From the daily archives: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

On Monday evening as Democratic senators lined up to speak on the Senate floor against the plan by Senate Republicans to immediately repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan, Ohio’s twice-elected but still junior Senator Rob Portman broke ranks and joined four other so-called “moderate” Republicans who asked to slow the process down until March.

In addition to Sen. Portman, Bloomberg news reports that Bob Corker of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska offered an amendment Monday to the budget resolution that would extend the target date for the […]

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The rivalry between Ohio and Michigan on the football gridiron is legendary, dating back 120 years. Now that both states are commonly aggregated together as so-called Rust Belt states, the rivalry extends to other areas like manufacturing, tech development and how once great but now aging metropolises like Detroit or Cleveland transition to the 21st century.

With the exodus of manufacturing jobs from trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement taking a toll on both states, whose prowess in auto manufacturing and related supply-chain companies made them destination states during the first half of the 20th century, […]

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Streep, Olbermann Nail Trump

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Two voices broke through the crowded field of the many Trump critics to nail down the essence of the man. Keith Olbermann, the host of the GQ TV show, “Resistance,” sized up the president-elect’s presence as a reality star-turned-politician in a sane low-pitched conversational tone. After wondering how Trump could act as he does in so my destructive ways, Olbermann finally concludes, softly and calmly, that Trump ‘’is not well“. That diagnosis, rather than scorching him as the madman that he is, was effectively all that needed to be said. I recommend that you hear him say it online on […]

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Sourly, Mitch Hands Out Sour Grapes

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, of Kentucky, who has impatiently simmered for eight years to retaliate against President Obama and congressional Democrats, finally got his chance for a clean break from his nightmarish past by accusing the other party of ”sour grapes”. The occasion for his dyspepsia was the rollout of Senate hearings on president-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees that includes his wife Elaine Chao as Transportation Secretary. He blames Democrats for not playing fair by threatening delays on approving the new cast of characters. You always learn something when McConnell speaks.

The Republican senator, whose home state boasts of lung-rotting coal […]

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