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The Child Tax Credit is key to tax reform for many families

The tax reform framework released three weeks ago by the White House and Republican congressional leadership has lofty goals: Simplify the tax code; provide relief for middle-class families; cut taxes for businesses; end many narrowly focused special tax benefits; and keep the reformed tax code “at least as progressive” as the existing one.  Many of the policies proposed in the framework...
Protesters rally against travel ban

Protesters rally against travel ban

Muslim Americans had planned to gather in the nation's capital to protest President Donald Trump's latest travel ban on Wednesday, the day it was scheduled to go into effect.  But late Tuesday, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked its implementation, saying that it "plainly discriminates based on nationality." A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt to portions...
Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Senate candidate Roy Moore says kneeling during the anthem is against the law

Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Alabama, said that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are breaking the law.  "It's against the law, you know that?" Moore said in an interview with Time magazine. "It was an act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That's the law."  Moore, a former chief justice of Alabama...
Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

Trump cools on Senate plan for health care fix

President Donald Trump on Wednesday backed away from his endorsement of a bipartisan Senate proposal to stabilize health insurance markets, throwing the legislative effort into doubt even as the chief architect of the deal predicted that it would become law before the end of the year.  The latest actions by the White House confused Republicans on Capitol Hill and irked Democrats — but in...
Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

Second judge rules against latest travel ban, saying Trump’s own words show it was aimed at Muslims

A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban, asserting that the president's own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.  U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang issued a somewhat less complete halt on the ban than his counterpart in...
‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

‘Totally fabricated’: Trump disputes congresswoman’s depiction of his exchange with soldier’s widow

President Donald Trump in a tweet Wednesday denied that he had told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in African this month that her husband "must have known what he signed up for."  The president was reacting to a Florida congresswoman saying the family of Sgt. La David T. Johnson was "astonished" by that remark during a phone call from Trump on Tuesday.  Rep...
Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

Trump blasts NFL for not adopting a requirement that players stand during anthem

President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the NFL, accusing the league of "total disrespect for our great country" following a meeting of team owners that did not adopt a requirement for players to stand during the national anthem.  Trump sparked a national controversy over the issue last month when he called on NFL owners to fire players who take a knee during the anthem, and teams...
Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

Trump asks whether James Comey was truthful about Clinton probe

President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that former FBI director James Comey had intended to spare Democrat Hillary Clinton from prosecution "long before investigation was complete" into her government email practices.  In a pair of early-morning Twitter messages, Trump referred to a recently released Justice Department document that indicates a draft of a Comey statement about the...
Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Deal to shore up Obamacare faces big hurdles, including Trump

Senators may have struck a bipartisan deal to prop up Obamacare's insurance exchanges, but it faces a tortuous path to becoming law.  As soon as the deal was announced Tuesday, the Trump administration was sending conflicting signals about the pact reached by Republican Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, which also faces ambivalence from some Republican...
Election 2017: Dayton School Board candidates disagree on levy, suburb flight

Election 2017: Dayton School Board candidates disagree on levy, suburb flight

Dayton school board candidates disagreed about timing for a tax levy, ways to stop flight to the suburbs, how to best serve immigrant students and other topics at a candidate forum Monday at the downtown library. The candidates were split into two groups of four by organizers UpDayton and YWCA Dayton. Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Ann Marie “Mario” Gallin, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet went...
What’s at stake? State’s largest pension system considers benefit cuts

What’s at stake? State’s largest pension system considers benefit cuts

Ohio’s largest public pension system this week will consider cutting the cost of living allowance given to hundreds of thousands of retirees as a way to shore up finances. Here’s a look at what is being considered: Ohio Public Employees Retirement System told its 1-million members that they are weighing whether to cap the COLA at 1.5 percent to 2.5 percent. The current cost...
Trump tweets approval after health care stocks ‘plunged’

Trump tweets approval after health care stocks ‘plunged’

It is unlike President Donald Trump to cheer when stocks fall, but early on Saturday he did just that.  “Health insurance stocks, which have gone through the roof during the ObamaCare years, plunged yesterday after I ended their Dems windfall!” he tweeted.  On Thursday, the administration announced it would stop paying subsidies to health insurance companies that help cover costs...
Trump to meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during Asian visit

Trump to meet Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during Asian visit

President Donald Trump will meet with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a marathon trip to Asia next month, the White House announced Monday.  "The President's travel will underscore his commitment to long-standing United States alliances and partnerships, and reaffirm United States leadership in promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific region," White House press secretary Sarah...
Bannon’s war on GOP could push tax overhaul over finish line

