US Campaign Update, 19/01/16: Top 10 Stories

 1. In Huffington Post, Jason Cherkis talks about Clinton’s public health approach to opioid epidemic.


What would that approach look like under a Clinton administration? Clinton was emphatic that would be a public health approach -- and singled out law enforcement as critical. She called on police officers to carry naloxone (commonly sold as Narcan). Some departments have refused to use it.
“The policing needs to change,” Clinton said. “Police officers must be equipped with the antidote to a heroin overdose or an opioid overdose known as Narcan. They should be able to administer [it], so should firefighters and others.”


2. In CNN, Tal Kopan explains why Cuban migrant crisis means trouble for Rubio


The political climate is ripe for the mass migration to crash the 2016 conversation. Immigration has been a central topic in the Republican primary, with front-runners like billionaire businessman Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz picking up large amounts of support for backing heavy border security and tough measures against illegal immigration.
Rubio has been a frequent target of their attacks. He's caught in a bind between criticism from the GOP base on past efforts to reach a bipartisan deal on immigration reform -- derided as "amnesty" by his opponents -- and his desire to rally Hispanic support in a general election contest.


 3. In Huffington Post, Jason Linkins writes about Clinton’s take on Flint’s water problem.


Hillary Clinton became the first presidential candidate of either party to mention during a debate that the people of Flint, Michigan, have been the victims of a cascade of government screw-ups that led to them being furnished with poisoned drinking water.
Like Sanders, Clinton has condemned Snyder, but she's also gone the extra mile, working on both bringing attention to and seeking solutions for this crisis. On the former front, Clinton has used local and national media to keep important details in the public eye, such as the fact that a General Motors factory opted to eschew Flint's water supply because they noticed it was degrading engine parts, even as state officials were insisting the supply was safe.



4. In CNN, Jonathan Mann reports that Trump is using Bill Clinton's past to haunt Hillary.


"She's got one of the great women abusers of all time sitting in her house, waiting for her to come home for dinner," is how Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump describes it.
The tawdry side of Bill Clinton's past ranges from his acknowledged sexual relations with White House intern Monica Lewinsky to alleged affairs, groping and rape. The former president has addressed some of the stories, denied some and ignored others. He paid one accuser $850,000 in an out-of-court settlement that didn't admit to any wrongdoing.



 5. In The New York Times, Thomas Kaplan reports why evangelical voters support Trump.


A New York Times/CBS News poll last week showed Mr. Trump, a Presbyterian, dominating the field with 42 percent of evangelical voters; Mr. Cruz was second with 25 percent.
In dozens of interviews with evangelical voters in 16 states, from every region of the country outside the Northeast, those supporting Mr. Trump sounded a familiar refrain: that his heart was in the right place, that his intentions for the country were pure, that he alone was capable of delivering to a troubled country salvation in the here and now.



6. In Boston Globe, Michael Levenson explains why Sanders becomes unlikely leader of a youth movement.


But as he has steadily climbed into contention with Hillary Clinton in Iowa and into a narrow lead over her in New Hampshire, polls show Sanders’ strongest support comes from younger voters, who favor him by a 2-to-1 ratio. The challenge for his campaign is to ensure those voters, who are less likely than older ones to cast ballots, show up on Election Day.
At Dartmouth on Thursday, where Sanders packed a 900-seat concert hall, he sparked loud whoops and applause during a fiery, hour-long speech that barreled through issue after issue, from climate change and institutional racism to campaign finance reform and abortion rights.


7. In Reuters, Matthew Lewis writes about Rubio’s plan of federal policy.


The U.S. senator from Florida commented on Fed policy during a small news conference in between a series of five appearances in eastern Iowa. A few hundred people attended each event.
"There's too much talk about the Fed, too much attention to the Fed," he said. "Economic growth is the result of free enterprise."
Rubio, who has been criticized for missing Senate votes, recently made an appearance to support an "Audit the Fed" bill, which is also supported by Bernie Sanders, the Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. senator from Vermont. It did not pass.



8. In Reuters, Steve Holland talks about Bush’s education reform plans.


Bush, who focused on education during his two terms as Florida governor and later as head of an education foundation, presented what was the latest in a series of detailed policy plans on major issues.
"As the nation honors Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy today, I firmly believe that ensuring every individual has access to a quality education is the great civil rights challenge of our time," he said in a post on the website Medium. The United States on Monday marked a holiday for the slain U.S. civil rights leader.
Bush said his plan would not cost American taxpayers any more money. He would send much of the $22 billion spent on federal education programs to state and local governments and create $2,500 annual grants for low-income children to let parents decide how best to educate them.


9. In Reuters,  Kylie MacLellan reports that British lawmakers debate banning Trump after Muslim comments.


Members of parliament said Trump should be allowed into Britain where his views could be challenged, that a ban would give him more publicity or that it was not for Britain to get involved in U.S. affairs.
Trump caused outrage last month with his comments that Muslims should be banned from entering the United States. He spoke after 14 people died in a shooting spree in California by two Muslims whom the FBI said had been radicalized.
His comments prompted more than half a million Britons to sign a petition calling for him to be barred from entering the country, where he has business interests.


10. In The Des Moines Register, Kim Norvell talks about Paul’s criminal justice reforms.


The Kentucky senator sat in a local barber’s chair as he spoke of the failings of the war on drugs and listened to patrons who have had difficulties re-integrating into society because of their criminal records. More than 50 people packed into the Platinum Kutz barbershop in the Drake neighborhood in Des Moines to ask Paul questions before the senator held a rally for fiscal sanity in Johnston later Monday.
“I’ve been working with the other side for several years now on all of these issues above and beyond the presidential campaign,” Paul said. “I think you’ll find me a different sort of Republican.”
Paul said he has proposed at least 10 criminal justice reform bills, and has worked with the Congressional Black Caucus to form policy. He said he wants to see more records expunged for non-violent criminals who have “done their time” and who “ought to get a second chance.”