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The Trump administration says it's not pushing a tax cut for the rich.  

President Donald Trump's top tax lieutenants are billing his approach as relief for the middle class, saying ordinary taxpayers would see big cuts while the rich would go on paying as much as they do now.   That description, however, is sharply at odds with what details the administration has put forward thus far.   On Wednesday, the administration released a one-page document...


House Republicans look to Trump to fund Obamacare subsidies

House Republicans look to Trump to fund Obamacare subsidies

  Now that House Republicans are officially refusing to fund extra Obamacare subsidies, they're looking to the Trump administration to make the payments — despite having sued the Obama administration for doing just that.   House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., confirmed Wednesday morning that funding for the subsidies, which insurers say are necessary to tamp down marketplace...
How Trump's tax plan could affect you

How Trump's tax plan could affect you

 The White House unveiled a broad outline Wednesday for a dramatically simpler tax code that could lead to lower tax bills for many ordinary taxpayers but also eliminate many of the tax deductions that Americans currently claim.   President Trump's plan, which did not include many details, could cut taxes for some middle and high-income families, parents,and also reduce taxes for businesses...
Fox News’ latest headache: Jesse Watters denies his Ivanka Trump comment was lewd

Fox News’ latest headache: Jesse Watters denies his Ivanka Trump comment was lewd

 Jesse Watters, the Bill O’Reilly protégé who recently moved to the 9 p.m. slot on Fox News as a host of the “The Five,” made a comment Tuesday that critics saw as a lewd joke directed at Ivanka Trump.   Responding to footage of Trump being jeered on stage in Berlin while speaking on a panel about female entrepreneurship, Watters first defended Trump...
Treasury secretary says Trump 'has no intention' of releasing tax returns

Treasury secretary says Trump 'has no intention' of releasing tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that President Donald Trump "has no intention" of releasing his tax returns, which would show the public how much he would benefit personally from the administration's plan to overhaul the tax code.   At a White House news conference to roll out the administration's tax cut proposal, journalists peppered Mnuchin with questions about...
Winners and losers in the Trump tax plan 

Winners and losers in the Trump tax plan 

The tax plan the Trump administration released Wednesday consists (so far) of a single page of bullet points.   If this were a more rounded plan, we could wait for the tax wonks at various think tanks to run it through their models and tell with some precision how it would affect people at different income levels and who would benefit from different deductions.   Lacking that level...
Wright-Patterson preparing for government shutdown

Wright-Patterson preparing for government shutdown

Thousands of federal workers in the Miami Valley have high stakes in congressional lawmakers’ attempts to reach a budget deal to avert a partial federal government shutdown at midnight Friday. Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spokesman Daryl Mayer said the Air Force has started to prepare for the possibility of a government shutdown, but no details were immediately available Wednesday. The National...
Another round of base closures is likely in 2020, Turner says

Another round of base closures is likely in 2020, Turner says

Rep. Mike Turner Wednesday told a crowd of Dayton civic and business leaders that they should be prepared for the possibility of a round of base closures in 2020 – a move that could have a sweeping impact on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Speaking at the Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in in Washington, D.C., Turner, a Dayton Republican who is a senior member of the House Armed...
New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

New Obamacare overhaul plan gets support from Jordan, Freedom Caucus

Rep. Jim Jordan of Urbana and other House GOP conservatives said they will back a revised health bill aimed at scrapping major sections of the 2010 health law known as Obamacare. The conservatives, who this March scuttled a health care overhaul bill backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., today rallied behind a compromise that would allow states to opt out of some of Obamacare’s mandates...

