued cooperation between them when the next Congress convenes.

The aftershock of a more significant breakup of the two groups threatened to shake up the conservative bloc in Congress. Though distinct, the Freedom Caucus and RSC share members, sometimes coordinate on policy fights, and make up the majority of the Republican conference.

But the threat of an exodus has greatly diminished.

More… http://dailysignal.com/2016/10/12/no-mass-exodus-out-of-rsc-for-freedom-caucus-members/

Samantha Bee’s Latest Monologue About the Republican Meltdown Is Must-Watch TV

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Man gets bitten in the groin by hungry turtle that won’t let go in painful looking footage

mirror.co.uk – By Patrick Lion – Carrying the turtle, the animal’s head dangled dangerously close to the man’s groin area – and then it latched on to his penis. A turtle has bitten a man’s penis – and refused to let go.  The painful looking incident was caught on camera as the Chinese man walked along a street.  Carrying the turtle, the animal’s head dangled dangerously close to the man’s groin area. The turtle then appeared to latch on to his penis through the man’s pants.

More… http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/man-gets-bitten-groin-hungry-9018604

Obama signs ‘bill of rights’ for rape survivors into law

thehill.com – By Cristina Marcos -President Obama signed legislation into law on Friday that ensures sexual assault survivors in federal criminal cases have access to forensic evidence collection kits. The bill, known as the Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act, guarantees the right to materials for gathering and preserving physical evidence, known as rape kits.

Under the new law, sexual assault survivors can request preservation of the kits throughout the maximum statute of limitations and must be notified 60 days in advance prior to destruction of the kit. Survivors are also now guaranteed that they don’t have to pay for the rape kits.

The legislation passed without opposition in the House and Senate last month.

More… http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/299907-obama-signs-bill-of-rights-for-rape-survivors-into-law 

‘I moved on her,’ Trump says as he boasts of his sexual advances

latimes.com – By LeeMichael Finnegan and Kurtis Lee – Donald Trump boasted crudely about his sexual conquests in a 2005 audio recording made a few months after his marriage to Melania Trump, saying he sometimes got his way with women because he was “a star.” The recording, obtained by the Washington Post and released Friday, features the Republican presidential nominee making extraordinarily vulgar comments about women.

He is heard talking with Billy Bush of “Access Hollywood” as they were riding a private bus to the set of “Days of our Lives” for a Trump cameo. “I moved on her and I failed — I’ll admit it,” Trump is heard saying about an unidentified woman. Using a vulgar term, Trump says he tried to have sex with her and mentions that the woman was married at the time.

More… http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-audio-20161007-snap-story.html 

Japanese sewage trucks now smell like chocolate

en.rocketnews24.com – By Oona McGee – Four Osaka-based companies recently got together to develop a new technology to help mask unpleasant odours emanating from vacuum trucks, which are commonly used to collect sewage from homes. On 29 September, the companies jointly announced that the foul-smelling trucks will now be able to emit a sweet, chocolate-like fragrance instead.

More… http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/09/30/japanese-sewage-trucks-now-smell-like-chocolate/

Donald Trump’s weight problem: He can’t stop talking about ‘fat’ people

washingtonpost.com – By Katie Zezima and Jose A. DelReal – Donald Trump has a serious weight problem: He can’t seem to stop criticizing the girth of others. For decades, Trump has commented on other people’s bodies, particularly women who he believes had gained too much weight or were, in his word, “fat.” The recurring habit flared again this week when the Republican presidential nominee attacked the size of a Miss Universe winner, claiming she had gained “a massive amount of weight” while she wore the pageant’s crown and that “it was a real problem.”

Trump called actress Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig” and said she has a “fat, ugly face.” He said singer Jennifer Lopez has a “fat a–” and said reality television star Kim Kardashian had “gotten a little large” during her pregnancy. He kept a “fat photo” of one employee whose weight fluctuated in a drawer and told an overweight executive, “you like your candy,” according to the employees. When a reporter complimented his wife, Melania, on her appearance shortly after giving birth, Donald Trump replied: “She’s lost almost all the baby weight.”

More… https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/donald-trumps-weight-problem-he-cant-stop-talking-about-fat-people/2016/09/28/891ddd3a-858d-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html 

Man rescues SKUNK with head stuck in Coke can in ‘most daring’ moment of his life

mirror.co.uk – By Patrick Lion – A kind-hearted man risked a foul odour by rescuing a skunk which had a can of Coke stuck on its head. The man posted a video of his daring rescue on YouTube titled “The bravest thing I’ve ever done”. The video was filmed near Orillia in Ontario, Canada, and has been viewed almost 20,000 times.It shows the skunk hobbling along a road with the can trapped on its head.

More… http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/man-rescues-skunk-head-stuck-8920074 

The State of the Presidential Debate – How should candidates—and voters—argue about politics?

newyorker.com – By Jill Lepore – This election’s first Presidential debate will be held on September 26th, the anniversary of the first televised Presidential debate, between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy, in 1960. Nixon and Kennedy met in a bare CBS studio in Chicago, without an audience; the event was broadcast, live, by CBS, NBC, and ABC. Each candidate made an eight-minute opening statement and a three-minute closing statement. The rules were the result of strenuous negotiating. The very scheduling required Congress to temporarily suspend an F.C.C. regulation granting equal time to all Presidential candidates (there were at least fourteen). Much of the negotiation involved seemingly little things. Nixon wanted no reaction shots; he wanted viewers to see only the guy who was talking. But Kennedy wanted them, and prevailed, with the concession that neither man be shown wiping the sweat from his face. Then there were bigger things.

More… http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/19/the-state-of-the-presidential-debate