September 5, 2016

Good grief, John Kerry

(Paul Mirengoff) President Obama has become a laughingstock in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, and wherever else serious people are paying attention. But it is John Kerry, one suspects, who draws the biggest guffaws. Consider the Syria deal Kerry, with White House approval, presented to Russia in July. According to the Washington Post the proposal was this: the U.S. would share intelligence and coordinate its bombing of terrorists targets with Russia and Russia would

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DOJ Official Who Led 'Independent' Clinton Email Probe Is An Obama Donor

Counterespionage chief interviewed Clinton

Via: The Daily Caller

Clinton Has Coughing Fit During Labor Day Event in Cleveland

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Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest pulls politics into sports, creates headache for NFL

The national anthem is becoming a partisan issue and potentially a problem for one of America's most popular and unifying institutions: the National Football League.

In the nearly two weeks since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began refusing to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the start of games, ...

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WaPo Race Discrimination Plaintiff Calls Daily Caller Columnist A Tireless Civil Rights Advocate

Meet Rachel Maddow's and Ben Smith's Invisible Man

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Twitter Users Mock Phyllis Schlafly, Celebrate Her Death

'A life squandered'

Via: The Daily Caller

11 reasons we didn't invest in your company

Close-Up Of Pencil Crossing On Checklist Like most VCs, we see dozens of deals each week. We've developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that don't fit our general investment criteria. The deals that survive this initial process are subjected to greater scrutiny. In the end, we invest in a small percentage of the deals we review. When we decide not to invest, we always explain the reasons to the founders. Read More

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Phyllis Schlafly, U.S. Conservative Activist, Dies at 92

Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative activist who opposed the feminist movement and campaigned against ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, has died, according to a statement from the Eagle Forum, a group she founded.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

A Narrow Shade of Green

(Steven Hayward) If a major industrial area succeeded in eliminating all coal-fired electric power in a relatively short period of time, you'd think environmentalists would be celebrating, wouldn't you? That's the question Rauli Partanen & Janne Korhonen, authors of Climate Gamble: A historic moment in the fight against climate change took place in April 2014. A coal plant in Ontario, the biggest province in Canada, burned what was promised to be Ontario's

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Asia Times: China Deploys Construction Vessels at Disputed Reef as Obama meets Xi

Photos of Chinese ships deployed near a key disputed reef in the South China Sea surfaced over the weekend as U.S. and Chinese leaders met at the Group of 20 nations summit and discussed maritime disputes.

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 explosion, Proxima b and SETI: Listen to TCBC Episode 3 with Emily Calandrelli

tcbc-draft5c On this week's episode of TCBC, the podcast where TechCrunch's writers go in-depth about the beats they love and obsess over, we talk to Emily Calandrelli, our resident space reporter and the host of Xploration Outer Space – season 3 of which premieres this coming Saturday on FOX. Luckily, there's been no shortage of space news lately: SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket… Read More

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Hillary Launches The Health Issue More Than Her Campaign

(Steven Hayward) Labor Day is the traditional or unofficial start of the presidential campaigns, though this is really an anachronism. Nevertheless, it is a journalistic totem if nothing else, so one wonders how Hillary's launch party in Ohio earlier this afternoon will be presented by the media. After several days off the campaign trail to "rest," she sounds . . . awful: Maybe it is just a clever attempt to distract us

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Arizona official says guns are allowed at private schools

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona's attorney general says the state's private elementary, middle and high schools can allow guns on campus.

The Arizona Republic reports ( ) that an opinion from the Arizona Attorney General's office says state and federal laws don't prevent someone with proper permits from carrying a concealed ...

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ISIS Bans Burkas At Security Centers

Considered a security risk

Via: The Daily Caller

The four public policy questions every startup should ask

Business people talking in meeting As a necessary function of a product launch, startups are myopic — they're frenzied, they're broke and they're not remotely cognizant of the serious public policy hurdles to which they're racing. That's the problem. Read More

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Zephyr Teachout, New York House candidate, runs on Bernie Sanders' grass roots

Zephyr Teachout, a liberal law professor, shocked political insiders when she swiped a third of the Democratic vote from New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the 2014 primary, offering a preview of hard-left discontent that has bubbled over in this year's presidential race.

Now Mrs. Teachout, a Vermont native and ...

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Amy Schumer's Book Has Disappointing First Week On Stands

'Lacking any real thought...'

Via: The Daily Caller

Trump Commits to Debates as He, Clinton Promise More Access on Campaign

The two candidates are focusing campaigns on a handful of swing states that will decide the election.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Editorials from around Ohio

Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Ohio newspapers:

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Sept. 2

The payday loan problem continues to fester in Ohio, despite a 2008 referendum and state law seemingly banning these super-high-interest, short-term loans. The reasons: lenders' apparent unquenchable ability to divert around attempted ...

