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How the press helped Rep. Jim Jordan whitewash his role in Ohio State sex abuse scandal

The sprawling Ohio State University sex abuse scandal has been hanging over the head of Republican Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan for the past year. An ultra-conservative member of the Freedom Caucus and a relentless defender of Donald Trump, Jordan has been accused of turning a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse at Ohio State when he worked there as a wrestling coach during the same time that Dr. Richard Strauss spent years abusing student athletes. Just recently, independent investigators hired by the university found that 177 male students were victims of sexual abuse by Strauss, a team doctor from the late 1970s to the 1990s. Strauss committed suicide in 2005.

When the damning final report was released on Friday, Jordan rushed to tell the Washington press that he had been exonerated. And journalists bought it, rewarding Jordan with headlines that treated his spin as the news:

-“Rep. Jordan: Report confirms denials of knowledge of sexual abuse at Ohio State” (Washington Post)

-“Jim Jordan claims vindication after Ohio State sex abuse report released” (Politico)

-“Former coach is quick to claim victory” (New York Times, print edition)

-“Jim Jordan says Ohio State report shows he didn’t know about sexual abuse” (Washington Examiner)

The headlines all make the same point: Jordan says the OSU report clears his name. But that’s simply not true. Many of the very news articles that were published under headlines stressing Jordan’s claim of vindication included portions detailing how the OSU investigation did not clear Jordan from involvement in the scandal.

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Khloe Kardashian Isn’t Dating, But Open to Marriage Again

Khloe Kardashian says as devastating as her divorce to Lamar Odom was … she’d absolutely get hitched again … but that requires a date or 2, and at least for now that’s not in the cards. Khlo got super personal with Disso Queen Laura Wasser…

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Wealth Building Tips for Millennials

Millennial! Another of those media driven buzzwords, used to label those between the ages of 18 and 34, while the term Gen Xers define those between 35 and 50 years of age. Boomers, the group to which I belong, are those 51 through 69. This post covers 8 key pieces of advice I proffer to this generation.

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Sunday night owls: ‘Defeating the voters’

At The Baffler, Dave Denison writes—Defeating the Voters:

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, WITH ALL ITS CHECKS and balances and enlightened deliberation on behalf of busy citizens, was a pretty good contrivance. Excellent job by Montesquieu in beginning to work the essential ideas out in The Spirit of the Laws! Nicely done, James Madison et. al, in building on such ideas, drafting a United States Constitution, and explaining it all in The Federalist Papers! Kudos to John Stuart Mill, who came along and refined the theories admirably in Considerations onRepresentative Government. Democracy, after all, is a hard problem to solve, and the 1700s and 1800s produced concepts that led to mechanisms that at least got the American experiment with republican government off to a promising start.

It took a great while before some obvious flaws were corrected. Almost a century after the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia before slavery was ended. More than 130 years before women won the right to vote. John Adams wasn’t entirely right when he wrote in 1814 that “Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” But ours has been looking exhausted for a long time now, and sometimes seems on the verge of suicide. We are far enough along now that foundational principles such as “the consent of the governed” and “the common good” and “the rule of law” are just dead words on a page to most people. You could probably find more widespread belief in astrological portents than in the proposition that “here, the people rule.”

The current news cycle focuses our attention on the “constitutional crisis” in Washington, D.C., in which a corrupt executive branch proclaims itself immune from the legitimate countervailing power of Congress. But the failures of representative government in the United States are evident from coast to coast. Anyone who has spent time observing the workings of a state legislature—whether in Boston or Boise, Madison or Jefferson City—has seen how democratic deliberation is made into a farce: a few leaders control the calendar, they confer with former lawmakers who are now highly paid lobbyists, and they determine what will and will not happen. Congress is currently in a power struggle against the president; but what you see on the state level is legislative power brokers constantly at war against insurgent members who push for even the mildest reforms, against outside activists who presume to interfere in the insiders’ business, and quite often against the plainly expressed will of the voters themselves.

Maine gives us a perfect example of this legislative arrogance. You might think that since states are thought to be “laboratories of democracy” you could get a legislature—especially in a low-stakes place like Maine—to consider a proposal to try the reform known as Ranked Choice Voting. Also known as “instant runoff voting,” the system allows voters to rank their preferences when choosing between multiple candidates, thus making it less likely a third-party “spoiler” candidate will lead to a winner most voters don’t favor. It’s clear the ancient “first-to-the-post” method of electing someone by a slim margin who might not even have majority support is not necessarily the ultimate and final perfection of the democratic process. But of course legislatures seldom want to make any change to the system that put them into office. So in 2015 a Maine Committee for Ranked Choice Voting gathered signatures to put the question on the ballot. It was approved by 52 percent of the voters in November of 2016. But in October of the following year, the Maine legislature voted to suspend the law until 2021, with conditions that proponents believed essentially repealed it. So activists next gathered 80,000 signatures for a “people’s veto” to reverse the legislature. And in June of 2018, the voters again approved the measure. It was in place for the November elections last year and resulted in the election of Democrat Jared Golden to Congress—the first member sent to Washington by Ranked Choice Voting.

