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Politics
2:20 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Many Ideas, Little Agreement On How To Spend Medicaid Expansion Savings

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Federally-funded Medicaid expansion is projected to save the state over $400 million. Now, lawmakers and other groups are pitching their ideas for how to use that money. There's not a lot of agreement on what to do with the savings. Emily McCord speaks to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles about the different options on the table.

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Origins Podcast
10:14 am
Fri November 15, 2013

America's "Big Brother": A Century of U.S. Domestic Surveillance

The futuristic National Security Operations Center occupies a floor of the National Security Agency's headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. The agency has been busily intercepting and decrypting communications from abroad for the past 50 years from its east-coast headquarters.

Classified documents leaked by private contractor Edward Snowden have raised serious concerns about privacy rights both in the United States and internationally. Beyond the question of personal privacy in the digital age, however, are a set of structural questions as well: How can the judicial process be transparent while still preserving state secrets? How can we draw a line to distinguish between domestic surveillance and foreign spying? How does spying strain the relationship between the President and Congress?

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Politics
8:04 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Taylor: Obama Should Have Seen Health Care Extension Coming

The president has announced a one-year extension so health insurers can continue their current health plans for individuals and small-groups. The move comes after reports that nearly five million Americans were being dropped from their existing plans because those plans didn’t meet the federal standards set by the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare. Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor, who also serves as director of the Ohio Department of Insurance, has been a vocal opponent of the health care overhaul and says the Obama administration should’ve seen this coming.

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Politics
6:35 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Growing Chorus Laments Lack of JobsOhio Oversight

When Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer lamented the courts' seeming lack of jurisdiction over Republican Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation board last week, he joined a growing chorus of the frustrated.

State lawmakers created JobsOhio in 2011 in a bill containing sweeping exemptions from public records and ethics laws.

Defenders of the corporate-style setup say JobsOhio files a long list of reports, disclosures and business filings. But it isn't only Kasich's political opponents who have raised concern.

Politics
2:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

JobsOhio: Who Can Challenge It?

Ohio Supreme Court prepares to hear JobsOhio case.
Credit Karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio

Governor Kasich’s private job creation entity, JobsOhio, has been at the center of controversy since it began. Because it's partially a private board, it's free from some of the regulations and public scrutiny that government organizations face.

A lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of JobsOhio was brought before the Ohio Supreme Court this week. But as Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler tells Emily McCord, before that decision can be made, the question of who is allowed to sue JobsOhio must be settled first.

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