In today’s Morning Buzz Paul Ryan explains why he is not ready to endorse Donald Trump for President, Obama falls short of his goal to add 1 million manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016, and we find out that Americans are extremely unhappy choosing between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

In honor of this weekends Kentucky Derby the Morning Buzz is brought to you by a few of the most famous big screen horses from the past twenty years. 

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What I’m Listening to –  Smashing Pumkins: Siamese Dream

What I’m Reading – Way too many blogs about the Kentucky Derby

What I’m Watching – Mindy Project

What I Want to Know from You – Do you recognize any of the following movies starring horses? (answers at bottom of the page)

 Black Beauty


Paul Ryan Says He Is ‘Not Ready’ to Endorse Donald Trump In an extraordinary rebuke of his party’s presumed nominee, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking elected Republican, said Thursday that he was “not ready” to endorse Donald J. Trump for president. Mr. Ryan’s announcement represented a split among Republicans not seen in at least a half century, and it came only two days after Mr. Trump said he would unify the party after essentially clinching the nomination  with his victory in the Indiana primary.

Obama’s elusive promise to deliver 1 million new manufacturing jobs During President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, he told voters that manufacturing jobs would be a crucial part of the American economy’s resurgence. His administration set a goal to “create 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of 2016.” At the time, manufacturing insiders cheered. The national unemployment rate had fallen 3 percentage points from its high point in 2009. The U.S. economy had added 4.4 million jobs since 2009, on its way to adding 13 million to date.

Americans’ Distaste For Both Trump And Clinton Is Record-Breaking The Democratic primary will technically march on, but Hillary Clinton is almost certainly going to be her party’s nominee. Same with Donald Trump. And voters don’t appear thrilled at the prospect: Clinton and Trump are both more strongly disliked than any nominee at this point in the past 10 presidential cycles. Normally, when we talk about candidate likability, we use favorability ratings, which combine “strongly favorable,” “somewhat favorable,” “somewhat unfavorable” and “strongly unfavorable.” But that didn’t work so well in the Republican primary, where Trump was able to win despite a relatively low net favorability rating because his “strongly favorable” rating with Republican primary voters was among the highest in the field. So let’s look at Trump and Clinton’s “strongly favorable” and “strongly unfavorable” ratings among general election voters







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Martin O’Malley Joins MetroLab Network as National Advisor The MetroLab Network has a new face, and a pretty famous face at that: former Maryland governor, Baltimore Mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley.

Specialty grocer to pull out of Texas, other states The Fresh Market Inc. will close all of its locations in Texas and three other states effective May 18, the North Carolina-based company announced May 3. Fresh Market has four Houston-area locations.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Staying in the Race With Donald Trump more or less wrapping up the Republican nomination on Tuesday night, the fact that Bernie Sanders also scored a big victory in Indiana was somewhat overlooked.

Oregon lays out sweeping protections for transgender students Transgender students across the state should be able to use the bathrooms, names and pronouns they want, among other guidelines released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education.

Emails show Flint water crisis through eyes of Gov. Snyder’s top aides These emails show how the Flint water crisis played out in the top echelons of the Snyder administration

Temporary seasonal workers face language, legal issues The number of foreign seasonal farm workers pouring into Michigan and the legal and economic challenges they face are rapidly growing, say some legal and agricultural experts.

Senate not sold yet on House version of Detroit schools fix The House plan, passed at 4:30 a.m. Thursday, sends less money to DPS than Senate plan, hits teachers and union.

Ohio Supreme Court makes ruling on Duke-Cincinnati streetcar case The Ohio Supreme Court has decided not to hear the city of Cincinnati’s appeal of a lower court’s decision that it owes Duke Energy for the costs of moving utility lines to build the city’s streetcar.

When Jefferson and Madison Banned Guns on Campus Governor Nathan Deal rejected a bill on Tuesday that would have allowed eligible students in Georgia to carry concealed weapons at public universities. In a lengthy veto statement, Deal said he found “enlightening evidence” for his position in the views of pair of Founding Fathers who, nearly two centuries ago, opened a college where guns would not be allowed.

Changes to Google Maps Don’t Necessarily Equal Good Cartography Google Maps has changed a lot since its quick rise to ubiquity. An intrepid blogger digs into the nitty gritty of how the mapping platform has changed, and the consequences of Google’s cartography for how the public perceives the world.

The Jane Jacobs Century Today marks 100 years since the birth of Jane Jacobs. Her peerless first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, was published in 1961, at the height of a mistaken faith in the ‘modern’ city envisioned by utopian planners. But while Death and Life undermined that faith, it did not end it. The Jacobs centennial is an appropriate time to revisit her observations to glean lessons for going forward.

Table for Three: Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston on the Roles of a Lifetime An actual president and a man who is about to play one on TV talk about families, public life and legacies.

Beyond ‘Sesame Street’: A New Sesame Studios Channel On YouTube Sesame Workshop, the company behind Sesame Street, unveils a new initiative to reach kids in a digital and mobile age. NPR gets a sneak peek.

FBI Probe Of Clinton Email Use Advances With Aides’ Interviews Federal investigators have interviewed top aides to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. They’re asking whether her email practices as secretary of state compromised government secrets.

Horse Whisperer

Local Government Confidential

Cary officials worry fractured dispatch could cause problems in emergencies The Village Board is considering whether to provide the Cary Fire Protection District with a “financial bridge” to prevent the district from switching its dispatch services to McHenry’s new facility and creating a fractionalized dispatch situation for the village.

Bothell city manager fired while on vacation The Bothell City Council has voted to terminate City Manager Bob Stowe, but not all council members were on board with the decision.

5¢ Fee on Plastic Bags Is Approved by New York City Council The ubiquitous, easily torn, often doubled-up plastic bags from the grocery store — hoarded by dog owners, despised by the environmentally concerned and occasionally caught in trees — will soon cost at least a nickel in New York City.

  1. Black Beauty
  2. Seabiscuit
  3. Secretariat
  4. Hildalgo
  5. The Horse Whisperer