What the Iowa caucus results mean going into New Hampshire

And now for something completely different.

The Iowa caucus and its unique procedures are in the books, with Ted Cruz winning for Republicans and Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders locked in a virtual tie.

The 2016 presidential race turns to New Hampshire for a primary ballot vote next Tuesday. Early polls have shown billionaire Donald Trump and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with firm leads in their respective races, but the results from Iowa could change that trend in the next seven days.

Boston.com spoke to New England College political science professor Wayne Lesperance to get a read on the potential troubles ahead for Trump, the cash flow of the many Republican establishment candidates, and the route to victory for Hillary Clinton.

Things are going to be a little bit awkward tomorrow at Donald Trump’s rally in Milford, New Hampshire, says Lesperance. Not only did the Republican billionaire lose the Iowa caucus to Ted Cruz, he narrowly finished ahead of Marco Rubio, who now can firmly grasp the mantle of the establishment candidate.

“He will go to New Hampshire claiming to be the establishment’s choice and urging supporters of John Kasich, Chris Christie, Jeb Bush to rally behind him,” Lesperance said of Rubio.

For Cruz, the actual winner among Iowa Republicans, it’s less about his result in New Hampshire, where there is less support for his socially conservative appeal.

“Obviously he wants to do as well as he can here,” Lesperance said, noting that Cruz has set his sights on South Carolina, where Republicans will vote February 20.

Lesperance said Cruz also stands to benefit from Trump defectors going forward in the “outsider lane.”

The second-place finish will be a test of the billionaire real estate mogul’s character as a candidate going forward, Lesperance said.

“We haven’t seen Trump in a position of having lost something and having to battle through that,” he said.

Whereas Trump’s lead in Iowa, though consistent, was in the single digits before the votes were actually counted, his lead among New Hampshire Republicans has averaged about 20 percentage points in recent polls.

His second place finish in Iowa, however, could change how supporters view him, perhaps affecting that lead, Lesperance said.

“One of the dangers of making your entire campaign your brand, if your brand is about strength and about being a winner is that when your brand falters, your campaign falters,” he added.

As of Monday morning, the Iowa Democratic Party chairman had not declared a winner in the tight race between Clinton and Sanders. Sanders is still favored to win New Hampshire, but primaries are fluid and media narratives create momentum.

“The math doesn’t matter, the number of delegates doesn’t matter,” Lesperance said. “What matters is what does that headline say in the morning going forward into New Hampshire.”

According to Lesperance, the Clinton campaign can write off New Hampshire to the Vermont senator and work to consolidate leads in later states.

“They basically have the excuse, the explanation written in: ‘Sanders is from the neighboring state, everybody knows him in New Hampshire, no big deal, by the way, Hillary won in 2008,’” he said.

Not only does Clinton have a strong polling lead in Nevada, South Carolina, and beyond, but her campaign also still has nearly $38 million left to spend, according to the most recent Federal Election Commission filing. Plus, her super PAC has another $35.8 million on hand.

That said, Sanders’ small donor base could be more sustainable; more than half of Clinton supporters maxed out their legal contribution amount.

Still, a win in Iowa and a loss in New Hampshire would be “a wash” for Clinton.

“She’s got the money and the organization going forward that she’ll be fine,” Lesperance said.

In Iowa, neither Jeb Bush, John Kasich, or Chris Christie received more than 5 percent of the vote Monday night. Not that it was a surprise. Kasich didn’t travel to Iowa for caucus night, and Bush and Christie were on flights back to New Hampshire from Iowa before caucusing even began Monday.

But it isn’t election results or poll numbers that decide when candidates drop out—it’s cash. And some of the candidates who sacrificed Iowa to hang their campaigns on New Hampshire don’t have much left.

According to their year-end FEC filings released Sunday, Kasich’s campaign had $2.5 million left to spend and Christie had $1.1 million at the end of 2015. Kasich’s super PAC had $1.9 million left and Christie’s had $3.2 million left.

The two governors literally cannot afford an Iowa-like result in New Hampshire.

Bush, who already has his sights on South Carolina, has the resources to continue past New Hampshire, regardless of his results there. Despite his flailing poll numbers, the former Florida governor’s campaign and super PAC, Right to Rise, together have more than $66 million left to spend.

“Bush can run as long as he wants to stay in,” he said. “That’s not true of the others … There’s no path forward. They really have no operation in South Carolina. They’re betting the farm on New Hampshire.”


