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Butler County senator seeks review of Ohio’s medical pot program

A state lawmaker is moving to force a thorough review of Ohio’s medical marijuana program after alleged and acknowledged mistakes occurred in selecting grower applicants. Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., proposed legislation Thursday requiring State Auditor Dave Yost to conduct and release a performance audit of the program. The program is supposed to be up and running by September. RELATED...
Should Reds be taxed for bobbleheads? Supreme Court to decide

Should Reds be taxed for bobbleheads? Supreme Court to decide

The Ohio Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in a dispute over promotions offered by the Cincinnati Reds to ticket buyers including bobbleheads and other items. At issue is whether the Reds are exempt from paying tax on the purchase of the promotional items. Attorneys for the Reds argue they don’t have to pay tax on the purchase of promotional items because they resell them as part of...
Teachers with guns? Some Ohio districts arm staff but don’t tell public

Teachers with guns? Some Ohio districts arm staff but don’t tell public

Several school districts in Ohio have armed staff and teachers in an effort to prevent school shootings, but some of those districts have not told parents, students and taxpayers about the firearms in their buildings, the Dayton Daily News recently reported. On Wednesday, President Trump said that if one of the victims, a football coach, in last week’s Florida school shooting had been armed...
Trump appears to voice support for raising assault rifle age to 21, presses case for arming some teachers

Trump appears to voice support for raising assault rifle age to 21, presses case for arming some teachers

President Donald Trump on Thursday appeared to voice support for raising the age at which someone could buy an assault rifle to 21, and he doubled down on his idea of arming some teachers as a deterrent for school shootings.  In a series of morning tweets, the president claimed the latter strategy would be far less costly than hiring guards and that "ATTACKS WOULD END!"  With his...
Students take charge of gun-safety movement with some help from existing groups

Students take charge of gun-safety movement with some help from existing groups

On Sunday night, at 7:39 p.m., a half-dozen students from Iowa City High School logged onto a group chat and began planning their first-ever protest for gun safety. They wanted to do something in solidarity with the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman had killed 17 the week before.  "We need concrete actions, not just walking out cuz we're...
In world of conspiracy theories, even teenagers aren’t off limits

In world of conspiracy theories, even teenagers aren’t off limits

David Hogg, 17, went from Florida high school student to mass shooting survivor to telegenic advocate for gun-control laws in a few days. And just as quickly, online conspiracy theorists began spinning viral lies attacking the teenager's credibility.  By Wednesday — a week after a gunman wielding a semiautomatic rifle had killed 17 people at Hogg's Parkland, Florida, school — online...
Trump’s solution for school shootings: Arm teachers

Trump’s solution for school shootings: Arm teachers

Seated between teenage survivors of the Florida school shooting, President Donald Trump said during an Oval Office listening session Wednesday that arming teachers and posting gun-toting veterans in schools could deter or stop school shooters.  His comments came during an emotional meeting that included Vice President Mike Pence, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, and school-shooting survivors...
Trump suggests supporters should pressure Sessions to investigate Obama’s inaction on Russian meddling

Trump suggests supporters should pressure Sessions to investigate Obama’s inaction on Russian meddling

President Donald Trump on Wednesday lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, suggesting the president's supporters should pressure Sessions to focus the investigation into Russian election meddling on President Barack Obama's administration.  Taking to Twitter, Trump said that the meddling occurred while Obama was in office and asked why his predecessor didn't intervene.  "Question...
How will the battle over dreamers end? Here are four scenarios

How will the battle over dreamers end? Here are four scenarios

A deadline to protect hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants is less than two weeks away, and it's looking less and less likely that Washington will act in time to protect them.  So, where does that leave the estimated 700,000 "dreamers" who could face deportation as soon as March 5?  There are a few possibilities, and not all of them are good for dreamers. Here...
What Obama did, didn’t do and couldn’t do in response to Russian interference

What Obama did, didn’t do and couldn’t do in response to Russian interference

It's proved hard for social media companies to completely uproot trolls apparently working on behalf of the Russian government. After all, the point of those trolls' activity has been to blend in with regular all-American trolls who have free rein on Twitter and Facebook. Automation is one thing; bots often demonstrate patterns of behavior that set them apart from humans. But humans trying to stir...
Marco Rubio and the NRA confronted by shooting survivors, grieving parents at tense town hall

Marco Rubio and the NRA confronted by shooting survivors, grieving parents at tense town hall

There appeared to be little room for nuance Wednesday evening at CNN's emotionally charged town hall, which brought survivors, lawmakers and a prominent Second Amendment advocate together for the first time since the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Little room for discussing whether a ban on "bump stock" devices — which allow semiautomatic...
Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

Trump says raise age for buying assault rifles, defying NRA

The nation should keep assault rifles out of the hands of anyone under 21, President Donald Trump declared Thursday, defying his loyal supporters in the National Rifle Association amid America's public reckoning over gun violence. He also pushed hard for arming security guards and many teachers in U.S. schools. "There's nothing more important than protecting our children," Trump said, adding...
Where do Ohio’s governor candidates stand on guns?

