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Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

At this time of year, demand for gasoline in the U.S. is normally rising as people head out for summer vacations in a country that has millions more vehicles than any other. But that's not happening in 2017, and one contributing factor could be that undocumented immigrants are driving less. Part of the blame for the slowdown may be higher pump prices, but Barclays Capital Inc. says another possible...
Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

Pelosi on calls for new leadership: 'I'm worth the trouble, quite frankly'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday dismissed calls from some in her party who say it's time for her to step aside. A handful of Democrats have publicly said that after losing four special elections since January, especially a race in the Atlanta suburbs earlier this week, and failing to regain the majority in the House in the last four national elections, their party needs new leadership...
GOP frets about fiscal restraint progress

GOP frets about fiscal restraint progress

Fiscal restraint has long been part of the Republican Party's brand, but GOP lawmakers have made little progress on reducing the amount of money the federal government spends. And frankly, they're sick of it. That's the impetus for what has become a serious push by rank-and-file House Republicans to use the budget reconciliation process to enact mandatory spending cuts. Various targets have been thrown...
Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. “There&rsquo...
Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Will Georgia's 6th District do this all again in 2018?

Despite initial relief among Georgia's 6th District residents that the barrage of campaign ads has come to an end, the reprieve might not last too long. "Now we know what New Hampshire looks like," said Chip Lake, a GOP consultant based in Georgia. The question is, with 2018 just around the corner, will this year's astronomical spending, much of it on TV, become a pattern in this suburban...
History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through Senate

History Lesson: How the Democrats pushed Obamacare through Senate

"Twenty-five days of consecutive session on a bill that was partisan in the sense that Republicans were angry with it, but we still had the courage of our convictions to have a debate on the floor." — Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., remarks on the Senate floor, June 19, 2017 --- To highlight the secrecy of the GOP health-care deliberations, many Senate Democrats...
Trump’s preferred candidate wins again, this time in Saudi Arabia

Trump’s preferred candidate wins again, this time in Saudi Arabia

President Donald Trump wasted no time Wednesday calling the newly named crown prince of Saudi Arabia. Less than 24 hours after King Salman elevated Prince Mohammed bin Salman, his 31-year-old son, Trump offered congratulations and celebrated the monarchy’s cooperation in rooting out terrorist financing and other issues. Even more than Karen Handel, the Republican who won a hotly contested House...
With first family in Washington, Manhattan tries to recover

With first family in Washington, Manhattan tries to recover

During the months of snarled traffic, choked sidewalks and tightened police checkpoints that clogged the streets of Manhattan around Trump Tower after the building’s best-known resident was elected president, Charelric Lenglain noticed a dismaying change in the foot traffic to his nearby salon. Namely, hardly anyone came for a haircut. This spring, Lenglain, who said he had lost over 40 percent...
Businesses may face penalties for prohibiting guns in private vehicles

Businesses may face penalties for prohibiting guns in private vehicles

Business groups are fighting an Ohio Senate proposal that will open them up to civil lawsuits by employees and others who bring handguns on to company property. “For us this isn’t a concealed carry issue as much as this is an employer rights issue,” said Chris Kershner, vice president, public policy & economic development for the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce. “Employers...
Pizza may soon be delivered by robot in Ohio

Pizza may soon be delivered by robot in Ohio

If things pan out the pizza dude bringing you your hot slices could be a compact little robot that looks pretty much like a cooler on wheels. The Ohio Senate version of the state budget authorizes the use of a “personal delivery device” that is electrically powered and “intended to transport property on sidewalks and crosswalks.” Known as a PDD, the device cannot weigh more...
Panel begins work to fill $1.05 billion state budget revenue shortfall

Panel begins work to fill $1.05 billion state budget revenue shortfall

As state revenues continue to fall short of projections, the Ohio legislature’s six-person conference committee on Thursday began work on the 2018-2019 budget. “These estimates are a good example of why Senate leadership in the new budget reduced the growth of government, while investing in key programs like addiction treatment and education,” said John Fortney, spokesman for the...
Replacing Obamacare: Details released of Senate health care plan

Replacing Obamacare: Details released of Senate health care plan

Senate Republicans on Thursday released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, including cuts to Medicaid and ending the so-called individual mandate. GOP leaders face a daunting task to find the 51 votes they need to approve their own version of an overhaul of the nation’s health-care laws as both moderates and conservatives voiced objections. Just hours after Senate Majority...
Ohio Democrat: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Ohio Democrat: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Republicans won the Georgia congressional special election Tuesday night, despite millions spent by Democrats hoping to score wins in the age of President Donald Trump. The special election in the 6th congressional district was the most expensive in U.S. history with spending over $50 million. Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff in the race, 52-48 percent. Republicans focused a lot...
At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

