DNC 2016: Hillary Clinton accepts nomination for president

Published: Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 9:00 PM
Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2016 @ 11:33 PM


            Hillary Clinton's remarks on Donald Trump from the Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton’s full remarks

11:20 p.m.: “Just ask yourself, Does Donald Trump have the temperament to be Commander-in-Chief? He can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign. He loses his cool at the slightest provocation. When he’s gotten a tough question from a reporter. When he’s challenged in a debate. When he sees a protester at a rally. Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis. A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

“Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of young black and Latino men and women who face the effects of systemic racism, and are made to feel like their lives are disposable.

Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous and necessary job. We will reform our criminal justice system from end-to-end.”

11:15 p.m.: “The choice we face is just as stark when it comes to our national security. Anyone reading the news can see the threats and turbulence we face. From Baghdad and Kabul, to Nice and Paris and Brussels, to San Bernardino and Orlando, we’re dealing with determined enemies that must be defeated. No wonder people are anxious and looking for reassurance, looking for steady leadership.”

“Keeping our nation safe and honoring the people who do it will be my highest priority.”

11:10 p.m.: “We’re going to give small businesses a boost. Make it easier to get credit. Way too many dreams die in the parking lots of banks. In America, if you can dream it, you should be able to build it.”

“We’re going to help you balance family and work. And you know what, if fighting for affordable child care and paid family leave is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in.”

11:04 p.m.: “If you believe the minimum wage should be a living wage, and no one working full time should have to raise their children in poverty, join us.”

“… That’s how we’re going to make sure this economy works for everyone, not just those at the top. Now, you didn’t hear any of this from Donald Trump at his convention. He spoke for 70-odd minutes, and I do mean odd. And he offered zero solutions. But we already know he doesn’t believe these things.”

“In my first 100 days, we will work with both parties to pass the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II. Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure,” Hillary Clinton said.

10:57 p.m.: “Tonight, we’ve reached a milestone in our nation’s march toward a more perfect union — the first time that a major party has nominated a woman for President. … When any barrier falls in America, it clears the way for everyone.”

“When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit. So let’s keep going, until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves.”

“Democrats, we are the party of working people, but we haven’t done a good enough job showing we know what you’re going through and we’re going to do something about it.”

10:49 p.m.: “I’ve been your First Lady. Served eight years as a Senator from the great State of New York. I ran for President and lost. Then I represented all of you as Secretary of State.”

“The family I’m from, well, no one had their name on big buildings. My family were builders of a different kind. Builders in the way most American families are. They used whatever tools they had, whatever God gave them, and whatever life in America provided, and built better lives and better futures for their kids.”

“I will be a President for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. For the struggling, the striving and the successful. For all those who vote for me and those who don’t. For all Americans together.”

10:47 p.m.: “And so it is with humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise, that I accept your nomination for President of the United States,” Hillary Clinton said.

10:40 p.m.: “Donald wants us to fear the future, and fear each other,” she said. “We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid. We will rise to the challenge, just as we always have.”

“We will not ban a religion, we will work with all Americans and work with our allies to fight and defeat terrorism,” Hillary Clinton said.

“We have the most powerful military, the most innovative entrepreneurs,” Hillary Clinton said. “Don’t let anyone tell you our country is weak. Don’t believe anyone who says, ‘I alone can fix it.’ Those were actually Donald Trump’s words … and should set off alarm bells for us. Isn’t he forgetting those on the front line.”

“He’s forgetting every last one of us,” Hillary Clinton said. “Americans don’t say ‘I alone,’ we say ‘we’ll fix it together.’”

10:34 p.m.: On children, Hillary Clinton, 68, said, “The president we elect is going to be their president too.”

“I want to thank Bernie Sanders,” she said, prompting chants of “Bernie” from the audience. “To all your supporters here and around the world … your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy and passion. That is the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America.”

“We’ve come to Philadelphia, the birthplace of our nation … our founders embraced the enduring truth that we are stronger together,” Hillary Clinton said. “Once again America is once again at a moment of reckoning. Powerful forces are threatening to pull us apart. Bonds of trust and respect are fraying. And just as with our founders there are no guarantees. It’s truly is up to us. We have to decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.”

10:27 p.m.: Hillary Clinton has taken the stage as the last speaker at the Democratic National Convention.

“Thank you so much. … And Bill that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago, it is still going strong. You know that conversation has lasted through good times that have filled us with joy and hard times that have tested us, and I’ve even gotten a few words in.”