Bannon’s war on GOP could push tax overhaul over finish line

Here's a snapshot of the Republican Party's crisis of leadership: On Saturday, former White House adviser Stephen Bannon took the stage at the Values Voter Summit in Washington and exhorted conservative activists to join him in a war against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in order to unlock President Donald Trump's agenda. Also on Saturday, Trump reportedly called McConnell to coordinate...
UD Marriott drops lawsuit against Wright State for canceled rooms

UD Marriott drops lawsuit against Wright State for canceled rooms

A local hotel has dropped its lawsuit against Wright State University for rooms that were canceled when the school lost the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. Attorneys representing Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co., the management company that runs and is partial owner of the Marriott at the University of Dayton, dropped its lawsuit in September. RELATED: UD Marriot says it’s...
Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

Trump’s re-election campaign paid his son’s Russia-probe law firm $238,000

President Donald Trump's re-election committee paid almost $238,000 in the third quarter to the law firm representing Donald Trump Jr. in connection with ongoing investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according campaign finance disclosures.  Trump's campaign made two payments — one in mid July, the other in early August -- to the law firm of Alan S. Futerfas, a lawyer...
Teens may see major changes to driving laws in Ohio

Teens may see major changes to driving laws in Ohio

Teens getting their first driver’s license may face more training requirements, delays and driving restrictions, if a new bill pending in the Ohio House becomes law. The legislation, which is supported by police, insurance and public health groups, contains elements that are sure to be popular with parents but other parts may be seen as a hassle for parents and teens alike. Here is what House...
Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

Trump campaign legal bills topped $1 million last quarter

President Donald Trump's reelection committee spent more than $1 million on legal bills last quarter as investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election pressed on through the summer, according to a disclosure filed Sunday with the Federal Election Commission.  The filing shows the committee's "legal consulting" expenditures came to $1.1 million between July and September,...
Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

Trump may have bolstered kneelers’ legal position

The controversy over football players kneeling in protest during the national anthem could have simply remained a labor dispute within the NFL. But then President Donald Trump tweeted that tax breaks should be revoked for a league that disrespects "our Anthem, Flag and Country."  Those words threatening government action to financially penalize the league injected a new dimension into...
Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

During the campaign, when President Donald Trump's team wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue — such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family — they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy.  During the transition, when aides needed Trump to decide on a looming issue or appointment, they often limited him to a...
Ohio may deny benefits to undocumented workers hurt on the job

Ohio may deny benefits to undocumented workers hurt on the job

Undocumented workers injured on the job should be denied medical coverage and lost wages under Ohio’s worker compensation program, according to some Republican lawmakers. State Reps. Larry Householder and Bill Seitz introduced a bill this month to bar undocumented workers from receiving benefits though the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation system. A similar provision was removed from the...
Trump feuds causing turmoil within GOP

Trump feuds causing turmoil within GOP

With a key Republican senator openly worried about President Donald Trump precipitating a nuclear war and the president feuding with his secretary of state, the Trump administration is engulfed by the type of turmoil not seen in any presidency of the modern era. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told the New York Times that Trump behaves as if he is running a &ldquo...
Kasich criticizes President Trump actions on health care as ‘outrageous’

Kasich criticizes President Trump actions on health care as ‘outrageous’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said it is “outrageous” President Donald Trump and lawmakers from both parties have not forged a compromise aimed at both stabilizing the 2010 health law and continuing federal dollars to help middle-income Americans afford their federally subsidized policies.   During an appearance Sunday on NBC’ Meet the Press Kasich assailed Trump’s decision last...
Anger mounts over Trump’s response to opioid deaths

Anger mounts over Trump’s response to opioid deaths

On the mid-August day when President Donald Trump first called the nation’s opioid epidemic a “national emergency,” plaudits from the state’s congressional delegation were quick to follow. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said the designation was overdue. A slew of GOP lawmakers, among them Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also praised the decision. But two months later, Trump has yet...
Trump cuts to Obamacare enrollment groups deeper than expected

Trump cuts to Obamacare enrollment groups deeper than expected

The Trump administration is cutting tens of millions of dollars from organizations that help Americans enroll in Obamacare health plans, leaving some of the groups scrambling to shrink their operations weeks before enrollment for 2018 coverage opens on Nov. 1.  The organizations, called navigators, say the funding cuts have been arbitrary, opaque and don't follow the Trump administration's stated...
European leaders warn that Trump is wrong on the Iran nuclear deal

European leaders warn that Trump is wrong on the Iran nuclear deal

In a decision that could deepen the transatlantic rift, President Donald Trump may "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal on Friday, or later this week ahead of a Sunday deadline. Trump previously called the 2015 agreement disastrous and has argued that it isn't in the United States' best interests, though he did reluctantly certify Iran's compliance in the past.  The deal's decertification...
Trump rips the NFL for disrespecting flag. Then jokes about a military flag ceremony.