At site of congressional shooting, community finds normalcy in game

The smaller diamond at Alexandria's Eugene Simpson Stadium Park — Little Simpson, to locals — attracted a reported 4,000 people when it opened for the city's Little Major Leaguers in 1953. The field's dimensions were laid out by the head groundskeeper at Griffith Stadium. The diamond had a $9,500 lighting system, attracted major leaguers like Bob Feller and Mickey Vernon, and was, according...
Survey: Optimism grows among Democratic staffers

Survey: Optimism grows among Democratic staffers

Republican congressional staffers remain hopeful that they'll enact significant legislation in 2017, but their Democratic counterparts are gaining confidence that they can block the GOP agenda, according to the June Capitol Insiders Survey of Hill aides. Two-thirds of the Republican respondents expected it's at least somewhat likely they'll enact legislation to repeal and replace the 2010 health care...
Health subsidy cuts could hurt middle class the most

Health subsidy cuts could hurt middle class the most

Jane and Abe Goren retired here five years ago to escape the higher cost of living they had abided for decades in the suburbs of New York City. They did not anticipate having to write monthly checks for health insurance that would exceed their mortgage and property taxes combined. Jane Goren, 62, is paying nearly $1,200 a month for coverage through the individual insurance market (her husband, 69...
Democrats seethe after loss: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Democrats seethe after loss: ‘Our brand is worse than Trump’

Democrats seethed, second-guessed and sought to regroup Wednesday after a disappointing special election defeat in Georgia, with the party’s campaign chief in the House of Representatives outlining alternative paths to taking power, and some lawmakers questioning anew the leadership and political strategy of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic minority leader. By fiercely contesting a congressional...
In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

Pat Cunnane spent six years in the White House helping to promote Barack Obama's message. From the outside, he still does: On Tuesday, Cunnane became the latest Obama alumnus to land a contract for a book on his experiences. While much of the world obsesses about the more impetuous musings of President Donald Trump — or perhaps in reaction to that obsession _ a new market for Obama nostalgia...
China’s Trump honeymoon: Unexpected, and at risk of ending

China’s Trump honeymoon: Unexpected, and at risk of ending

The short, unexpected honeymoon that China enjoyed with President Donald Trump seems to be in trouble, dashing hopes in Beijing that the two countries had embarked on a new, businesslike relationship. Trump’s assertion that China had failed to pressure North Korea into curbing its nuclear and ballistic missile program means that Beijing must now confront the prospect of a stormier relationship...
Ironworker wants Paul Ryan's job. He's got great ad, but losing record

Ironworker wants Paul Ryan's job. He's got great ad, but losing record

A Wisconsin congressional campaign ad has politicos buzzing. It opens with footage from President Trump's victory lap news conference in early May, when he and House Speaker Paul Ryan jubilantly celebrated the House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Then it cuts to sprawling sunrise shots of open fields and grain silos in southeastern Wisconsin, finally landing in a living room where a woman who...
Ohio Senate OK’s softer graduation rules for Class of 2018

Ohio Senate OK’s softer graduation rules for Class of 2018

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday approved alternate pathways to graduation for Class of 2018 students who don’t pass state tests, as part of the state budget bill. That sets up a conference committee debate in the coming week with members of the Ohio House, who did not include any such provision in their version of the budget. Under the Senate plan, modeled off the state school board’s recommendations...
Ohio leaders debate how to pay for fight against opioid addiction

Ohio leaders debate how to pay for fight against opioid addiction

Fighting Ohio’s opioid addiction crisis is shaping up to be one of the key challenges as lawmakers debate a final state budget in the coming week. The Republican-dominated Ohio Senate on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to get a Medicaid expansion freeze taken out of the proposed budget and to repeal a tax break for small businesses. The Senate passed a $132.7 billion, two-year state budget...
World leaders wary of Trump may have an ally: Congress

World leaders wary of Trump may have an ally: Congress

President Donald Trump threatens to upend the post-World War II foreign policy order, but Congress is working to ensure that U.S. foreign policy remains rooted in the trans-Atlantic alliance against traditional rivals like Russia. Republicans have been careful not to frame their foreign policy moves as a counterweight to the president, who has doled out insults to foreign leaders on Twitter, bailed...
On the Mexican border, a case for technology over concrete

