Trump Wants Justice to Probe Hillary, Bush Ethics Atty. Says That’s Impeachable Offense
In an effort to divert attention from the issues plaguing his own administration, President Donald Trump called for the Justice Department, as well as U.S. House and Senate committees, to investigate Hillary Clinton in a tweet on Monday morning.
Former President George W. Bush’s chief ethics lawyer Richard Painter responded on Twitter highlighting that Trump’s calling for the Attorney General to prosecute Hillary Clinton is an “impeachable offense.”
Later the same day, President Trump gave a politicized, almost campaign-like-rant as a “speech” to the Boy Scouts. Take your best shot at reading it here.
Several former Boy Scouts and current parents of Boy Scouts criticized the organization on its Facebook page and demanded the Scouts of America condemn the president’s speech. On Thursday, Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh issued an apology for the political rhetoric. Trump has not.
Nixonian tactics returned to the White House this week when new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci threatened to fire White House staffers and said he’s already called the FBI and Justice Department to ID leakers.
Cost of Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Program Climbs Even Higher
The State Controlling Board this week approved an additional $6 million to pay for startup expenses for the Ohio Medical Marijuana Program. That brings the total to about $11 million so far that taxpayers have paid for the program.
In separate votes, the Controlling Board approved an additional $1.6 million for the Ohio Board of Pharmacy and $4.4 million for the Ohio Commerce Department. According to the Columbus Dispatch, both agencies are involved in setting up the new program to permit sale of medical marijuana to qualifying patients by September 2018.
Ohio Resumes Executions after Supreme Court Refuses to Block use of Lethal Drug
After several reprieves, Ronald Phillips was executed on the same day that the State Fair opened. At the execution, Phillips admitted his guilt for rape and murder of a three your old child.
Executions have been on hold because of the controversial use of the drug formula used for executions. The method was devised after the January 2014 execution of Dennis McGuire. It took 26 minutes to die for McGuire to die using a two-drug cocktail that included the sedative midazolam.
Death penalty opponents are legally challenging Ohio’s drug cocktail. Ohio’s method calls for using midazolam to cause the inmate to become unconscious, followed by a paralyzing agent and then potassium chloride to stop the inmate’s heart. Read more here. The ACLU has filed suit as well.
John McCain’s Maverick Moment Meets Rob Portman’s Forked Tongue
Remember when US Sen. Rob Portman said he was “committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides access to quality care, and protects the most vulnerable in our society”?
While Senator Portman chose to vote YES for the GOP “skinny repeal,” Senator John McCain demonstrated the power of real leadership. Joining Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins and the Democrats, the maverick Senator McCain repudiated the bill and the process.
This early Friday morning vote highlights both the dysfunction of the Senate, and the difference between Senators like Portman, who act to strip health care coverage, and value party above people and those like McCain, Murkowski and Collins, who stand up for the needs of their voters in face of real pressure.
The final vote was 49-51.
Trump Uses Youngstown Speech to Compare Himself to Lincoln, Step Up Attacks on Immigrants
While hundreds of protesters gathered outside Youngstown’s Covelli Center to rail against Trump’s broken promises, inside America’s famously lying president compared himself to Honest Abe.
“With exception of the late, great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any President that’s ever held this office,’’ he told the crowd.
Activists Picket Crisis Pregnancy Center That Gets State Money to Peddle Lies
As Ohio’s GOP leaders continue to send tax money to clinics that lie to women, advocates of truth in advertising are stepping up efforts to inform the public about the lies being told at crisis pregnancy centers.
Ohio is home to more than 100 centers, and many of them get public funding despite an undercover investigation by the NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio Foundation that found a disturbing pattern of misinformation and coercion.
At a rally outside Columbus’ Women’s Care Center, a pro-truth squad passed out information about the centers’ unethical practices and called on Ohio budget writers to stop funding centers that lie to women.
For more information on NARAL’s findings, go here.
Cleveland Moms Matched With Doulas Have Better Birth Outcomes
In efforts to combat Ohio’s abysmal infant mortality rate, Cleveland has a pilot program aimed at helping women have safe, healthy childbirths. The preterm birth rate among black women in Ohio is 45 percent higher than all other women, and the black infant mortality rate in Cuyahoga County is more than three times higher than that of white infants.
Birthing Beautiful Communities is a non-profit aiming to reduce the high infant mortality rate in black neighborhoods by “providing continuous support to women during pregnancy, delivery and through the baby’s first year of life.”
US House Votes to Take Money from Little People and Give Money to Big Banks
A new rule from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau slated to apply to contracts signed after March 2018 prohibits major financial institutions—a group that includes banks, credit card companies, student lenders, payday lenders, debt collectors, and credit reporting companies—from imposing any contractual fine print that would stop consumers from banding together to bring a class action lawsuit.
But just two weeks after being finalized, the rule is now fighting for survival. Under the existing Congressional Rule Act, Congress can block new regulatory measures—and so in a floor vote on Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed legislation blocking the rule.
You can view the votes here.
The potential or hypothetical departure of Rex Tillerson from his job as U.S. Secretary of State. Usage: “President Trump’s public shaming of Jeff Sessions could lead to Rexit.’’