Trump rips the NFL for disrespecting flag. Then jokes about a military flag ceremony.

After he had repeatedly railed against professional athletes over perceived slights to the American flag and military, President Donald Trump joked on Wednesday about a bugle call that is part of the armed forces' time-honored tradition of showing respect for the Stars and Stripes.  The bugle call occurred during Trump's interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity, conducted in an airplane hangar...
Kelly seeks to tamp down rumors he’s unhappy working for Trump and on his way out

Kelly seeks to tamp down rumors he’s unhappy working for Trump and on his way out

On more than one occasion, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has been spotted with his head down, arms crossed and his face locked in a steely expression that many an observer has interpreted as physical evidence of his exasperation at serving under President Donald Trump.  Rumors that the former Marine general is not long for a job he took only a few short months ago persist.  But on...
Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

Pro sports teams were once reliable patrons of Trump’s hotels. Not anymore.

Until recently, the Trump SoHo hotel served as a kind of luxe clubhouse for NBA teams visiting New York.  At least 12 teams — more than a third of the league — had stayed there since it opened in 2010. The players loved it so much they became walking ads for the Trump brand: Superstar Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder praised the hotel in the press. Toronto Raptors all-star...
Trump to end ACA subsidies

Trump to end ACA subsidies

President Donald Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. The decision follows an executive order on Thursday to allow alternative health plans that skirt the law's requirements.  The White House confirmed late Thursday that...
Analysis: 5 reasons that Trump hates the Iran deal

Analysis: 5 reasons that Trump hates the Iran deal

In this occasional series, we will bring you up to speed on the biggest national security stories of the week.  President Donald Trump hasn't been shy expressing his distaste for the Iran nuclear deal negotiated under his predecessor. He has called the 2015 agreement disastrous, horrible, and one-sided, and he has vowed to get rid of it or renegotiate the terms. Trump has already given his approval...
Issue 2 opponents, supporters face off in Dayton

Issue 2 opponents, supporters face off in Dayton

State Issue 2 supporters and opponents came to Dayton on Thursday night to trade statistics, stories and barbs — and repeatedly accused the other side of distorting the facts and making bogus claims or promises. The exchanges during a public forum about Issue 2 at Sinclair College featured a lively and combative debate focused primarily on whether the ballot initiative would actually lower drug...
State may cut jobless benefits, raise employer insurance premiums

State may cut jobless benefits, raise employer insurance premiums

Jobless benefits may be cut and employer insurance premiums hiked under a new plan to shore up Ohio’s broken unemployment compensation fund. State Rep. Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, said his bill would split the burden nearly evenly between workers and employers. It would freeze the maximum weekly benefit paid to workers at $443 for 10 years, change benefits paid for dependents, charge workers a...
Election 2017: Who are the 8 people running for Dayton School Board?

Election 2017: Who are the 8 people running for Dayton School Board?

No one disputes that it’s a crucial time for the Dayton school district. Over the last, tumultuous 15 months, the district has replaced most of its top leadership, saw millions in new funding allocated for preschool, and had some great moments — escaping the threat of state takeover via better student growth scores, solving some long-running busing problems and improving textbooks, computer...
Rep. Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump

Rep. Al Green files impeachment articles against Trump

Houston Democrat Al Green filed an impeachment resolution on the House floor Wednesday, making official his recent calls that Congress take action against President Donald Trump.  However he was not present to vote on the impeachment articles.  Among the grounds for Green's impeachment bid was Trump's response to the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. as well as...
The president has long talked about scrapping NAFTA. Even skeptics are starting to believe him.

The president has long talked about scrapping NAFTA. Even skeptics are starting to believe him.

The North American Free Trade Agreement, long disparaged by President Donald Trump as bad for the United States, was edging closer toward collapse as negotiators gathered for a fourth round of contentious talks here this week.  In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sparred with American businesses that support NAFTA and has pushed for significant changes that negotiators from Mexico and...
Kelly aide picked to lead Homeland Security Dept.

