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Sen. Jim Inhofe: Dems have no case, just want to drag out impeachment ahead of election

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Senate Democrats and House managers in the impeachment trial against President Trump want to drag out proceedings as long as they can prior to the November electionRepublican Sen. Jim Inhofe from Oklahoma said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Griff Jenkins, Pete Hegseth and Lisa Boothe, Inhofe said that the “whole purpose of this is” trying to “beat up” the president as opposed to “doing the things we need to be doing.”

“I was sitting there, listening,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts. “We heard the same thing over… Every nasty word they could say about the president, they did. And yet… they’re trying to get more witnesses in all this. They just want to drag this thing out.”

“Here we have a president that’s given us the best economy of my life and rebuilding the military that was destroyed… I mean, he’s doing great things. And yet, they want to be talking about impeachment between now and November,” he remarked. “We’re not going to let them do that.”

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Saturday was the first chance Trump’s lawyers had to refute the House’s case. In a two-hour preview of their legal argument, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said Democrats have no case and are doing damage to democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters.

“For all their talk about election interference, they’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” Cipollone said in his opening remarks to the Senate. “And we can’t allow that to happen.”

Conversely, the Democrats have argued that Trump’s high crimes and misdemeanors are such an offense to the Constitution and a threat to the fairness of the 2020 election that senators must remove him from office immediately, rather than wait for voters to decide at the ballot box in November.

Cipollone and his team will have three days and up to 24 hours to launch their defense — the same amount of time as House managers.

With little hope of winning a conviction in the GOP-controlled Senate, Democrats have turned their attention to forcing a vote on calling additional witnesses and obtaining White House documents, which would take the support of just 51 senators — or four GOP defections.

Inhofe said he would imagine that the House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., will try to get that vote when the trial resumes on Monday.

“I think that Schiff is going to try to use that… because he had the opportunity to have all the witnesses they wanted to. They could have continued with their survey in the very beginning that set this thing up and they elected not to do it,” he said.

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“Monday and Tuesday will be major days,” the Oklahoma Senator said. “Now, keep in mind, right after that we’ll have a chance to… clarify anything or ask questions. But, no I think that… I don’t think you need all that time and the reason you have so many pages of information, of stuff that they came up with over the last four days on Schiff’s group, is that they don’t have a case.”

“This guy’s doing a good job and you know… they hate the guy,” he said of how Democrats feel about the president. “But, nonetheless, we’re going to win — they’re going to lose.”

Inhofe told Hegseth, Jenkins and Boothe that he believes the trial could wrap up within the next week.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Watch The Full Video Of Trump Ordering For Marie Yovanovitch’s Ouster

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A full, 80-minute video of President Donald Trump calling for the ambassador of Ukraine to be booted out of her post was released by PBS News on Saturday.

A portion of the recording shows Trump in frame of the video, which was filmed at a private dinner in April 2018. The recording also picked up Trump telling his associates to “get rid” of then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, adding that they needed to “take her out.”

ABC News and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on excerpts of the recording on Friday.

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Watch The Full Video Of Trump Ordering For Marie Yovanovitch’s Ouster

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A full, 80-minute video of President Donald Trump calling for the ambassador of Ukraine to be booted out of her post was released by PBS News on Saturday.

A portion of the recording shows Trump in frame of the video, which was filmed at a private dinner in April 2018. The recording also picked up Trump telling his associates to “get rid” of then-Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, adding that they needed to “take her out.”

ABC News and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on excerpts of the recording on Friday.

Watch the full recording here:

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Covington Catholic bus involved in fatal crash in Kentucky on return from March for Life rally

A wrong-way driver died Saturday after slamming into a bus carrying Covington Catholic High School students who were home from the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., according to reports.

The crash was reported around 7 a.m. in Campbell County, Ky., according to Fox 19 Cincinnati.

The charter bus driver was injured and went to the hospital, the station reported. A student suffered a bloody nose. A couple of adult chaperones suffered bumps and bruises.

“This morning, a bus carrying students and chaperones home from the March for Life in Washington, DC was involved in an accident,” Covington Diocese spokeswoman Laura Keene said, according to the station. “EMT personnel and the Campbell County police have been at the scene and are handling the matter. Please join us in praying for everyone involved in this accident.”

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Covington bus suffered damage after being involved in a wrong-way fatal crash Saturday morning on the AA highway in Campbell County, Ky. (Fox 19 Cincinnati)

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The vehicle that hit the bus was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the AA Highway, the station reported.

The bus was in a caravan with three other buses that Covington chartered to take students to the rally.

Ricky Lynn told the station that the vehicle almost hit him as he was taking a friend to the airport.