Bill Cosby is charged with sexual assaulting a woman

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — Bill Cosby was charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal charges brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America’s Dad.

The case sets the stage for perhaps the biggest Hollywood celebrity trial of the mobile-all-the-time era and could send the 78-year-old Cosby to prison in the twilight of his life and barrier-breaking career.

Prosecutors accused him of rendering former Temple University employee Andrea Constand unable to resist by plying her with pills and wine, then penetrating her with his fingers without her consent, when she was unconscious or unaware of what was happening.

She was “frozen, paralyzed, unable to move,” Montgomery County District Attorney-elect Kevin Steele said. In court papers, prosecutors said the drugs were the cold medicine Benadryl or some other, unidentified substance. Steele noted that Cosby has admitted giving quaaludes to women he wanted to have sex with.

The TV star acknowledged under oath a decade ago that he had sexual contact with Constand but said it was consensual. Calls to his attorneys were not immediately returned.

He awaited arraignment in the afternoon on a charge of aggravated indecent assault, punishable by five to 10 years behind bars and a $25,000 fine.

The decision came down just days before Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitations for bringing charges was set to run out.

The case represents an about-face by the district attorney’s office, which under a previous DA declined to charge Cosby in 2005 when Constand first told police that the comic violated her by putting his hands down her pants at his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Cheltenham.

Prosecutors reopened the case over the summer as damaging testimony was unsealed in Constand’s related civil lawsuit against Cosby and as dozens of other women came forward with similar accusations that made a mockery of his image as the wise and understanding Dr. Cliff Huxtable from TV’s “The Cosby Show.”

“Reopening this case was not a question. Rather, reopening this case was our duty as law enforcement officers,” said Steele, a top deputy in the DA’s office who will take over as top prosecutor in January.

In court papers, prosecutors said there are probably other women who were similarly drugged and violated by Cosby. Steele urged them to come forward as well.

Constand, now 42, lives in Toronto and works as a massage therapist. Her attorney, Dolores Troiani, welcomed the charges.

“She feels that they believe her, and to any victim, that is foremost in your mind: Are people going to believe me,” Troiani said.

The case adds to the towering list of legal problems facing the TV star, including defamation and sexual-abuse lawsuits filed in Boston, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania.

A key question if the case goes to trial is whether the judge will allow supporting testimony from other accusers to show similar “bad acts,” even though it is too late to bring charges in most if not all of those instances. The judge could decide that the testimony is too prejudicial.

Cosby in 1965 became the first black actor to land a leading role in a network drama, “I Spy,” and he went on to earn three straight Emmys. Over the next three decades, the Philadelphia-born comic created TV’s animated “Fat Albert” and the top-rated “Cosby Show,” the 1980s sitcom celebrated as groundbreaking television for its depiction of a warm and loving black family headed by two professionals — one a lawyer, the other a doctor.

He was a fatherly figure off camera as well, serving as a public moralist and public scold, urging young people to pull up their saggy pants and start acting responsibly.

Constand, who worked for the women’s basketball team at Temple, where Cosby was a trustee and proud alumnus, said she was assaulted after going to his home in January 2004 for some career advice.

Then-District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to charge Cosby, saying at the time that the comedian and his accuser could be portrayed in “a less than flattering light.” Constand eventually settled a lawsuit against Cosby in 2006 on confidential terms.

Her allegations and similar ones from other women in the years that followed did not receive wide attention at the time but exploded into view in late 2014, first online, then in the wider media, after comedian Hannibal Buress mocked the moralizing Cosby as a hypocrite and called him a rapist during a standup routine.

That opened the floodgates on even more allegations.

Women mostly from the world of modeling, acting or other entertainment fields told of being offered a drink by Cosby and waking up to find they had apparently been sexually assaulted. Cosby, through his representatives, accused some of the women of trying to extract money from him or get ahead in show business.

Earlier this year, The Associated Press persuaded a judge to unseal documents from the Constand lawsuit, and they showed the long-married Cosby acknowledging a string of affairs and sexual encounters.

Cosby, a longtime resident of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, testified that he obtained quaaludes in the 1970s to give to women. He denied giving women drugs without their knowledge and said he had used the now-banned sedative “the same as a person would say, ‘Have a drink.'”

Constand said she was semi-conscious after he gave her pills he said would relax her. In his deposition, Cosby said he fondled Constand that night, taking her silence as a green light.

“I don’t hear her say anything. And I don’t feel her say anything. And so I continue and I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection. I am not stopped,” Cosby testified. He said Constand was not upset when she left.