Kelly aide picked to lead Homeland Security Dept.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he intended to name Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security, elevating a former homeland security official in the George W. Bush administration who has lately worked to impose order in Trump’s chaotic West Wing.  Trump announced his choice in a statement that noted Nielsen’s “extensive professional...
Trump says Kaepernick’s protests would have ended if NFL had ‘suspended’ the QB

Trump says Kaepernick’s protests would have ended if NFL had ‘suspended’ the QB

President Donald Trump offered his latest critique Wednesday evening of the protests NFL players have been staging, saying that Colin Kaepernick, the ex-49ers quarterback who was the first to kneel during the national anthem last year, would never have continued to do so if he had been "suspended" by the league.  "I watched Colin Kaepernick, and I thought it was terrible, and then...
Trump says minorities ‘want’ and ‘need’ more police protection than other Americans

Trump says minorities ‘want’ and ‘need’ more police protection than other Americans

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that minorities "want" and "need" more police protection than other Americans, and blamed Democrats for a "crazy" number of murders in Chicago and other large cities.  In an interview with Sean Hannity, the Fox News Channel anchor who also is a friend and informal adviser to the president, Trump said police in big cities are...
Conservatives want to make Mitch McConnell the symbol of a toxic Washington

Conservatives want to make Mitch McConnell the symbol of a toxic Washington

For Republicans trying to rally their base, no political villain has been more effective than Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the longtime Democratic leader. In campaign after campaign, they made her the symbol of the Washington they claimed to be running against.  Now a renegade group of anti-establishment Republicans is adapting that model and turning it against their own party. They are replacing Pelosi...
In Pennsylvania, Trump hunts for Democratic support for tax plan

In Pennsylvania, Trump hunts for Democratic support for tax plan

President Donald Trump took his campaign for tax cuts to another key battleground state on Wednesday in search of elusive Democratic votes as he argued that his plan would benefit middle-class Americans, like truck drivers, more than it would help his fellow business tycoons.  At a rally in an airport hangar reminiscent of his fiery events during last year’s presidential campaign, Trump...
NBC nuclear arsenal story leads to threat by Trump

NBC nuclear arsenal story leads to threat by Trump

President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to use the federal government’s power to license television airwaves to target NBC in response to a report by the network’s news division that he contemplated a dramatic increase in the nation’s nuclear arsenal.  In a story aired and posted online Wednesday morning, reported that Trump said during a meeting in July that he wanted...
On the eve of Trump delivering decision on Iran deal, Congress plans strategy

On the eve of Trump delivering decision on Iran deal, Congress plans strategy

Members of Congress who have squared off on the Iran nuclear deal since its inception strategized Wednesday in preparation for President Donald Trump's highly anticipated announcement on its fate.  Leading House Republicans huddled with national security adviser H.R. McMaster Wednesday evening for a classified briefing on the administration's plan for the 2015 agreement. Emerging from the meeting...
Ohio may allow you to set off fireworks any time of day

Ohio may allow you to set off fireworks any time of day

Despite push back from safety advocates, the Ohio House voted 77-12 on Wednesday in favor a bill to let consumers set off fireworks such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles on their own property 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Supporters of the bill note that it includes some guardrails: no one would be allowed to use fireworks while drinking or on drugs; dealers would be required...
Election 2017: 3 Vandalia Council members face challenger

Election 2017: 3 Vandalia Council members face challenger

Three Vandalia City Council members are facing a challenger for three seats in this November’s election. Council members Mike Blakesly, Dave Lewis and Candice Farst are running for re-election. Challenger Amber Aivalotis-Weaver is hoping to win one of those seats. We asked all four of the candidates what they thought the biggest challenges facing the city are. From job creation to fighting the...
Ohio may ban female genital mutilation for girls under 18

Ohio may ban female genital mutilation for girls under 18

Ohio does not explicitly prohibit female genital mutilation — a practice that state Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, wants to outlaw for girls under 18. “It is pretty evident that it’s an extremely painful procedure and it has life-long effects on young women,” Lehner said. Lehner is sponsoring Senate Bill 214, which would make female genital mutilation of anyone under 18 a...
Trump scores a win in the culture war as NFL asks players to stand for national anthem

Trump scores a win in the culture war as NFL asks players to stand for national anthem

Three weeks ago, President Donald Trump was widely criticized for fanning racial divisions and inflaming the culture wars after he denounced a black NFL player for kneeling during the national anthem, casting the move as unpatriotic and an affront to the country.  The player had intended the demonstration to call attention to police brutality against African-Americans.  What began as an...
Trump hires Hogan Gidley as a White House spokesman

