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  • Michelle Obama urges grads to seek conflict 'to shape the revolutions of our time'

    05/26/2015 9:48:18 AM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    investors.com ^ | May 26, 2015 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    Michelle Obama urged another class of college graduates Monday to work aggressively to change American society and not be deterred by noisy or obstructionist opposition. The 51-year-old first lady spent her Memorial Day not with her husband honoring the fallen military at Arlington National Cemetery (Scroll down for C-SPAN video of that), but urging graduates at Ohio's Oberlin College to become persistent, determined agents of change in their communities.
  • Prominent Democratic Donor Called Scott Walker a ‘Dumb (bleep)' for Something 60% of Americans Share

    05/26/2015 6:50:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    IJReview ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joe Perticone
    Hillary Clinton is heading to the Sunshine State this week to spend time with one of Florida’s most influential Democratic donors, trial lawyer John Morgan. Morgan is not just praising Clinton’s candidacy, but actively bashing her potential Republican rivals. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Morgan took shots at Wisconsin Governor and prospective 2016 candidate, Scott Walker: “Walker would be the first president with a GED.”The Democratic donor attempted to insult Walker for not obtaining a college degree, which he opted out of in order to get started with his career. Morgan continued, calling Walker cruel names in an...
  • Brave Judge Refuses to Throw Accused White Cop to the Mob, Sums Up Ruling in 1 EPIC Sentence

    05/25/2015 10:28:17 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 42 replies
    Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell did something absolutely amazing on Saturday, when he chose to acquit white Cleveland cop Michael Brelo of manslaughter in the 2012 killing of two lawbreakers who sent police on a 22-mile car chase. “Brelo’s entire use of deadly force was a constitutionally reasonable response to an objectionably reasonably perceived threat of great bodily harm,” the judge announced. He added, “I will not sacrifice him to the public frustrated by historical mistreatment at the hands of other officers.” What occurred in 2012 was that a couple, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, were driving past...
  • Not Fooling Around: 71 Arrested During Protests After Cleveland Officer’s Acquittal

    05/25/2015 6:34:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/24/2015 | Paula Bolyard
    Cleveland police were taking no chances in the wake of the acquittal of police officer Michael Brelo, going to great lengths to ensure that Saturday afternoon’s peaceful protests didn’t evolve into violent riots like Baltimore and Ferguson have experienced in recent months.In addition to having the National Guard on standby, police followed protesters through the streets and arrested anyone who acted violently or refused to obey police orders to disperse. A total of 71 people were arrested, including one journalist who left his press pass at home.The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported: “We only moved into make arrests when things...
  • "Hell No You Can't!" (on backroom Obamacare deals)

    05/23/2015 6:14:23 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | Mar 21, 2010 | John Boehner
    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) speaking before voting on the Democrats' massive government takeover of health care: "... and look at how this bill was written. Can you say it was done openly? With transparency and accountability? Without backroom deals struck behind closed doors hidden from the people? Hell no you can't.
  • The Democrats heat up some leftovers for the 2016 Senate races.

    05/24/2015 8:05:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 3 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 5/23/15 | Moe Lane
    Before we get into the meat of this story from the National Journal, let me just note that this – “One of the most underappreciated stories in recent years is the deterioration of the Democratic bench under President Obama’s tenure in office” – has always been properly appreciated by me. I noticed this issue a while back. Sorry, but I felt the need to establish that. Moving on… …less attention has been paid to how the shrinking number of Democratic officeholders in the House and in statewide offices is affecting the party’s Senate races. It’s awfully unusual to see how...
  • 71 arrested during protests over acquittal of Cleveland police officer

    05/24/2015 7:30:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    WTIC-TV / CNN ^ | May 24, 2015 | Marcus Harun
    CLEVELAND — Cleveland police made 71 arrests Saturday during protests against the Michael Brelo verdict, Police Chief Calvin Williams said Sunday. Authorities attempted to give demonstrators the space to exercise their First Amendment rights, but they had no choice but to make arrests when the protests became violent or when protesters refused to disperse, he said. Police arrested demonstrators in downtown Cleveland on Saturday night following the acquittal of a police officer who stood trial in the 2012 shooting deaths of two unarmed people. CNN video showed police in riot gear moving down East Fourth Street, a strip of restaurants,...
  • Cleveland officer not guilty in killing unarmed pair