More and more, the hope for basic democratic responsiveness in government involves this kind of work. The right of the people to propose laws through ballot initiatives, of course, is one of the reforms that gained steam in the Progressive Era, when the problem of recalcitrant legislatures controlled by moneyed interests was well understood. This kind of direct democracy has a long and checkered history, especially in a state like California that uses it extensively. It led to the damaging property tax limits of Proposition 13 in 1978, and it also allows well-funded special interests to push measures that might bamboozle ordinary voters.

Yet today’s progressives and liberals are taking matters to the ballot—to raise the minimum wage, to expand Medicaid funding, to extend voting rights, to legalize marijuana, and to end gerrymandering—and often winning. There are many signs this ferment has the enforcers of the status quo in statehouses struggling to clamp down on citizen meddling. In several notable cases, legislatures have reversed, or attempted to reverse, proposals after they’ve been approved by voters. “It’s not a new phenomenon by any means, but I haven’t seen this much brashness on the part of legislative bodies in the six years I’ve been covering these, or even in the last decade or so,” Josh Altic, who tracks ballot measures for Ballotpedia, told Sarah Holder of CityLab last year. […]

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“It takes a disciplined imagination to acknowledge that the less personal savageries of bombs, missiles, artillery and heavy weapons are, to those blown to smithereens, also barbaric. The main horror of what the coalition is doing is not a matter of the occasional soldier who, in the heat of battle, commits a war crime, but the steady destruction rained on cities, villages, the Iraqi people. This violence is wreaked calmly, from a distance, within the rules of engagement. The war itself is the American war crime. But that is lost in the “normalcy” of the news.” ~~James Carroll, “Afraid to look in the moral abyss” (2004)

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On this date at Daily Kos in 2011—Oil-subsidized Senators just returning the favor:

When Republican Senators (with two exceptions) decided on a procedural motion Tuesday not to take up a bill that would have removed $2 a billion a year in tax “incentives” for the world’s five largest private oil companies, they had one good reason in their pockets. Over the past two decades, since 1989, they have collectively accepted just under $21 million in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Democrats (with three exceptions), plus the Senate’s two independents, voted that there should be a debate about the incentives—a collection of tax breaks that amounts to subsidies of the five oil giants, which in the first quarter of this year made $36 billion in profit. Collectively, the Democrats and independents who voted for a debate have accepted just under $5 million in campaign contributions from oil and gas companies.

Six Republican Senators alone took in twice as much in career oil-company contributions as those 48 Democrats and two independents who voted “Aye” in the Senate. They are: John McCain of Arizona ($2,718,774); Kay Bailey Hutchison ($2,141,025) and John Cornyn ($1,734,950), both of Texas; James “Climate Change Is a Hoax” Inhofe of Oklahoma ($1,256,023), David Vitter of Louisiana ($943,885), and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ($914,811).

Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for “Netroots Radio.”

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VIDEO: Zinnia – Overload

Zinnia Overload

VIDEO: Zinnia – Overload

While Nigerians sleep on this banger by Zinnia, the relatively small Island of Fiji has embraced “Overload” as, more or less, it’s anthem. I gotta admit, I didn’t know about this song till recently, but as soon as I heard it (thanks to the release of its visuals), I fell in love.

Overload is a simple, rhythmic, melodic, soft tune that’ll get you smiling as you dance. Zinnia surely got one!

Produced by Muno.

Directed by Avalon Okpe.

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Ghana Music Awards 2019 | Full Winners List #VGMA2019

 

Last night, on Saturday the 18th of May 2019, the 20th edition of the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs) held in Accra, Ghana. The biggest names in Ghanaian music gathered at the Accra International Conference Centre, where several artists and producers would receive honors for the work done within the past year.

The night saw many captivating performances by the likes of Kwesi Arthur, Kuami Eugene, Medikal, Samini, Sarkodie, our very own Burna Boy, and more. Several artists went home with awards, some even bagging more than one.