Trump hires Hogan Gidley as a White House spokesman

President Donald Trump has hired Hogan Gidley, a longtime Republican campaign operative with deep roots in the conservative movement, to serve as a deputy White House press secretary, officials said Tuesday.  Gidley, whose first day on the job will be Wednesday, will serve under White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and alongside principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah and deputy...
North Korean hackers stole U.S. and South Korean wartime plans, Seoul lawmaker says

North Korean hackers stole U.S. and South Korean wartime plans, Seoul lawmaker says

North Korean hackers stole a huge trove of classified U.S. and South Korean military documents last year, including a plan to "decapitate" the leadership in Pyongyang in the event of war, a lawmaker in Seoul said Tuesday.  The purported revelations come at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea. President Donald Trump recently said that "only one thing will work" when...
Trump’s bogus claim that the New York Times ‘set Liddle Bob Corker up by recording his conversation’

Trump’s bogus claim that the New York Times ‘set Liddle Bob Corker up by recording his conversation’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday leveled a charge against the New York Times that was puzzling, on a number of levels.  The conversation to which Trump referred took place on Sunday, when Bob Corker, a Republican senator from Tennessee, told the Times that the president could be setting the United States "on the path to World War III" with reckless threats toward other countries. (Naturally...
Chinese president presses military overhaul as two top generals disappear

Chinese president presses military overhaul as two top generals disappear

He was one of China’s most prominent commanders, with hopes of rising higher. So when Gen. Fang Fenghui disappeared from public view, it sent a clear warning to the top leaders of the People’s Liberation Army: President Xi Jinping was not done shaking up their once-unassailable ranks.  Fang, the chief of the army’s Joint Staff Department, was not the only military leader to...
Now House Democrats are under pressure to return Weinstein donations

Now House Democrats are under pressure to return Weinstein donations

The political ramifications of the Harvey Weinstein scandal expanded Tuesday as the National Republican Congressional Committee called on its Democratic counterpart to return money that the Hollywood superproducer donated to elect Democrats to the House.  Weinstein's donations to support House Democrats have been far outstripped by the sums he gave to elect Democratic Senate and presidential...
Trump’s bold declarations don’t always lead to the results he promises

Trump’s bold declarations don’t always lead to the results he promises

Should President Donald Trump announce later this week that he will "decertify" the Iran deal he has derided as a historic "embarrassment" to the United States, he in effect would be passing along to Congress responsibility for the fate of the international nuclear accord.  In so doing, Trump would be taking a page out of his own playbook: Make a showy declaration of transformational...
Siebenthaler property among proposed medical pot growing sites

Siebenthaler property among proposed medical pot growing sites

Siebenthaler’s has optioned 10 acres at its Beavercreek garden center to a company bidding to secure a license to grow medical marijuana. State records list the address of 2074 Beaver Valley Road, located in Beavercreek Twp., on one of 185 potential sites for a state license to grow medical marijuana. Siebenthaler’s Beavercreek Garden Center and a wholesale nursery are located on the property...
Election 2017: Ads lead to confusion over Issue 2

Election 2017: Ads lead to confusion over Issue 2

We’ve been hearing a lot from readers about State Issue 2. TVs in Ohio have been flooded with ads for the issue on the November ballot and viewers are confused. Both sides in the ads have said that they will lower drug costs. Who is right? The answer to this question really depends on where in the supply chain you are looking at the “cost” of drugs. Issue 2, if passed, would only...
Trump’s relationship with Latino voters keeps fraying

Trump’s relationship with Latino voters keeps fraying

When President Donald Trump said a few weeks ago that he wanted to find a way to continue protecting young "dreamers" from deportation, some Republicans touted the possibility of a "Nixon-goes-to-China" moment that could reset the president's deeply frayed relationship with Latino voters.  But ever since, Trump has returned to antagonizing this growing segment of the electorate...
If President Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown

If President Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown

Some House Democrats are raising the specter of withholding support for must-pass spending legislation later this year in response to President Donald Trump's hard line immigration proposals — meaning the fate of roughly 690,000 younger undocumented immigrants could become a major factor in negotiations to keep the government open after December.  Democrats on Monday dismissed Trump's calls...
“I have the energy”: Dianne Feinstein makes case for a 6th term

“I have the energy”: Dianne Feinstein makes case for a 6th term

She is the oldest member of the U.S. Senate. She has lasted through four presidents, at least two wars, one impeachment and the election of Donald Trump.  And now, eight months short of her 85th birthday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California wants to do it again.  Yet Feinstein’s decision to seek her sixth term, which she disclosed on Twitter on Monday, comes as Democrats are being...
Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda

Trump’s frustration and fury rupture alliances, threaten agenda

Frustrated by his Cabinet and angry that he has not received enough credit for his handling of three successive hurricanes, President Donald Trump is now lashing out, rupturing alliances and imperiling his legislative agenda, numerous White House officials and outside advisers said Monday.  In a matter of days, Trump has torched bridges all around him; nearly imploded an informal deal with Democrats...
Analysis: Pence once called a protest the sound of freedom, but he labeled the NFL’s disrespectful

Analysis: Pence once called a protest the sound of freedom, but he labeled the NFL’s disrespectful

With his decision to leave Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game after players knelt during the national anthem, it appears that Vice President Mike Pence is becoming well-versed in the art of walking out.  Just less than a year ago, in November, he arrived for a performance of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, greeted by a mix of boos and cheers. After...
How Russia harvested American rage to reshape U.S. politics

How Russia harvested American rage to reshape U.S. politics

YouTube videos of police beatings on American streets. A widely circulated internet hoax about Muslim men in Michigan collecting welfare for multiple wives. A local news story about two veterans brutally mugged on a freezing winter night.  All of these were recorded, posted or written by Americans. Yet all ended up becoming grist for a network of Facebook pages linked to a shadowy Russian company...
Ivana Trump says she’s the ‘first lady.’ Melania Trump’s office responds.

Ivana Trump says she’s the ‘first lady.’ Melania Trump’s office responds.

Things are getting a little "Real Housewives" around the White House.  In one of the stranger sideshows to his presidency, President Donald Trump's first and third wives, Ivana and Melania, respectively, on Monday had a very public war of words — and his second wife, Marla Maples, is getting some shade out of the spat, to boot.  Here's a breakdown: To promote her new book...
Following Trump-Corker flap, Hill Republicans choose a simple strategy: avoidance

Following Trump-Corker flap, Hill Republicans choose a simple strategy: avoidance

Senate Republicans avoided weighing in on Monday on the fiery fracas between President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, and aides and allies to those lawmakers privately worried that a prolonged fight would hurt the GOP's already threatened legislative priorities.  A day after Corker and Trump traded some of the sharpest intraparty blows of the year, Republican senators were mostly quiet. Those...
Dayton teachers union endorses 5 in November school board race

Dayton teachers union endorses 5 in November school board race

The Dayton Education Association’s Legislative Committee has recommended five candidates on the November ballot for four seats on the Dayton School Board. The board has endorsed Mohamed Al-Hamdani, Paul Bradley, William Harris jr, Jocelyn Rhynard and Karen Wick-Gagnet. “This school board election is an extremely important issue on the November ballot,” DEA President David Romick...
White nationalist threatens to sue Ohio State, UC if they don’t let him speak

White nationalist threatens to sue Ohio State, UC if they don’t let him speak

An attorney for a well-known white nationalist is threatening to file lawsuits against two area universities if they do not allow him to speak on campus. A lawyer for Richard Spencer is demanding that Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati agree by Friday to allow Spencer space to speak on campus. Otherwise they will be sued, the Associated Press reports. Spencer is known as having...
Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’

Trump administration releases hard-line immigration principles, threatening deal on ‘dreamers’

The Trump administration released a list of hard-line immigration principles late Sunday that could threaten to derail a deal in Congress to allow of hundreds of thousands of younger undocumented immigrants to remain legally in the country.  The administration's wish-list includes the funding of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a crackdown on the influx of Central American minors and curbs...
Trump to ease health insurance rules

Trump to ease health insurance rules

Stymied in his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump is poised to issue an order that could ease some federal rules governing health insurance and make it easier for people to band together and buy coverage on their own, administration officials said Saturday.  One official said the directive could move the president a step closer to one of his goals: allowing consumers...
Trump campaign’s embrace of Facebook shows company’s growing reach in elections

Trump campaign’s embrace of Facebook shows company’s growing reach in elections

At the final debate of last year's presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton ridiculed Donald Trump as a "puppet" of the Russians and denounced his treatment of women. She was widely seen as the winner that night in Las Vegas and the favorite to win the presidency weeks later.  On Facebook, however, a different story was unfolding for millions of Americans, whose feeds were being saturated...
Hoping to have Trump cleared, legal team eases resistance to inquiry

Hoping to have Trump cleared, legal team eases resistance to inquiry

White House officials once debated a scorched-earth strategy of publicly criticizing and undercutting Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian efforts to disrupt last year’s election. Now, President Donald Trump’s lawyers are pursuing a different course: cooperating with the special counsel in the hope that Mueller will declare in the coming months that Trump is...
What you need to know about Trump’s expected decision to ‘decertify’ the Iran deal

