Students Talk Back takes on Obama’s final years

first_imgOn Wednesday afternoon, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, held its weekly Students Talk Back discussion, which focused largely on President Barack Obama’s final two years in office.The event was moderated by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Unruh Institute of Politics and Annie Wanless, a student staff member at the Unruh Institute. It featured guest panelists Jim Bognet, former media consultant to former Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, and Robert Shrum, political consultant and Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at the USC Dornsife College.Bognet is noted for his work as a Republican-campaign strategist who served as a media consultant to Romney during the 2012 election. Shrum is a Democratic political consultant with experience in leading presidential, senatorial and gubernatorial campaigns.Wanless began the conversation by asking both panelists to identify which issues they perceive to be most significant between Obama and the newly elected Republican Congress.In Obama’s annual State of the Union address, the president affirmed his plan to be more assertive on a number of policy issues that ranged from tax reform to immigration. During the speech, Obama reiterated his power to utilize executive action and veto bills to continue his policy plans. His certainty to maintain power over the Congress already foreshadows potential conflicts ahead between the legislative and executive branches.Shrum described Obama’s budget as non-progressive, as it would include a tax rate for capital gains for the highest-earning Americans. The increase would move the current 20 percent rate to 28 percent for individuals in that tax bracket.“The president’s budget is a non-starter,” Shrum said. “The Republicans are not going to approve any of these tax changes, even some that I think might be very popular with the country.”Shrum also identified immigration reform as an area in which the biggest clashes will take place in Congress.Bognet agreed with Shrum and acknowledged that the most contentious issue between the two parties in Congress will be immigration. He also mentioned that the president’s budget plan is a strategic “table-setter” for the 2016 presidential election.“There will be no new taxes passed, the country cannot clamor for new taxes, so Obama will not be able to go out and put pressure on Congress, [Obama and Congress] have budget fights, there will probably be some vetoes, but I think that will probably be worked out much more easily than immigration,” Bognet said.Furthermore, Bognet explained that Obama has made a political choice to spend the remainder of his time in office building his legacy through utilizing executive action.“He is not going to get his legacy from big deals with Congress, he’s going to get his legacy from executive actions in the foreign policy arena,” Bognet said, citing the president’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba as a primary example.Building off of Bognet’s response, Wanless asked both panelists how Obama’s actions might affect the 2016 election.Shrum agreed with Bognet’s remark about Obama’s budget plan being somewhat of a “table setter” for 2016.He also added that he believes Hilary Clinton has a good chance of being elected president because of her focus on providing aid to the middle class.“If 2016 goes the wrong way; a lot of what [Obama] has done is going to get undone. I think he cares very deeply about 2016,” Shrum said. “I said he was going to rely on executive orders, he is going to rely on them, because he can do some big things with them number one and number two he is really going to try in foreign policy to achieve two or three big things. One is an agreement with Iran; two is to complete this Cuban process.”Bognet predicted that the president would utilize executive orders and power of the veto to place pressure on Republicans and hurt the chances of the Republican nominee in the 2016 election.“President Obama would love to see a Democrat elected in 2016, he would love to take credit for that, and I think you have to look at many of the actions he takes through that prism,” Bognet said.Schnur and Wanless opened up questions for the panelists to students in the audience.The first question addressed the topic of energy and asked whether or not Shrum and Bognet felt that there was an obligation to help inhabitants of states such as West Virginia and Kentucky, which strongly depend on coal as an energy source.Both panelists believe that a conscious effort is necessary to bring in new industries and jobs to sustain the economy. They also explained that a plan to safeguard West Virgina and Kentucky’s state economy once coal is no longer their primary source of energy is unforeseeable.Correction: This article has been updated to note that Jim Bognet was on a team of media consultants for Mitt Romney, not the only one, as the article previously implied. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Irish back in action at European Swimming Championships

first_imgBrendan Hyland goes in the 200-metre Butterfly while Sycerika McMahon returns to the pool for the heats of the 200-metre Individual Medlay.Nicholas Quinn and Dan Sweeney are both competing in the 200-metre Breaststroke while Danielle Hill goes in the 100-metre Backstroke.Also, Shane Ryan will also be back in the pool after competing in the final of the 100-metre Backstroke last night – the American-born swimmer will be in action in the heats of the 50-metre Backstroke. Doyle claimed the final place on offer in today’s final after recording the eighth fastest time during yesterday’s semi-finals.That race is due to start shortly before 7pm.But before that, there’s plenty of Irish interest in this morning’s Heats.last_img read more

