What You Should Know: Dec. 2

CMU administrators decide communicating public safety threats might be a good thing to do.

We’ve detailed in the past why Central Michigan University’s lack of proper communication in the wake of a man threatening a shooting in Pearce Hall hurt the university’s own credibility. Now, it appears the university is at least on the path to fixing that mistake. More from CM Life:

Administrators decided that information should be shared with the campus community after threats are made toward multiple people in a public situation, and police conclude their investigation, determining no ongoing threat.

The meeting was attended by Dennnis Armistead, executive director of Faculty Personnel Services, Tony Voisin, associate vice president of Student Affairs, Yeagley, along with CMUPD Capt. Fred Harris and his lieutenants Larry Klaus and Cameron Wassman and Lori Hella, associate vice president of Human Resources.

Sherry Knight, vice president of University Communications, Lesley Withers, interim dean for the College of Communication and Fine Arts and Student Government Association Senator Will Joseph also participated.

“This is something else when it comes to general university communication,” Knight said. “In this type of situation when we have this threat involving the potential for harming individuals, there needs to be some form of communication through UComm.”

Knight said the group plans to meet again after the new year to determine how this communication will work and some of the finer questions like how to handle threats when campus is closed. She said the team wanted to make sure they were thorough.

Americans might not be that into political dynasties after all.

We’re a couple years out from the 2016 presidential election. Some of the more reasonable readers out there might be saying to yourselves, “Didn’t we just have an election? Doesn’t President Obama still have two years left before he leaves? Why are we talking about this? And how can you read my thoughts?” I have no answer for those last two questions. But, let’s fire up the 2016 speculatron and take a look at Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, assuming she runs. Or, maybe she’s not so presumptive after all. More from FiveThirtyEight:

Recent data illustrates why Clinton might balk at running: She no longer looks quite so invincible, and early indicators point toward a Republican-leaning political environment.

We’re still a long way from the 2016 election, but Clinton needs to decide soon whether to run. The political landscape right now is more Republican-leaning than at a comparable point in the 2012 cycle (when President Obama, with a 46 percent approval rating, led a generic Republican 42 percent to 39 percent). Obama’s approvalhas dropped to 42 percent.

In four polls conducted over the past month, YouGov asked more than 2,500 registered voters whether they would vote for the Democratic or Republican candidate for president in 2016. The Republican candidate led, on average, 39.2 percent to 36.7 percent. Again, these results are among registered, not likely, voters, so this lead has nothing to do with turnout.

The current environment suggests Clinton would need to be stronger than a generic Democratic candidate to be considered the favorite. Instead, her standing has deteriorated. YouGov has been polling Clinton’s favorable ratings among adults over the past six years (adults overall tend to be more Democratic leaning than just registered voters).

Fivethirtyeight

So, don’t get your hopes up for Clinton vs. Bush just yet.

Chris Rock is better at discussing race in America better than anyone else.

The legendary comedian sat down with New York‘s Frank Rich to discuss comedy, politics and race:

What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t?

I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people.

Well, that would be much more revealing.

Yes, that would be an event. Here’s the thing. When we talk about race relations in America or racial progress, it’s all nonsense. There are no race relations. White people were crazy. Now they’re not as crazy. To say that black people have made progress would be to say they deserve what happened to them before.

Right. It’s ridiculous.

So, to say Obama is progress is saying that he’s the first black person that is qualified to be president. That’s not black progress. That’s white progress. There’s been black people qualified to be president for hundreds of years. If you saw Tina Turner and Ike having a lovely breakfast over there, would you say their relationship’s improved? Some people would. But a smart person would go, “Oh, he stopped punching her in the face.” It’s not up to her. Ike and Tina Turner’s relationship has nothing to do with Tina Turner. Nothing. It just doesn’t. The question is, you know, my kids are smart, educated, beautiful, polite children. There have been smart, educated, beautiful, polite black children for hundreds of years. The advantage that my children have is that my children are encountering the nicest white people that America has ever produced. Let’s hope America keeps producing nicer white people.

It’s about white people adjusting to a new reality?

Owning their actions. Not even their actions. The actions of your dad. Yeah, it’s unfair that you can get judged by something you didn’t do, but it’s also unfair that you can inherit money that you didn’t work for.

Read more of Rich’s interview with Rock here.

Conservatives are going after Obama’s immigration executive order.

More from the Detroit Free Press:

Conservatives circulated draft legislation Monday aimed at blocking President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration from taking effect, as Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson prepared to offer GOP critics a full-throated defense of the new policies.

Obama’s move to shield some 4 million immigrants here illegally from deportation amounts to “simple common sense,” Johnson was to tell the Republican-led House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday in the administration’s first testimony on the issue since Obama announced the changes two weeks ago.

“The reality is that, given our limited resources, these people are not priorities for removal,” Johnson said in prepared written testimony. “It’s time we acknowledge that and encourage them to be held accountable.”

Republicans have vowed to stop Obama’s moves from taking effect, but how they will do so remained unclear as they returned to Capitol Hill on Monday after a weeklong Thanksgiving break. GOP leadership in the House planned to discuss options in a closed-door meeting with the rank-and-file on Tuesday morning.

The issue is tied in with the need to pass a government funding bill by Dec. 11, or risk a shutdown. Conservatives have been agitating to use any government funding bill to block Obama’s moves, and on Monday conservatives on and off Capitol Hill circulated bill language that would stipulate that no money or fees “may be used by any agency to implement, administer, enforce or carry out any of the policy changes” announced by Obama.


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