What you need to know about Trump’s expected decision to ‘decertify’ the Iran deal

Later this week, President Donald Trump is expected to announce his decision to "decertify" the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the arrangement isn't in the best interests of the United States. The world has been bracing for this decision since Trump won the election in November. He has repeatedly derided the Iran accord as a stupid, loser deal, one of the worst he has ever seen.  But...
Trump attacks Corker, who responds by calling the White House ‘adult day care’

Trump attacks Corker, who responds by calling the White House ‘adult day care’

President Donald Trump instigated an extraordinary feud Sunday with Sen. Bob Corker, a senior Republican who holds sway over the administration's foreign and domestic policy agenda, prompting the Tennessean to charge that the White House had devolved into "an adult day care center."  The trash talk not only breaches what had been one of Trump's few personal relationships on Capitol...
Trump on North Korea: ‘Sorry, but only one thing will work!’

Trump on North Korea: ‘Sorry, but only one thing will work!’

President Donald Trump continued to make vague threats toward North Korea on Saturday, saying that diplomatic negotiations and agreements over the years have not worked and that "only one thing will work," without elaborating on what that one thing would be.  "Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts...
Trump says he directed Pence to walk out of game if 49ers protested during national anthem

Trump says he directed Pence to walk out of game if 49ers protested during national anthem

The plan had been for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the Indianapolis Colts game at which Peyton Manning's number is to be retired, a gala celebration of the former Colts quarterback's contributions to Pence's home state.  The former governor of Indiana and his wife, wearing a Manning No. 18 jersey, left Lucas Oil Stadium after the national anthem, following instructions from President Donald...
Republicans running for Ohio governor talk guns, religion, and Kasich

Republicans running for Ohio governor talk guns, religion, and Kasich

Nationally known pollster and political commentator Frank Luntz sat down with each of the four GOP contender for Ohio governor on Sunday at Genoa Baptist Church, asking them about religion, guns, opiate addiction, John Kasich, Donald Trump and more. The four candidates – Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, Attorney General Mike DeWine, Secretary of State Jon Husted and U.S. Congressman Jim Renacci &ndash...
Issue 1 would change constitution to give crime victims more rights

Issue 1 would change constitution to give crime victims more rights

When Dani Brewer pressed assault charges in Butler County in 2015, she was shocked to learn the prosecution and defense team agreed that she should undergo a videotaped competency hearing. Brewer said she felt like she was being re-victimized by the court system. With assistance from Women Helping Women and the Ohio Crime Victims Justice Center, Brewer pushed back. Now 50, Brewer says her experience...
Kasich, Biden to team up for talk about political divide

Kasich, Biden to team up for talk about political divide

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is teaming up with former Vice President Joe Biden for discussion about how to the bridge the gaping, yawning political divide that grips Washington, D.C. Kasich will join Biden at the University of Delaware on Tuesday, Oct. 17 for the talk, which is sponsored by the newly formed Biden Institute. Kasich and Biden, who partnered in June 2011 in a golf match against Barack Obama...
Tuesday is deadline to register to vote.

Tuesday is deadline to register to vote.

The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 10 . Early voting begins Oct. 11. Voters may go to MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration to register online or update an existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from MyOhioVote.com or obtained from a local library or board of elections office. Voter registration online in Ohio just started earlier this year. State...
Letter accuses Issue 2 supporters of lying in campaign ad

Letter accuses Issue 2 supporters of lying in campaign ad

Opponents of State Issue 2 — the proposed Ohio Drug Price Relief Act — have sent letters to TV stations accusing supporters of lying in a campaign ad that claims the proposed ballot issue would result in a $400 million tax cut. Issue 2 would require the state of Ohio to pay the same or less for prescription drugs as the Department of Veteran Affairs currently pays. The ad in question says...
Dog that can sniff out child porn is newest Ohio BCI agent

Dog that can sniff out child porn is newest Ohio BCI agent

Reptar, a 22-month-old black Labrador Retriever trained to sniff out hidden electronic storage devices, is the newest agent to join the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation in the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Attorney General Mike DeWine and Agent Josh Rammel introduced the dog at a press conference Friday in Columbus. “He can search the most cluttered home or the...
As ACA enrollment nears, administration keeps cutting federal support of the law