Bauchi FA Appoints Sports Journalist as Secretary

first_imgSegun Awofadeji in BauchiThe Bauchi State Football Association under the chairmanship of Mr. Pascal Patrick, has appointed Mallam Bashir Idris, a seasoned sports journalist as secretary of the body with Mrs. Vasty M. Basu as assistant.Spokesperson of the Bauchi FA, Usman Abbas Shehu, announced the appointments to reporters yesterday. He said the appointment of the new officials was in line with directives from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to state FAs to reconstitute their executive committee.“The letter of acceptance by the NFF approving the recommendation of the state football association, indicated that the appointment is in line with article 20, Section 5, sub – Section C of 2010 statutes of state football association,” a statement from the FA announced yesterday.The appointment of Mallam Bashir Idris, according to the FA scribe, “was in recognition of his contributions to the development of sports particularly football in the state”.He urged hoped that he will justify the confidence repose on him by bringing these attributes into play in the discharge of the new responsibility.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kelechi Iheanacho In Legal Row With Agent, Face Possible Prosecution In US

first_imgNigerian striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, is involved in a legal row with his former representatives after allegations against him suggest he misled a Pennsylvania court.In an exclusive report by The Sun, Iheanacho’s former representatives, American-based First Eleven Management, alleged that the 20-year-old pleadings denying he ever knew or met their registered Fifa-licensed agent, Henry Galeano, were false.Iheanacho filed pleadings claiming that he thought Galeano was a nickname of First Eleven’s co-owner Robert Zanicky.According to pictures obtained and released by SunSport, Iheanacho was seen with Galeano and Zanicky on several occasions, including when he signed a new Manchester City contract in October 2014.Henry Galeano have submitted to the court a signed and sworn affidavit claiming: “For the avoidance of doubt, Iheanacho and I have spent hundreds of hours together.”“Robert Zanicky never used my name as an alias.”Iheanacho could be charged with unsworn falsification under Pennsylvania law, if it can be proven that he knowingly mislead the court, and faces up to two years in prison if found guilty.107 – Kelechi Iheanacho has the best mins per goal ratio (107 mins) of any player to have scored 10+ goals in the Premier League. Impact. pic.twitter.com/8B3lDXi9tc— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 22, 2017Galeano claims he is Iheanacho’s official Fifa-licensed agent after he signed a representative agreement with the striker in July 2013.Iheanacho have been reportedly linked to Leicester City all summer, with the Foxes’ manager, Craig Shakespeare, repeatedly expressing his hopes of signing the Nigerian.The 20-year-old striker was left out of City’s Pre-season tour, joining midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph, alongside Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony.RelatedClaude Puel: ‘Kelechi Iheanacho Not Leaving Leicester City’January 13, 2018In “England”Iheanacho Reveals Plan To Displace Vardy At Leicester CityAugust 23, 2020In “England”Ferdinando Del SoleJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Luis Suarez hat-trick sends Barcelona into final of Club World Cup against Guangzhou Evergrande

first_imgBarcelona cruised into the final of the FIFA Club World Cup on Thursday, as Luis Suarez grabbed a hat-trick in a comfortable 3-0 victory over Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande.Luiz Felipe Scolari’s underdogs started the game brightly and initially dealt well with Barcelona’s threat but, once goalkeeper Li Shuai palmed Ivan Rakitic’s swerving shot into the path of the grateful Suarez towards the end of the first half, after going behind they never really looked like getting back into the match.Suarez, leading the line alone in the absence of Lionel Messi and Neymar, made it 2-0 midway through the second half after clinically dispatching Andres Iniesta’s smart through ball – before the Uruguayan completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot on 67 minutes after Munir El-Haddadi had been tripped. The final 15 minutes saw the European champions pass the ball around as if the game were an elaborate training exercise, with Guangzhou perhaps content simply to limit the damage.Luis Enrique’s side will now face River Plate in the final of the competition on Sunday.If the Club World Cup has long been all about the eventual showdown between the champions of Europe and South America, then this was a valuable warm-up game for a Barcelona side who found Guangzhou an obdurate, determined opponent for large stretches of the game. Without Messi, ruled out due to pain from renal colic” hours before kick-off, and Neymar, fit only for a place on the bench, Suarez was assisted in attack by Munir and Sergi Roberto; although it was Iniesta and Rakitic who provided most of the attacking impetus. The two midfielders assisted Suarez’s opening strikes – the Croatian firing a strike from 30 yards that Li could only parry into the path of the striker for the opener, before Iniesta provided the sumptuous pass in an elaborate one-two with the Uruguayan as he did the business inside the box. His late penalty was just icing on the cake, as he became the first player to score a hat-trick in tournament history.For Guangzhou the final result will be a moderate disappointment, with Scolari occasionally showing his frustration at his side’s inability to fully execute his tactical plans. They will now face Sanfrecce on Sunday in the third-place play-off – although they will be without full-back Zou Zheng, who was stretchered off in the first half after appearing to suffer a horrific broken leg in an innocuous off the ball accident.It was the one truly sour moment in an otherwise unremarkable game.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Kyle Busch eyeing trifecta for second time this season

