10 things you need to know today: March 16, 2016

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THE WEEK

1. Rubio ends campaign as Trump and Clinton win big

Marco Rubio dropped out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination on Tuesday after Donald Trump defeated the Florida senator in his home state. Ohio Gov. John Kasich also faced a must-win primary in his home state, and won, keeping his campaign alive. Trump won Illinois and North Carolina, and he and Sen. Ted Cruz are nearly tied in Missouri. Hillary Clinton firmed up her lead in the battle for the Democratic nomination by beating her rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, in delegate-rich Florida and Ohio, as well as North Carolina and Illinois. She and Sanders are nearly tied in Missouri. [The Washington Post]

2. Obama to announce Supreme Court nominee at 11 a.m.

President Obama is scheduled to announce his nominee for the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at 11…

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  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/17/us/politics/obama-supreme-court-nominee.html?_r=0

    Excerpt:

    WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated Merrick B. Garland as the nation’s 113th Supreme Court justice, choosing a centrist appeals court judge for the lifetime appointment and daring Republican senators to refuse consideration of a jurist who is highly regarded throughout Washington.

    Mr. Obama introduced Judge Garland to an audience of his family members, activists, and White House staff in the Rose Garden Wednesday morning, describing him as exceptionally qualified to serve on the Supreme Court in the seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February.

    The president said Judge Garland is “widely recognized not only as one of America’s sharpest legal minds, but someone who brings to his work a spirit of decency, modesty, integrity, even-handedness and excellence. These qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle.

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  2. chuquestaquenumber1

    Prosecutors in Tamir Rice and Laquan McDonald cases voted out of office.
    Ohio district attorney Tim McGinty who cleared cops Frank Garmback and Timothy Loehmann lost his reelection of killing Tamir Rice lost to challenger Mike OMalley.
    Chicago district attorney Anita Alvarez who dragged her feet in the killing of Laquan McDonald by cop Jason Van Duke was also defeated by her challenger Kim Foxx. Apparently the anger on the community over black people being killed was the catalyst. This is a proper use of voting for change. Also People often say republicans bad for people of color,democrats good for people of color.Well Alvarez and McGinty are democrats. They weren’t good for people of color and they got punished. The proper use of activism and voting.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      Thanks for this news.

      “This is a proper use of voting for change.”

      I agree!

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    • Chuquest,
      Your informative comment caused me to do some research (as well as think). When people are in office from different parties, they can act as checks and balances without obstruction. Chicago has had a Democratic mayor during my lifetime, and has not had a Republican State’s Attorney since 1996.

      In a county near to where I live, the Republican State’s Attorney was challenged and lost. The incumbent put ads in newspapers about how many convictions her office obtained. Now, it might be noted that particular county is predominately White, followed by Latino, and is mainly Republican. So, why kick the incumbent out of office? The talk around town is because in her campaign, she didn’t mention the number of times she charged people and later dismissed the cases. Her predecessor was kicked out of office for the same thing.

      In other words, people were arrested. The State’s Attorney argued for high bails, most which could not be paid, then kept the suspects in jail to subsequently dismiss the charges. So now they have arrests on their background although the case against them were dismissed. Some lost jobs, were unable to support their families and pay bills, and all because of the State’s Attorney’s over-reach and abuse.

      In essence, what has happened in Ohio, Chicago, and Boone County sends the message that communities are paying attention of how SA’s and DA’s abuse their position.

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  3. yahtzeebutterfly

    Three sheriff deputies were demoted and suspended without pay for five days and two were suspended for three days without pay for not taking action against the man who assaulted a protester who was being escorted out of the Trump rally.

    http://www.wral.com/5-cumberland-county-deputies-disciplined-in-connection-with-trump-rally/15554135/

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  4. yahtzeebutterfly

    My heart honors and mourns for Deputy John Robert Kotfila who sacrificed his life as he used his cruiser as a shield to protect a car driven by Sarah Geren from a wrong way driver. His selfless heroic act saved Sarah Geren’s life.

    May you rest in peace, John Robert.

    http://ttt-suweb.newscyclecloud.com/storyimage/SU/20160315/ARTICLE/160319971/EP/1/1/EP-160319971.jpg&MaxW=175

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