From the daily archives: Monday, April 20, 2015

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur joined other members of Congress kast Thursday in opposing the controversial Hatch-Ryan-Wyden “Fast Track” legislation.  The troika of sponsors of the largely secret bill that involves a dozen nations but not China, will find their work cut out for them, if the strong words from strong voices on today’s call are any indication of the anger building on Capital Hill to stop Congress from giving President Obama the authority he needs to negotiate a new trade deal.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said the deal amounts to a ‘blank check…that forces us to vote up or down on a dumb […]

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The East Room of the White House was packed Monday as President Obama hosted and honored the 2014 National Champion Football Buckeyes, the first team to win the first-ever playoff format.  Space was precious in the East Room of the White House, the largest room in the executive mansion, as hundreds spoke fluent Buckeye and were excellent spellers, repeating O-H-I-O over and over.

President Obama recognized Ohio’s senior senator Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty, who worked on minority outreach at OSU following her time as Minority Leader in the Ohio House, and now represents the OSU community in Congress. […]

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If you’re not enjoying your democracy as much as you used to, and you are feeling a little powerless and preyed upon, and you’re thinking there’s no way out of your mess, help is on the way. You’ll have to work for it, but you can do it. Yes you can.

Robert Borosage was prominent on a conference speaker’s list for Populism 2015 that included elected officials like Minnesota Rep Keith Ellison, Maine Rep. Gina Melaragno, Chicago alderman-elect Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and former Texas Department of Agriculture Director Jim Hightower and leaders of other national action groups including Larry Cohen of […]

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If a miracle happened enabling Ohio Gov. John Kasich to be asked if he’s contributed over his nearly 40-years in politics to building a movement for people and the planet, his answer were he to be truthfully would be along the lines of, “Are you kidding,” one of his favorite unintended-comedic rhetorical nonsequitur exclamation points.

Even though he’s still waiting for the Lord’s blessing, maybe this time by tweet, telling him t0 declare his candidacy for president because that would be living up to his God-given talents, he was again on stage, this time in New Hampshire, continuing his […]

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Back in September of 2013, John Kasich finally revealed the “secret” to his political success in an interview with the NYT:  God told him to run for governor of Ohio.   With a holy wind at his back, Kasich went on to win a second term the following year.  But “God” seems to be much less vocal this year regarding predictions for the 2016 presidential race.

Kasich’s convenient 2013  confession may have come across as a cheap political stunt to many of Times readers.  But make no mistake: Kasich isn’t just making cocktail chatter when he expresses disbelief in whether important things […]

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