“What a remarkable week it’s been. We head the man from Hope, Bill Clinton, and the man of hope, Barack Obama.”

10:06 p.m.: Chelsea Clinton has taken the stage to introduce her mother, Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.

“I’m here as a proud American, proud Democrat, proud daughter,” Chelsea Clinton said.

DNC Night 4 – Chelsea Clinton introduces Hillary Clinton

Chelsea Clinton said her daughter Charlotte loves to FaceTime with her grandmother.

“My earliest memory is my mom picking me up, giving me a big hug and reading me ‘Good Night Moon,’” Chelsea said. “Regardless of what was happening in her life, she was there for me.”

“I love that my parents expected me to have opinions … and to be able to back them up,” Chelsea said.

“She’s a listener and a doer, she’s a woman driven by compassion, faith … and a heart full of love,” Chelsea said. “I’m voting for a fighter that never gives up.”

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How will Trump’s climate change executive orders impact Ohio?

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:58 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:58 PM

Not even 100 days into his presidency, President Donald Trump Tuesday announced an executive order that would have sweeping impact on his predecessor’s efforts to curb climate change – a move that business and the energy industry cheers and that environmentalists lament.

With the stroke of a pen on Tuesday, Trump issued an order that will begin to bring to a halt the Clean Power Plan, one of the cornerstones of former President Barack Obama’s climate change efforts. The order also would overturn a moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands; ask the EPA and Interior to review rules on oil and natural gas development, such as the EPA’s methane emissions rules and Interior’s rules on fracking on federal lands; and ask federal agencies to review current rules and policies that could limit energy development.

Flanked by coal miners and joined by Vice President Mike Pence, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Trump said his action would “eliminate federal overreach, restore economic freedom and allow our companies to thrive, compete and succeed on a level playing field for the first time in a long time.”

Making the U.S. ‘energy independent’

The administration says the effort is aimed at making the United States “energy independent,” with a senior administration official Monday saying that Trump believes that we can serve the twin goals of protecting the environment and providing clean air and clean water, getting the EPA back to its core mission, while at the same time, again, moving forward on energy production in the United States.”

While the administration still plans to enforce clean air laws currently on the books, the official said “when it comes to laws or regulation like the Clean Power Plan, we’re going to go in a different direction.”

Christian Palich, president of the Ohio Coal Association, was gleeful. “This is a great day,” he said, saying Trump was fulfilling his campaign pledge to create an environment “that will allow the coal industry to compete.”

“It’s a great first step,” he said. A 2015 study published in the journal Energy Policy found that 50,000 coal jobs had disappeared over five years. “It has been heartbreaking to see,” he said. “Now, there is a renewed sense of optimism, a renewed sense of faith.”

Some say move still won’t bring back jobs

But not all are convinced that the regulatory rollback will translate to jobs. Even before Trump released his executive order, Murray Energy CEO Bob Murray told the Guardian that Trump, despite his efforts, will not be able to bring back the jobs.

Murray argued that natural gas has also driven down the demand for coal. An ardent foe of Obama’s policies, Murray said “it’s a better time,” for the coal industry, but nonetheless suggested Trump “temper” his expectations for job growth in the aftermath of the action.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said Trump’s executive actions “are a welcome departure from the previous administration’s strategy of making energy more expensive through costly, job-killing regulations that choked our economy.”

“There is every reason to believe that the federal government will no longer seek to punish American consumers and businesses for using the energy resources that fuel our economy,” he said.

Ohio Republican lawmakers support the move

Similarly, three Ohio GOP lawmakers applauded the actions. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, was among those to join Trump at the signing ceremony at the EPA.

Rep. Steve Stivers, R-Upper Arlington, said regulations such as the Clean Power Plan “would do nothing but raise costs on families…This order protects families and business from significant costs and burdens stemming from EPA regulations.”

“The President demonstrated today that there can be a common-sense balance - it is possible to have environmentally responsible regulations that don’t result in lost jobs and skyrocketing electricity costs,” said Johnson, while Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville said Trump “continues to make good on his promises and give the hard-working people of once-forgotten towns in coal country a chance at making a good living without the fear of government bureaucrats shutting down the industry they depend on to raise their families.”

Environmentalists say it’s a setback

While business and the energy industry welcome the decision, environmentalists say that the change will bury the U.S. behind much of the industrialized world in efforts to end climate change; that the world is already seeing the impact of climate change and that the economic toll, too, will be devastating, as nations try to deal with the impact of unpredictable weather.