On the Mexican border, a case for technology over concrete

From a compact, portable shed on the outskirts of this border town, Jonathan Hoyt has an expansive field of vision. His computer is linked to cameras and surveillance equipment that allow him to see rubber rafts on the Mexican side of the Rio Grande nearly three miles away, simply by moving a tiny joystick. Hoyt, a Border Patrol agent, is using equipment that the Defense Department brought back from...
In Trump era, mental health experts are rethinking Goldwater Rule

In Trump era, mental health experts are rethinking Goldwater Rule

Since Donald Trump became president, commentary about his public statements, tweeting habits, predilections and even his personality has become something of a national pastime. Some in the professional psychiatric community have been moved to join in, offering their own expert analysis on why the president says what he says and does what he does. But should they? Not according to the American Psychiatric...
At Montpelier, slaves’ lives matter as much as man who owned them

At Montpelier, slaves’ lives matter as much as man who owned them

In 2007, while the restoration of James Madison's Montpelier, in Orange, Virginia, was underway, a group of the estate's African-American stakeholders came to make a visit. Giles Morris, Montpelier's vice president for marketing and communications, found himself on the terrace overlooking the South Lawn with Iris Ford, an associate professor of anthropology at St. Mary's College of Maryland who is...
GOP's health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic

GOP's health care rollback collides with the opioid epidemic

The Republican campaign to roll back former President Barack Obama's health care law is colliding with the opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the corner, according to state data and concerned lawmakers in both parties.  The central issue is that the House health care bill would phase out expanded Medicaid...
Beer industry's bill on hold until bigger pieces are moved

Beer industry's bill on hold until bigger pieces are moved

The beer industry, from the smallest craft brewers to the giant Anheuser-Bush InBev, is behind a long-awaited rewrite of the federal tax code on beer. More than half the members of the U.S. House have signed on as co-sponsors of a bipartisan bill to do that, and nearly half the U.S. Senate has put its name on that body's version. So why hasn't it happened? Like many other pieces of legislation in...
In cattle country, rare wind gusts upend the Texas energy market

In cattle country, rare wind gusts upend the Texas energy market

As attractive a renewable-energy concept as wind power is, it's plagued by a fundamental flaw. It blows the most in the dead of night, precisely when there's the least demand for electricity. That's true for just about every windblown spot nationwide, from the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains in California to the coastal plains of North Carolina. And then there's South Texas. It is to wind, engineers...
Ohio Senate wants to freeze new enrollment in expanded Medicaid program

Ohio Senate wants to freeze new enrollment in expanded Medicaid program

The state would freeze new enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program starting on July 1, 2018 under state budget amendments accepted Tuesday by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee. “I think the amendment reflects a difference between the Republicans and Democrats, where the Republicans want to deny people health care coverage,” said freeze opponent, State Sen. Michael J. Skindell, D-Lakewood...
Rob Portman criticizes health care deadline: ‘We need to get it right’

Rob Portman criticizes health care deadline: ‘We need to get it right’

Calling it an “arbitrary deadline,” Sen. Rob Portman objected to plans by Senate Republican leaders to gain approval for a health-care bill before the July 4 holidays, saying instead “we need to get it right.” In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Portman tersely acknowledged he has not even seen the bill drafted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying...
WINE SALE: Ohio lawmakers may allow 10% off a HALF case

WINE SALE: Ohio lawmakers may allow 10% off a HALF case

UPDATE: John Fortney, spokesman for the Ohio Senate Majority Caucus, provided some clarification this afternoon, Thursday June 22, on the issue of discounts: “The 10 percent discount is available for any number of cases if the retailer wants to offer it,” Fortney told reporter Lynn Hulsey in an email. “It just requires that the case be between 6 to 12 bottles. So you could have a...
Ohio judge OK’s alcohol, topless women for outdoor festival

Ohio judge OK’s alcohol, topless women for outdoor festival

A federal judge is giving a popular Columbus festival permission to sell alcohol despite having topless women in attendance. Comfest will take place June 23-25 at Goodale Park. The festival brands itself as a “free, non-corporate, yearly celebration of Columbus, Ohio’s community organizations, performers, artists and volunteers. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the festival won a temporary...
State may reduce a tax break for small businesses

State may reduce a tax break for small businesses

Some Ohio Republicans are talking about reducing a state tax break for small businesses. If the change occurs it would mean higher taxes for small businesses that used the tax break since it was first approved in 2013. It’s not known if a majority will support a modified version of the total repeal called for by Democrats in the Statehouse, according to Ohio Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and...
President Donald Trump: ‘It’s a total disgrace what happened to Otto’

President Donald Trump: ‘It’s a total disgrace what happened to Otto’