Prosecutors on Wednesday said Cosby used wine and drugs to render her incapable of resistance after “the much younger, athletic victim” blocked two previous sexual advances.

Constand’s lawyer has said Constand is gay and was dating a woman around the time she met Cosby in the early 2000s.

The AP generally does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they agree to have their names published, as Constand has done.


meadowlark lemon passed sunday at age 83


Ex-Globetrotters Star Meadowlark Lemon Dies

PHOTO: Meadowlark Lemon, left, teases #33 Bob Godsey of the Washington Generals on Feb. 15, 1975.NY Daily News/Getty Images
Meadowlark Lemon, left, teases #33 Bob Godsey of the Washington Generals on Feb. 15, 1975.

Meadowlark Lemon, the “clown prince” of basketball’s barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters, whose blend of hook shots and humor brought joy to millions of fans around the world, has died. He was 83.

Lemon’s wife and daughter confirmed to the team that he died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona, Globetrotters spokesman Brett Meister said Monday. Meister did not know the cause of death.

Though skilled enough to play professionally, Lemon instead wanted to entertain, his dream of playing for the Globetrotters hatched after watching a newsreel of the all-black team at a cinema house when he was 11.

Lemon ended up becoming arguably the team’s most popular player, a showman known as much for his confetti-in-the-water-bucket routine and slapstick comedy as his half-court hook shots and no-look, behind-the-back passes.

A sign of his crossover appeal, Lemon was inducted into both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the International Clown Hall of Fame.

“My destiny was to make people happy,” Lemon said as he was inducted into the basketball hall as a contributor to the game in 2003.

Lemon played for the Globetrotters during the team’s heyday from the mid-1950s to the late-1970s, delighting fans with his skills with a ball and a joke. Traveling by car, bus, train or plane nearly every night, Lemon covered nearly 4 million miles to play in over 100 countries and in front of popes and presidents, kings and queens. Known as the “Clown Prince of Basketball,” he averaged 325 games per year during his prime, that luminous smile never dimming.

“Meadowlark was the most sensational, awesome, incredible basketball player I’ve ever seen,” NBA great and former Globetrotter Wilt Chamberlain said shortly before his death in 1999. “People would say it would be Dr. J or even (Michael) Jordan. For me it would be Meadowlark Lemon.”

Lemon spent 24 years with the Globetrotters, doing tours through the racially torn South in the 1950s until he left in 1979 to start his own team.

He was one of the most popular athletes in the world during the prime of his career, thanks to a unique blend of athleticism and showmanship.

Playing against the team’s nightly foil, the Washington Generals, Lemon left fans in awe with an array of hook shots, no-look passes and the nifty moves he put on display during the Globetrotters’ famous circle while “Sweet Georgia Brown” played over the loudspeaker.

He also had a knack for sending the fans home with a smile every night, whether it was with his running commentary, putting confetti in a water bucket or pulling down the pants of an “unsuspecting” referee.

“We played serious games too, against the Olympic teams and the College All-Stars,” Lemon said. “But that didn’t stop us from putting the comedy in there.”

Lemon became an icon in the 1970s, appearing in movies, including “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,” numerous talk shows and even a stint in the cartoon “Scooby Doo,” with Scatman Crothers doing his voice.

After leaving the Globetrotters, Lemon started his own team, The Bucketeers, and played on a variety of teams before rejoining the Globetrotters for a short tour in 1994.

Lemon spent the last years of his life trying to spread a message of faith through basketball. He became an ordained minister in 1986 and was a motivational speaker, touring the country to meet with children at basketball camps and youth prisons with his Scottsdale-based Meadowlark Lemon Ministries.

“I feel if I can touch a kid in youth prison, he won’t go to the adult prison,” Lemon said in 2003.

He never lost touch with his beloved sport. Lemon said he rose every day at 4 a.m. and, after prayers, headed for the gym to run sprints and practice shooting.

“I have to keep that hook shot working,” he said.

Born in 1932, Meadow George Lemon III — he lengthened his name after joining the Globetrotters — didn’t have money for a basketball when he was young, so he rigged up a makeshift hoop in his backyard in Wilmington, North Carolina. Using a coat hanger and onion sack for the basket, he made his first shot with an empty milk can.

Lemon first contacted the Globetrotters before his high school graduation and joined the team in 1954. He missed a game in 1955 because of a bad bowl of goulash in Germany, but that was the last one. What followed was a run, by his calculations, of more than 16,000 straight games that took him to places he never could have imagined.

