Poll: Ohio Voters Oppose Common Core Standards by Wide Margin

A new Columbus Dispatch poll has found that Ohio voters oppose the Common Core standards, 43-26 percent, while 31 percent don’t know their opinion on the controversial education initiative.

According to the Dispatch, the margin of sampling error for the mail poll of 1,185 registered Ohio voters, is +/- 2.7 percent. Numerous respondents in the poll reflected fears of getting involved with Common Core, says the publication.

An Ohio House committee is considering whether to eliminate the Common Core standards, but another recent report in the Dispatch indicated that Republican Gov. John Kasich does not expect a repeal bill to come to his desk.

“I don’t know that there’s any effort to repeal Common Core,” he said. “There may be an effort to talk about it.”

As Breitbart News reported last month, Kasich has said he supports the Common Core standards. After hearings regarding the standards were held by state lawmakers, the Governor said he is willing to look at a Republican bill concerning Common Core, but would not say whether he would sign such a piece of legislation.

“I just want to have high standards, and I want to make sure we maintain local control so local school boards and local parents are the ones that design the curriculum to meet the standards,” Kasich said. “We need high standards. We don’t need interference from Columbus or Washington to get this done. It should be done locally.”

Many Republican governors, however, are under the impression that the Common Core standards are “high” standards, even though no independent studies exist that support the talking points of Common Core proponents that the standards are “rigorous.”

Ironically, Ohio is the home state of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, one of the principle proponents of the Common Core standards.




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Warren Buffett to Speak at California Fundraiser for Kentucky Democrat Alison Grimes

Billionaire Warren Buffett is scheduled to speak on a conference call to a California fundraiser on Wednesday for Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes, who currently serves as Secretary of State for Kentucky, has fallen behind  the incumbent Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), according to recent polls. She is returning to California on Wednesday to raise more money for her campaign. The next day, Grimes is scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Hollywood hosted by billionaire David Geffen and other entertainment industry elites.

An email sent by ACT BLUE, the prolific Cambridge, Massachusetts liberal fundraising group that helped make Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) a national left-wing fundraising super-star, invited well-heeled California donors to “please join Alison in the Bay Area” on Wednesday.

The event, held at the Tiburon residence of Sharon Osberg and David Smith, promised “an evening of cocktails and conversation with Alison Lundergan Grimes, Candidate for US Senate [i]n Kentucky and via conference call, Warren Buffett.” Tiburon is one of the wealthiest and most exclusive communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The cost of attending the event is steep. The minimum donation is $1,000 per person. Those who donate the maximum of $2,600 per person are listed as “hosts” of the event, along with Osberg and Smith.

Buffett, a close friend and bridge playing partner of Ms. Osberg, is scheduled to call in to the fundraiser at her home Wednesday night. Osberg, a former Wells Fargo executive, is a two-time world champion who has been friends with fellow bridge enthusiast Buffett for more than two decades. She often partners with Buffett in competions. The two once qualified as a team to participate in the world championship, but Buffett dropped out because he found it too stressful.

Another billionaire bridge enthusiast and Buffett friend, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, is also a frequent Osberg bridge partner. “In 2005,” the Dickinson Magazine reported, “Osberg held a three-day 75th-birthday party for Buffett [at her Tiburon residence], which Gates attended.”

Buffett will presumably sing the praises of Secretary Grimes to the California donors in attendance at the Osberg fundraiser.

Should the discussion move to tax policy, however, it could result in a few awkward moments. Buffett’s $3 billion investment in Burger King’s acquisition of Tim Hortons, the Canadian doughnut chain, has come under attack from left-wing Democrats such as Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) as a tax inversion scam.

“We should end tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas,” Grimes says on her campaign website

Under its plan to acquire Tim Hortons, Burger King would move its corporate headquarters, along with presumably several hundred employees, from its current Miami, Florida headquarters in the United States to Tim Hortons’ corporate headquarters in Ontario, Canada. The move, tax experts estimate, would save Burger King tens of millions of dollars in taxes, since the company would be subject to the much lower Canadian corporate tax rate.

Grimes has not publicly voiced any disagrement with Buffett’s investment in this tax inversion acquisition. She does, however, charge in a recent television ad that “[McConnell voted] three times for corporate tax breaks that send Kentucky jobs overseas.”

Politifact rated this claim by Lundergan “mostly false.”

Osberg and her husband, David Smith, each donated the maximum $2,600 to the Grimes Senate general election campaign in May of this year, according to Federal Election Commission records. Osberg’s previous political donations included $1,000 to Hillary Clinton and $500 to Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign.

It is unclear when Osberg and Grimes were introduced, or why Osberg is interested in a Senate race in Kentucky. She is apparently not supporting any other Democratic Senate candidates, at least according to the record of her donations at the Federal Election Commission.

Earlier in the day, Grimes will raise money in the posh Northern California beach side resort town of Carmel. According to an email found at the Democrat Underground, Grimes will be the featured guest at the fundraiser at Nico’s Restaurant in Carmel, California hosted by State Senator Bill Monning and Dr. Dana Grimes, beginning at 11:30 am and ending up at 2 pm.