President Donald Trump said he spoke Monday night with the family of Otto Warmbier of suburban Cincinnati who died earlier in the day following one and a half years in a North Korean prison. Speaking to a small group of reporters Tuesday in the Oval Office, Trump said “it’s a total disgrace what happened to Otto. It should never, ever be allowed to happen. And frankly, if he were brought...
Mike DeWine launches campaign site, set to announce run for governor

Mike DeWine launches campaign site, set to announce run for governor

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is expected to announce on Sunday that he is running for governor and his campaign manager, Dave Luketic, today announced he had launched a “campaign website” on Monday night. Luketic confirmed that DeWine will make “an exciting announcement” at his Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Social on Sunday at his Cedarville home. The event, which has been held...
One Ohio town’s immigration clash, down in the actual muck

One Ohio town’s immigration clash, down in the actual muck

Migrant workers arrive here every spring to work in the “muck,” which is what everybody calls the fertile soil that makes this part of Ohio the perfect place to grow radishes, peppers, cucumbers and leafy greens. The temporary workers can be seen planting, weeding and, later in the season, harvesting crops that will be sold at national supermarket chains. But there is trouble in the muck...
Jay Sekulow, President Trump's unlikely lawyer

Jay Sekulow, President Trump's unlikely lawyer

Jay Sekulow had a hectic day Sunday, bouncing from one news show to another to beat back reports that President Donald Trump was under investigation for obstruction of justice. In media blitz through four networks, Sekulow, a new member of Trump's legal team, repeatedly insisted that there was no such probe — an assertion at odds with stories published last week in The Washington Post and elsewhere...
EPA chief vows to speed the nation's Superfund cleanups

EPA chief vows to speed the nation's Superfund cleanups

Dawn Chapman had listened with surprise and skepticism as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency vowed to clean up West Lake, the nuclear waste dump that has filled her days and nights with worry. "The past administration honestly just didn't pay attention to [it]," Scott Pruitt stressed on a local radio show in April. "We're going to get things done at West Lake. The days...
High-stakes referendum on Trump takes shape in Georgia election

High-stakes referendum on Trump takes shape in Georgia election

Taking the stage in a half-filled airplane hangar to rally supporters of Republican candidate Karen Handel, Health Secretary Tom Price could not help but point to the record-shattering surge of liberal money that has flooded into the special House race here. “The out-of-state money is crazy,” said Price, whose vacated congressional seat is up for grabs on Tuesday. Following Price, Sonny...
Donald and Melania Trump give Camp David a good review

Donald and Melania Trump give Camp David a good review

President Donald Trump and Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Maryland mountains, didn't seem like a great fit. Camp David has been described as "rustic," and Trump notoriously loves glitz. It has only a small golf green, while Trump loves to play top courses (those bearing his name, of course). But the Trump family's first foray to the woodsy compound went well, according to the...

Budget cuts threaten forests' roads, hunting, fishing

The roads to the national forests could get bumpier. Trails could get messier. Maintenance on bridges, dams and recreation sites could become tougher under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The White House is seeking only about $100 million in funding for capital improvement and maintenance by the National Forest Service, down from $363 million this year...
At height of tensions, Manafort met with associate from Ukraine

At height of tensions, Manafort met with associate from Ukraine

In August, as tension mounted over Russia's role in the U.S. presidential race, Donald Trump's campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, sat down to dinner with a business associate from Ukraine who once served in the Russian army.  Konstantin Kilimnik, who learned English at a military school that some experts consider a training ground for Russian spies, had helped run the Ukraine office for Manafort's...
Q&A: Trump's new guidelines on Cuba

Q&A: Trump's new guidelines on Cuba

It's a policy change President Donald Trump insists will correct what he called a "terrible and misguided deal" by his predecessor. Trump's recent announcement on new travel and trade restrictions with Cuba aim to fulfill a campaign promise. "Easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people," he said at an event in Miami on Friday. "They only enrich...
Squatters in paradise

Squatters in paradise

The $4,085 check is delivered each year in April, addressed to the Treasurer General of the Republic of Cuba. That position ceased to exist decades ago. The Cuban government last cashed it in 1959. Yet by submitting that paltry payment year after year, knowing it won’t be accepted, the United States continues to feel entitled to its oldest overseas naval base, a 45-square-mile sliver of prime...
Unable to arrest opioid epidemic, red states warm to needle exchanges

Unable to arrest opioid epidemic, red states warm to needle exchanges

Former heroin user Kendra Williams, 24, knows she's lucky. She recalls sharing dirty syringes to shoot up, risking hepatitis C and HIV. More than two years into recovery, she knows about 30 people who have died from drug overdoses — this year. Over the past five, she guesses, it's close to 50. Against that grim backdrop, Williams has joined an unlikely coalition — composed of public health...
Flynn’s disdain for limits led to a legal mire