“It’s a disaster,” said David Scott, a Columbus resident who is a former president of the Sierra Club and currently a member of the board. “Collectively it puts us out of touch with the rest of the world.

“This is an all-out assault on the protections we need to avert climate catastrophe,” said Rhea Suh, president of the National Resources Defense Council.

“Dismantling existing EPA programs and policies isn’t a plan—it’s an abdication,” said Ken Kimmell, president of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Seas are rising, droughts are becoming more commonplace, the Mountain West’s wildfire season is getting longer and we’re seeing more record-breaking temperatures. The fingerprints of climate change are everywhere, threatening Americans’ health, safety and pocketbooks.”

Lake Erie impact

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said climate change could hurt Lake Erie by creating an ideal environment for the growth of harmful algal blooms. Trump’s budget also zeroed out money for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program to clean up the Great Lakes.

“I refuse to accept that we have to choose between clean air and good jobs, or between protecting Lake Erie from the effects of climate change and promoting American energy production,” he said.

Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Niles, said the executive actions ignore the boon brought by transitioning to a clean-energy economy. He said more than 100,000 jobs in Ohio are supported by clean energy.

“President Trump needs to stop lying to the American people about how this harmful executive order will impact our job market, and work on ways get coal miners back to work building a new, clean economy,” he said.

Scott points out that undoing Obama’s executive actions isn’t as easy as “waving a wand.” Undoing an action, he said, takes time and won’t happen immediately.

Trump, who once called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese but also told the New York Times last year that he has an “open mind” about dealing with the issue.

But the public’s view may be at odds with his: For the first time ever, half of Americans now say they believe in climate change and are very concerned about it, according to a March Gallup poll.

In a background briefing Monday night, a senior administration official said that Trump’s goal was to “protect the environment and provide people with work.”

“The president has been very clear that he’s not going to pursue climate or environmental policies that put the U.S. economy at risk,” the official said.

Asked about scientists’ worry that climate change would create adverse economic consequences – rising sea levels, dangerous hurricanes – the official claimed to be unaware of the studies. “I would want to see the research,” the official said.

The official also said that the administration is reviewing whether it will continue to participate in the 2016 Paris Climate Accords, an agreement between to work to curb climate change that 194 countries including the United States have signed and 141 countries have ratified.

“It’s a tragedy,” Scott said. “I don’t know what else to say. We made promises in Paris and the Clean Power Plan is a linchpin of those promises. Donald Trump is the only leader in the world who is denying that carbon pollution causes climate change.”

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Government watchdog to review Trump travel costs to Mar-a-Lago

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:27 PM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 4:29 PM

At the request of four Democrats in the Congress, the Government Accountability Office has agreed to formally review how much money the feds spend, and what security precautions are taken, when President Donald Trump takes a weekend away at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Palm Beach, Florida.

The request for a GAO review came from three Democratic Senators and one House member – the GAO says it will “review security and site-related travel expenses related to the President’s stays outside the White House at Mar-a-Lago.

The lawmakers who made the request were Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).

This is not new territory for the GAO, which from time to time is asked by one party or the other to review the costs of travel.

When the White House was under the control of Democrats, Republicans a few years ago were the ones asking about costs – as they had the GAO look at a February 15-18, 2013 trip made by President Barack Obama.

In that review, the GAO estimated that an official speech in Illinois, followed by a golf weekend in Florida, cost about $3.6 million.

This GAO report will look at more than just the cost of the weekend trips to Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, as it will also review security matters there.

Democrats raised those concerns during a trip that Mr. Trump took with the Japanese Prime Minister, when the two men were seen with aides in a public dining area, speaking about a developing national security issue with regards to North Korea.

One question from the four Democrats centers on whether those who are at the Trump club have gone through normal security and clearance procedures, including any foreign nationals who might be there.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has downplayed the costs of the Mar-a-Lago visits, saying that’s ‘part of being President.’

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“That is a vast reach,” Spicer told one reporter, who cast the question of the cost of the Mar-a-Lago visits, versus proposed cuts in the federal budget.

Before he became President, Mr. Trump often criticized his predecessor for taking weekend golf trips to Florida and other parts of the country.

The GAO will now be in charge of determining how much Mr. Trump’s own weekend getaways are costing taxpayers.

House Republicans struggle to revive health care overhaul plan

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 10:56 AM
Updated: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 10:57 AM

Still smarting from last week’s meltdown on a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, House Republicans used a closed door “family meeting” in the U.S. Capitol to both clear the air, and see if there was a way to push forward again on a plan to make major changes to Obamacare.