Spirit Airlines pilot death may prompt Trump board to explore fentanyl

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price may explore adding fentanyl to federal drug testing guidelines following the suspected overdose death of a Spirit Airlines pilot, he said Wednesday. The change would add fentanyl — heroin’s much stronger cousin — to the drug screen for federal personnel and thousands of transportation industry employees, including pilots and truck...
Justice Sotomayor sees 'disturbing trend' of unequal treatment regarding police, alleged victims

Justice Sotomayor sees 'disturbing trend' of unequal treatment regarding police, alleged victims

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote Monday that the court is developing a "disturbing trend" of siding with police officers accused of excessive force at the expense of their alleged victims, a notion disputed by two of her colleagues.   Sotomayor was arguing that the court should have accepted the case of Richardo Salazar-Limon, who was shot in the back by Houston police...
Social activists prepare to examine race at White Privilege Conference

Social activists prepare to examine race at White Privilege Conference

This is not going to feel good: The National White Privilege Conference is coming to Kansas City.  The notion that whites in America step into their communities with more advantages of earned and unearned privileges than their neighbors of color is a hard conversation starter.  The social activists who urged the annual conference to come to Kansas City know that talking about "white...
Ted Cruz proposes using assets seized from El Chapo to fund border wall

Ted Cruz proposes using assets seized from El Chapo to fund border wall

As President Donald Trump struggles to persuade Congress to pay for his oft-promised border wall and Mexico continues to insist it will not spend a dime on the project, Sen. Ted Cruz has come up with another idea.  The Texas Republican introduced a bill Tuesday that would use assets seized from Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman and other drug lords to pay for the wall and bolster border security...
How Newt Gingrich became the go-to interview for every story about the Trump White House

How Newt Gingrich became the go-to interview for every story about the Trump White House

Donald Trump is everything to Newt Gingrich.   He's "the grizzly bear in The Revenant," he told the Huffington Post; a "pirate" willing to get things done outside the system he proclaimed to Fox News; and a shrewd businessman who "likes to invest in winners because they make more money," he said to the New York Times. He "resembles [Margaret] Thatcher much...
Trump expected to order study of federal role in education

Trump expected to order study of federal role in education

 President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order today that would require Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to study how the federal government "has unlawfully overstepped state and local control," according to a White House official.   Trump has repeatedly pledged to downsize the Education Department and its role in U.S. schools and colleges. The order he plans...
White House scurries as 100-day mark nears

White House scurries as 100-day mark nears

The final frenzy at the White House began Monday, with a private reception for conservative news publications, a tariff on softwood lumber imports from Canada and the late-night debut of a website highlighting President Donald Trump's "First 100 Days" achievements.   It continued Tuesday in the form of an executive order designed to help farmers and ranchers, an assurance that...
Trump changes course on childcare benefit after criticism he would mainly help well-off families

Trump changes course on childcare benefit after criticism he would mainly help well-off families

 The White House is pursuing a new approach to providing relief for families burdened by childcare costs after receiving criticism that a campaign proposal would have done little to help working-class families while providing disproportionate benefits to well-off parents.   President Donald Trump's administration is now looking to bolster the Child and Dependent Care Credit, which allows...
Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis

Ohio Budget: House targets opiate addiction crisis

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. As Ohio leads the nation in accidental drug overdoses, state leaders are reaching for multiple fixes. The House budget plan carves out $170.6 million, including $12.2 million for prevention and education, $130 million for treatment options, $19.4 million for mental...
Ohio launches ‘Purple Star’ to recognize military-friendly schools

Ohio launches ‘Purple Star’ to recognize military-friendly schools

The state has launched a Purple Star Award to recognize military-friendly schools in Ohio, school and military leaders say. In an announcement Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, officials pointed to the challenges children in military families face as many transfer to multiple schools during a parent’s career in uniform and deal with fitting in to a new culture or a parent...
Huber council candidates share visions for city

Huber council candidates share visions for city

Voters will choose between three candidates for an at-large Huber Heights City Council seat in the May 2 primary election. Nancy Byrge, Rick Stan and Chase Warden are candidates to replace incumbent Mark Campbell, who is running to fill Byrge’s current seat in Ward 5. Voters in the primary will cast ballots for one candidate, and the top two will compete head-to-head in November’s general...
Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Dayton leaders in D.C. to push local issues