“It’s pretty bad this morning,” he said. “The weather’s bad. It’s one of those things we try not to get ourselves into.”

WLWT-TV reported that a priest who was on one of the buses administered last rights to the person who was killed.

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The March for Life Rally was held Friday.

Last year, a group of students from Covington Catholic attending the same annual anti-abortion rally drew national attention for an encounter with a Native American man.

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Widely-shared video of the encounter showed one of the students, Nicholas Sandmann, and the Native American man, Nathan Phillips, standing close to each other, with the young student staring and at times smiling at Phillips as he sang and played a drum. Media commentary in the aftermath depicted the students as racially insensitive. Sandmann and Phillips later said they were both trying to defuse tensions among conflicting groups converging at the Lincoln Memorial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The Video of Donald Trump Telling Associates to “Get Rid of” Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Has Been Released

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Mark Penn: Trump impeachment is an unproductive exercise in political rage – It’s time to end trial

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“The Titanic” was the longest feature film ever produced. It has been surpassed with the debut of the 36-hour-opening argument for impeachment produced by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

“The Titanic” played to a larger and more enthusiastic audience.

We all knew how it would turn out. The ship sunk. Even Schiff admitted he knows how this impeachment is coming out. Trump gets acquitted.

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So how much is enough? Relentless attempts to go after Trump’s finances have had no end. The Mueller report and Trump-Russia collusion theory lived on for years through a $32 million investigation. Now, after holding up the entire government for months with this impeachment, Schiff’s team wants the Senate to consider new witnesses and documents.

Tying up the entire government for an impeachment to nowhere is an unproductive exercise in political rage, not a solemn constitutional duty. It’s time to bring an end to this movie and let America hold an election.

Each side has made its key points. Schiff and his team have convincingly shown that President Trump and his personal lawyer wanted Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and maneuvered in various ways to get this done.

Democrats have put a huge flashlight on it, but at the end of the day, U.S. aid to Ukraine was delivered. No investigation was initiated, and Ukraine’s administration said it was never pressured. Schiff has had weeks and months to pound away and make Democrats’ case on their terms.

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On the other side, Trump and his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, have raised questions about how and why Hunter Biden received millions of dollars for a job he was unqualified for and was hired after his father — former Vice President Joe Biden —  took on the position of heading Ukraine policy for the Obama administration. Most voters think this raises serious questions worth further investigation. It is also clear that Joe Biden vehemently denies any connection between his actions and these payments, and that no connection has been established.

So here we sit at the precipice of extending this drama. For the record, I opposed the impeachment of President Clinton as nothing more than the politics of personal destruction. My views are not about party or partisanship. They are based on a firm belief that impeachments need to be based on true bipartisanship. Otherwise, they have no place in our democracy.

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We are all better off wrapping this impeachment up. The circumstances in question just don’t rise to the level of an impeachable event, no matter how many times they are repeated.

Asking for an investigation of individuals who once held elected office on the basis of well-known facts may be poor judgment, but it is not criminal. Exerting executive privilege, as almost all prior administrations have done, does not equate to obstructing Congress.

Remarkably, it is the Trump administration providing military aid to Ukraine. The Obama administration did nothing to repel Russia, and it only provided non-lethal aid. Some of the impeachment managers even voted against providing aid. There is no current threat to national security, our democracy or any urgent matter reflected in these events.

And the impeachment prosecutors have undone themselves with overreach — they know they ran a completely rushed and partisan process in the House. They could have fought for more witnesses and gone through a proper court process, but they didn’t. They called all of the senators who disagree with them (and who would be making the same judgments they did) participants in a “cover-up.” Trump was repeatedly called a “dictator,” and then in closing, Schiff fabricated supposed threats from the president.

It boggles the mind that the leader of the House prosecution has repeatedly been exposed as peddling falsehoods. It seems to be what qualified him for his job. While complaining about Trump wanting Biden investigated, Schiff was caught on tape soliciting naked pictures of the president from allegedly foreign pranksters.

It was Schiff who claimed there was more than circumstantial evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and that he had seen it. It was Schiff who falsely claimed that the FBI’s surveillance of Trump campaign associates was appropriate. And it was Schiff who acted out a fictional account of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

It has always been about just one more witness. During the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a world-famous journalist told me Mueller had a secret witness who was “telling all.” There was no such witness.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and the Justice Department have finally concluded the obvious — there was no valid basis for granting continued surveillance of former Trump presidential campaign adviser Carter Page.

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It is time for the country to move forward. More witnesses would only tie up the Senate and the country further. This is all proper fodder for the election, not for three-day political ads at taxpayer expense.