Flynn’s disdain for limits led to a legal mire

Michael Flynn was a man seething and thwarted. In summer 2014, after repeatedly clashing with other Obama administration officials over his management of the Defense Intelligence Agency — and what he saw as his unheeded warnings about the rising power of Islamic militants — Flynn was fired, bringing his military career to an abrupt end. Flynn decided that the military’s loss would...
Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps

Justices could take up high-stakes fight over electoral maps

In an era of deep partisan division, the Supreme Court could soon decide whether the drawing of electoral districts can be too political.  A dispute over Wisconsin's Republican-drawn boundaries for the state legislature offers Democrats some hope of cutting into GOP electoral majorities across the United States. Election law experts say the case is the best chance yet for the high court to put...
Some Trump supporters are tuning out

Some Trump supporters are tuning out

It was the garish start to a politics-as-reality-show that no one — whether for or against him — could stop watching. As the summer progressed, he hit No. 1 in the polls and attracted thousands to mega-rallies in cities from Mobile, Alabama, to Phoenix on his unlikely journey to the White House.  But two years later, President Donald Trump is struggling to keep his viewers engaged...
A small-town American turned his weapons on Washington

A small-town American turned his weapons on Washington

On the western edge of town, where midcentury suburban streets give way to cornfields and farms, a weathered barn sits among neat rows of soybeans. This bucolic stretch was long accessible only via a gravel lane, and the barn was one of the only buildings. A few miles to the east, a renaissance has been transforming Main Street after decades of decline. A stately fountain marks the official seat of...
GOP senators work behind closed doors to repeal health care law

GOP senators work behind closed doors to repeal health care law

Senate Republicans are facing increasing criticism for ducking public scrutiny as they craft legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act with little input from outside experts, patients, physicians and others most affected by health care legislation. The GOP's secretive process marks a sharp departure from the traditional way the Senate has developed large, complex bills, which are often debated...
‘How dare he’: Reporter, mother on how ball field shooting hit home

‘How dare he’: Reporter, mother on how ball field shooting hit home

Editor’s note: Washington Bureau reporter Jessica Wehrman, a native of Urbana, lives near Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, Va., where Congressman Steve Scalise and others were shot this week during practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. After spending the day reporting from the scene of the shooting, Jessica reflected on how the event impacted her family and her community just...
Are politicians becoming targets?

Are politicians becoming targets?

Their faces are plastered all over television commercials. Their names are in the newspaper and on social media. Their positions on hot button issues such as abortions, immigration and guns are public knowledge. America’s raw political divide, easy access to firearms and open society put political leaders across the country at risk for attacks like the ones carried out in Virginia last week...
Trump will allow ‘Dreamers’ to stay in U.S., reversing a campaign promise

Trump will allow ‘Dreamers’ to stay in U.S., reversing a campaign promise

President Donald Trump has officially reversed his campaign pledge to deport the so-called Dreamers, undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as small children.   The Department of Homeland Security announced late Thursday night that it would continue the Obama-era program intended to protect those immigrants from deportation and provide them work permits so they can find legal...
Foreign leaders poke fun at Trump

Foreign leaders poke fun at Trump

Two weeks ago in the Rose Garden, President Donald Trump declared that under his leadership, foreign leaders won't be "laughing at us anymore."   Since then, he's been the butt of jokes in capitals across the globe.   In Mexico, former President Vicente Fox posted a profane video on YouTube mocking Trump's taste for taco bowls ("they're not even Mexican!") and...
GOP Senate leaders aim to bring health-care legislation to the floor by the end of June

GOP Senate leaders aim to bring health-care legislation to the floor by the end of June

Senate Republican leaders are aiming to bring a major revision to the nation's health-care laws to the Senate floor by the end of June even as lingering disagreements, particularly over Medicaid, threaten to derail their efforts, several Republicans familiar with the effort said Thursday.   President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are both pressing for an...
Cuba action could set back Trump’s hotel rivals 

Cuba action could set back Trump’s hotel rivals 

By rolling back Obama-era policies that allowed more private business investment in Cuba, President Donald Trump would be leveraging the power of his office, like others who came before him, to shift Washington, D.C.'s approach to the communist island.   But as the owner of a real estate company with a big stake in hotels and resorts, Trump brings an added element to an issue that is unique...
Kelly revokes Obama order shielding immigrant parents of U.S. citizens 