“I was one of the most fortunate athletes that ever lived,” he said. “I was able to watch history.”

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Holiday Food/Product/Service Giveaways

On Thursday November 19th there will be a truck located with Thanksgiving baskets for the community at the Walgreens parking lot on Hampton and Hopkins. This give a way will start at 8:00AM.


Free Blankets for Babies

This thanksgiving season the Owners of Discount Dollar located at 7835 West Burleigh want to make sure that babies will be kept warm as their Parents travel with them and put them to sleep at night this winter So this thanksgiving season Discount Dollar wants to give back to the community through their Blankets for Babies Community Give away.

If you have a baby between the ages of birth to 9 months, stop by Discount Dollar between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 PM Monday – Saturday to receive a free blanket for your baby.
Discount Dollar is located at 7835 West Burleigh Street. Blankets are available while supplies last. One blanket per person and family.


Pastor Terrence Barton & The Christ Ministries Church Family will be giving away free turkeys this Thanksgiving holiday season on November 21, 2015 at 3803 North 11th Street, side door, lower level. You must call in order to reserve your turkey. Please contact them at 414-406-3743. First come, first serve basis. One Turkey per family. Call for more details.


Free Thanksgiving Meals Giveaway

St Gabriel’s Church of God in Christ will be giving away 250 turkeys and the trimmings and 500 additional meals including whole chickens and the trimmings on Wednesday, November 18th at 4:00 p.m.

St. Gabriel COGIC is located at 5375 North 37th Street off of 37th & Custer. This is a first come, first serve basis.


Free Community Health Fair
Hosted by
Port of Missions Outreach
7833 West Capital Drive Lower Level, Milwaukee, WI 53222
November 17th – 21st, 2015
Target Audience: Everyone
Contact Michelle Trotter at 414-446-1604
Email Portofmissions@gmail.com


Amber Alert cancelled: Three-year-old girl found SAFE, suspect in custody, SUV recovered


MILWAUKEE — An Amber Alert was issued on Sunday night, November 15th for a critically missing three-year-old girl — who went missing when the SUV she was in was stolen on the city’s north side. Police said shortly after 11:00 p.m., the Amber Alert had been CANCELLED, and the girl was FOUND SAFE. A 32-year-old suspect is in custody.

Three-year-old Aubri Degeffered was found in Lake Mills, Wisconsin by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office — acting on information from citizens.

Police say the suspect vehicle, that red Volvo SUV, was located and recovered in Jefferson County.

We’re told the three-year-old girl’s family was en route to Jefferson County late Sunday to be reunited with the girl.

Police said earlier Sunday the SUV involved in this Amber Alert situation was later involved in an attempted strong armed robbery in Brookfield.

Milwaukee police said three-year-old Aubri Degeffered was inside that SUV when it was stolen near 49th and Chambers around 6:50 p.m. on Sunday.

Police released photos of the red Volvo SUV Degeffered was in when it was stolen, and the suspect in this case:

Police say the suspect approached the red Volvo SUV and forced the driver out — fleeing in the car with the child inside.

The vehicle that was stolen was described as a red, four-door, 2013 Volvo XC60 SUV.

Brookfield police said later they’re investigating an attempted strong armed robbery that occurred on W. Bluemound Road on Sunday evening — and police said the suspect in that crime is believed to be the same suspect who stole the Volvo SUV near 45th & Chambers.

Brookfield police say the attempted strong armed robbery occurred near Bluemound and Janacek Road around 7:30 p.m.

That’s about 50 minutes after the SUV was stolen near 45th and Chambers.

Brookfield police say the attempted strong armed robbery suspect arrived and left in the Volvo SUV with Wisconsin plates: 409-XBP.

Again — the Amber Alert has been cancelled, and the three-year-old girl has been found safe. A suspect is in custody — and the red Volvo SUV was located in Jefferson County.

This investigation is ongoing — and charges are expected to be presented to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.



Missouri football players show the power of unity through boycott

Nathan Fenno Contact Reporter Los Angeles Times

Until the late-night tweet over the weekend announcing a boycott by dozens of University of Missouri football players, efforts to oust President Tim Wolfe because of racial tension at the campus in Columbia, Mo., received scant attention.

The unusual pledge by the football players to skip all team activities in the middle of the season transformed the protest into a national story. Less than 48 hours later, Wolfe resigned.