It’s time to let the focus shine on the Democratic challengers who want to run against Trump in the November election. They should be out on the stump, not sitting in the Senate. Let them take the stage and make their case. And let the people decide.

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin complains about ‘white men’ filling Trump’s legal team

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CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin blasted President Trump’s legal team on Saturday, arguing that its composition — all white men — highlighted how Democrats cared more about diversity.

“White House and white people,” Toobin said. “This is a lesson in the diversity of the two parties — I mean you look at the House managers. It was almost evenly divided between men and women. You had two African-Americans, you had a Hispanic.”

“It was all white men today, there are allegedly two white women on the team — we’ll see if they’re allowed to argue,” he continued. “But I think, you know, in a visual medium, when you have one side that has a very diverse team and the other side that’s all white men, that says something in and of itself.”

This wasn’t the first time CNN made racially-tinged comments. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper previously said it was “exciting” that white people will no longer represent the majority in the country.

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CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER: IT’S ‘EXCITING’ THAT WHITES WILL NO LONGER REPRESENT NATION’S ‘MAJORITY’

“The idea that, you know, whites will not be the majority, I mean, that’s — it’s an exciting transformation of the country, it’s an exciting evolution and you know, progress of our country in many different ways,” he had said in August.

Toobin’s comments came as White House lawyers defended President Trump in the ongoing Senate impeachment trial. They argued that Democrats were trying to interfere in elections by seeking to remove Trump from the 2020 ballot for doing “absolutely nothing wrong.”

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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said Democrats have no case and are doing damage to democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters.

“For all their talk about election interference, they’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in American history,” Cipollone said in his opening remarks to the Senate. “And we can’t allow that to happen.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Robert Perez: Combating distribution of counterfeit goods an ‘important effort’

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) push to crack down on the distribution of counterfeit goods under the Trump administration is “a very important effort,”  CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with host Griff Jenkins, Perez said that success in combatting the distribution and smuggling of these goods is a “direct result of the president’s last memorandum from last April directing the DHS to really put forth an action plan to directly impact the trafficking of illicit counterfeit items.”

In his April 2019 memorandum, President Trump pledged to rein in the sale of counterfeit products on sites such as Amazon, eBay and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

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With the ever-increasing rise of e-commerce, the White House on Friday declared it would step up efforts once more.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol would subject online retailers and warehouse operators to increased scrutiny and potential penalties under measures announced by DHS’s acting secretary Chad Wolf.

Additionally, the department vowed to apply fines and penalties to a broader range of participants in e-commerce and look for additional ways to interfere with fraudulent commerce.

Within the last year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have seized more than 27,000 shipments of counterfeit goods with intellectual property right enforcement violations worth more than $1.5 billion in their efforts to combat the border crisis.

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“That’s $1.5 billion of lost potential revenue for the actual trademark holders and American businesses who hold these trademarks, and $1.5 billion of less-than-optimal commodities purchased by consumers oftentimes presenting health and safety risks to the purchasers here in the American public,” he explained to Jenkins.

“So, that is what we’re combatting,” Perez added.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dan Gainor: In impeachment trial coverage, liberal media heap praise on Schiff and Democrats prosecuting Trump

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The nation’s red-blue divide means the media have gone from acting blue to feeling it.

House Democrats ended their presentation in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial Friday, and the president’s defense attorneys began laying out their case in a brief Senate session Saturday. The defense will resume its presentation Monday.

The baseless Democratic arguments for impeachment, stretching over three long days and nights, were greeted by a resounding thud of public disinterest. Ratings were down on TV and both senators and bystanders were in poor attendance.

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The collapse of the whole impeachment effort looks more disastrous than the eighth season of “Game of Thrones.”

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The anti-Trump media can’t understand why America won’t celebrate the epic oratory of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Mediaite said Schiff’s call on the Senate to convict Trump and remove him from office was a “powerful speech.” The Daily Beast declared Schiff “Speaks the Truth” and far-left Mother Jones referred to the monologue as “stirring.”

Only Schiff made an embarrassing gaffe as he was closing, further depressing the anti-Trump press. He cited a CBS News report that claimed President Donald Trump had told senators, “vote against the president and your head will be on a pike.”

GOP senators were unified in their anger at what Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet called Schiff’s “unforced error.” The New York Times reported Schiff’s comment resulted in “Enraging the Right.”

CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju tweeted that Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., “said Schiff ‘offended every Republican senator’ and that no Republican had been told that.”

It was a fitting end to Part I of the bogus impeachment trial. Journalists have celebrated the Democratic Party line so far like they were ready to stand up and cheer their star.