“We had a very constructive meeting with our members,” said Speaker Paul Ryan about the focus on a GOP measure on health care reform. “I’m not going to put a timeline on it.”

“I think there’s a good healthy discussion going on in there,” said Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA), one Republican who has been publicly critical of the more conservative group of lawmakers known as the Freedom Caucus.

“We need to not quit until the moment that we find the right solutions,” said Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL).

Various GOP lawmakers described the meeting as a “soul searching” moment; one said it was a “family feud of sorts.”

“It was really about trying the best we can to come together,” said Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), a prime ally of President Donald Trump in the House.

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While Collins said the GOP should avoid recriminations, he still managed to throw some verbal elbows at the Freedom Caucus, at one point labeling them as a group of “perfectionists on our far right.”

As for the Freedom Caucus, the leader of that group again said they are willing to reach a deal on health care, as Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) urged lawmakers to postpone a scheduled Easter break if needed to forge a deal.

Others in the Freedom Caucus though were ready to support only one thing first, and that is repeal of the Obama health law – and then move on to figure out what’s next.

“We will find out who is truly for repealing Obamacare, and who is not,” said Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL), who says he will use a process known as a “discharge petition” to try to force action on his bill to just repeal the Obama health law.

In the end, while there was a lot of positive talk about moving forward, there was no concrete sign that somehow differences had been bridged among more moderate and conservative lawmakers in the GOP on health care.

After the meeting, Speaker Paul Ryan echoed the assessments of his rank and file.

“This discussion was an honest and very constructive step forward,” he told reporters.

But there was no immediate breakthrough on an overhaul of the Obama health law.

Kasich goes to Washington, calls on Congress to get along

Published: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 @ 6:00 AM


            Ohio Gov. John Kasich

John Kasich’s bipartisanship tour landed in Washington, D.C., Monday, with the Ohio governor urging lawmakers to make nice with Democrats and lauding journalists — a group that President Donald Trump has referred to as “the enemy of the people” — at a D.C. dinner.

Kasich flew into Washington to meet with members of the Tuesday Group, the coalition of moderate Republicans who were prepared to vote down a GOP effort to reform health care and repeal the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare.

Moderate Republicans as well as the conservative House Freedom Caucus united against the bill, with the former arguing it was cruel to the poor and the latter arguing it didn’t undo enough of the 2010 law. The bill never came to a vote.

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While Trump has argued he’ll let the 2010 law collapse on its own, Kasich and the Tuesday Group argue the time is right to shoot for incremental changes to Obamacare. To do so, they said, they’ll have to enlist the support of Democrats.

Rep. Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican who co-chairs the Tuesday Group, said he believes Democrats will be willing to work with Republicans to help fix the individual market, which both sides have acknowledged needs attention. He said they might be able to work together on other unpopular aspects of the bill.

But in order for that to happen, Democrats will have to come to the table. Kasich urged moderate Republicans to reach out.

“My concern now is will the Democrats be emboldened enough to say ‘we’re not participating. You all are drowning and go ahead and drown?’” Kasich asked. “The problem with that is there are some provisions of the Affordable Care Act that need to be addressed.”

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He said not fixing flaws in the 2010 law could result in people losing their coverage. But Democrats will have to trust Republicans in order to keep that from happening.

“Ask Democrats for a date,” he said. “If they don’t give you one, put it on Facebook. Unfriend them.”

Later, Kasich gave the keynote address at the 2017 Toner Prize Celebration, an award ceremony honoring political reporting. The winner this year was David A. Farenthold of the Washington Post. As Kasich spoke, a source close to the Ohio governor confirmed he will be returning to New Hampshire in late April after the release of his book, “Two Paths: America Divided or United.”

Kasich told the crowd about his time in the House, where some days he would go down to the gym and play basketball with Democrats, or even go out to dinner and have drinks. Those days, he said, seem to be past — and those divisions make things dysfunctional, he maintained.

“What do we do in life where we don’t compromise?” he asked, saying many of the banner achievements in Congress over the years — civil rights, Medicare and Social Security — “happened because both parties stamped them approved.”

Of Congress, he said: “These people cling to their jobs because it becomes their identity. These jobs…sometimes you’ve got to walk.”

Still, he said, he is confident the country will bridge the divide.

“I have a sense in my soul we’re going to get through this,” he said. “But it’s going to take all of us.”