The situation provided the most public example yet of the growing boldness by college athletes to leverage their positions to affect change on campus and beyond.

“I look at this as certainly a watershed moment,” said B. David Ridpath, a former college administrator who is professor of sports administration at Ohio University. “I think this is an incident that will make athletes realize that … ultimately they have the power.”

“I think this will be a turning point where players really witnessed the type of power they can display,” said Ramogi Huma, a former UCLA football player who is president of the reform-minded National Collegiate Players Assn. “Every time a player stands up, I think it gives the next player more confidence to do so.”

There are plenty of examples of activism in sports, although typically it has taken more subtle forms. After the recording of Donald Sterling denigrating African Americans became public in April 2014, Clippers players piled their warm-up jackets on the court and turned their shirts inside out to hide the team’s logo before a game. In December, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and other NBA players wore “I can’t breathe” T-shirts to draw attention to the death of Eric Garner earlier in the year. The same month, several NFL players raised their arms during pregame introductions in a gesture meant to honor Michael Brown.

Protests in college sports in recent years have come against the backdrop of lawsuits, health concerns and contentious attempts to reform the NCAA.

Upset over deteriorating facilities and long bus rides to games, Grambling State football players registered a weeklong protest in October 2013 that included not attending practice and forfeiting a game against Jackson State.

A series of tweets in May by former Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic alleging that coach Tim Beckman pressured players to play while injured led to the coach’s firing in August. The school released Monday a 1,267-page investigation in the matter and fired Athletic Director Mike Thomas.

More than two dozen football players wrote “APU” — shorthand for All Players United — on their gear in September 2013 to protest the NCAA’s treatment of athletes. Football players at Northwestern tried to form a union in 2014 to collectively bargain with the school, but three months ago the National Labor Relations Board denied the effort. Huma helped to organize both efforts, but he wasn’t involved in the Missouri boycott.

“The power players would have if they would unite would lead to NCAA reforms,” Huma said.

What occurred at Missouri is different than many of the previous protests around college sports in recent years, both in scope and the potential reverberations in schools around the country.

Missouri’s athletic department quickly and publicly supported the boycott, even though it briefly jeopardized Saturday’s game with Brigham Young. Coach Gary Pinkel tweeted a photo showing scores of players and coaches with somber faces and linked arms. The team’s four-game losing streak and 4-5 record seemed far away.

“The Mizzou Family stands as one,” said the tweet, which received nearly 30,000 retweets and likes. “We are united. We are behind our players.”

Although the game will go ahead as scheduled, Ridpath believes the effect could extend far beyond the Missouri campus. The idea of a major-college sports team mounting an effective boycott is no longer an abstract one. It happened and it worked.

“I think there’s some nervousness and trepidation in the hallways [at NCAA headquarters] in Indianapolis and throughout America,” Ridpath said. “If the athletes sit down, then the games aren’t going to happen. There’s nothing that any multimillion-dollar coach, college sports athletics director or booster can do.”


House elects Paul Ryan as the next speaker

October 29, 2015, by and ,

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday morning elected Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, as the next speaker of the House.

Ryan, 45, who was nominated by Republicans a day earlier, received 236 votes on the floor. The nine-term congressman needed 218 votes to win the election.

A handful of Republicans voted for Rep. Daniel Webster, R-Florida, who also ran for speaker.

Most Democrats voted for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, to be the next speaker. One Democrat voted for former Secretary of State Colin Powell and a few other members received votes. The speaker does not have to be a member of Congress.

“I never thought I’d be speaker, but early in my life, I wanted to serve this House,” Ryan said in a speech from the floor. “We are wiping the slate clean.”

He reiterated his goal to return the House to “regular order,” giving committees the lead in drafting major pieces of of legislation.

“We will not duck the tough issues. We will take them head on,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s wife and three children watched from the speaker’s box as well as other family members and friends, including 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney. Ryan was Romney’s running mate.

He became the 54th speaker of the House as he was sworn in, with his hand placed on his own New American Standard Bible that he uses for weekly bible study, his aide said.

The gavel Ryan will use in his leadership post is the same one he used as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which he had led since January.

Ryan moved to Washington in 1992. For his first job, he worked for then Sen. Bob Kasten, R-Wisconsin, as an aide on the Senate Small Business Committee. After a few more jobs on and off Capitol Hill, Ryan moved back to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1998 and won his first election to the House at the age of 28.

He became chairman of the House Budget Committee in 2011 where he developed multiple conservative budget blueprints.

