From the daily archives: Thursday, October 5, 2017

A great and tragic example of so-called “American exceptionalism” gone totally wrong can be found in how a group with only a few million members, whose avowed purpose leads to daily deaths and more mass shootings like the horror show of death delivered in Las Vegas this past weekend, enjoys nearly unbeatable support among congressman.

And then a far larger group, whose avowed purpose is to save lives and turn retirement years into the golden sunset years they’re supposed to be instead of years of stress, poverty, and disease as Republicans seem to want, […]

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Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown applauded efforts to try to stop high-interest payday lenders from grifting American citizens in desperate need of cash with new rules from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In a press release Thursday, Brown – the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – praised the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) rule to rein in predatory payday loans that often keep low-income borrowers trapped in a cycle of debt.

According to research at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Ohio has the highest payday loan prices in […]

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A few welcome escapes from the awful load of newsmaking by Team Trump:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a pro-life Republican U.S. Congressman from western Pennsylvania urged  his mistress to have an abortion, without success.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a star in the anti-abortion movement who belonged to the House Pro-Life Caucus, was upended from his mission after his extramarital womanfriend (who he asked to consider an abortion) happened to see his call for strict adherence to the anti-abortion cause in a Facebook appeal.

Those were fighting words for Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist, the other half of the relationship.

She […]

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A new report by United Way called ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – reveals among other startling statistics that 40 percent of Ohio households struggle to pay for basic living expenses.

The report represents another nail in Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s coffin about how poorly Ohioans and their cities are doing. It won’t crack the fluffy fake news image Kasich has built with Ohio and national media that focuses exclusively on his hypocritical, self-serving statements about bridging political parties, finding bipartisan answers to common issues that for so long have been […]

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