Where do Ohio’s governor candidates stand on guns?

Want a governor who’s all-in on gun rights? How about one who’s fighting for a complete statewide ban on assault-type weapons? In politically diverse Ohio, voters have their pick of those positions — and just about everything in between — from a crowded field of contenders trying to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich. In the wake of dramatic calls for action that...
Paul Manafort, Rick Gates face new charges: report

Paul Manafort, Rick Gates face new charges: report

Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, and Rick Gates, who served as a campaign aide, are facing new charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal case against the pair, Politico reported Wednesday.
3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

3 things to know about proposed Medicaid job conditions

Ohio is seeking approval from the federal government to require more people with Medicaid to work. When Medicaid expanded, it added coverage for about 700,000 people in the state. Now, the Republican-majority Ohio General Assembly Ohio has required the state’s Department of Medicaid ask for approval to add job conditions for those covered through the expansion. RELATED: Dayton company&rsquo...
Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

Right-wing media uses Florida school shooting as conspiracy fodder

The teenagers of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, who a week ago lost 17 of their classmates and school staff members in a mass shooting, have emerged as passionate advocates for reform, speaking openly of their anger in the hope of forcing a reckoning on guns.  But in certain right-wing corners of the web — and, increasingly, from more mainstream voices like Rush...
Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

Trump’s ‘tougher on Russia’ claim fits a pattern of striving to one-up Obama

To hear President Donald Trump tell it, he is tougher than former president Barack Obama. He is smarter than Obama — more shrewd, more effective, more respected. The 45th president is, by his own accounting, superlative to the 44th in almost every way.  In private and in public, while devising policies and while crafting messages, Trump frequently draws flattering comparisons with his predecessor...
Rubio faces backlash for gun control inaction

Rubio faces backlash for gun control inaction

He called it "heartbreaking" and said he was devastated. Dozens killed or injured in a shooting rampage that shook Florida and the nation - and "deeply impacted" him as he considered his political future.  Twenty months passed. Then, it happened again. Another mass killing.  Now, Marco Rubio has become the face of congressional inaction on tougher gun restrictions, especially...
As Florida students head to state capital, lawmakers fail to take up assault rifle bill

As Florida students head to state capital, lawmakers fail to take up assault rifle bill

Driven by rage and grief over one of the deadliest school shootings in modern American history, students from across the country were taking action in hopes of pushing their lawmakers to rethink their positions on gun control, even as the Florida House rejected a move on Tuesday to consider a bill that would ban assault rifles.  From California to Florida, teenagers walked out of classes, stopped...
Trump tries to shift blame to Obama for not countering Russian meddling

Trump tries to shift blame to Obama for not countering Russian meddling

President Donald Trump, who spent months belittling charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, has managed to revive questions about how his predecessor, President Barack Obama, handled suspicions about Russia in the months before the election.  Some former Obama officials now confess to misgivings about Obama’s reluctance to act, or speak out more forcefully, even as the evidence...
Lawyer pleads guilty to lying in Russia investigation

Lawyer pleads guilty to lying in Russia investigation

The son-in-law of a Russia-based billionaire admitted Tuesday to lying to investigators about his communications with a former Trump campaign aide. The guilty plea by the defendant, a lawyer at a powerful New York-based law firm, broadened the scope of the special counsel’s inquiry into Russia’s election interference.  The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, a 33-year-old Dutch citizen, acknowledged...
Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues

Kushner resists losing access as Kelly tackles security clearance issues

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is resisting giving up his access to highly classified information, prompting an internal struggle with John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, over who should be allowed to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets, according to White House officials and others briefed on the matter.  Kushner is one...
Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Should Medicaid come with work requirements? Ohio says yes

Ohio for the first time is seeking federal approval to create job requirements as a condition to qualify for Medicaid. Most Ohio residents enrolled through the expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, are already working or would be exempt because of things like their age, disability or care taking responsibilities. But an estimated 36,000 residents — 5...
Ohio Secretary of State race to get national attention as 2020 looms

Ohio Secretary of State race to get national attention as 2020 looms

With Republicans holding two-thirds of secretary of state offices including Ohio, Democrats are focusing renewed attention and money on a statewide post once considered a sleepy political stepping stone, acknowledging they’re playing catch-up with the GOP. The Democratic Association of Secretaries of State has been motivated by what it considers efforts by some GOP secretaries to limit voter...
Rob Porter’s charisma and ambition disguised flare-ups of anger

Rob Porter’s charisma and ambition disguised flare-ups of anger

People who crossed paths with Rob Porter in Harvard classrooms or the hallways of Capitol Hill describe him in glowing terms: He was articulate enough to be secretary of state. Intelligent enough to be a Supreme Court justice. Driven enough to be president.  Until Porter resigned as a White House aide amid domestic abuse accusations, plunging the Trump administration into a scandal over the vetting...
Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice

The boldest voices to emerge in the wake of last week's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. have been unexpected ones. Surviving students at the school quickly spoke out on social media and to news cameras both about the incident and, more broadly, about political leadership which they saw as having let them down.  In the days since, those voices have only...
Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on ‘unofficial’ business trip to India

Trump Jr. to give foreign policy speech while on ‘unofficial’ business trip to India

The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is making what's been dubbed an unofficial visit to India to promote his family's real estate projects. But he's also planning to deliver a foreign policy speech on Indo-Pacific relations at an event with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  Beginning Tuesday, the junior Trump will have a full schedule of meet-and-greets with investors and business...
The Political Playbook for 2018: Get angry, then get elected

The Political Playbook for 2018: Get angry, then get elected

Mallory Hagan's Christmas was rather intense. Days before the holiday, emails about the former Miss America were made public, illuminating the abuse Hagan had absorbed at the hands of pageant officials. One email discussed her sexual partners, another ridiculed her body, saying she was preparing "for her new career . . . as a blimp in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade."  Eight weeks later...
The story behind the story: How two publications broke the Rob Porter scandal

The story behind the story: How two publications broke the Rob Porter scandal

The story seemed to begin innocuously - a tale of a White House romance, delivered in gossipy style, with the help of paparazzi who caught the attractive staffers canoodling around town.  But it gave only a hint of a darker intrigue that was percolating - as reporters for strikingly different publications chased a story about domestic abuse allegations against the male half of the couple, Rob...
For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

For the weary White House, Florida shooting offered a ‘reprieve’ from scandals

The White House was under siege.   Domestic abuse allegations against a senior aide were ignored, pointing to a potential high-level coverup. Two Cabinet secretaries were caught charging taxpayers for luxury travel. A Playboy centerfold alleged an extramarital affair with the president. And the special counsel's Russia investigation was intensifying. The tumult was so intense that there...
Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

Trump accuser keeps telling her story, hoping someone will finally listen

She believed her best chance to be heard was through sheer repetition, so Rachel Crooks took her seat at the dining table and prepared to tell the story again. She was used to difficult audiences, to skeptics and Internet trolls who flooded her Facebook page with threats, but this was a generous crowd: a dozen women, all friends of her aunt, gathered for a casual dinner party on a Friday night. The...
Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds

Most Americans say Trump, Congress not doing enough to stop mass shootings, Post-ABC poll finds

More than 6 in 10 Americans fault Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with most Americans continuing to say these incidents are more reflective of problems identifying and addressing mental health issues than inadequate gun laws.    In the poll conducted after a gunman killed 17 people at a...
Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat

Trump endorses Romney for U.S. Senate seat

President Donald Trump on Monday night threw his full support behind Mitt Romney's bid to be the next U.S. senator from Utah, writing on Twitter that he would be a "worthy successor" to retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.  The endorsement is significant because Trump had previously encouraged Hatch to seek another term, and Romney had been among the most vocal Republican critics of Trump's...
NRA-endorsed Gov. John Kasich now says it’s time for gun restrictions

NRA-endorsed Gov. John Kasich now says it’s time for gun restrictions

Republican Gov. John Kasich says it’s time to reconsider a ban on assault weapons — a dramatic change of heart that raises the question: Will Kasich use the bully pulpit to champion changes to gun laws in Ohio? In October, following the massacre that killed 58 people and injured more than 800 in Las Vegas, Kasich said he supports banning bump stocks, devices that allow semi-automatic...
Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear dies

Montgomery County Recorder Willis Blackshear dies

Willis E. Blackshear, longtime Montgomery County recorder and Montgomery County Democratic Party stalwart, has died, Dayton and county officials confirmed today. He was 57. “He was always passionate about public service and really passionate about how people can make a difference in their communities if they got involved in politics,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, who said Blackshear died...
President Trump expresses support for senators' gun bill

President Trump expresses support for senators' gun bill

President Donald Trump signaled support for one piece of gun control legislation on Monday, five days after a mass shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead and scores injured. "The president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system," Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, wrote in a statement Monday morning. Sanders said the president...
Sheriff: I’ll offer conceal-and-carry class to local teachers

Sheriff: I’ll offer conceal-and-carry class to local teachers

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones today said he will take steps to bolster local school safety by training those who work there. Jones posted to social media that his office will offer free conceal-and-carry class to a limited number of teachers in Butler County. He also said training regarding on how to react during school shootings would be provided. <div></div><br><div id="...
U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. may put tarriffs on China, other steel-producing countries

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday urged President Donald Trump to impose steep tariffs on China and other steel-producing countries, contending they are illegally dumping steel into U.S. markets. In a 262-page report that was praised by many Ohio lawmakers, Ross charged that imported steel products are priced “substantially lower” than steel produced in the United States and...
Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show