However, the night was also marked with some commotion, as chaos ensued during a brief altercation as Shatta Wale and crew stormed the stage during Stonebwoy‘s acceptance speech for Reggae/Dancehall Artist of the Year, where Stonebwoy then proceeded to pull out a firearm.

The show was stopped briefly, but once the dust settled it continued with a performance by Samini, and the rest of the program for the night. Due to the altercation, the results of two awards were withheld – Artist of the Year, and Most Popular Song of the Year, with VGMA officials stating that they will be announced at a later date.

Burna Boy also took home the award for African Artist of the Year, where Mama Burna gave an inspiring acceptance speech on his behalf.

Below is the full list of announced winners.

 

Traditional Artiste of the Year – Kwan Pa

Instrumentalist of the Year – Mizter Okyere

Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Mrs. Mary Ghansah, Obuoba J.A. Adofo, Prof Kofi Abraham

Unsung Artiste of the Year – Kula

Gospel Song of the Year – Diana Hamilton – Mo Ne Yo

Highlife Song of the Year – Shatta Wale – My Level

Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year – Shatta Wale – Gringo

Hip-Hop Song of the Year – Kwesi Arthur – Anthem

Hiplife Song of the Year – Yaa Pono ft. Stonebwoy – Obiaa Wone Master

Afropop Song of the Year – Guilty Beatz ft. Mr Eazi, Pappy Kojo and Patapaa – Akwaaba

Gospel Artiste of the Year – Diana Hamilton

Highlife Artiste of the Year – Kuami Eugene

Hiplife/Hiphop Artiste of the Year – Medikal

Reggae/Dancehall Artiste of the Year – Stonebwoy

Music Video of the Year – MzVee ft. Yemi Alade – Come and See My Moda

Best Collaboration of the Year – Stonebwoy ft. Medikal, Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes & Kelvyn Boy – Kpoo Keke

Record of the Year – Akwaboah – Hye Me Bo

Songwriter of the Year – King Promise for King Promise ft. Mugeez & Sarkodie – CCTV

Producer of the Year – Kuami Eugene

Best Male Vocalist – Kidi – Thunder

Best Female Vocalist – Efya – Hold You Down

Sound Engineer of the Year – Francis Osei for Akwaboah – Sh3 Me Bo

African Artiste of the Year – Burna Boy

Rapper of the Year – Medikal

Best African Collaboration – Guilty Beatz ft. Mr Eazi, Patapaa & Pappy Kojo – Akwaaba

Best Group of the Year – Bethel Revival Choir

Best New Artiste – Wendy Shay

Album of the Year – Rockstar by Kuami Eugene

Artiste of the Decade – Sarkodie

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Democrats beware: Trump could ride tariffs to a presidential win

Groupthink is just as dangerous as hubris. A few days ago, the stock market took a tumble. It was clear that a deal on Chinese tariffs was not forthcoming.

After a steady focus on the Mueller Report and many other Trump antics, tweets, and idiocy that should have been ignored, the stock market’s fall in tandem with failed trade talks had the full attention of our derelict media. It was time for grandstanding.

While Donald Trump was ready for the grandstand, our Democratic leaders were not. It would have been a safe bet to assume that our leaders would be chasing every microphone at MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News. I knew they would be agile enough and grandly call an official press conference so they could get to speak to the American farmer, the American consumer, and the members of the middle-class who are getting hit the hardest by tariffs.

But wait a minute: How could some of these Democrats do that? After all, is it not true that our current standard-bearer, Joe Biden, supports NAFTA, CAFTA, and backed TPP? And this is the classic dilemma that will face any Democratic candidate tacking to the mythical center. Just like George W. Bush lost the popular vote in 2000 and then really won in 2004, I anticipate the same with Donald Trump in 2020, all things being equal.

The fallacy of tacking to the mythical center to avoid the always inevitable ‘socialist’ tag is a fool’s errand. When you have two parties who both cater to the plutocracy, the liar who is offering believable progressive policies over centrist policies will always win.

Trump’s actions are laying the groundwork for an interesting narrative, and it will be a more expansive triangulation than he used to win the Midwest in 2016.

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Three things I learned from Elizabeth Warren’s amazing town hall

This past Saturday, I volunteered for Elizabeth Warren’s town hall in Cincinnati. 

I saw her speak several years ago and I have to say I think she’s gotten even better. She’s personal. She’s funny. She’s authentic. She connects with people. And her experience when it comes to economics is perhaps unparalleled. She’s also able to make the complex simple in a way that few others can. 

You’ve probably heard about some of her policy ideas recently. Here, I’ll break down three powerful ways she communicated her ideas in her town hall and show you how these can help you in your conversations.