Mike Flynn Indicted For Lying to FBI. Lock Him Up
Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, reached a plea deal with the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 elections in which he admits to lying to the FBI about his back channel conversations with the Russian ambassador, reports ABC News.
Flynn was an early and rabid Trump supporter who occasionally led anti-Hillary “Lock her up’’ chants at campaign rallies.
His plea signals that he’s now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and it comes as the President’s stranger-than-usual behavior prompted reports that he’s unhinged. According to the Washington Post, it’s even worse.
Earlier in the week, in a ceremony to honor families of Navajo Code Talkers, whose unbreakable code helped America win World War II, Trump used the event to insult rival Elizabeth Warren.
Trump told the Code Talkers that he has affection for them but not U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who he likes to call Pocahontas. His insult turned what should have been a non-partisan event to acknowledge heroism into yet another controversy about his fitness for office.
Trump also stepped up his support for Alabama U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore, accused of molesting girls as young as 14. While lavishing praise on a child molester, Trump called Moore’s Democratic rival Doug Jones a “Liberal” Jones in a typical Trump tweet. Many top congressional Republicans have called for Moore’s ouster from the race and condemned his conduct.
Speaking of Typical Trump Tweets, or retweets , he retweeted a number of Anti-Muslim videos that originated in the UK. The UK Opposition Labour Party called the retweets “abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.”
Portman Hammered, Brown Praised over Stance on Tax Bill that Puts Care for Kids at Risk
Cleveland.com is asking U.S. Senator Rob Portman an important question about his support for a wildly unpopular plan to cut taxes on the wealthy and raise them on everybody else: “Why even incur a $1.5 trillion debt towards our children’s futures?”
Portman insists the tax bill would have a long-term, positive effect on Ohio’s economy. Most economists, and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown disagree.
Policy Matters Ohio demonstrates the damage the proposal would do in each congressional district.
Soon after Ohio State’s football team defeated arch rival University of Michigan, the schools’ Presidents teamed up to point out how the tax bill would hurt college students.
On Friday evening, a vote on the tax bill was postponed but the tax bill appears poised to move. On Thursday, Senator John McCain of Arizona announced his support of the legislation and early Friday Senator Steve Daines of Montana did so as well. Another Republican holdout Ron Johnson from Wisconsin also appears to be on board.
As the GOP-ruled Congress moves to help its big donors with tax cuts, it missed the deadline to fund CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). Five states are at risk of losing insurance by the end of this year and Ohio is one of them.
New National Study Shows What Ohio Knows: Charter School Experiment a Failure
EducationVotes concludes that the charter school experiment is not only a failure, it’s a “fiscal and educational disaster.”
A separate study by a pro-charter school group asks why charters are more popular in some states than in others. Spoiler alert: Of the states studied, charter schools are the least popular in Ohio. Read more here.
Ohio AG Advances Ballot Issues Intended to Give More Power to Local Governments
As Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine prepares for his race for Governor, he advance two proposed ballot issues that would give more power to local governments in Ohio. Supporter Tish O’Dell explains, “Just because it isn’t in our federal constitution doesn’t mean we don’t have the right to expand our rights locally.”
Former Senate President Bill Harris Dies, Remembered As Kind and Caring
Jane Timken, leader of the Ohio Republican Party, speaks out about the death of former Senate President Bill Harris with a heartwarming statement—“All who knew President Harris knew of his kind heart and commitment to service.”
The former Senate President passed away at age 83 on Monday morning.
Pressure Increases to Shore Up Fund to Help Unemployed Ohioans
“The longest gap between recessions is about 10 years. The last recession was in 2009, so you can do the math”, explains Cincinnati.com. It is expected that by 2021 Ohio will not have the funds to pay unemployed citizens, and some lawmakers suggest addressing the problem by allocating more money to the fund while simultaneously paying workers less.
Cordray’s Departure Leaves Consumer Agency in Hands of Man Who Despises it – For Now
Richard Cordray’s resignation as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was effective on Friday and set up an immediate showdown over who would head the agency.
Cordray tapped an interim successor but Trump appointed one too. Both showed up for work the following day. A federal judge appointed by Trump refused to block the President’s appointment.
The judge’s decision leaves the agency headed by Mick Mulvaney who publicly called the agency a “sick, sad joke.”
Husted, DeWine Team Up to Try and Make Ohio Mississippi of the North
The Ohio GOP continues its long tradition of winnowing the herd of competitors for top jobs by announcing that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted won’t seek the party’s nomination for governor after all. Instead, he’s agreed to be the running mate for Attorney General Mike DeWine.
DeWine has held elected office for more than 40 years. When rumors of the deal first surfaced, sources said Husted would only agree to be the No. 2 if DeWine agreed to serve just one, four-year term. DeWine is 70, Husted is 50. The Cincinnati Enquirer lists the pros and cons of the pairing.
Although they have been political rivals, the two supported policies that have made Ohio among the nation’s leaders in high poverty, infant mortality, student loan debt and chronically failing charter schools.
In other 2018 news, Jerry Springer announced he will not seek the Ohio Democratic Party’s nomination for governor. Richard Cordray is expected to officially enter the race soon, joining four other announced Democrats.
Progressive Action Calendar Alerts
12/2: Bernie Sanders Protecting Working Families Rally in Dayton
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