“The 2014 Senate race in KY is the best opportunity in the 2014 general election to defeat a Republican Senator, just happens to be Mitch McConnell,” read the email inviting attendees. “Poll after poll shows Alison either leading or within the margin of error to beat him. We can win this race with your support.”

From Carmel Grimes will make the 100 mile trek north to the Tiburon residence of Osberg and Smith before going on to Hollywood the following day.

Breitbart News’ calls for comment from the Grimes campaign on the Osberg-Buffett fundraiser were not returned.




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CDC: Ebola Outbreak Could Last for Years Not Controlled Quickly

Tuesday at a joint hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Beth Bell said if the Ebola outbreak is not addressed we could be dealing with a epidemic that last for “years to come.” 

Bell said, “There is a window of opportunity to control the spread of this disease, but that is closing. If we do not act now to stop Ebola, we could be dealing with it for years to come affecting larger areas of Africa. The worst outbreak in history, but we have tools to stop it and response is urgently needed. The best way is to stop the outbreak in Africa, but it is possible that an infected traveler might arrive in the U.S. Should this occur, we are confident that the health care systems can prevent an outbreak here and recognize they put us in this strong position.”

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Al Qaeda Branches Call For Rival Islamists To Stop Fighting & Unite Against America

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) have come together to call upon the Muslim world, both Sunni and Shiite, to stop fighting each other and unite against the West, specifically the United States.

“We call upon [The Muslim community] to support our people in Iraq and Sham and support them with the valuable and priceless… and stand in their ranks against… America, the source of evil and symbol of corruption and injustice,” the statement read, which was posted Tuesday by an official Al Qaeda Twitter account.

The bulletin continued: “Stop the infighting between you and stand as one rank against America’s campaign and that of its satanic alliance that lies in wait for all of us, to break us stick by stick.”

AQAP and AQIM urged warring Islamist entities to “stop the campaigns of mutual slander, and direct the honest pens and swords against the head of infidelity, America, and its unjust aggressive alliance.”

“In the face of this unjust crusaders’ campaign, we have no choice but to stand in front of the hater of Islam and Muslims, the U.S. and its allies, who are the real enemies of the Muslim world,” the communiqué said. It added that The US’s main interest is to kill Muslims under the excuse of attacking the Islamic State and destroying it.”

The joint statement was dated September 11, 2014, the 13th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on America.

In August, AQAP announced that it was in full support of the Islamic State. According to CIA documents, AQAP has far surpassed Al Qaeda’s core as the foremost threatening AQ branch to US interests. The United States has frequently engaged AQAP fighters in Yemen by means of aerial drone strikes.

AQIM, which operates primarily in Africa, has established jihadi offshoots such as Boko Haram, known for its attempt to create a ruthless Islamic caliphate in northeast Nigeria.




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Listen Before You Speak

I sat in on a political science class in college for a few sessions. I wanted to try something different. I was buried (quite happily) in literature, art history, and film, but figured I’d give something brand new a shot.

As it turned out, I hated it. So, I left pretty quickly. But the reasons why I hated it are worth mentioning.

I remember sitting in a room that looked like it popped right out of a movie. You know what I’m talking about–dim lighting, bookcases, dark wooden tables, the smell of old books. The room reminded me of Spanish poetry and I had to quickly remind myself that I was there to talk politics, not love.

I sat in the back that day, quietly observing the interaction of students of all kinds of ideological backgrounds. I heard lots of shouting, lots of insistence that he was right or she was wrong, lots of bold policy statements.

What I didn’t hear was the sound of anyone listening.

What hence happened was that policy arguments fell flat on their faces. Neither side took the time to hear the other, so neither side budged on anything. No one took the time to figure out where a disagreeing party was coming from or why they had come to the conclusion they had. Everyone was far more worried about getting their points in than convincing anyone new to see why their points had value.

To be honest, it was a profound waste of time.

As I talk to regular people every day who work outside the political sphere (almost none of my friends or acquaintances are terribly political), they increasingly can’t stand politics. They hate the finger-pointing, the shouting, the defiant attitudes that cause people to talk without listening.

I can’t really blame them.

So, I invite you to do something a little different. It’s not easy–opinions are heated, passions flare, and sometimes insults roll off the tongue. After all, we’re all human. But turning people off or making those who disagree with you less likely to see your angle helps no one. It solves nothing. And the energy it puts out into the world pretty much stinks.

So, here are some tips I’m keeping in mind as I move forward. I won’t always succeed, but I’m going to try like hell…

Listen before you speak.

Take the time to walk in someone else’s shoes.

Think about what someone else has said and why you have a better solution.

View every conversation as a chance to learn something and teach something.

Remember that we’re all still people.

Acknowledge that people may have a different idea of how to fix things, but many who disagree with you really care about the country too.

If you find common ground, enjoy the moment. Use it to further greater discussion.

And leave personal attacks at the door.

It’s entirely possible to be passionate about who you are and what you stand for without insulting someone or abandoning adulthood. I think it creates a better discussion, better debate, better solutions, and a better world.

Join me if you dare.

Jedediah Bila is co-host of “Outnumbered” on Fox News at 12pm ET. She is an author, columnist, and Fox News Contributor. Follow Jedediah on Twitter @JedediahBila.




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