Quick Takes: Candidates Respond to Weekend Bombings

* An awful lot of ink is being spilled about the bombings over the weekend in New York and New Jersey. The same can be said for how the two presidential candidates are handling these events as well as how all of that will affect the election in November. From what I see, Josh Marshall pretty well summed up what we need to know.

Worth noting these two messages this morning.

Clinton Message: Be vigilant, not afraid.

Trump Message: Be afraid, also give me credit.

* It is impossible to overstate the importance of what happens as a result of this DC Circuit Court hearing that starts on September 27th.

Make no mistake, the Clean Power Plan is almost certainly heading for an ultimate showdown at the U.S. Supreme Court. The stakes are so high that virtually any lower court decision will be challenged.

But the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit slated to consider the case first, with oral arguments beginning Sept. 27. So is that court’s decision just a mere formality? Absolutely not, say experts.

The D.C. Circuit is widely regarded as the second most powerful court in the country, and its decisions stand when the Supreme Court is deadlocked or refuses to take a case. Given the high court’s current eight-member status, the D.C. Circuit decision could take on even greater significance if the justices lock in a 4-4 tie over the federal carbon regulations…

What’s at stake is the Obama Administration’s signature environmental initiative, a sweeping rule that aims to cut carbon emissions from the power sector 32% nationwide by 2030 from 2005 levels. It’s also the engine behind the United States’ commitment at the Paris climate talks.

* Kevin Drum makes the progressive case for Hillary Clinton.

For a lot of liberals, the most important goal of this election is to keep Donald Trump out of the White House. And since Trump naturally sucks up most of the political oxygen, that means lots of blogging about Trump and not so much about Clinton.

But a lot of lefties aren’t happy about that. They want a positive argument in favor of voting for Clinton, not just a negative one for voting against Trump. That’s fair enough, so I figured I’d put one together.

The positive argument he makes contains 84 items that you’ll want to check out.

* No one is paying much attention, but this seemed like a pretty BFD to me:

* Michale Grunwald went to a Hillary event today where she focused on outreach to millennials.

* I remember when conventional wisdom said that no Republican could get elected to the presidency unless they came close to matching George W. Bush’s record with 40% of the Latino vote. Then this happened:

* Finally, perhaps you heard that President Obama let loose a bit at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Dinner over the weekend. In case you missed it, here is the part of his speech everyone is talking about.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .