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Bill Clinton Might Stop Giving Paid Speeches If Hillary Wins The White House

Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Bill Clinton will have some tough decisions to make if Hillary Clinton wins White House, including whether to continue his lucrative paid speaking career.

At the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Denver, the former president said that he will likely stop giving paid speeches if Hillary Clinton is elected president.

“No. I don’t think so,” Clinton said in an interview with Bloomberg TV when asked about staying on the paid speaking circuit were his wife to win. “Because once you get to be president, then you are just making a daily story.”

But Clinton added that he would not stop speaking publicly altogether: “I will still give speeches on things I’m passionate about.”

Just last month the former president indicated that he would continue to deliver paid speeches during his wife’s presidential campaign, telling NBC News, “I got to pay our bills.”

In today’s interview, Clinton said he and his foundation have a “strict no corruption policy” as well as “the most comprehensive disclosure of any presidential foundation.”

“Is our disclosure system more transparent than most? Yes,” Clinton added. “It has nothing to do with politics. Has anyone proved we’ve done anything objectionable? No. Do we do a lot of good? Yes.”

As Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign ramps up, the Clinton Foundation has come under intense scrutiny, particularly for accepting sizable donations from foreign governments, prompting new foundation policies to limit donations from most foreign governments.

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House Speaker John Boehner Calls on President Obama to ‘Get Serious’ on ISIS

Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker John Boehner continued to hit at President Obama over the struggle against ISIS, complaining that there is no current strategy to “stop the spread of this horrible disease.”

While Boehner once again called on the president to withdraw his draft proposal of an Authorization for the Use of Military Force, he again declined to direct the House to present its own strategy to defeat the Islamic State.

“We have one commander in chief at a time, that’s the president of the United States. He has no strategy, as he admitted himself, much less an overarching strategy to take on ISIL and the other terrorist threats that we face in the Middle East,” Boehner, R-Ohio, said during his news conference Wednesday morning in the Capitol. “As I’ve called on, the president should withdraw the AUMF that he sent up here that calls for less authority then they have today under the law and get serious.”

Boehner dismissed the notion of sending combat forces back to Iraq.

“This whole idea of 100,000 more troops on the ground, that’s nonsense. That’s not what anybody is calling for. But it’s clear that our training mission alone has not been enough to slow down the spread of ISIL, and more needs to — more needs to be happening on the ground, and we or our allies need to be playing a stronger role,” he said. “What’s the overarching strategy that the Unites States and our allies are going to employ to go out and stop the spread of this horrible disease?”

Boehner stressed that the president’s AUMF should be designed around a winning strategy – which he doesn’t see in the president’s current draft proposal.

“We don’t have a strategy, and you can’t have an authorization of the use of military force if you don’t know what the strategy is,” he said.

Boehner added that there’s “a discussion” about how to move ahead on an AUMF in the House, but he added that “it’s difficult to do when the president hasn’t outlined a strategy in order to win.”

Reacting to the White House’s announcement U.S. military advisers are being sent to Iraq to help train Iraqis, Boehner called the move a step in the right direction. Nevertheless, he said it wouldn’t do much to change the momentum on the ground in Iraq and Syria.

“Again, I support the tactical move the president’s taking, but where’s the overarching strategy to deal with state – the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the region, Iran, and to deal with the ISIL and all of their related groups?”

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Vice President Joe Biden Returns to White House For First Time Since Son’s Death

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Joe Biden returned to the White House for the first time since the death of his son Beau two weekends ago.

On his first day back to work on Wednesday, Biden joined the president for a private lunch at the White House and held a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniv Yatsenyuk.

Biden has spent the majority of his time in Delaware after the death of his son Beau.

Thousands of condolences have poured in for the vice president and his family via the White House’s virtual condolence book.

In total, the Biden family has received 72,000 condolences through the White House’s virtual system — and condolences were submitted from every state, according to the Vice President’s Office.

One of the submissions came from Michelle Burgess, a probation and parole officer from Delaware who has experienced the loss of a child as well. The vice president actually wrote a condolence letter to Burgess following the death of her eight year old son in 2010.

“I was so grateful to have received that letter at a time that I needed it most. I was grateful that you took the time out of your very busy schedule to write it to me and I will be forever thankful,” Burgess wrote in the virtual condolence book. “Now my heart is broken to have to express my sympathy to you and to the rest of the Biden family for the loss of your amazing son Beau.”

“While I never had the opportunity to meet Beau personally, I witnessed first hand what an excellent job he did as Attorney General for Delaware. You raised an amazing man and you should be very proud for that,” she wrote. “Sir, I can’t tell you enough how sorry I am and how broken my heart truly is for you and your family. Please accept my most sincere condolences.”

The vice president has already started reading some of the condolence messages, his office said.

Despite working at the White House on Wednesday, the vice president is scheduled to return to Wilmington overnight. There is currently no guidance on when the vice president will return to Washington on a more permanent basis.