The media threw love bombs at Schiff, envisioning him as everyone from famed orator Sen. Daniel Webster to rock superstar Bruce Springsteen. By comparison, former Time editor Rick Stengel said Trump was like the late Soviet tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin.

Self-described “conservative” Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin was hanging on Schiff’s every word. “Thank God I was alive to hear Adam Schiff speak these past few days,” she tweeted.

Much of the media didn’t just celebrate Trump’s attackers. They had to silence his supporters, as well.

Long-time Democrat and ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos gave us the memorable image of the week doing just that. He was captured on camera running his hand back and forth across his throat, telling staff to cut away from Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow answering questions.

It’s worth remembering that Stephanopoulos is more openly partisan than many of his fellow journalists. He is a former White House communications director for President Bill Clinton and for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, and he gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

But all that adoration was no match for the gang at CNN. Schiff was their shining star and CNN was sure to tell viewers. The network’s journalists and pundits nearly wore out the alphabet piling on the praise, terming his speech “coherent,” “cohesive,” “dazzling,” “forceful,” “inspiring,” “powerful,” and “remarkable.”

The folks at CNN made it clear they were “very” concerned by impeachment, using the word “very” 11 times in one segment. “Situation Room” anchor Wolf Blitzer excelled, celebrating the “very, very powerful and forceful speech” and noting Schiff made “a very, very strong case.”

“New Day” anchor John Berman was so very incensed that senators weren’t sitting with rapt attention, he whined that they could be “could be thrown behind bars” for leaving the floor of the Senate. Berman fantasized that “30 of them would be in the slammer right now if [Chief Justice] John Roberts actually enforced the rule.”

CNN saw impeachment everywhere – even when Trump was the first president to ever speak at the annual March for Life in Washington. Correspondent Kristen Holmes called the speech part of Trump’s “damage control” efforts. It was “all happening in the middle of this impeachment trial and that, of course, is very obvious why President Trump would want to speak here today,” she said.

The network even stretched the truth to make Schiff more palatable. Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger pretended that Schiff had begun his career as a “moderate Democrat.” His lifetime score by the American Conservative Union is a 5 … on a scale of 1 to 100.

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President Clinton’s press secretary-turned-CNN analyst Joe Lockhart tried to win a creative writing award for fiction. Lockhart made up a conversation between Republican senators – but didn’t admit at first that the only place the conversation took place was in his vivid imagination.

In Lockhart’s fictional account (also known as a lie) one senator supposedly said of the Democratic accusations against Trump: “I haven’t heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server. If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we’re up s—– creek.” (He wasn’t referring to the Canadian sitcom.)

Lockhart was mocked for his fake tweet, but his bosses at CNN didn’t seem to mind.

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Now that the impeachment trial has shifted over to the Trump defense, CNN is already on the case. Friday’s “Reliable Sources” email warned “America is about to be hit with a storm of disinformation.”

While intended as an attack on Trump, this reads like a description of pretty much every major anti-Trump media report on impeachment – especially at CNN.

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Cities Prepare for the Worst as Trump’s Food Stamp Cuts Near

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CLEVELAND — Next month, Cuyahoga County, Ohio’s second largest, will begin sending letters and fliers, making phone calls and hosting information fairs to alert struggling citizens of a change about to befall them: Come April, able-bodied adults without children may lose their food stamps if they do not find work fast.

A Trump administration rule change, long in the making, is about to become real, and by the administration’s own estimates, nearly 700,000 people across the country — 20,000 of them in Ohio, 3,000 alone in Cleveland and Cuyahoga County — will be dropped from the food-stamp rolls.

“That’s a fairly big hit for the county, for our population,” said Kevin Gowan, the administrator of Cuyahoga Job and Family Services, which oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly (and still popularly) known as food stamps. “We’re not happy to do it. It is our job and we will fulfill our job.”

To the Trump administration, record low unemployment and steady economic growth mean there is no time like the present to nudge people off federal assistance. Around 40 million people access the food-stamp program each year, nearly 3 million of them able-bodied, without children. Of those 3 million, around 2 million do not work.

“Millions and millions of people don’t need food stamps anymore,” President Trump declared this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “They have jobs. They’re doing really well.”

For Carl Thomas, a 48-year-old with a high school degree, it is not that simple. He spends most of his time holed up at a public library, making use of its internet access to apply for all of the jobs he can find.

Before 2016, when his mother died at age 84 of sepsis, he had spent most of his life caring for her. He has been job hunting ever since her death. Some employers want to see a lengthy work history and a college degree. Some are far away, and he does not have a car.

On the sixth day of every month, Mr. Thomas plans out how he is going to make his $194 in food assistance stretch. Coupons in hand, he walks or takes the bus to Walmart, Giant Eagle, and Dave’s Market to find the lowest prices on meat, vegetables and produce. He is ecstatic when seeded red grapes go on sale.

That lifeline could soon disappear. Able-bodied adults with no children lose their food assistance if they fail to work 80 hours a month for three months in a three-year period unless they live in a state with a waiver. Under the looming changes, waivers from this work requirement, once common, will be much harder to come by.

Fourteen states, New York City and the District of Columbia have sued the Trump administration to block the new rules from going into effect in April, accusing the administration of doing an illegal end run around Congress.

Cuyahoga County and its urban heart, Cleveland, are preparing for the worst. They will start by conducting two information fairs every month starting in February. They will also call and send mail to people, which “will explicitly tell them the ramifications of noncompliance,” Mr. Gowan said, while stressing that it is time to “achieve self-sufficiency.”

By some accounts, Ohio has yet to recover from the recessions of the early and late 2000s. A healthier job market has not led to significantly higher wages. In 2018, five of Greater Cleveland’s 10 most common jobs — retail sales, food preparation and service, cashiers, waiting tables and janitorial and cleaning work — did not pay enough for people to afford food without assistance, according to Policy Matters Ohio, a liberal research organization.

But even for struggling areas like Cuyahoga County, where the majority of food assistance recipients in Ohio live, the bar will soon be too high for waivers from Washington’s work requirement. Such waivers will only go to “labor market areas” defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and an area’s unemployment rate will have to be both 20 percent above the national unemployment rate over a two-year period and at least 6 percent.

For Cleveland’s poor, such economic thresholds and measurements may feel remote, but in April, their responsibilities under the new system will become very real. People seeking food assistance will have to track their work hours each week and report them by mail, phone or in person.

County officials say they will look for individual exemptions based on physical or mental limitations. Already, applicants for food assistance take part in an initial phone screening, and then an in-person assessment test to determine if they are exempt from work requirements. But Mr. Gowan said only 20 percent of those eligible actually make it in for the assessment.

“In general, people don’t want the government involved in their personal lives,” he said.

Local anti-poverty advocates worry that people who should be exempt from the work requirements will be kicked off the food-stamp rolls anyway. Notifying people of the rule change will be challenging because food-stamp recipients often lack a permanent home address or reliable phone service. Even if they do know of the rule, the paperwork may be confusing, said Rachel Cahill, a Cleveland-based consultant for Cuyahoga Job and Family Services.

People may not work because they lack educational qualifications and transportation to surrounding towns with more employment. They may also face discrimination in the hiring process because of the color of their skin or their gender, Ms. Cahill said.

And struggling people tend to have complications in their lives that would challenge anyone. Mr. Thomas’s late mother left behind $25,000 in medical debt, and her house, where he lives, may be seized to pay it off. He said he will likely end up homeless.

Zhavahna Thompson, 22, has been on and off food stamps for years. Finding a job in Cleveland is difficult, she said. So are food stamps.

“Sometimes I honestly wish I just would have never ever applied for food stamps, because it is very complicated,” she said.

Ms. Thompson has worked multiple low-wage jobs, including seasonal work at the Cleveland baseball stadium, where her hours were determined by how long the games went, at a Dollar General, at a Subway, and for Amazon, before getting injured lifting a box and then getting laid off.

Ms. Thompson said she is saddened by the new food stamp rule. “That’s how people eat,” she said.

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank worries that the rule will move people out of the grocery store and into the food pantry line.

“We know SNAP is the largest defense against hunger,” said Tiffany Scruggs, the director of outreach at the food bank. “We know with cuts like these, we can’t supplement and make up for the shortfalls.”

Feeding America, which the Greater Cleveland Food Bank is part of, estimates that for every meal provided by a food bank, the food-stamps program provides nine. The program kept more than three million people out of poverty in 2018.

And April’s rule change may be just the beginning. Two other rules to trim the food-stamp rolls are pending. More than 100,000 more Ohioans could lose benefits under one rule change, according to Mathematica Policy Research in Cambridge, Mass. And 41 percent of Ohio households would see a decrease in their benefits under the other, $45 a month on average, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank in Washington.

Mr. Thomas spends 24 hours a month answering phones and handling incoming packages at University Settlement, a food pantry in Cleveland that he also relies on when his food assistance run out. He hopes to find a full-time job soon.

“Not everybody wants to be on government assistance,” Mr. Thomas said. “There are people who want to be self-reliant. Sometimes you just need some help, just a little bit to get back on their feet.”

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