Kelly revokes Obama order shielding immigrant parents of U.S. citizens 

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced late Thursday that he has rescinded an Obama-era memo that sought to shield millions of parents of U.S. citizens and others from deportation.   Kelly's act fulfills part of a campaign promise that President Donald Trump had made to overturn two of Obama's controversial memos on illegal immigration. The rescinded memo was never implemented...
Don’t believe anonymously sourced reports, deputy attorney general says

Don’t believe anonymously sourced reports, deputy attorney general says

Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, encouraged Americans in a statement issued late Thursday to be “skeptical about anonymous allegations” after a string of recent news reports about the evolving focus of the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s associates.   &ldquo...
Day after tragedy, Congress plays ball

Day after tragedy, Congress plays ball

In a town where winning is everything, the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity has been a throwback — a time when the fighting was purely athletic, and the competition was largely good clean fun. So that made Thursday’s game — one day after the third-ranking Republican in the House was gunned down at a baseball practice — a strange and potentially transformational...
Too soon to predict 2018 election in Ohio, GOP pollster says

Too soon to predict 2018 election in Ohio, GOP pollster says

Republican polling guru Frank Luntz says it’s too early to make predictions about the 2018 races in Ohio, though he says he gives the edge to incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to hang onto his seat and says the GOP has the upper hand in holding the governor’s office. “These are advantages that are meaningful and measurable today but that may well change in a year and a half,&rdquo...
Senate Dems want to end business tax cut; GOP says no way

Senate Dems want to end business tax cut; GOP says no way

As state lawmakers wrestle with a $1-billion budget hole, Senate Democrats are pushing a plan to ditch a tax cut that allows small businesses to avoid taxes on the first $250,000 in earnings. The Legislative Service Commission, a non-partisan agency that writes and analyzes legislative proposals, said suspending the tax break would boost Ohio’s budget coffers by $1.1 billion a year. In 2013...
Ohio Supreme Court disbars attorney convicted in state bribery scheme

Ohio Supreme Court disbars attorney convicted in state bribery scheme

The Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday permanently disbarred M. Noure Alo, an immigration attorney who played a key role in the biggest kickback and bribery scheme in Ohio Treasury history. Alo was close friends with deputy state treasurer Amer Ahmad, who served in the state treasury under Democrats Richard Cordray and Kevin Boyce. Ahmad orchestrated a scheme to steer state trading work to his high school...
State budget targets taxes on jukeboxes, booze in ice cream

State budget targets taxes on jukeboxes, booze in ice cream

The two-year state budget bill lays out how Ohio will spend more than $130 billion on important issues like education, prisons, health care and more. But tucked within the 4,500-page bill are some odds and ends that don’t seem to have much to do with budgeting. Here is a quick list of six weird items in the budget bill, at least for now: 1. Jukeboxes. Plays on digital jukeboxes, found in...
Harriet Tubman statue may come to Capitol

Harriet Tubman statue may come to Capitol

The state of Maryland is moving closer to having a statue of abolitionist Harriet Tubman built for display in the United States Capitol.  The state's junior senator, Democrat Chris Van Hollen, said at a recent hearing that his staff has been working with the Architect of the Capitol to plan for the creation and donation of the sculpture.  Calling Tubman a "great Marylander and a great...
IUE-CWA union backs Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley for governor

IUE-CWA union backs Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley for governor

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley won the endorsement today of the IUE-CWA union in her race for Ohio governor. “As an organization that represents thousands of manufacturing workers across Ohio, we are very proud to support Nan’s candidacy for Governor,” said Jim Clark, IUE-CWA President. OTHER ENDORSEMENTS Husted for governor endorsed by gun-rights group Renacci endorsed by Trump backers...
Former mayor of Alexandria was acquaintance of congressional shooter

Former mayor of Alexandria was acquaintance of congressional shooter

Former Mayor Bill Euille of Alexandria, Va., was making his way to the city's YMCA for his ritualistic morning workout Wednesday when his cell phone lit up with text messages from friends asking if he was all right.  "They said, there was an active shooting incident in the 400 block of East Monroe," Euille said. "I said, 'That's the Y!'"  Euille, whose city rarely makes...
Why Cabinet flattery is a big problem for Trump 

Why Cabinet flattery is a big problem for Trump 

President Donald Trump's first full Cabinet meeting Monday included a gusher of effusive praise, a virtual round-robin of complimentary remarks that set social media ablaze and drew mockery from Democratic corners. One by one, starting with Vice President Mike Pence, Cabinet members around the table weighed in, with most offering effusive praise of the president or gratitude for the opportunity. ...
Their own targeted, Republicans want looser gun laws, not stricter ones