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Obama Has No Desire To Address Concerns About Demographic Change

'But that's not the majority of America'

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Academic Absurdity of the Week: Political Indigestion

(Steven Hayward) I had to miss the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA), which just wrapped up in Philadelphia. Among other things, it deprived me of taking in important advancements in political knowledge such as this: Digestion as Political Practice in Marx, Nietzsche, and Whitman. Tripp Rebrovick, Johns Hopkins University In Event: The Bios: Food, Bodies, Life Itself Sat, September 3, 2:00 to 3:30pm, PCC, 108-B Abstract This paper

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Pension question in officer's staged suicide inspires bill

FOX LAKE, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois lawmaker is proposing legislation prohibiting pension benefits for surviving relatives of an official if both are guilty of a crime.

The bill introduced last week is inspired by the case of a suburban Chicago police officer who authorities say staged his suicide last ...

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'Do Not Shoot Anyone' Flyers Fail To Prevent Shooting Deaths At NYC Festival

The 'Don't Stab Anyone' part of the message also didn't work

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Blowing up on Kickstarter, Hello brings video conferencing and security to any TV

hello2 The $6.7 billion telepresence and video communication category hasn't evolved much since we were introduced to Cisco and Polycom. At the same time Smart TVs are making video conferencing easier. But it's still not that easy. Hello is a new startup addressing this space — created by two former refugees from the war in Kosovo — which has now passed it's… Read More

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Mother's efforts bring cameras to special-needs classrooms

KELLER, Texas (AP) - A North Texas mother's efforts to get school districts to install cameras in classrooms with special-needs students in order to increase safety are finally seeing success.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports ( ) Breggett Rideau had lobbied the Texas Legislature to require school districts around the ...

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British Prime Minister: 'I Want Britain To Be Global Leader In Free Trade'

'Build on our strengths as a trading nation'

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Why the advertising industry needs to embrace AdBlock

adblock-ios The advertising industry is wringing its hands and shaking its fist at the use and growth of ad-block technology, but I am not above temptation. I installed it. I love it and probably won't ever fully abandon it. So instead of excoriating people for using them, it's time we reflect on how we got here, what its inevitability means and whether this might even be a trend worth embracing. Read More

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Obama Trade Setbacks Undercut Progress in Southeast Asian Ties

When President Barack Obama envisioned making his final visit to Southeast Asia as leader, he probably imagined being able to promote the sealing of a massive U.S.-led Pacific trade pact.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Over 20% of Bayh Staffers Became Lobbyists

One in five staffers who worked for former Sen. Evan Bayh (D., Ind.) went on to become lobbyists, one of the highest rates among Democratic Senators who served with him in Congress, records show.

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Several Oklahoma lawmakers caught by new ethics rule

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Several Oklahoma lawmakers must repay their campaigns after violating a new ethics rule regarding how the donations can be used.

Among the uses prohibited by the rule that applies to elections held after Jan. 1, 2015 are the purchase of tickets to University of Oklahoma and ...

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Hackers May Bring Back The Paper Ballot

Foreign governments would have a hard time hacking paper

Via: The Daily Caller

COMMENTARY: Control the Language Control the Masses

alinkskyWords are power

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Unions' Message This Labor Day: 'Reclaim the American Dream'

'Labor Day wasn't a gift'

Via: The Daily Caller

Apple rolls out its new, personalized playlists to Apple Music subscribers on iOS, macOS betas

Apple music itunes Ahead of Apple's iPhone event on September 7th, the company has begun rolling out new, personalized music playlists to Apple Music subscribers, who are beta testing the soon-to-be-released iOS 10 mobile operating system and macOS Sierra. Originally introduced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, Apple Music's new playlists are a direct challenge to… Read More

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U.S., Russia in 'Tough' Negotiations Over Syria Cease-Fire

The U.S. and Russia aren't closer to reaching agreement on a cease-fire in Syria but will continue talks over the next few days, U.S. President Barack Obama said.

Source: Bloomberg Politics

Rhode Island primary a battle over Democratic identity

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Democratic Party has no chance of losing control of the Rhode Island General Assembly anytime soon, but the upcoming Sept. 13 primary could affect what kind of Democrats hold power.

A slate of about a dozen liberal-leaning candidates is trying to unseat incumbent Democratic lawmakers ...

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President Obama On Kaepernick: It's Tough For Veterans To Get Past What He's Doing [VIDEO]

Is President Obama right?

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Snapchat joints the Bluetooth SIG, fueling hardware speculation

snapchatshades Snapchat has given observers another reason to suspect it might be working on hardware – the social network company joined the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) according to the Financial Times. The SIG industry association maintains the Bluetooth wireless standard, and membership is a necessary prerequisite for companies that want to employ Bluetooth in any hardware devices.… Read More

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