Two Democrats running for governor skip voting, records show

Democrat Jon Heavey is serious about running for Ohio governor. He poured $1.5 million into his campaign, created a snappy website and hired a team. “…I’m upset about Trump. And as a veteran with little tolerance for cowards, I’m here — quite frankly — because I’m mad as hell. Trump pretends to be ‘America First,’ when everyone knows PrimaDonny...
President Trump to visit Florida school shooting area today

President Trump to visit Florida school shooting area today

President Donald Trump says he leaves for Florida Friday to “meet with some of the bravest people.” Trump’s tweet did not elaborate on his plans. But White House officials are working to arrange a visit to Florida in the wake of this week’s deadly school shooting. Trump writes that he’ll meet with “people whose lives have been totally shattered.” At least...
With McCain’s retreat, some look to Romney to carry traditional GOP torch

With McCain’s retreat, some look to Romney to carry traditional GOP torch

In more ways than one, followers of traditional Republican orthodoxy are facing an emotional inflection point this week.  Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., at home battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, will not attend this weekend's Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of foreign policy leaders from NATO nations that has become a central clearinghouse for global security matters and...
Mike Pence bought a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife at . . . CVS Pharmacy

Mike Pence bought a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife at . . . CVS Pharmacy

Hey, isn't that . . . Vice President Mike Pence, on Wednesday night dropping by a retail spot known for its selection of gifts every woman loves? The Veep was spotted on Valentine's Day making his way out of the CVS at Pennsylvania Avenue and 19th Street NW. And it seemed he hadn't just made the drugstore run for a pack of gum.  CBS White House reporter Jacqueline Alemany tweeted about the sighting...
Mnuchin calls on Congress to look into gun violence, breaking with rest of White House

Mnuchin calls on Congress to look into gun violence, breaking with rest of White House

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday called on Congress to look into issues related to gun violence less than 24 hours after 17 people were killed in a school shooting in Florida.  "I will say, personally, I think the gun violence — it's a tragedy what we've seen yesterday, and I urge Congress to look at these issues," Mnuchin said at a House Ways and Means Committee...
Oprah says people are trying to persuade her to run for president, but she hasn’t received a calling

Oprah says people are trying to persuade her to run for president, but she hasn’t received a calling

Preliminary polling showed that there was high interest among women in an Oprah Winfrey presidential candidacy in 2020. According to a Quinnipiac poll in January, women would back the former talk-show host 58 percent to 33 percent against President Trump. Men were evenly divided, with 45 percent supporting each.  But Winfrey shared that some influential men have encouraged her to consider a run...
Former GOP lawmaker’s blunt words on gun control: ‘Republicans are not going to do anything’

Former GOP lawmaker’s blunt words on gun control: ‘Republicans are not going to do anything’

As his fellow Republicans offer thoughts and prayers after yet another mass shooting, former Florida congressman David Jolly wants to burn the gun policy impasse to the ground.  "Republicans are not going to do anything on gun control," Jolly told The Washington Post on Thursday as the nation reeled from 17 deaths across the peninsula from his former district. "And history shows...
The AR-15, a symbol of America’s political gulf, is easy to use and obtain

The AR-15, a symbol of America’s political gulf, is easy to use and obtain

The AR-15, the military-style rifle that a gunman used to kill 17 people at a south Florida high school Wednesday, is at once a ferociously powerful weapon, a symbol of freedom and individualism, and an object of despairing worry about the future of democracy.  It is, depending on which political and social camp you belong to, "America's rifle," a way to "Control Your Destiny"...
GOP leaders consider steps, including contempt, after Bannon refuses most questions

GOP leaders consider steps, including contempt, after Bannon refuses most questions

House Republican leaders are weighing "further steps" to force former top White House strategist Steve Bannon to answer investigators' questions in their probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election — including potentially declaring him in contempt of Congress — after a Thursday interview they called "frustrating."  Bannon came to speak with the House Intelligence...
The gun debate after the Florida school shooting is very quickly going nowhere

The gun debate after the Florida school shooting is very quickly going nowhere

Republican former congressman David Jolly took to CNN on Wednesday night - hours after 17 students were killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida - and delivered a commentary on gun control that has since gone viral. "There is a lot that is perhaps unknown, politically," the Floridian began, "but let's be brutally honest about what we do know, and I say this as a Republican: Republicans...
Immigration bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of ‘dreamers’

Immigration bills fail in Senate, casting doubt on whether Congress can resolve fate of ‘dreamers’

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday blocked both President Donald Trump's immigration plan and a bipartisan alternative, a failure that cast doubt on whether Congress will ever resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.  In a series of afternoon votes, senators failed to muster enough votes for a Republican plan backed by Trump that would have granted legal...
Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

Ohio says Uber owes $1.6M in taxes, penalties

The state of Ohio and Uber are in the midst of a dispute over how the company should be taxed and Montgomery County tax dollars are on the line. The Ohio Department of Taxation says Uber should be taxed as a transportation company while Uber said it is not a transportation service but instead is a “transportation network company.” The dispute reflects the growing effort to figure out how...
NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office