Two former Ohio congressmen Tuesday expressed grave concern about President Donald Trump’s handling of North Korea, saying they worry that a diplomatic misstep could provoke North Korea to attack South Korea. Speaking before the Dayton Development Coalition Tuesday, former Reps. David Hobson, a Springfield Republican and Tony Hall, a Dayton Democrat, both expressed concern that a diplomatic...
Dayton dog attack: Lawmaker to continue push for stronger penalties for dog owners

Dayton dog attack: Lawmaker to continue push for stronger penalties for dog owners

After a piece of legislation that would have strengthened state law governing dangerous dogs failed to pass the Ohio House last year, a local lawmaker vows to reintroduce the bill. “Ohio’s laws could probably stand some improvement to help prevent some of these [dog attacks],” state Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, said following this morning’s fatal dog attack on Middle Street...
Six volunteers needed to fill Huber Heights vacancies

Six volunteers needed to fill Huber Heights vacancies

Five Huber Heights commissions and boards are accepting applications to fill six vacancies in city government. Interested Huber Heights residents are encouraged to apply for the positions, and most boards do not require extensive prior experience. MORE: Opportunities available to serve in Huber Heights government The following boards and commissions have vacancies: » Arts and Beautification...
Huber Heights candidates speak out about Facebook fights

Huber Heights candidates speak out about Facebook fights

Huber Heights elected officials use Facebook and other social media and online webpages to communicate with citizens, but there is debate over whether it is used the right way. The Dayton Daily News asked candidates in contested races for mayor and city council at-large to weigh in on the issue ahead of the May 2 primary election. The newspaper’s full voter guide includes questions about growth...
Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House wants more money to fight opiates; ditches Kasich tax plan

Ohio House Republicans on Tuesday announced they’re ditching Gov. John Kasich’s plans for tax reforms in the state budget bill and said they’re pouring an extra $170.6 million into fighting the opiate addiction crisis. The governor called for income tax cuts and hikes in taxes on tobacco, vaping, sales and oil and gas extraction. The House GOP said no. In the latest version of the...
Trump administration launches new tariff to punish Canadian lumber

Trump administration launches new tariff to punish Canadian lumber

The Trump administration announced on Monday that it is planning to impose a roughly 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber imported from Canada, a new escalation of trade tensions with America's northern neighbor.   Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in an interview that his department had reached a preliminary decision to impose the tax, the administration's first major trade action against...
Russian hackers who targeted Clinton appear to attack French candidate Macron 

Russian hackers who targeted Clinton appear to attack French candidate Macron 

  The campaign of the French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by what appears to be the same Russian operatives responsible for hacks of Democratic campaign officials before last year’s U.S. presidential election, a cybersecurity firm has warned in a new report.   The report has heightened concerns that Russia may turn its playbook on France in an...
State Department website touts glittering history of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate 

State Department website touts glittering history of Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate 

A State Department website that promotes travel to the United States included an article this month about the history and lavish furnishings of President Donald Trump's privately-owned Florida resort club Mar-a-Lago, opening questions about whether the federal government is improperly promoting Trump's moneymaking enterprises.   Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., pointed to the travelogue-style blog...
Charge Philippine President Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells the Hague

Charge Philippine President Duterte with mass murder, lawyer tells the Hague

A Filipino lawyer asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Monday to charge President Rodrigo Duterte and 11 other Philippine officials with mass murder and crimes against humanity in the killings of thousands of people over three decades.   The lawyer, Jude Josue Sabio, said in a 77-page complaint that Duterte was the “mastermind” of a campaign that has killed...
The lawyer who will oversee the Russia inquiry has experience investigating the White House

The lawyer who will oversee the Russia inquiry has experience investigating the White House

As a young federal prosecutor in the 1990s, Rod J. Rosenstein played a key role in the highly charged independent investigation of the President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, over their investments in a failed real estate company known as Whitewater.  Rosenstein now is poised to take over another sensitive investigation: the FBI counterintelligence inquiry into whether President Donald Trump's...
Sessions vows to enforce bribery law that Trump once called 'horrible'

