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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Since the Arizona Republic began publication in 1890, we have never endorsed a Democrat over a Republican for president. Never. This reflects a deep philosophical appreciation for conservative ideals and Republican principles. This year is different. The 2016 Republican candidate is not conservative and he is not qualified. That's why, for the first time in our history, the Arizona Republic will support a Democrat for president ... The Arizona Republic endorses Hillary Clinton for president. ... America needs to look ahead and build a new era of prosperity for the working class. This is Hillary Clinton's opportunity. She can reach out to those who feel left behind. She can make it clear that America sees them and will address their concerns. She can move us beyond rancor and incivility. read more

"He really should move on -- by resigning and seeking help, in order to spare the people of Maine more of his wild-eyed ramblings. Having menaced a Democratic state legislator in an obscenity-filled voice-mail rant, likened the IRS to the Gestapo and suggested that President Obama "go to hell," Mr. LePage threatens to remake his state's image from a vacation paradise of surreal natural beauty to a hotbed of hatred."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Jean Shepard, a mainstay of the Grand Ole Opry whose feisty honky-tonk songs of the 1950s and '60s paved the way for the brash, assertive style of singers like Loretta Lynn, died on Sunday in Gallatin, Tennesee. She was 82. The cause was complications of Parkinson's and heart disease. Shepard, who grew up on the country blues of Jimmie Rodgers and the western swing of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, brought a freewheeling, cheeky style to the eternal themes of heartache, cheating and marital discord, planting the flag for independent women. "Stand by your man" became "call out your man" in songs like "The Root of All Evil (Is a Man)" and "Many Happy Hangovers to You." She suggested she might be ready for a little adventure herself in "Twice the Lovin' in Half the Time" and dared speak up for women on the wrong side of a love affair in "The Other Woman." read more

It is not surprising that Trump inhabits his own factual universe, in which truth is determined by usefulness and lies become credible through repetition. What made the first presidential debate extraordinary -- really unprecedented -- was not the charges that Trump denied, but the ones he confirmed.

When Hillary Clinton claimed he didn't pay any federal income taxes in a couple of years, Trump said: "That makes me smart." When Clinton accused Trump of defrauding a contractor out of money he was owed, Trump responded: "Maybe he didn't do a good job and I was unsatisfied with his work." When Clinton criticized Trump for casual misogyny and for calling women "pigs," Trump brought up Rosie O'Donnell and said, "She deserves it." When Clinton recalled a Justice Department lawsuit suit against Trump alleging housing discrimination, he dismissed it as "just one of those things." read more

In the absence of facts, speculation will flourish. For example, as long as Donald Trump declines to release his tax returns, his opponents will offer theories for why he has failed to do so. ... During Monday's first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton offered her own theory: Trump is paying no taxes. And the Republican nominee seemed in the moment to confirm it, interjecting to say it would prove he was "smart." ... Perhaps Trump misspoke during the debate, or perhaps he committed a Kinsley gaffe -- accidentally telling the truth -- but his conflicting answers make it hard to know what the truth about his taxes is. There's one very easy way he could clear up the confusion. read more


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