San Diego Union-Tribune Endorses Clinton

The San Diego Union-Tribune has endorsed Republicans for president from 1868 through 2012, but today they backed Hillary Clinton.

Vengeful, dishonest and impulsive, Trump is no Romney. This is why Hillary Clinton is the safest candidate for voters to choose in a complex world.

Terrible leaders can knock nations off course. Venezuela is falling apart because of the obstinance and delusions of Hugo Chávez and his successor. Argentina is finally coming out of the chaos created by Cristina Kirchner and several of her predecessors.

Trump could be our Chávez, our Kirchner. We cannot take that risk.

Democrats Rake In the Big Money

New York Times: “The flow of money, documented in Federal Election Commission reports, shows Democrats expanding their fund-raising advantage in the final phase of the presidential race, defying expectations at the beginning of the campaign that Republicans would dominate the money chase. Mrs. Clinton and the Democrats are now outpacing Mr. Trump and the Republicans on every front, according to F.E.C. records: Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, her party and outside groups supporting her have raised almost twice as much as Mr. Trump and his allies.”

“The influx of cash and the new rules have allowed the national Democratic Party to overcome a cash shortage and provide Democrats in key states like Virginia and North Carolina with money for early voting drives, additional staff and canvassing aimed up and down the ticket.”

Clinton Launches Final Stage Turnout Plan

“As the last full month of this presidential contest begins, Hillary Clinton is shifting toward a pure base-turnout strategy, inching away from her all-out effort to lure disaffected Republicans in favor of a traditional get-Democrats-to-the-polls effort that mirrors Barack Obama’s 2012 game-plan,” Politico reports.

“Gone are Clinton’s regular references to winning over moderate conservatives and her sly allusions to GOP leaders meant to give defecting Republicans a framework for abandoning their nominee. With 39 days to go, Brooklyn headquarters and battleground state operatives are activating the massive surrogate machinery, a heavy early voting push, and a large-scale registration offensive they think they need to secure a win in November.”

Hackers Have Hit Election Systems In 20 States

“There have been hacking attempts on election systems in more than 20 states — far more than had been previously acknowledged,” a senior Department of Homeland Security official told NBC News.

“The ‘attempted intrusions’ targeted online systems like registration databases, and not the actual voting or tabulation machines that will be used on Election Day and are not tied to the Internet.”

Trump Has a Real Twitter Problem

Rick Klein: “How has Donald Trump gone through three campaign managers without anyone being able to lock him out of his Twitter account? Or at least overnight – or change the password on his smart phone? Trump has redefined the ability to dominate a news cycle with a Tweet. But, as always, that cuts in both directions. Does Trump really want to spend another news cycle on his feud with the former Miss Universe? He’s now calling her ‘disgusting,’ and is urging followers to check out her ‘sex tape and past’ Is that the way to get past a rough debate night? Every passing day has brought more Trump complaints about that debate. The days have also revealed the brilliance of Hillary Clinton’s debate gambits. She set traps that snapped so hard that they continue to reverberate, right through her opponent’s Tweets.”

What the FBI Files Really Say About Clinton’s Email Server

Politico digs into the recently released FBI files on Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Together, the documents, technically known as Form 302s, depict less a sinister and carefully calculated effort to avoid transparency than a busy and uninterested executive who shows little comfort with even the basics of technology, working with a small, harried inner circle of aides inside a bureaucracy where the IT and classification systems haven’t caught up with how business is conducted in the digital age. Reading the FBI’s interviews, Clinton’s team hardly seems organized enough to mount any sort of sinister cover-up. There’s scant oversight of the way Clinton communicated, and little thought given to how her files might be preserved for posterity—MacBook laptops with outdated archives are FedExed across the country, cutting-edge iPads are discarded quickly and BlackBerry devices are rejected for being “too heavy” as staff scrambled to cater to Clinton’s whims.

Democrats Worry About Florida Ground Game

Tampa Bay Times: “Despite roughly 500 full time campaign staffers spread across Florida to help Clinton win forever close Florida, party leaders and activists across the state are fretting about the campaign’s ground game. Even Clinton campaign staffers in other states are quietly buzzing about the Florida campaign struggling to meet its goals for voter registration and other outreach benchmarks.”