In 2013, he struck a bipartisan budget deal to alleviate sequestration spending caps with then-Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Washington. The House passed a similar deal on Wednesday that lifts spending ceilings over two fiscal years and raises the debt ceiling through mid-March 2017.

Before Ryan’s election, Speaker Boehner, R-Ohio, delivered a brief farewell speech from the House floor Thursday morning, bringing a box of tissues to the dais.

Under his leadership, Boehner said the House has passed major entitlement reforms that will save trillions of dollars, protected Americans from tax increases and banned earmarks entirely.

“I leave with no regrets, no burdens. If anything, I leave the way I started. I’m just a regular guy humbled by the chance to do a big job,” Boehner said.

Boehner recalled that a young man campaigned for him during his first race for the House in 1990. It was Paul Ryan, who was a student at Miami University at the time.

“Paul is being called,” Boehner said. “I know he’ll serve with grace and with energy.”

Ryan’s election comes a few days before Boehner is set to resign from Congress and after House Republicans spent weeks searching for the next speaker.

In early October, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, shocked Capitol Hill when he announced his decision to withdraw from the speaker’s race.

Ryan had officially entered the race last Thursday after receiving the backing of two major GOP caucuses and a supermajority of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

“Paul is being called,” Boehner said. “I know he’ll serve with grace and with energy.”

Ryan’s election comes a few days before Boehner is set to resign from Congress and after House Republicans spent weeks searching for the next speaker.

In early October, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-California, shocked Capitol Hill when he announced his decision to withdraw from the speaker’s race.

Ryan had officially entered the race last Thursday after receiving the backing of two major GOP caucuses and a supermajority of the conservative Freedom Caucus.

Chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee. But GOP leaders, rank and file, and Republicans outside of the Beltway pushed Ryan to run.

Boehner now plans to submit letters of resignation to both Ryan and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He will officially resign from his seat at the end of the day on Saturday.

On Wednesday, after his fellow Republicans nominated him, Ryan told reporters that he would deliver a new vision for the Republican Party.

“This begins a new day in the House of Representatives,” Ryan said. “Tomorrow, we are turning the page. We are not going to have a House that looked like it looked the last few years.”


Biden Won’t Seek Democratic Nomination, Clearing Clinton’s Path

Bloomberg –

Vice President Joe Biden won’t seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ending months of deliberation and speculation and clearing the path for Hillary Clinton.

The long process of grieving over the death of his son Beau has closed the window on any chance of mounting a presidential campaign, Biden said in a hastily arranged announcement Wednesday from the White House Rose Garden. President Barack Obama and Biden’s wife, Jill Biden, stood at his side.

“I couldn’t do this if the family wasn’t ready. The good news is the family has reached that point,” Biden said. “Unfortunately, I believe we’re out of time, the time necessary to mount a winning campaign for the nomination.”

Biden made the decision last night following months of deliberation and consultations with a close circle of advisers, according to a person close to the vice president. His announcement clarifies the choice before the party’s voters even as Clinton faces a challenge from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and two other Democrats who are trying to position themselves as an alternative to the former secretary of state.

Clinton called Biden after the vice president’s announcement at the White House, her spokesman said, and in a statement, she called Biden “a good man and a great vice president.”

Past and Future

At 72, Biden has likely run his last campaign for elected office. He may be considered for secretary of state or other presidential nominations or appointments should Democrats prevail in next year’s general election. Biden served as a U.S. senator for 36 years and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1988 and 2008 before becoming Obama’s running mate.

He said he would continue to advocate for his policy priorities in the 2016 race, including limiting the influence of wealthy people in campaigns, reducing higher-education costs, bolstering middle-income families and reworking the tax code.

Speaking Out

“I will not be silent,” Biden said Wednesday. “I intend to speak out clearly and forcefully to influence, as much as I can, where we stand as a party and where we need to go as a nation.”

On the eve of his announcement, Biden spent the day at a tribute to former Vice President Walter Mondale and had a private lunch with Obama. At the tribute, he praised Mondale and former President Jimmy Carter for empowering the vice presidency and turning it into more of a partnership — and casting his own relationship with Obama in those terms.

As he has at other recent events, Biden sought to frame his legacy and try to set some terms for the Democratic race. During a panel discussion, Biden recast how he counseled Obama about the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. He said he wasn’t against the strike, as Clinton and even Biden himself had previously suggested. Instead, he said Tuesday that had sought to buy Obama time and space to decide while privately supporting a raid.