    05/23/2015 11:21:35 AM PDT · by navysealdad · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | May 23, 2015
    Yes, Cleveland police Officer Michael Brelo stood on a car and shot 15 times at the vehicle's unarmed black occupants seconds after he and fellow officers first riddled the car with bullets in 2012 -- but the shooting was justified, a judge ruled Saturday. Concluding just one of several police use-of-force cases that prompted recent outrage in Cleveland, a Cuyahoga County judge decided that Brelo was not guilty of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams following a 22-mile car chase.
  • Live coverage: Verdict reached in trial of Cleveland officer Michael Brelo (Riot watch)

    05/23/2015 7:21:50 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 62 replies
    Fox 8 Cleveland ^ | May 23 2015 | JEN STEER AND DARCIE LORENO,
    Officer Michael Brelo is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30. Closing arguments in the month-long trial were presented on May 5 and Judge O’Donnell was left to deliberate. If convicted, Brelo, 31, faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in prison. On Nov. 29, 2012, Cleveland Police Officer Vasile Nan thought he heard a gunshot while he was outside of his cruiser on St. Clair Avenue near the Cuyahoga County Justice Center, and pursued a blue car. The resulting police chase lasted 22 minutes, and involved more than...
  • Boehner is Going DOWN!! Speaker To Receive Strong Primary Challenge Again From JD Winteregg!

    05/22/2015 4:22:43 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    joeforamerica.com ^ | 5/21/15 | Scott Osborn
    For those who say JD can’t win and no one can beat John Boehner – I can only say this: Go to New York, head on over to K Street (Wall Street) and find former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, where he’s working some cushy, high-paid, influence peddling job now, since getting his arse handed to him by “he can’t win” Dave Brat. Walk up to Cantor and tell him JD Winteregg cannot beat John Boehner: Then, I want you to take out your iPhone and take a pic of Eric Cantor’s face right after you tell him Winteregg can’t...
  • Eckhart to challenge Portman for U.S. Senate nomination (Ohio)

    05/21/2015 3:19:15 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 12 replies
    examiner.org ^ | 5/21/15
    Don Elijah Eckhart has announced he will try to wrestle the Republican Party’s nomination for U.S. Senator from incumbent Rob Portman in the March 2016 primary. “I am pro-life, and I continue to support the Ohio Constitution’s definition of marriage as one man and one woman,” Mr. Eckhart said. “I will protect religious freedom, especially the right of pastors and priests to preach values from the Bible.” He said he is committed to simplifying the federal income tax and reducing tax rates for the middle class. “By eliminating special tax breaks, the overall income tax rates could be reduced substantially,”...
  • The Obama-Boehner-McConnell 'Fast Track' to a Poorer America

    05/20/2015 12:28:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Terry Jeffrey
    President Barack Obama is negotiating a multilateral trade agreement with the governments of 11 nations. These include Malaysia and Vietnam -- as well as Japan, Brunei, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. This so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would govern most of the commercial relations between the nations that sign it. "With over 20 chapters under negotiation," explains a Congressional Research Service report published in March, "the TPP partners envision the agreement to be 'comprehensive and high-standard,' in that they seek to eliminate tariffs and nontariff barriers to trade in goods, services, and agriculture, and to establish or expand...
  • 'Clinton Cash’ Author: ‘We’re Finding Some Interesting, Compelling Things’ on Jeb

    05/18/2015 8:00:50 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5/12/15 | Ian Hanchett
    “Clinton Cash” author Peter Schweizer said that he is ” finding some interesting, compelling things” in his investigation of Jeb Bush on Tuesday’s “Hugh Hewitt Show.” Schweizer reported, “We’re about four months into the research project, obviously not as global in scope as the Clintons, but you know, as governor of the state of Florida, you have a lot of things that you can do. So we’re following the money. We’re looking at land deals. We’re looking at an airport deal. We are looking at some of the educational reforms that were instituted, and some of the big corporate winners...
  • Hoyer: Members of Congress deserve a raise