During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers are also worth considering: $242,708; $1.55 million and $3.06...
Maldives crisis could stir trouble between China and India

Maldives crisis could stir trouble between China and India

As the Maldives’ autocratic president, Abdulla Yameen, cracks down on opposition to consolidate power before another election, analysts and diplomats warn that the small nation’s troubles could provoke a larger crisis that draws in China and India, which have long competed for influence in the Indian Ocean region.  Yameen, who this month declared a state of emergency and rounded up...
How one Congressman is responding to bad press

How one Congressman is responding to bad press

There are many ways elected officials can respond to criticism from their local newspaper: A letter to the editor. A call to the publisher. A tweet. Or they can just ignore it.  Rep. Devin Nunes, the California Republican at the center of the storm over the release of a classified memorandum challenging the FBI investigation of President Donald Trump and Russia, has come up with a response particularly...
Trump’s military parade could cost $30 million

Trump’s military parade could cost $30 million

President Donald Trump’s military parade will not come cheap.  Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director, estimated Wednesday that the public display of America’s military might that Trump has called for could cost between $10 million and $30 million, and said the government would have to come up with a way to cover the cost.  Funding for the parade was not included in the...
Romney to announce bid for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

Romney to announce bid for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

Mitt Romney plans to announce his long-expected U.S. Senate bid on Thursday in his adopted state of Utah with a low-key rollout intended to duck roiling Republican divisions and avoid signaling that he will play the role of foil to President Donald Trump.  Wednesday night, however, Romney said he would delay Thursday's announcement because of the Florida school shooting in which at least 17 people...
Trump, a week after Porter resigned, says he’s “totally opposed” to spousal abuse

Trump, a week after Porter resigned, says he’s “totally opposed” to spousal abuse

One week after Rob Porter, his staff secretary, resigned amid spousal abuse allegations, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he was “totally opposed to domestic violence,” his first condemnation of the alleged conduct behind a scandal that has engulfed the White House.  His statement, which members of both parties had said was long overdue, came as John F. Kelly, Trump&rsquo...
White House admits it knew of red flags in aide’s record

White House admits it knew of red flags in aide’s record

The White House changed its story on Tuesday about how it handled allegations of spousal abuse against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned in disgrace last week, conceding that the FBI told White House career officials last summer about problems in Porter’s background check. But members of President Donald Trump’s team said top advisers in the West Wing were kept in the dark. ...
With deadline looming, Senate making no progress on immigration bill

With deadline looming, Senate making no progress on immigration bill

Democrats and Republicans are maneuvering to blame each other for any failure to resolve the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, as the Senate inches toward votes on various immigration proposals that all appear to lack enough support to pass.  President Trump issued a statement Wednesday saying he would oppose any plan that fell short of a bill sponsored by Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley...
Trump threatens to veto immigration bills that don’t meet his demands

Trump threatens to veto immigration bills that don’t meet his demands

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on lawmakers to oppose a series of bipartisan efforts to address immigration and resolve the fate of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children, demanding fealty to his hard-line approach and increasing the odds of political gridlock as the Senate debates the issue.  Senators in both parties are racing against a self-imposed, end-of-the-week...
Fake news and bots may be worrisome, but their political power is overblown

Fake news and bots may be worrisome, but their political power is overblown

How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election?  The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all.  This conclusion may sound jarring at a time when people are concerned about the effects of the false news articles that flooded Facebook and other online outlets during the 2016 election. Observers...
A former pharmaceutical executive is running for Senate in New Jersey

A former pharmaceutical executive is running for Senate in New Jersey

Bob Hugin, a former pharmaceutical executive, announced he is running for the Republican nomination for Senate here Tuesday, giving Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez a deep-pocketed potential challenger as he seeks re-election after federal corruption charges against him were dropped.  Hugin, 63, was a top executive at New Jersey-based Celgene for nearly 20 years and has been exploring a bid for...
Trump’s infrastructure plan emphasizes private funding over public interest

Trump’s infrastructure plan emphasizes private funding over public interest

President Donald Trump’s $200 billion plan to rebuild America upends the criteria that have long been used to pick ambitious federal projects, putting little emphasis on how much an infrastructure proposal benefits the public and more on finding private investors and other outside sources of money.  Unveiled Monday, the infrastructure program that Trump has championed since the campaign...
Longtime Trump attorney says he made $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels with his money

Longtime Trump attorney says he made $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels with his money

A longtime personal attorney for President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he paid $130,000 to an adult-film star who had told people she had an affair with Trump a decade before he won the presidency.  Michael Cohen, who had previously dismissed stories about the payment, said he paid Stormy Daniels - whose real name is Stephanie Clifford - using his own money, rather than involving the Trump...
White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser

White House reels as FBI director contradicts official claims about alleged abuser

The White House struggled Tuesday to contain a widening crisis over its handling of domestic violence allegations against a senior official, as it reeled from sworn testimony by the FBI chief that directly contradicted what President Donald Trump's aides had presented as the official version of events.  FBI Director Christopher Wray told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the agency completed...
White House let Rob Porter keep job even after receiving final FBI report

