Fri May 1, 2015
It's All Politics

Ohio Republican Gov. Kasich On Expanding Medicaid: 'It's My Money'

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 5:44 pm

From Medicaid to immigration to same-sex marriage, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has rankled some in the conservative base.
Jim Cole AP

No Republican has ever won the White House without winning Ohio. That's exactly the argument Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making for why Republicans should choose him as their nominee in 2016.

"I will tell you that you can't be president if you don't win Ohio. That's not even a question," Kasich said Friday at a lunch with reporters in Washington sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor. Kasich is thinking about running for president and is trying to determine whether he has a viable path.

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Fri May 1, 2015
Code Switch

Reaction To Baltimore Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's Remarks

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 5:49 pm

Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore's prosecutor, announced criminal charges against all six officers suspended after Freddie Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury while in police custody.
Alex Brandon AP

Baltimore's lead prosecutor, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced on Friday that the death of Freddie Gray was a homicide. Mosby, who took office in January, is charging six city police officers with a range of offenses — including second-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Fri May 1, 2015

Beyond The Headlines, There's Much More To West Baltimore

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 1:26 pm

A girl dances to the beat of a drum line during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was burned to the ground on Monday in Baltimore, Md.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

The complexities of Baltimore seem largely out of the reach of the media outlets that descend, as usual, only when certain neighborhoods burn.

Birthday parties and backyard barbecues – rituals of daily life and love – seem to never make the headlines. Yet images of overturned cars claim the top spot on the evening news every time.

In West Baltimore, at Pennsylvania and North avenues, media featured a drug store on fire.

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Fri May 1, 2015
It's All Politics

A Rough Week For 2 Potential Presidential Candidates

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 4:24 pm

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley canceled a trip to Europe to try to be part of the solution in Baltimore. That got sidetracked when reporters picked up on comments from city residents who criticized his "tough on crime" policing policies.
Matt Rourke AP

It's been a tough week for a couple of candidates looking to break through on the presidential stage, namely Chris Christie and Martin O'Malley.

First, in New Jersey, David Wildstein, a former Christie ally and former Port Authority official, pleaded guity Friday to charges related to the "Bridgegate" scandal that closed several lanes of traffic to the George Washington Bridge over four days in 2013, ensnaring cars in massive backups.

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Fri May 1, 2015
It's All Politics

How The Vietnam War Put Picking Presidents In The Hands Of The People

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:38 pm

A young female protester faces down armed police officers at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Hulton Archive Getty Images

This week we mark the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. On our screens and in our memory's eye we can see the helicopters lifting the last, desperate evacuees from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon.

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Fri May 1, 2015
It's All Politics

Latino 'Panhandlers,' Ted Cruz And The Republican Push For Hispanics

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:37 pm

Ted Cruz (left) waits offstage Wednesday in Washington, D.C., as he is introduced to speak to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

On the Republican side of the 2016 race, this was the week the courting of the Latino vote seemed to begin.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas spoke Wednesday at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., after the group criticized him for skipping their summit last month. Meanwhile, Jeb Bush went on a Spanish-language tour — first to Puerto Rico and then speaking to the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in Houston.

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Fri May 1, 2015
The Two-Way

Ex-Ally Of N.J. Gov. Chris Christie Pleads Guilty In Bridge Closures Scandal

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 4:34 pm

David Wildstein speaks during a hearing at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Jan. 9, 2014. He pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy in the "Bridgegate" case.
Mel Evans AP

Updated at 4:34 p.m.

David Wildstein, a former official at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of conspiracy in connection with lane closures on the George Washington Bridge in 2013. The case could have implications for his former friend New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely Republican presidential candidate.

Indictments in April against two other officials linked to the scandal were unsealed today.

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Fri May 1, 2015
NPR Story

Indiana Struggles To Control HIV Outbreak Linked To Injected Drug Use

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:51 pm

Austin, Indiana's needle exchange program is open for business this week, but health workers worry the program will be tough to quickly replicate in other counties.
Darron Cummings AP

In hopes of quelling an HIV outbreak in rural Indiana, the state's legislature this week voted to let any county that can prove it is experiencing a drug-linked outbreak of HIV or Hepatitis C to set up a needle exchange program. Indiana's governor, Mike Pence, says he is "looking forward to signing it into law."

But critics say the measure that passed Wednesday is watered down, and too limited. It also includes so much red tape that counties may have a tough time complying.

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Fri May 1, 2015

California Bill Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 12:46 pm

Oakland police officers, wearing body cameras, form a line during demonstrations against recent incidents of alleged police brutality nationwide.
Elijah Nouvelage Getty Images

The unrest in Baltimore and other cities regarding alleged police misconduct has prompted new calls for law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. Such recordings could provide accountability and transparency in potentially controversial circumstances.

At least, that's the idea.

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Thu April 30, 2015
It's All Politics

Just Do It: Obama Tries To Sway Skeptical Democrats On Trade

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 8:59 am

It's proving difficult for President Obama to win over Democrats on trade so far.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

President Obama met Thursday with moderate Democrats in hopes of rallying support for a controversial Asia-Pacific trade deal.

The president will need approval from at least some members of his own party to win passage of a "fast-track" bill, authorizing him to complete trade negotiations and present the agreement for an up-or-down vote in Congress.

So far, most Democratic lawmakers have been skeptical.

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