    05/19/2015 10:32:31 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 49 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/18/15 | Lauren French
    Most members of Congress make $174,000 a year. Two senior House Democrats say lawmakers deserve a raise. Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters on Tuesday that he’s concerned that static congressional salaries — the pay level has remained the same since 2009 — will dissuade all but the uber-wealthy from serving in Congress. “This will be the seventh year in a row that we have not done a cost-of-living adjustment….I think it was appropriate at the time of the recession,” Hoyer said. “But to continue that on, we will dictate that the only people who can serve are the...
  • Ohio Gov. John Kasich Virtually Certain to Run for President: Sources

    05/17/2015 9:29:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 41 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | 05/17/2015 | Jonathan Karl
    John Kasich is “virtually certain” to jump into the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, sources close to the Ohio governor tell ABC News.
  • Democracy By Pretense

    05/17/2015 6:35:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 17, 2015 | Paul Jacob
    Last week, the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission abruptly canceled its planned public meeting. On the OCMC’s agenda was to have been the proposed weakening of legislative term limits, from the current eight-year maximum to 12 years, which the august Legislative Branch and Executive Branch Committee had advanced, 8-1, to the full commission. Perhaps the cancelation came from concern that supporters of term limits were riding to the capitol for a news conference to coincide with that now-scuttled meeting of the commission, announcing a campaign to confront this latest gambit against citizen-imposed limits. Goodness, a meeting of this elite tribunal and...
  • Watch: Boehner Lashes Out At Reporter For "Stupid Question" On Amtrak

    05/14/2015 9:17:24 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 29 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 14,2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday at his weekly press briefing, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) lashed out when a reporter asked if funding was an issue on the heels of this week’s tragic crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, killing 7 and injuring hundreds.
  • The Fourth Amendment and open carry of guns (where such open carry is legal)

    05/14/2015 6:13:37 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 11 replies
    Washington Post/The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | May 13 at 2:41 PM | Eugene Volokh
    From the Sixth Circuit federal court of appeals decision today in Northrup v. Toledo Police Dept.: On a midsummer evening, Shawn and Denise Northrup went for a neighborhood walk with their daughter, grandson, and dog. Apparently in a happy-go-lucky mood, Shawn wore a t-shirt reading, “This Is The Shirt I Wear When I Don’t Care.” Shawn carried a cell phone, which he holstered on his hip — next to a black semiautomatic handgun. A passing motorcyclist stopped to complain about Shawn’s visible firearm. The stranger, Alan Rose, yelled, “[Y]ou can’t walk around with a gun like that!” But “[O]pen carry...
  • Josh Earnest: Sherrod Brown Should 'Apologize' to Obama

    05/13/2015 5:53:04 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 20 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Fire up the popcorn popper: this is getting fun. The MSM is reluctant to report it, but you might say that a trade war is breaking out among liberal Dems, and it's getting personal. A few days ago, criticizing Elizabeth Warren for opposing his TPP trade bill, President Obama said that “the truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else.” Yesterday, Sen. Sherrod Brown, also a TPP opponent, said that Obama had thereby been "direspectful" to Warren, suggesting he had been sexist. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said that...
  • NOW president: Obama's Warren critique sexist

    05/13/2015 7:24:09 AM PDT · by PROCON · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | May 12, 2015 | Kevin Cirilli
    Greg Nash National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O'Neill on Wednesday called President Obama's critique of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sexist. O'Neill told The Hill she took issue with Obama calling Warren by her first name during an interview with Yahoo News published Saturday. "Yes, I think it is sexist," O'Neill said. "I think the president was trying to build up his own trustworthiness on this issue by convincing us that Senator Warren's concerns are not to be taken seriously. But he did it in a sexist way."
  • 2016 Senate field looks as fraught for GOP as 2014 did for Democrats, says Charlie Cook

    05/12/2015 3:10:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    It took Republicans three tries to win control of the US Senate and consolidate Congress under their leadership. In the end, the landscape left by the 2008 Democratic triumph left them uniquely vulnerable in the sixth-year midterm of an unpopular presidency. The tables will turn in 2016, warns National Journal’s Charlie Cook, as the gains of 2010 will make Republicans highly vulnerable to losing control of the Senate once again: Today, The Cook Political Report puts two Republican-held seats in the “Toss Up” category—the open seat in Florida and Kirk in Illinois. That toss-up column will certainly grow as...
  • Obama: Elizabeth Warren Is 'Wrong' On Trade