White House let Rob Porter keep job even after receiving final FBI report

The FBI director, Christopher A. Wray, said on Tuesday that the bureau delivered final results in January of its background investigation into Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned in disgrace amid spousal abuse allegations. But the White House allowed Porter to continue serving in his post until the accusations surfaced publicly in press reports last week.  In testimony on Capitol Hill...
Russia sees midterm elections as chance to sow fresh discord, intelligence chiefs warn

Russia sees midterm elections as chance to sow fresh discord, intelligence chiefs warn

As the midterm elections approach, Russia is likely to throw more propaganda at Americans, using people sympathetic to their messages and fake personalities on social media — many of them run by bots — to sow further political and social divisions in the United States, the top U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday.  The intelligence chiefs warned the Senate Intelligence Committee...
Big Republican advantages are eroding in the race for House control

Big Republican advantages are eroding in the race for House control

The Democratic advantage on the generic congressional ballot has slipped over the last few weeks. But Republicans have gradually lost advantages of their own.  Slowly but surely, the considerable structural advantages — like incumbency, geography and gerrymandering — that give the Republicans a chance to survive a so-called wave election are fading, giving Democrats a clearer path...
Trump rewrites GOP playbook in his own image

Trump rewrites GOP playbook in his own image

President Donald Trump is remaking the Republican economic playbook in his own image, abandoning ideological consistency in favor of a debt-busting strategy that will upend how Washington taxes and spends trillions of dollars each year.  After pushing a $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress late last year, the president last week signed a two-year budget deal that lifts federal spending caps...
Ohio considers raising child marriage age after DDN investigation

Ohio considers raising child marriage age after DDN investigation

An investigation by the Dayton Daily News into child marriage is prompting state lawmakers to introduce a bill that would bump up the legal marriage age to 18 for both males and females and allow 17-year-olds to marry with court approval. Current Ohio law requires brides to be at least 16 and grooms to be at least 18, but exceptions are made for younger, pregnant teens if they have parental consent...
Vicious dogs: Ohio moves to change laws on dog owners

Vicious dogs: Ohio moves to change laws on dog owners

Four years after the gruesome attack that killed Dayton resident Klonda Richey, state lawmakers are taking a double barrel approach to finally putting more teeth in the state’s vicious dog laws. State Reps. Jeff Rezabek, R-Clayton, and Steve Huffman, R-Tipp City, on Tuesday testfied on a bill in the Ohio House that mirrors legislation being sponsored by state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City. Having...
Judge candidate fails to make ballot in Montgomery County and will fight to get in race

Judge candidate fails to make ballot in Montgomery County and will fight to get in race

One candidate for judge won’t make the May 8 primary ballot in Montgomery County after the board of elections on Tuesday certified nominating petitions submitted by candidates. Democrat Alan D. Gabel of Dayton submitted nominating petitions with the wrong commencement date for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge-General Division position he sought, said Steve Harsman, deputy director of...
Cincinnati Democrat Connie Pillich expected to leave governor’s race

Cincinnati Democrat Connie Pillich expected to leave governor’s race

Former state representative Connie Pillich — the last woman leading a Democratic ticket for governor — is expected to drop out of the race and endorse former attorney general Rich Cordray on Wednesday, sources close to the campaign said. Pillich, who could not be reached for comment, and her running mate Scott Schertzer are scheduled to make a campaign announcement with Cordray and his...
Turner divorce case takes ugly turn

Turner divorce case takes ugly turn

Rep. Darrell Issa was in the U.S. Capitol last week when Rep. Mike Turner approached him and did something rarely done in Congress: He handed him a letter requesting that Issa testify in his divorce proceedings. It was the latest chapter in what has become an increasingly rancorous divorce between Turner, a Dayton Republican who has served his southwest Ohio district since 2003, and Majida Mourad...
The artist who painted President Obama’s portrait has work on display at the Dayton Art Institute

The artist who painted President Obama’s portrait has work on display at the Dayton Art Institute

A significant painting on display at the Dayton Art Institute now has presidential ties.  Portraits of former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were unveiled this week at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.   Mrs. Obama selected artist Amy Sherald for her likeness and the former president chose Kehinde Wiley to paint his. The pair are the first black artists...
US intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms

US intel sees signs of Russian meddling in midterms

Three of the nation's top intelligence officials confirmed Tuesday that they have seen evidence of Russian meddling in the upcoming midterm elections — part of what they say is Moscow's escalating cyber assault on American and European democracies. "We have seen Russian activity and intentions to have an impact on the next election cycle," CIA Director Mike Pompeo told the Senate intelligence...
Moscow might rename the street that houses the U.S. embassy ‘North American Dead End’

Moscow might rename the street that houses the U.S. embassy ‘North American Dead End’