Their own targeted, Republicans want looser gun laws, not stricter ones

  Shaken and angry, Republican members of Congress seized on the brazen daytime shooting of their colleagues on Wednesday to demand that existing restrictions on gun access be loosened so that people facing similar attacks are able to defend themselves.   Past shootings have brought calls for more gun control, especially for restrictions on the kind of rifle used in Wednesday&rsquo...
Tillerson: U.S. gave China a list of firms, people, doing illicit business with N. Korea

Tillerson: U.S. gave China a list of firms, people, doing illicit business with N. Korea

The Trump administration has asked China to act against several Chinese entities suspected of doing illicit business with North Korea, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday.   North Korean ally China is the "capstone" of an international pressure campaign to hold North Korea to account for rogue missile and nuclear development, Tillerson said during testimony before the...
Conservative voices blame Alexandria shooting on Democrats and the left

Conservative voices blame Alexandria shooting on Democrats and the left

Four days ago, at the left-wing People's Summit in Chicago, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., ended a speech to 4000-odd activists with a 15-minute Q&A. The final question dealt with the political anger that Democrats, according to Sanders, had failed to grapple with in 2016. The left's response to that anger was obvious: it had to be channeled into "constructive change."   "All...
Trump is expected to visit Supreme Court this week

Trump is expected to visit Supreme Court this week

President Donald Trump is expected to pay his first visit to the Supreme Court on Thursday. His words and actions precede him.   Trump's planned drop-by for the official investiture of Justice Neil Gorsuch comes as the president's lawyers make almost daily filings with the justices in an attempt to revive his ban on refugees and travelers from six mostly Muslim countries.   The...
Sen. Brown to go after pharmaceutical companies for ‘price gouging’

Sen. Brown to go after pharmaceutical companies for ‘price gouging’

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown will introduce a bill that will penalize pharmaceutical companies for “price gouging” for prescription drugs, he announced during a Wednesday telephone news conference. Brown pointed to large price increases in the EpiPen for allergic reactions and insulin for diabetes as examples of what he said are companies raising prices for no reason other than to boost profits...
New video shows moments when D.C. shooting began

New video shows moments when D.C. shooting began

New video shows the moment the shooting at a GOP Congressional baseball team practice began Wednesday morning, according to the New York Post. The newspaper said more than 25 bullets can be heard in the footage captured by a witness near Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia, where the shooting occurred. “Do we know where he’s at?” an unidentified person could...
UPDATE: Rep. Scalise critical after congressional baseball game shooting

UPDATE: Rep. Scalise critical after congressional baseball game shooting

A lone gunman opened fire on a group of GOP lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game Wednesday morning, wounding the House Majority whip and three others before being shot to death by police. Two others received secondary injuries during the minutes-long standoff, which involved dozens of shots fired in a normally placid suburban community. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot in the...
Eyewitness account: There was ‘just shooting, shooting, shooting’

Eyewitness account: There was ‘just shooting, shooting, shooting’

The Republicans were just finishing up with their baseball practice on a balmy morning in the D.C. suburbs when they began to hear gunfire. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who had put on his batting gloves and headed to the batting cages along the first base line of Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, turned, only to hear Rep. Trent Kelly, a Mississippi Republican who, like Wenstrup, was an Iraq veteran, yell...
Amid investigation, new sanctions punishing Russia set to land on Trump’s desk

Amid investigation, new sanctions punishing Russia set to land on Trump’s desk

President Donald Trump appears all but certain to be confronted in coming weeks with a wrenching decision about Russia: whether to veto new, bipartisan sanctions against Moscow, partly for election interference that Trump has said is a fiction created by Democrats.   The sanctions, which would make it impossible for Trump to act alone to lift economic penalties imposed by President Barack...
Trump adds more trademarks in China

Trump adds more trademarks in China

President Donald Trump is poised to add six new trademarks to his expanding portfolio in China, in sectors including veterinary services and construction, potentially renewing concerns about his possible conflicts of interest.   The latest trademarks expand Trump’s business interests in China, the world’s second-largest economy and a country he frequently blamed during the election...
Trump calls House health bill that he celebrated in the Rose Garden ‘mean’

Trump calls House health bill that he celebrated in the Rose Garden ‘mean’

President Donald Trump told Republican senators Tuesday that the House GOP health-care bill was "mean" and he expects the Senate to "improve" the legislation considerably, according to several Republicans familiar with the gathering.   Trump's comments, during a White House lunch with a group of 15 GOP senators from across the ideological spectrum, signaled that he may...
Trump blocks Stephen King on Twitter — but J.K. Rowling comes to the rescue