    04/22/2015 7:11:45 PM PDT · by Theoria · 28 replies
    NPR ^ | 22 April 2015 | Domenico Montanaro
    A full-fledged Democratic trade war has broken out."I love Elizabeth. We're allies on a whole host of issues, but she's wrong on this," President Obama said Tuesday night in an interview on MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, referring to liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.Warren and the progressive left, scarred by trade deals past like the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, have launched a vocal fight against granting the president so-called "fast-track" authority to negotiate a 12-country Pacific trade deal. "Are you ready to fight?" Warren said at a rally April 15 with labor leaders and Vermont liberal Sen....
  • Senator suggests gender played into Obama-Warren spat

    05/12/2015 1:57:44 PM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | Seung Min Kim
    Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, one of the top Democratic opponents of President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, criticized Obama on Tuesday for what the senator saw as “disrespectful” comments toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren and indicated that Warren’s gender may have played a role. “I think by just calling her ‘another politician’,” Brown told reporters Tuesday when asked how Obama was being disrespectful to Warren. “I’m not going to get into more details. I think referring to her as first name, when he might not have done that for a male senator, perhaps? I’ve said enough.”
  • While Senate Faces Trade Vote, House Looks to Iran and Surveillance (Boehner may limit amendments)

    05/12/2015 6:26:49 AM PDT · by Dave346
    New York Times ^ | 7:08 am ET | Carl Hulse
    Republican leaders are considering bringing the Iran nuclear measure — overwhelmingly approved by the Senate last week — and a proposed overhaul of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance program to the floor this week under special rules that would limit lawmakers’ ability to offer changes to the bills. The strategy is intended to hold off amendments — so-called poison pills — that could cause backing for the measures to fall apart. Though the bills would each need a supermajority to pass, both measures enjoy strong bipartisan support and would most likely be approved, sparing amendment headaches for the leadership....
  • Rep. Pompeo: House Will Fix Senate's 'Blank Check' for Iran (Video)

    05/12/2015 3:06:28 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Monday, 11 May 2015 06:07 PM | Bill Hoffmann
    The Senate signed a "blank check" when it overwhelmingly endorsed the emerging Iran nuclear deal last week, and Rep. Mike Pompeo thinks the House can do better, he tells Newsmax TV. "We can do a much more robust piece of legislation," Pompeo, a Kansas Republican, said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "[One] that really does, in fact, prevent the administration from signing for a deal which lifts . . . sanctions without any evidence that Iran has actually adhered to anything that they've agreed to. "That's what perplexes me . . . They've now signed a blank check ....
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • Elizabeth Warren Targets Clinton Foundation Donors

    05/09/2015 3:57:37 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 18 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 5/8/2015 | Brent Scher
    A new blog post written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) may appear to be an attempt to align with Hillary Clinton, but it takes direct aim at multiple Clinton Foundation donors. Warren’s post, “I agree with Hillary Clinton,” details her concerns with a provision in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement that she says “would let foreign companies challenge American laws outside of American courts.” “The Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provision isn’t a one-time, hypothetical problem—we’ve seen it in past trade agreements,” Warren wrote. Three of the five companies Warren uses as examples of companies that have abused similar...
  • Brelo verdict won't be announced until after May 18, court spokesman says

    05/08/2015 4:02:59 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | May 8 2015
    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A verdict in the voluntary manslaughter trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo will not come until after May 18, a court spokesman said Friday. Cuyahoga Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell initially said he didn't intend to issue a verdict until after Cleveland police week is over. Cleveland's police memorial commemoration runs from May 14 to 17. At the end of the trial, O'Donnell said was aware of unrest related to police use of force in other cities, including Baltimore. He also said he's been notified that city and county officials are worried about potential protests...
  • Cleveland pastors open churches to promote peace after Brelo verdict

    05/08/2015 5:58:37 AM PDT · by EBH · 14 replies
    KSLA 12 ^ | 5/8/2015 | Scott Taylor
    CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - All eyes are on Cleveland as the city moves closer to a verdict in Officer Michael Brelo's trial, which is why local pastors are banding together to promote peace. When the Brelo verdict comes down and the Tamir Rice investigation wraps up, will protesters be calm or violent? Bishop Eugene Ward, from the Greater Love Baptist Church, wants Cleveland to remember two simple words: peaceful protest. "We need you to be peaceful. We need you to stand with us, and show us, and walk with us, and share with us that Cleveland is a city that...
  • We don't want our city to go up in flames...