As ACA enrollment nears, administration keeps cutting federal support of the law

For months, officials in Republican-controlled Iowa had sought federal permission to revitalize their ailing health-insurance marketplace. Then President Donald Trump read about the request in a newspaper story and called the federal director weighing the application.  Trump's message in late August was clear, according to individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private...
For Republican leaders in Congress, the headaches keep mounting

For Republican leaders in Congress, the headaches keep mounting

Republican leaders in Congress are under attack from all sides of their own party, battered by voters from the right and left, spurned by frustrated donors and even threatened by the Trump White House for ineffective leadership and insufficient loyalty.  Since last week, Senate Republicans lost one of their own when Roy S. Moore, the firebrand former state judge, trounced Sen. Luther Strange...
Sessions ends workplace protections for transgender people under civil rights act

Sessions ends workplace protections for transgender people under civil rights act

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed a three-year-old Justice Department policy that protected transgender workers from discrimination under federal law.  In a memo to his U.S. attorney offices and agency heads, Sessions said that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 does not protect transgender people from workplace discrimination by private employers and state and local governments...
Treasury secretary’s government flights were legal — but cut corners, watchdog says

Treasury secretary’s government flights were legal — but cut corners, watchdog says

The White House has approved eight flights on military jets for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to travel to destinations from West Virginia to Italy, an investigation by the agency's watchdog found, a use of government planes that was legal but poorly justified by the Trump administration.  In a review of nine requests for Mnuchin to fly on government planes — to business meetings in...
NRA supports restricting rapid-fire gun adaptor

NRA supports restricting rapid-fire gun adaptor

The long-simmering debate in this country over gun rights took a dramatic turn Thursday when the National Rifle Association unexpectedly joined an effort to restrict a device used to accelerate gunfire in the Las Vegas massacre.  The NRA's announcement gave political cover to a growing number of Republicans who have indicated a willingness to consider regulating "bump stocks," devices...
A senior Democrat says Pelosi should step down

A senior Democrat says Pelosi should step down

A senior House Democrat said Thursday that it's time for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and two top lieutenants to prepare to step down and make way for the next generation of lawmakers in her caucus.   The comments by Rep. Linda Sánchez, Calif., who as vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus ranks fifth in the 194-member body, are the most explicit by a senior...
Trump likely to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest

Trump likely to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest

President Donald Trump is expected to announce next week that he will "decertify" the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, people briefed on the White House strategy said Thursday.  The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption...
Trump gathers with military leaders, says ‘Maybe it’s the calm before the storm’

Trump gathers with military leaders, says ‘Maybe it’s the calm before the storm’

As President Donald Trump posed for a formal photo with his top military commanders and their spouses in the State Dining Room at the White House on Thursday evening, Trump pointed to the leaders gathered around him and asked the small group of reporters standing before him: "You guys know what this represents?"  "Tell us," shouted out one of the reporters unexpectedly summoned...
Trump suggests Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies

Trump suggests Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies

President Donald Trump suggested Thursday that the Senate Intelligence Committee investigate media companies that he believes are reporting information that is "just made up."  "Why Isn't the Senate Intel Committee looking into the Fake News Networks in OUR country to see why so much of our news is just made up-FAKE!" the president tweeted from his personal account early Thursday...
Hillary Clinton on Jimmy Fallon: ‘I want our country to understand how resilient we are’

Hillary Clinton on Jimmy Fallon: ‘I want our country to understand how resilient we are’

        The Washington Post ·     On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton walked onto the set of "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon" as The Roots played the theme song to the '70s sitcom "What's Happening." The "Tonight Show" house band played the bouncy Henry Mancini tune as a subtle nod to the former secretary of state's memoir "What...
Manhattan district attorney returns donation to Trump’s lawyer after reporters ask questions

Manhattan district attorney returns donation to Trump’s lawyer after reporters ask questions

The Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., last week returned a 5-year-old campaign contribution from President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer after journalists raised questions about Vance’s 2012 decision to end a criminal investigation into fraud allegations against Trump and his children, a spokesman for Vance’s campaign said.  The investigation had delved into...
Cleveland Clinic demands retraction from Yes on Issue 2 campaign

Cleveland Clinic demands retraction from Yes on Issue 2 campaign

The Cleveland Clinic has sent a cease and desist letter to the PAC supporting Ohio Issue 2 claiming the campaign illegally used its CEO’s image on mailers, making it look like he was supporting the ballot issue. The flyer, which was mailed to a large number of Ohio households, used Dr. Toby Cosgrove’s photo and the name of the Cleveland Clinic, “to infer that they support Issue 2...