It's not exactly the Cold War. But things are heating up between the United States and Russia over something very silly: the name of the streets that house each other's embassies.  Back in January, District of Columbia city officials voted unanimously to rename the street on which the Russian embassy sits. On Jan. 10, the street was redubbed Boris Nemtsov, after a slain Russian democracy activist...
Omarosa on Pence: ‘He thinks Jesus tells him to say things’

Omarosa on Pence: ‘He thinks Jesus tells him to say things’

Former reality star turned White House aide turned reality star Omarosa Manigault-Newman is still going strong — and spilling tea — as a contestant on "Celebrity Big Brother."  On Monday night's episode, Manigault-Newman, who previously declared on the show that she wouldn't vote for Donald Trump again "in a million years," said a Mike Pence administration would...
How Trump plans to turn $200 billion into $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending

How Trump plans to turn $200 billion into $1.5 trillion in infrastructure spending

President Donald Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure plan proposes that the federal government put up $200 billion in incentives and investments over 10 years, leaving state and local governments and private industry to come up with the rest.  Here’s a look at how the plan may pan out, and what the challenges will be in turning $200 billion into $1.5 trillion.  The premise is...
Trump administration proposes 8 percent budget cut at National Weather Service, reduction in staff

Trump administration proposes 8 percent budget cut at National Weather Service, reduction in staff

Fresh on the heels of the costliest year on record for weather disasters, with economic damages exceeding $300 billion in the U.S., the Trump administration has proposed cutting the National Weather Service's budget by about 8 percent. It also recommends eliminating 355 jobs at the agency, including 248 forecasting positions  The overall budget decrease for fiscal 2019 totals just over $75 million...
Obamas’ portraits aren’t the first to draw mixed reviews

Obamas’ portraits aren’t the first to draw mixed reviews

Just a few hours since the Obamas' portraits were officially unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington the keyboard critics wasted no time chiming in. It doesn't look like her! It's beautiful. What's up with the bush?  Who knew a presidential portrait could draw so much fire and fury? Actually, we all knew. The official canvas snapshots of each commander in chief have been easy...
Trump: U.S. expenditures in Middle East have been ‘a mistake’

Trump: U.S. expenditures in Middle East have been ‘a mistake’

President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. aid expenditures in the Middle East were "a mistake," undercutting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as he pursues a round of complicated diplomacy in Arab capitals this week.  The president's erroneous claim that the United States has spent $7 trillion in the Middle East over the past 17 years signals a return to a frequent theme for Trump...
Trump’s budget hits poor Americans the hardest

Trump’s budget hits poor Americans the hardest

President Donald Trump proposed a budget Monday that hits the poorest Americans the hardest, slashing billions of dollars in food stamps, health insurance and federal housing subsidies while pushing legislation to institute broad work requirements for families receiving housing vouchers, expanding on moves by some states to require Medicaid and food stamp recipients to work.  The Trump budget...
White House declines to provide detailed account of aide’s firing over abuse allegations

White House declines to provide detailed account of aide’s firing over abuse allegations

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggled Monday to explain the administration's shifting response to spousal abuse allegations against former senior aide Rob Porter, providing answers in the daily press briefing that were incomplete or that conflicted with the accounts of other aides or previous White House comments.  Sanders would not provide detailed answers on why a senior...
White House divided over aide’s departure amid claims of abuse

White House divided over aide’s departure amid claims of abuse

The furor over spousal abuse allegations that forced the resignation of one of President Donald Trump’s top advisers last week has exposed fissures within the White House that had been papered over since John Kelly took over last summer as chief of staff with a mandate to end the dysfunction.  Aides to the president said they remained confused and upset over the handling of the accusations...
Mike Turner wants groomsman, fellow congressman deposed in divorce hearings

Mike Turner wants groomsman, fellow congressman deposed in divorce hearings

Dayton Congressman Mike Turner wants California Congressman Darrell Issa deposed in his divorce proceedings, according to POLITICO. Turner filed for divorce from his wife Majida Mourad after a year and a half of marriage. Issa was a groomsman at the wedding in Dayton in 2015. POLITICO says Turner gave Issa a letter in the Capitol last week asking him to give a deposition, according to unnamed sources...
Trump budget would cut $226K from Dayton Aviation national park

Trump budget would cut $226K from Dayton Aviation national park

For the second straight year, President Donald Trump’s budget would cut funds to the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park, this time by $226,000. Congress restored the cuts last year. RELATED: Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress The park received a little more than $2 million for this fiscal year; the administration wants that figure to be $1.8 million. The historical...
Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patt would gain new NASIC building in proposed budget

Wright-Patterson scored “a huge win” when the Pentagon announced Monday its proposed budget contains an $116.1 million expansion at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, an official said. The construction project was included in a new $716 billion fiscal year 2019 defense budget rolled out that increased $16 billion from the previous year and one defense leaders pointed to as...
President Trump’s infrastructure plan relies on state, local funding