    05/08/2015 5:52:47 AM PDT · by EBH · 17 replies
    Fox8News ^ | 5/7/2015 | Suzanne Stratford
    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Preparing to keep the peace in Cleveland, more than one hundred community leaders, activists, clergy, volunteers and other concerned citizens gathered Thursday night for a planning meeting at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church. After watching images of Ferguson and Baltimore burning, the men want to make sure Cleveland remains safe for both citizens and businesses. “We don’t want our city to go up in flames,” said Cleveland Councilman Kevin Conwell, “We’re going to fight against that and keep the peace.” So far, a number of protests in the city have remained peaceful, but with some disruption of traffic...
  • Report: Only 16% of Baltimore Teens Raised With Married Parents

    05/07/2015 7:24:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | May 7, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    A new report released by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) says that only 16 percent of 15- to 17-year-old teens in Baltimore have been raised in an intact, married family. The report, released Wednesday and compiled in light of the recent Baltimore riots, cites Census Bureau statistics showing that, in terms of family units, Baltimore is “one of the five least intact counties of America,” along with Cuyahoga, Ohio; the Bronx, N.Y.; the District of Columbia; and Shelby County, Tenn. The report cites studies indicating that children who grow up in intact, married families are...
  • Frank Freshwater, Convict Who Escaped Prison, Arrested After 56 Years

    05/05/2015 12:01:38 PM PDT · by nikos1121 · 18 replies
    An Ohio prison escapee on the run since the Eisenhower administration has finally been caught, Florida officials said. Frank Freshwater, 79, escaped an Ohio prison in 1959 and was caught Monday at a home in Melbourne, Florida, the Brevard County Sheriff's Office said. Freshwater, who was doing time for a probation violation related to a manslaughter conviction, was living under an alias and had worked as a truck driver. Freshwater was initially jailed at the Ohio State Reformatory, where "The Shawshank Redemption" was filmed. He was moved to a prison work farm shortly into his 20-year sentence. He took off...
  • Boehner tells Clinton don’t let Obama 'swing in the wind' over Asia-Pacific trade deal

    05/04/2015 4:57:24 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 5/3/15
    House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, needs to support the trade legislation that President Obama wants to help get enough Democratic votes for passage. The Ohio Republican, in a wide-ranging interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the GOP indeed controls the House and Senate but that he and Obama “needs her help” to give the president negotiating authority to complete an Asia-Pacific trade deal. “We can't do this by ourselves,” Boehner said. “Every president over the last 50 years has had this (authority.) There is no reason why President Obama shouldn't...
  • A lose-lose choice for Hillary Clinton

    05/04/2015 2:30:40 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 8 replies
    The big threat to Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t coming from a competitor. It’s coming from an issue. And it’s coming now, long before the first primary. Will she be for or against giving President Barack Obama fast-track authority to negotiate trade deals? Fast track gives a president the power to make trade deals that cannot be amended by Congress. All Congress can do is accept or reject the agreement. Other countries, say fast-track supporters, won’t negotiate with Washington if they know that Congress can amend any deal they agree to. Obama’s problem is with Democrats. They are horrified by the...
  • Extreme secrecy eroding support for Obama's trade pact (Classified briefings in basement)

    05/04/2015 5:02:27 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 5/4/15 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    If you want to hear the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the Obama administration is hoping to pass, you’ve got to be a member of Congress, and you’ve got to go to classified briefings and leave your staff and cellphone at the door. If you’re a member who wants to read the text, you’ve got to go to a room in the basement of the Capitol Visitor Center and be handed it one section at a time, watched over as you read, and forced to hand over any notes you make before leaving. And no matter what, you...
  • Ohio governor: Police standards board 'will bridge this gap'

