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Mystery donor pays off students' lunch debts

PORT CLINTON - Though “Random Acts of Kindness Week” was in February, its impact is still being felt at Port Clinton City Schools.

An anonymous donor picked that week to pay off the school lunch debts of every Port Clinton student, from kindergarten to 12th grade.

According to school officials, the donation was more than $500, helping to pay off the lunch debts of 158 students.

While the donor wishes to remain anonymous, the gesture was made in memory of the person’s favorite retired “lunch lady,” Ruth Vogt, who died in late January.


Good for them!

Heresy. Rev. Barber smacks down Jesus-quoting GOP Rep. who claims poor dont want health care

By Katie Paris |
MARCH 4, 2017
Perhaps in the ultimate show of desperation, Rep. Robert Marshall (R-KA) has turned to Jesus to try to justify Republican plans to take health care away from millions of people. Rev. William Barber is having none of it.

Obamacare is increasingly popular, and Republicans are increasingly desperate to conceal their plans to repeal it — most recently going so far as to hide draft legislation in a sealed room in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.
While at least one Republican on Capitol Hill, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), is well enough in touch with her constituents to say that Medicaid expansion “better be” in Republican plans to replace Obamacare, another hit a new moral low in justifying GOP attempts to get rid of it.

In what NY Magazine’s Jonathan Chait rightfully calls the “most morally repulsive argument for repealing Obamacare I’ve ever heard from a member of Congress,” here’s how freshman Congressman Robert Marshall of Kansas explained, in his view, Medicaid expansion is a bad thing:

“Just like Jesus said, ‘The poor will always be with us,’” he said. “There is a group of people that just don’t want health care and aren’t going to take care of themselves.”


Scattered fistfights break out at pro-Trump rally in Berkeley

Source: SF Chronicle

A Berkeley rally by supporters of President Trump turned violent Saturday afternoon as fistfights broke out between marchers and counter protesters, with crowds of masked anarchists joining the fray.

The rally began at 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park — less than a mile from the UC Berkeley campus where weeks ago violence broke out against a planned but later canceled appearance by right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

But fighting started even before the event began, with people throwing punches and tossing blue smoke bombs. While hundreds of people filled the park, it wasn’t immediately clear how many Trump supporters were mixed in with the anarchists and counter demonstrators.

But by 3 p.m., the self-proclaimed anarchists seemed to dominate the crowd. Dressed all in black and wearing cloth masks over their faces, they stopped traffic as they marched from the park through downtown toward UC Berkeley with the smaller mix of Trump supporters and counter protesters.

Read more: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Scattered-fist-fights-break-out-at-pro-Trump-10977508.php

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Federal prosecutors have brought charges in cases far less serious than Sessionss

By Philip Lacovara and Lawrence Robbins

March 3 at 5:35 PM
Philip Lacovara was counsel to Watergate special prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski, and also served as deputy U.S. solicitor general responsible for criminal matters, including the “Bronston” case. Lawrence Robbins has been both an assistant U.S. attorney and assistant to the solicitor general. Lacovara is a lifelong Republican; Robbins contributed to and raised money for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. The views expressed are their own.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a seemingly false statement under oath during his confirmation hearing. Admittedly, not every potential perjury case gets prosecuted, and Sessions may well have defenses to such a charge. But as lawyers at the Justice Department and attorneys in private practice who have represented individuals accused in such cases, we can state with assurance: Federal prosecutors have brought charges in cases involving far more trivial misstatements and situations far less consequential than whether a nominee to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer misled fellow senators during his confirmation hearings.

Sessions’s problematic statement involves his response to a question by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) about what he would do as attorney general “if there is any evidence that anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign communicated with the Russian government in the course of this campaign.” Sessions said he was unaware of any such activities, then volunteered, “I did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.” In fact, then-Sen. Sessions (R-Ala.), a top Trump campaign adviser, met at least twice during the presidential campaign with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, The Post revealed.

As any number of witnesses have learned the hard way, it is a federal felony to lie to Congress. Under Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Sections 1001 and 1621, perjury before Congress is punishable by up to five years imprisonment. To prove that offense, a prosecutor would have to establish that Sessions’s answer was false, that he knew it was false when made and that the subject matter of the answer was “material” to the congressional inquiry in which he was testifying.


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