Obama’s Record

Biden spoke repeatedly about how close he and Obama are and how no other Cabinet official had the same bond. And he emphasized his view that any Democrat who considers Republicans to be the enemy is naive, an indirect jab at Clinton who said at last week’s Democratic debate that she considered Republicans among her enemies.

Looking ahead to the campaign, Biden said the Democratic nominee should carry the banner of the Obama presidency into the general election.

“This party, our nation, will be making a tragic mistake if we walk away or attempt to undo the Obama legacy,” Biden said in the Rose Garden. “Democrats should not only defend this record and protect this record, they should run on this record.”

Biden always left open the possibility of running in 2016 when Obama’s second term was up. The vice president saw his eldest child, Beau, a military veteran who served as Delaware’s attorney general and planned to run for governor, as the successor to his political legacy and a future presidential contender.

Son’s Diagnosis

Beau’s diagnosis of brain cancer in August 2013 put the vice president’s own political considerations on the back burner, and when the cancer came back after a remission, it proved fatal. Beau died in May at age 46, devastating Biden and his wife and leaving him focused on his family through a long, sad summer.

He said today that he would spend the remainder of his vice presidency pressing for legislation “to end cancer as we know it today.”

“I know there are Democrats and Republicans on the Hill who share our passion to silence this deadly disease,” he said. “If I could be anything, I would have wanted to have been the president who ended cancer, because it’s possible.”

The National Institutes of Health, a government agency that finances about $30 billion in biomedical research each year, expects to dedicate about $5.4 billion in 2015 to cancer work. That figure is more or less unchanged since 2011.

Campaign Toll

Biden and his aides were confident he was better poised for a presidential bid after seven years as Obama’s understudy than in his two previous attempts, and felt that he better represented Democratic Party ideals than Clinton and could be less divisive in a general election. But was Biden emotionally ready for the toll of a campaign?

“Its obvious to me that the pain is very deep within him,” Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said in an interview at the Capitol shortly after Biden’s announcement. “I think he did the right thing.”

Those close to him saw a shattered man. But in an Aug. 1 column in the New York Times, Maureen Dowd reported that Biden was “talking to friends, family and donors about jumping in” and that at the end of his life Beau sought to convince his father to run. An outside group, Draft Biden, was formed to raise money and lay organizational groundwork. And Biden ramped up his private and public dialogue, including meeting on Aug. 22 with Senator Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat and Wall Street critic embraced by many party liberals.

At the same time, he was up against societal forces of change and a hunger in the Democratic Party for the first woman president to follow the first black president. He also faced a formidable opponent in Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, who was amassing talented operatives, major donors and an organizational structure as Biden focused on and later grieved for his son.

Nor did there seem to be a hunger among voters for Biden to enter the race. In a Bloomberg Politics/Saint Anselm New Hampshire Poll, Biden placed a distant third behind Clinton and Sanders.

Biden lacked a strong base of support in Iowa, the first caucus state and the place where his 2008 bid died. If he were to run, his success would hinge on winning South Carolina. Even then, his path likely would have required sizable portions of the Democratic establishment to abandon Clinton.

Biden’s third place showing in most polls has “more to do with how strong her and Bernie’s hold is on their voters,” said Joe Trippi, a chief strategist for Democratic presidential candidates Howard Dean in 2004 and John Edwards in 2008. That, he added, would have made it harder for Biden to go on the attack against his potential rivals.

“He’s going to go out at an all-time high, and everybody’s heart is with him all the way,” Feinstein said.

“To a great extent the die is cast” in the Democratic nomination, she added. “It’s one thing if our nominee — or if Hillary, for example, were going down. She isn’t, she’s going up.”


Milwaukee Bucks player John Henson alleges racial discrimination at Whitefish Bay jewelry store

Oct. 20, 2015 12:10 p.m.

Whitefish Bay – Milwaukee Bucks player John Henson claims he was the victim of racial discrimination at a Whitefish Bay jewelry store Monday.

In this Instagram post, the 6-foot, 11-inch center/forward said he went to Schwanke-Kasten Jewelry, 417 E. Silver Spring Dr. during regular business hours Monday. To his surprise, store employees locked the door and told him to go away. He said he rang the doorbell twice, but did not get an answer.

Shortly afterward, the Bucks player said two Whitefish Bay police officers questioned him about his vehicle, which was part of his endorsement deal with Kunes Country Chevrolet. They asked him why he was at the store, and he said he wanted to look at a watch. The officer then went in the back of the store, and told the employees they could come out from the back of the store, Henson said.