    05/03/2015 10:24:32 AM PDT · by EBH · 11 replies
    Associated Press/NewsPress-Now ^ | 4/29/2015 | Andrew Welsh-Huggins
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A first-ever Ohio police standards board will lay out rules for law enforcement over the proper use of deadly force, Gov. John Kasich announced Wednesday in a move sparked by a series of fatal police shootings, including the November death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland. The 12-member Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board will create standards for hiring, recruiting and local community interaction — such as such as addressing safety issues and educating people on the daily challenges faced by officers — Kasich said. Kasich said the state will heal its communities and "get ahead of...
  • FOLLOW LIVE: Freddie Gray rally in Downtown Cincinnati

    04/30/2015 5:06:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 36 replies
    WCPO ^ | 4/30/15
    Black Lives Matter Cincinnati is holding a protest outside the Hamilton County Courthouse in Downtown Cincinnati over the police-custody death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore. Follow live coverage from WCPO's Tom McKee, Evan Millward, Tony Mirones and John Genovese below (live feed may take a minute load; if you don't see it, click here ).
  • Boehner: Killing Export-Import Bank risks thousands of jobs

    04/30/2015 11:38:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 30, 2015 2:15 PM EDT | Andrew Taylor
    Thousands of jobs would “disappear pretty quickly” if the Export-Import Bank were to expire abruptly when its charter runs out at the end of June, House Speaker John Boehner said on Thursday. The Ohio Republican has asked Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, to come up with a plan to overhaul or wind down the operations of the bank, which helps finance exports of U.S. products such as jetliners and wind turbines. […] Many conservative Republicans want to kill the bank outright, saying it finances too many questionable projects and favors some businesses over others. But the bank enjoys sweeping...
  • Michael Brelo Day 17(Live court video)

    04/30/2015 7:17:23 AM PDT · by EBH · 6 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 4/30/2015
    Watch live streaming video below as the defense continues to present its case in the trial of Cleveland police officer Michael Brelo. He’s is facing two counts of voluntary manslaughter for the 2012 police chase and shooting that killed Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams. The live stream is courtesy WKYC.com and is not available on some mobile devices nor during courtroom breaks.
  • Ohio Obamacare expansion costs $3 billion in first 15 months

    04/29/2015 6:41:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | April 20, 2015 | By Jason Hart
    Americans’ tax burden is already $3 billion heavier because of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. By putting more able-bodied, working-age childless adults on Medicaid than Kasich projected, Obamacare expansion is reducing incentives to work and threatening traditional Medicaid recipients’ access to care faster and at greater cost than anticipated. After Kasich expanded Medicaid unilaterally, a state panel approved $2.56 billion in Obamacare spending for the expansion’s first 18 months. The money was meant to last until July, but it ran out in February. Kasich’s Obamacare expansion cost $323 million in March — 84 percent greater than...
  • Supreme Court tosses ObamaCare contraception ruling

    04/27/2015 8:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. An appeals court in Cincinnati will now reconsider the legal challenge from the Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee that had sought exemptions from an ObamaCare provision that requires employers to cover birth control for all workers. The justices asked the lower court to reconsider the case in light of last year's landmark ruling on the contraception mandate. That ruling, which was issued last June, decided that the arts-and-crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, could...
  • Ohio University Removes Posters for 'Straight Pride' Week

    04/25/2015 3:15:26 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2015-04-25 | Associated Press
    Posters promoting a "straight pride" week at a northeast Ohio university were removed this week after student leaders determined that the message went beyond free speech. Youngstown State University student government leaders told WKBN-TV they decided to remove the posters after consulting with university officials. The posters were hung around campus earlier this week. They included profanity and promoted the event as a time to not highlight sexual orientation or differences among students. They encouraged students to "go about your day without telling everyone about how 'different' you are."
  • John Boehner May Hold House Vote to Subpoena Hillary Clinton’s Email Server

    04/24/2015 1:05:05 PM PDT · by drewh · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, April 23, 2015 | By David Sherfinski -
    House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that the full House may have to vote to subpoena former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email server, as the chairman of the Benghazi investigative committee officially called on her to testify twice to his panel. The invitation by Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, sets up a test for Mrs. Clinton, the former first lady and newly announced Democratic presidential candidate, whose attorney has said she wants to appear before the committee only once, in public. Mr. Gowdy asked Mrs. Clinton to...
  • Northeast Gas – Coming Soon to a Market Near You