President Trump’s infrastructure plan relies on state, local funding

President Donald Trump on Monday launched a “big week” for his long-awaited infrastructure plan, which envisions spurring $1.5 trillion in spending over a decade to rebuild roads and highways. The plan would fulfill some Trump campaign goals but rely heavily on state and local government for much of the funding. Trump said on Twitter that it would be “a big week for Infrastructure...
‘Civil rights action’ could stop Good Sam closing, governor candidate says

‘Civil rights action’ could stop Good Sam closing, governor candidate says

Democratic governor candidate Dennis Kucinich suggested Monday legal action could be taken to stop the closing of Good Samaritan Hospital. Premier Health, a Dayton-based health network, announced in January the hospital in northwest Dayton would be closing down by the end of the year and 1,600 employees at the main campus will be offered positions at other locations within the network. The decision...
Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule

Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule

The five Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are irate about a proposed Department of Labor rule that they say could allow employers to steal employees’ tips. The outcry centers on the Trump Administration’s December 2017 decision to undo a 2011 rule that codified the idea that workers’ tips were their own. The Trump Administration says the rules — aimed...
Dayton beats Ohio’s big cities in job growth

Dayton beats Ohio’s big cities in job growth

Forget Ohio’s three C’s — the big D is besting them all in job growth. Employment in the Dayton metro area grew by 2.8 percent, or 10,700 jobs, between December 2016 and 2017, according to preliminary state labor data. Ohio’s largest metro areas could not keep up. During that time, employment grew 1.4 percent in Columbus, 0.4 percent in Cincinnati and 0.2 percent in Cleveland...
Trump takes ‘shackles’ off ICE, which is slapping them on immigrants who thought they were safe

Trump takes ‘shackles’ off ICE, which is slapping them on immigrants who thought they were safe

A week after he won the election, President Donald Trump promised that his administration would round up millions of immigrant gang members and drug dealers. And after he took office, arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers surged 40 percent.  Officials at the agency commonly known as ICE praise Trump for putting teeth back into immigration enforcement, and they say their agency...
Rex Tillerson kicks off Middle East trip in Egypt

Rex Tillerson kicks off Middle East trip in Egypt

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Cairo on Sunday, beginning a swing through the Middle East as it grapples with political turmoil and military clashes that threaten to undermine his ability to ease the rising tensions.  Tillerson was already facing a series of confrontational talks at almost every stop on his five-country tour. The strains grew even more taut when Egypt launched an...
Reliable Source: President Trump and Melania Trump spotted at dinner together

Reliable Source: President Trump and Melania Trump spotted at dinner together

Hey, isn't that ... President Donald Trump and wife Melania spending a rare night out on the town?  On Saturday, POTUS and FLOTUS were spotted having a date night at BLT Prime by David Burke, the steakhouse inside Trump International Hotel, which is just a few blocks from the White House. The telltale sign that something was afoot? A huge Secret Service presence. Our source had to make it past...
In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime GOP goal of eliminating deficit

In big reversal, new Trump budget will give up on longtime GOP goal of eliminating deficit

President Donald Trump on Monday will offer a budget plan that falls far short of eliminating the government's deficit over 10 years, conceding that huge tax cuts and new spending increases make this goal unattainable, three people familiar with the proposal said.  Eliminating the budget deficit over 10 years has been a North Star for the Republican Party for several decades, and GOP lawmakers...
First-class travel distinguishes Pruitt’s EPA tenure

First-class travel distinguishes Pruitt’s EPA tenure

Just days after helping orchestrate the United States' exit from a global climate accord last June, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt embarked on a whirlwind tour aimed at championing President Trump's agenda at home and abroad.  On Monday, June 5, accompanied by his personal security detail, Pruitt settled into his $1,641.43 first-class seat for a short flight from the...
How Mattis succeeds with Trump

How Mattis succeeds with Trump

Throughout his 40-year career as a Marine, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis built a reputation as an aggressive warrior, leading a blitz on Baghdad and pushing a reluctant Obama administration to hit back against Iran.  Over the past year, he has learned to play a different role: acting as a check on an impulsive president.  The big question is how long Mattis can continue to act as a force...
Trump ‘not actively looking’ for Kelly replacement, Conway says

Trump ‘not actively looking’ for Kelly replacement, Conway says

Senior White House aides insisted Sunday that President Donald Trump retains confidence in Chief of Staff John Kelly in the midst of staff turmoil and said the president is not looking to replace the retired four-star general hired six months ago with a mandate to corral chaos.  "I spoke with the president last night about this very issue, and he wanted me to re-emphasize to everyone, including...
Trump’s big infrastructure plan has a lot of detail on everything but how to pay for it

Trump’s big infrastructure plan has a lot of detail on everything but how to pay for it

President Donald Trump is poised to unveil a long-awaited plan Monday that aims to stimulate $1.5 trillion in new spending on the country's ailing infrastructure over the coming decade, but many lawmakers in both parties say the president isn't providing a viable way to pay for his initiative.  A year in the making, the proposal is an attempt to fulfill a marquee campaign promise and would rely...
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