first_img2️⃣0️⃣3️⃣@KyleBusch wins #XfinitySeries at @TXMotorSpeedway! pic.twitter.com/S3qU06gyIv— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) March 30, 2019Busch will get a chance to achieve the trifecta on Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas.The race can be seen on Fox at 3 p.m. ET.Busch will start 16th. This is just Kyle Busch’s year.The 33-year-old driver took home a win at the My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series event Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, giving him wins in each of the weekend’s first two races. Busch won the Vankor 350 as part of the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Friday and now is in line for the trifecta — which is when a driver sweeps the truck, Xfinity and Cup series races — for the second time this season.The JGR driver had a chance to take home the trifecta in his hometown of Las Vegas, but thanks to a speeding violation on pit road, he was unable to take home the Cup series win.Busch is the only driver in NASCAR history to achieve the trifecta, and at this point in this season, it kind of seems inevitable that he’ll do it eventually.He has nine total wins after his victory on Saturday, with four in the truck series, three in Xfinity and two in Cup racing.He has won all but five of the races he has entered (64.2 percent) and has finished in the top five in every race but one and he has yet to finish outside the top six.On top of that he is now just separating even more from Richard Petty as he has 203 career wins in NASCAR’s three national series, the most all time. Petty had 200 wins, all in the Cup series.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: Jill Ellis relieved after ‘most intense’ match of career

first_img Women’s World Cup 2019: 3 takeaways from USWNT’s thrilling win over France “There are still certain things we need to fine tune and work on together. Yes, it is a failure on a footballing level. We’re a long way off our target but I hope we have retained something elsewhere, and I hope we have won over the hearts and minds of the public and helped the women’s game go further and move into that next level.”We showed we’re not too far off the USA side. I’ve never seen a USA side switch to a five-player back line, so it’s a sign we’re making progress.” “For having flexibility and knowing what card we needed to play at each particular moment, I credit the players. They’ve taken everything on.”5 down. 2 to go. #OneNationOneTeam | #USWNT pic.twitter.com/tpyYhN055B— Team USA (@TeamUSA) June 28, 2019France coach Corinne Diacre vowed to fight on after a sell-out crowd in Paris saw her talented team lose only their second game in their last 19 matches.Only once in the history of the Women’s World Cup has France reached the last four but much was expected of Diacre’s team, with six of her starting 11 coming from Lyon, the Champions League winning team.But even after a disappointing end to the team’s campaign, Diacre remained determined, saying: “I’m not the kind of person to give up. I still have work to do. Women’s World Cup: USWNT focused on England, says Megan Rapinoe Despite dominating much of the game and preventing France from having a shot on target in the first half, it was a nervy ending for the longtime coach, who said she had prepared her team for such situations.”That was the most intense match I have ever been a part of,” Ellis said. “A win’s a win in a World Cup. I haven’t seen many pretty games in a World Cup. We trained for a back five for moments like this. France are an incredible team. The surge from the fans was intense, like a tsunami. Related News Women’s World Cup 2019: Alex Morgan reacts to USWNT’s dominant win over France Jill Ellis described the USWNT’s 2-1 quarterfinal victory over France as the most intense match of her career after the Women’s World Cup holders advanced to the semis.Goals in either half from experienced forward Megan Rapinoe ensured the US will face England in Lyon on Tuesday, but Wendie Renard’s late consolation for the host team left Ellis and her players emotionally exhausted at the end of a heated battle at Parc des Princes.last_img read more

Winfield duo – Riley Osen and Kelsey Buffum win SSB Wheat Run Saturday

first_imgRiley Osen and Kelsey Buffum.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A couple of Winfield runners traveled west to participate in the State Security Bank Wheat Run and took home first place medals Saturday morning.Riley Osen, a two-time Class 4A state champion in cross country and the one-mile and two-mile runs in track, dominated the run at the 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival in Wellington. He swept both the 5K and one mile race in rather dominating fashion.Osen ran the 5K, equivalent to 3.2 miles, in 18.28 minutes. He then ran the mile run in 5:13.Osen is getting NCAA Division 1 offers.On the women’s side, Kelsey Buffum of Winfield, won the women’s division with a 21.59 time in the 5K race. Buffum is a runner for the Southwestern women’s cross country team.The race attracted 139 races. It was the first downtown wheat run in a number of years. Originally it was a downtown race run by First National Bank, now Impact Bank, of Wellington. Dr. John Anders took the Saturday morning race about a decade ago and it was run as a cross country race.State Security Bank took it back over this year and brought it back downtown.The placings are here: 2015 Wheat Run Results placing 7-15-15 Places The times are here: 2015 Wheat Run Results placing 7-15-15 TimesFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Why the Reds are primed to be a 60-game sleeper