Trump blocks Stephen King on Twitter — but J.K. Rowling comes to the rescue

It doesn't take much to provoke President Donald Trump into blocking a follower on Twitter — anything from an insult to an unflattering gif to a mild "covfefe" joke seems enough to do the trick.   So it perhaps shouldn't come as a surprise that best-selling author Stephen King was abruptly added to the #BlockedByTrump list Tuesday. The horror fiction maestro has been one...
Congressional Democrats to file emoluments lawsuit against Trump

Congressional Democrats to file emoluments lawsuit against Trump

 Nearly 200 Democratic members of Congress are expected to file a federal lawsuit Wednesday accusing President Donald Trump of violating the Constitution by profiting from business dealings with foreign governments.   The plaintiffs — the most members of Congress to ever sue a sitting president — contend that Trump has ignored a constitutional clause that prohibits federal...
4 takeaways from Sessions’ feisty testimony to Congress about Russia 

4 takeaways from Sessions’ feisty testimony to Congress about Russia 

 Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a star player in two key controversies about the Trump administration: the investigation into Donald Trump campaign's connections with Russia and whether the president improperly interfered in an FBI investigation.   Sessions was asked about all of this under oath Tuesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the lead congressional committee on Russia...
Trump pondered firing Mueller, but his aides pushed back

Trump pondered firing Mueller, but his aides pushed back

Last month’s appointment of Robert S. Mueller III as a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia enraged President Donald Trump. Yet, at least initially, he holstered his Twitter finger and publicly said nothing.   But behind the scenes, the president soon began entertaining the idea of firing Mueller even as his staff tried to discourage...
Highlights of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony

Highlights of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified for two and a half hours on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. Here are seven highlights: 1. Sessions declined to answer multiple questions regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump, particularly about the firing of former FBI director James Comey, saying he wanted to preserve the president’s right to exert executive...
Abortion bill draws costumed protesters to Ohio Statehouse

Abortion bill draws costumed protesters to Ohio Statehouse

Women dressed in costume from The Handmaid’s Tale protested a new bill in the Ohio Senate that would outlaw the most common surgery used in second trimester abortions. More than a dozen women wearing red robes and white bonnets turned out for a hearing on Senate Bill 145, sponsored by Republican state Sens. Matt Huffman of Lima and Steve Wilson of Maineville. The costumes are from the feminist...
Did Russians target Ohio voting machines?

Did Russians target Ohio voting machines?

Ohio’s top elections’ official has seen no sign of Russian hacking - or any hacking - into the state’s elections systems, according to Matt McClellan, director of communications for Secretary of State Jon Husted. “I am not aware of any issues that we’ve had, or any incidents of Russian hacking that has occurred,” McClellan said. “We spend a lot of time in...
Comey’s words set gauntlet for Sessions confronted by Congress 

Comey’s words set gauntlet for Sessions confronted by Congress 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is under growing pressure to explain his role in the firing of James Comey and contacts that he and associates of President Donald Trump had with Russian officials, as lawmakers demand answers following the ousted FBI director's dramatic testimony.   Sessions will testify publicly Tuesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a hastily scheduled hearing...
A House Democrat echoes Watergate in calling for Trump’s impeachment

A House Democrat echoes Watergate in calling for Trump’s impeachment

  A House Democrat unveiled an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump on Monday, circulating legislative text that accuses Trump of obstructing justice by "threatening, and then terminating" James B. Comey, the former FBI director — and openly echoes charges that ultimately drove Richard Nixon from the presidency 43 years ago.   Rep. Brad Sherman...
Trump administration grants work permits to thousands of illegal immigrants

Trump administration grants work permits to thousands of illegal immigrants

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants have been granted work permits by the Trump administration under an Obama-era deferred action program that President Donald Trump had promised to end on his first day in office, according to federal data.   Trump had called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program an "unconstitutional executive amnesty" during his campaign...
Five questions about Melania Trump’s move to the White House

Five questions about Melania Trump’s move to the White House

Nearly five months after becoming first lady, Melania Trump officially moved into the White House over the weekend. Now what? Here are five questions about her new life:   Q: Will Melania Trump keep her husband from sending controversial wee-hours tweets?   A: Probably not. The two are said to have remained in close contact while living apart, speaking several times a day, and...
Reince Priebus might have praised President Trump a little too much — and now the internet is poking fun

Reince Priebus might have praised President Trump a little too much — and now the internet is poking fun

President Donald Trump held his first full Cabinet meeting on Monday morning at the White House. Media cameras were allowed in for a short portion of the meeting, and they captured Trump's Cabinet officials, one by one, praising the president - really, really effusively.   It started with Vice President Mike Pence, who called it the "greatest privilege of my life" to serve in the...