“This was one of the the most degrading and racially prejudice things I’ve ever experienced in life and wouldn’t wish this on anyone,” Henson wrote.

Henson’s Instagram post has sparked a surge of criticisms against Schwanke-Kasten on social media.

Tom Dixon, the president of Schwanke-Kasten Jewelry, said in a statement that he has met Henson before, and there is no excuse for how the Bucks player was treated.

“John Henson is a valued member of the Bucks basketball organization and a valued member of the Milwaukee community,” he said. “We believe that everyone – professional athlete or not – deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. I have reached out to the Bucks organization and hope to sit down directly with John Henson to look one another in the eye, shake hands, and apologize for what he experienced.”

Dixon said the employees’ reaction was based on a security scare that occurred on Friday. The jewelry store has also been robbed in recent years.

On Friday, a store employee said they received phone calls on Thursday and Friday inquiring how much of a specific type of merchandise was in stock, as well as the store’s closing time. As a precaution, the employee closed the store 30 minutes early and notified the Whitefish Bay Police Department.

As the store was closing, a Whitefish Bay police officer parked in front of the jewelry store. The officer saw a red Chevrolet Tahoe park in front of the store, and then four individuals walked up to the door. The lights in the store were turned off, but the four people talked with an employee inside the store, according to the police department.

The officer noted the Tahoe had dealer plates that were not registered to the vehicle. Police contacted the dealer, but an employee at the dealership did not recognize the vehicle or the occupants. The officer asked the car dealership employee how a person could acquire these dealer plates, and the employee said it’s possible somebody stole the plates, according to the police department.

The officer informed a Schwanke-Kasten employee that the the plates were potentially stolen, and that they should call the police if the vehicle returns.

On Sunday, Dixon requested Whitefish Bay police provide extra watch at his store, due to a recent burglary at a Green Bay store that sells Rolex watches. When the Red Tahoe returned at 1:20 p.m. Monday, store employees called the police.The employees kept the store locked, as it always is during business hours. An officer ran the license plate, and the computer system said there was no vehicle attached to the plates.

Whitefish Bay police officers talked with Henson, who said he was there to buy his first Rolex. Henson said every time he tries the door, it’s locked and they don’t let him in the store. One of the officers asked him about his dealer plates, and Henson said Bucks players get vehicles from the dealership.


The officer called dispatch to request that a Schwanke-Kasten employee come to the front door. The employee requested that an officer come to the back door, and then the officer informed the employee that the man plays for the Bucks. The employee requested that an officer stand by as Henson looked at Rolexes, but the officers refused and left the store, according to police.


Gunman opens fire at Oregon community college, killing 7

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at an Oregon community college Thursday, killing at least seven people and wounding 20, authorities said.

The shooting happened at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, about 180 miles south of Portland. The local fire district advised people via Twitter to stay away from the school.

State police Lt. Bill Fugate told KATU-TV that seven to 10 people were dead and at least 20 others hurt. A photographer for the Roseburg News-Review newspaper said he saw people being loaded into multiple ambulances and taken to the local hospital.

Andrea Zielinski, a spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, told The Associated Press: “There’s no more threat.”

She would not say whether a suspect was apprehended or dead.

The school has about 3,000 students. Its website was down Thursday, and a phone message left at the college was not immediately returned.

Neither state police nor the sheriff’s office immediately returned calls from The Associated Press seeking details.

The sheriff’s office reported on Twitter that it received a call about the shooting at 10:38 a.m. Students and faculty members were being bused to the county fairgrounds, the sheriff’s office said.

“We locked our door, and I went out to lock up the restrooms and could hear four shots from the front of campus,” UCC Foundation Executive Director Dennis O’Neill told the News-Review.

Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg reported that it had received nine patients from the shooting, with more on the way.

The White House said President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation by his Homeland Security Adviser Lisa Monaco. He was to continue receiving updates throughout the day.

A spokeswoman for the Oregon department that oversees community colleges in the state said she had not received any detailed information about the shooting.

“It’s extremely concerning and sad,” said Endi Hartigan, spokeswoman for the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

The rural town of Roseburg lies west of the Cascade Mountains in an area where the timber industry has struggled. In recent years, officials have tried to promote the region as a tourist destination for vineyards and outdoor activities.

© Aaron Yost/Roseburg News-Review/AP


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