    04/24/2015 10:18:15 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    The dam is about to burst in the Northeast. The question is who will drown in the coming flood of natural gas? BTU Analytics is currently tracking 42 Bcf/d of Northeast projects coming online through 2018. Of that capacity, 14.6 Bcf/d will help carry gas out of the region. Some of the most notable of these projects are Energy Transfer’s Rover Pipeline at 3.25 Bcf/d, Spectra’s Nexus Pipeline at 1.5 Bcf/d, and a series of REX Pipeline expansions bringing the pipe’s total east to west capacity to 2.6 Bcf/d. Infrastructure constraints in the Marcellus and Utica have been the norm...
  • Boehner: 'Not a time for excuses' for drone strike that killed two hostages

    04/24/2015 3:35:59 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 24, 2015 | Susan Ferrechio
    House Speaker John Boehner called for the Obama administration to provide "all the facts" in the U.S. drone strike that accidentally killed an American and Italian hostage held at an al Qaeda compound. Boehner, R-Ohio, said he also expects House committees to look into the incident. "As President Obama indicated, this is not a time for excuses," Boehner said after offering condolences to the families of American Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian citizen. "The president announced an independent review is under way and that is entirely proper," Boehner said. "We need all the facts for the families,...
  • Oberlin Activists Posted Creepy Messages Accusing Specific Students of Perpetuating Rape Culture

    04/23/2015 12:16:15 PM PDT · by walford · 26 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Apr. 23, 2015 | Robby Soave
    Left-leaning student activists at Oberlin College hung posters at the Christina Hoff Sommers event earlier this week that identified the students involved in bringing the individualist-feminist and AEI scholar to campus.Each poster gave the name of a specific student-member of the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians and accused that person of perpetuating rape culture.Images of the posters were sent to Reason via a source who asked not to be named for fear of retaliation. The last names of the students identified by the posters were blurred before Reason received them.According to the source, a group of approximately 10 student-activists...
  • Ben Carson Endorses Rob Portman's Re-election as Ohio Senator

    04/23/2015 3:07:13 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 35 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 20 Apr 2015 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Retired neurosurgeon and likely presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson this weekend endorsed Ohio Sen. Rob Portman's re-election campaign against likely Democratic challenger Ted Strickland. "I want to see Rob Portman re-elected to the U.S. Senate and encourage Ohio voters to join his campaign and keep the Senate in Republican control," said Carson, a spokesman at the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County's annual Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday night in Cleveland, according to a party press release.
  • John McCain Leads Liberal Republican Attacks On Scott Walker’s Immigration Stance

    04/21/2015 6:13:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Breitbart.com Big Government ^ | 4/21/15 | Matthew Boyle
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has clearly awakened the Washington establishment beast.Not only is the liberal media and establishment right-of-center coming out guns-a-blazing at Walker over his pro-American worker position on legal immigration, but now Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)—the most pro-amnesty Republican there is, someone who worked for years with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) on immigration—is leading a charge against Walker’s new position.“I think most statistics show that they fill part of the workforce that are much needed. We have, and I’m a living example of, the aging population. We need these people in the workforce legally,” McCain said...
  • Cleveland City Council President: Gun Control Needed Whether It Works or Not

    04/21/2015 8:36:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 4/21/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On April 20, the Cleveland City Council passed a sweeping body of gun control measures supported by Mayor Frank Jackson (D), although there is a great deal of concern about whether the measures are effective or even enforceable.
  • Senate Approves a Bill on Changes to Medicare

    04/14/2015 7:06:20 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 108 replies
    New York Times ^ | Tuesday, April 14, 2014 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday approved sweeping changes in the way Medicare pays doctors, clearing the bill for President Obama and resolving an issue that has bedeviled Congress and the Medicare program for more than a decade. The 92-to-8 vote in the Senate, following passage in the House last month by an overwhelming vote of 392 to 37, was a major success for Republicans, who devised a solution to a complex policy problem that had frustrated lawmakers of both parties. Mr. Obama has endorsed the bill, saying it “could help slow health care cost growth.” The bill, drafted in...