first_imgThe Cincinnati Reds have endured six straight losing seasons. They haven’t won a playoff series in 25 years. They haven’t won a World Series in 30 years. Yet Cincinnati enters the shortened 60-game season as a possible sleeper to break a few of those droughts. Now is the time for 35-year-old first baseman and potential Hall of Famer Joey Votto to lead that run.   TEAMGAMESPCTTwins3.623Indians4.574Cardinals10.562Brewers10.549Cubs10.519White Sox3.447Pirates10.426Royals4.364Tigers6.292The Reds have 13 cross-over games with AL Central teams that had a below .500 record in 2019, in addition to 10 games against the lowly Pirates.  It still comes down to competing with the Cardinals, Brewers and Cubs in an always-crowded division, but this Reds team is best equipped to do it now. This might be the year to break those droughts. “It looks like guys are ready and motivated,” Votto told the Dayton Daily News on July 4. “It seems like a group of guys who flipped the switch and they have it.” MORE: World Series odds for 2020Votto has led the NL in on-base percentage seven times in his career, but last season was just the second time in the past 11 seasons that his OBP number dipped below .400. He’s still a formidable hitter, however, and the Reds have built perhaps their best team in years around him.  Better than the teams that lost the NLDS in 2010 and 2012 and the wild card in 2013. Here are the reasons why:  Offseason movesCincinnati owner Bob Castellini and GM Nick Krall spent money in the offseason, and those additions should add depth to a young-and-talented roster for second-year manager David Bell. Among those moves:  — A four-year deal for Mike Moustakas, who averaged 33 homers the past four seasons with the Royals and Brewers.  — A four-year deal for Nick Castellanos, who hit .289 with 27 homers and 73 RBIs between the Tigers and Cubs.  — A two-year deal for Wade Miley, who should be a back-end starter in a solid rotation.  — A three-year deal for Shogo Akiyama, a 32-year-old outfielder who hit .300 in Japan.  Cincinnati also added bullpen depth with a one-year deal for Pedro Strop from the rival Cubs. That should add to the good pieces in place.  More power Moustakas and Castellanos add to what should be a heavy-hitting lineup led by Eugenio Suarez, who hit 49 homers with 103 RBIs in 2019. Outfielder Aristides Aquino hit 19 homers in 56 games, and Nick Senzel and Jesse Winker combined for 28 homers and have break-through potential.  The Reds will have added flexibility in the lineup with the addition of the designated hitter in 2020. Cincinnati was below league average in team slugging and on-base percentage last season, but that should change in 2020.  Short-season rotationLook at the first-half splits last season for Luis Castillo (8-3, 2.29), Sonny Gray (8-3, 3.05) and Trevor Bauer (8-6, 3.61). Granted, Bauer was in Cleveland and struggled after being traded, but those three arms form a playoff-caliber trio that could carry a 60-game run.  Miley will add to that, and Anthony DeSclafani and Tyler Mahle can contribute on the back end of the rotation.  A better bullpenStrop was a minor addition, but the bullpen of Michael Lorenzen, Craig Stephenson and Amir Garrett is intact around closer Raisel Iglesias. He had a 4.16 ERA last season, but he still managed to convert 34 of 40 saves. Iglesias converted 87.5 percent of the save opportunities for his career heading into the season.   These guys aren’t the “Nasty Boys” by any stretch, but the bullpen is good enough for a short season.  The schedule breaks nicely. Here’s a look at Cincinati’s schedule by opponent this season.  last_img read more

Brighton come from behind to beat Gunners 2-1

first_imgLondon, UK | PL | A stoppage-time strike by Neal Maupay helped Brighton come from behind to earn a 2-1 win over Arsenal and record their first league victory since 28 December.The Gunners started brightly and almost opened the scoring on eight minutes only for Bukayo Saka’s shot to come back off the woodwork.Five minutes before half-time, Bernd Leno was carried off on a stretcher with a serious-looking leg injury after landing awkwardly when collecting the ball on the edge of the area.Mikel Arteta’s team went ahead in the 68th minute, Nicolas Pepe curling superbly beyond Mat Ryan with his left foot.But Lewis Dunk equalised seven minutes later from close range. And Brighton won the contest in the fifth minute of added time when Maupay, who also scored the winner in the reverse fixture, lifted the ball over substitute goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.The Seagulls are in 15th place with 32 points, five points clear of the bottom three.Arsenal, now winless in five away league matches against Brighton, are ninth on 40 points.****PREMIER LEAGUEShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more