The vice president’s son, Beau Biden, died of brain cancer on May 30. Obama eulogized the 46-year-old Biden last weekend in the conclusion of three days of memorial services.

Beau Biden served two terms as the attorney general of Delaware, was an Iraq war veteran, and was married with two children.

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Michelle Kwan to Join Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Figure skating legend Michelle Kwan has a new gig: Working for Hillary Clinton.

The two-time Olympic medalist will be joining Clinton’s presidential campaign as a full-time paid staffer, Clinton’s campaign announced on Wednesday.

In her new position — which will be based out of the campaign’s Brooklyn, N.Y. headquarters — Kwan will focus on surrogate outreach ahead of Clinton’s first official campaign rally this Saturday, June 13. Her focus, a campaign aide says, will be to “help reach key constituencies and discuss the issues that matter most to working families.”

Kwan, 34, has ties to Clinton dating back to Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. During that time, Kwan, who is married to former White House national security expert and failed Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate, Clay Pell, worked at the State Department as a public diplomacy envoy. In her role, she also focused on surrogate outreach and worked closely with the secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

The news of Kwan’s hire, which is expected to be a long-term role, was first reported by the New York Times.

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Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson Reveals Battle with Parkinson’s After 2013 Diagnosis

United States Congress(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced Wednesday he is battling Parkinson’s disease.

“Over 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s and I am one of them,” Isakson, 70, said in a statement Wednesday.

After experiencing stiffness in his left arm in 2012, he consulted a neurologist and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2013, revealing it publicly for the first time Wednesday. Isakson said he only recently shared the news with his three children and senior staff a few months ago.

“While I am facing this health challenge head on, I have wrestled with whether to disclose it publicly,” he said. “I decided I should handle my personal health challenge with the same transparency that I have championed throughout my career.”

The senator and former House member representing the northern suburbs of Atlanta said he has gone through physical therapy, does exercises twice a day and takes two Parkinson’s medications.

“I am in the early stages of the disease, and my main symptoms are the stiffness in my left arm and slowed, shuffling gait,” he said.

The senator, in office since 2005, still plans to run for re-election in 2016. He’s chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee, as well the committee on veteran’s affairs.

“My diagnosis has not impacted my ability to represent the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate,” he said. “I am serving on five Senate committees and am the only Republican serving as chairman of two Senate committees. I am busier and have more responsibility today than ever before in my political career, and I couldn’t be happier about that.”

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OH Governor Moves Closer to Presidential Announcement with New Hires

Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich(WASHINGTON) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a likely presidential contender, has brought on two top Republican consultants, according to a source familiar with the hires.

John Weaver will be a senior strategist for the campaign and Fred Davis will be the lead media consultant.

Weaver and Davis are key additions to Kasich’s team. Both have worked on past presidential campaigns and for Sen. John McCain in 2008.

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Vice President Biden Returns to Office After Loss of Son Beau

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann(WASHINGTON) — Vice President Biden made his way back to official duties Wednesday after his son Beau passed away on Saturday, May 30.
 
The vice president’s schedule Wednesday is light. He first meets with President Obama for a private lunch — their first weekly lunch since Tuesday, May 26.  Then, he’ll meet with the Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk before returning to Delaware where he’ll spend the night.

This is not the first tragedy for Vice President Biden as an elected official. He was sworn into office as a newly elected senator at the bedside of 3-year-old Beau, who was recovering from a car accident that left him and his brother Hunter gravely injured. The accident killed the vice president’s wife and 1-year-old daughter.

Beau Biden’s death marks the first time in over 50 years that a sitting U.S. president or vice president has experienced the death of a child while in office.

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Findlay High School Music: The Mattis Touch

Join us each Sunday at 11am beginning May 3rd for a six part series as we spotlight the Findlay High School music under the direction of Tim Mattis with background information and interesting stories about the music from Mattis himself each and every week.

tim-mattis-directingTim Mattis will finish a 20-plus year career in the Findlay School system when he retires at the end of this school year. Mattis had taught instrumental and vocal music for nine years before accepting a position with the Findlay City Schools in 1994. Over the years, he has served as band director and band department chair as well as director of the school’s steel drum band Pantasia.

During his tenure, he has been awarded the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education, the Teacher Who Made A Difference Award and has been nominated for Disney’s Teacher of the Year Award. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Bluffton College and his Master of Music in Percussion Performance from Bowling Green State University. Mattis has been adjunct instructor of percussion at Ohio Northern University and at Bluffton College. His performance credits include the Lima Symphony Orchestra, the Lima Marimba Ensemble, and a variety of community theater performances, both onstage and in the pit.

 

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Low Turnout At Polls For Primary Election

5/5/15 – 10:35 P.M.

The vast majority of registered voters in Hancock County stayed home Tuesday. Just under 13 percent of people registered to vote cast a ballot. Board of Elections chairman David Spahr says turnout was what they expected…

Audio: David Spahr

The only big draws to the polls were the contested Findlay races and a couple of county wide levy renewals. There were no state issues on the ballot.

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