Sessions vows to enforce bribery law that Trump once called 'horrible'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed Monday that the Trump administration would vigorously prosecute white-collar crime amid concerns that such cases would fall by the wayside in favor of high-profile priorities such as violent crime and illegal immigration.   Sessions affirmed the department’s commitment to prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars corporations...
Ivanka Trump goes to Berlin as Merkel seeks bond with White House

Ivanka Trump goes to Berlin as Merkel seeks bond with White House

One is a 62-year-old former physicist who grew up in a Lutheran parish house in East Germany. The other is a businesswoman whose billionaire property-developer father brought her from Manhattan to the White House.  While Angela Merkel and Ivanka Trump don't have a lot in common, Germany's chancellor is seeking out President Donald Trump's daughter as a back channel to moderate his views. Merkel...
Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Kucinich goes after charter schools in Dayton-area visit

Dennis Kucinich, a potential candidate for governor and former Ohio congressman, spoke Monday night in Washington Township, where he criticized charter schools as a drain on public funding and public schools. Kucinich called charter schools a “multi-billion dollar boondoogle” that forces Ohioans to subsidize private school education with money that is supposed to go to public schools....
Public Pensions: 5 things to know about teacher pension system

Public Pensions: 5 things to know about teacher pension system

The State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio took a big step toward shoring up its finances for the long-haul when it voted to indefinitely suspend the cost of living allowance given to retired teachers. The move came after STRS was advised by actuaries and consultants that it should lower its expected annual rate of return and change other assumptions. As a result, unfunded liabilities grew, forcing...
A short history of presidents' complicated relationship with the 100-day milestone

A short history of presidents' complicated relationship with the 100-day milestone

On Friday morning, Donald Trump had something to say about his first 100 days. In a tweet, he wrote "no matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!"   That tweet, which appears to recognize his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, followed his claim last Tuesday in Kansas that...
Trump saved Carrier jobs, but these workers weren't as lucky

Trump saved Carrier jobs, but these workers weren't as lucky

These are the Indiana workers whose jobs President Donald Trump did not save.   After assembling circuit boards for Carrier furnaces at a factory here for 21 years, Jim Sholle, 56, walked out of the plant for the final time last month. But he still finds himself waking up every morning at 4:30, ready to work the 6 a.m.-to-2 p.m. shift.   “I’m a routine guy, and I&rsquo...
In third call with Trump, China's leader urges restraint on N. Korea

In third call with Trump, China's leader urges restraint on N. Korea

President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, discussed growing tensions over North Korea’s advancing nuclear arms program, with Xi urging Trump to show restraint despite signs that the North may be preparing a nuclear test.   This month, Trump has used a meeting with Xi in Florida, a follow-up phone call, interviews and Twitter messages to press Xi to do more to...
Trump's first 100 days: What can he accomplish before important benchmark?

Trump's first 100 days: What can he accomplish before important benchmark?

Here's where things stand heading into Day 95 of the Trump administration:   President Donald Trump plans to mark his 100th day in office on Saturday with a rally in Pennsylvania.   That day could also mark the beginning of a government shutdown, depending how events unfold at the White House and on Capitol Hill this week.   There's a lot riding on what happens, both...
Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for wall on US-Mexico border  

Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for wall on US-Mexico border  

President Donald Trump and White House officials pressed congressional Republicans on Sunday to use the looming threat of a government shutdown to win funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, a top priority for the administration as it nears the symbolic 100-day mark.   Trump wants funding to be included in a spending measure that would keep the government open past April 28, a determined...
Trump superfan Eric Bolling gets a new show on Fox News — that's a win for the White House

Trump superfan Eric Bolling gets a new show on Fox News — that's a win for the White House

During President Donald Trump's transition to the White House, Eric Bolling was reportedly in the running for a job in the Commerce Department. He just landed a gig that is even better for him — and for Trump.   Bolling, a former commodities trader and New York Mercantile Exchange board member, will launch his own show on Fox News on May 1, giving him a big platform from which to cheer...
Inside Trump's obsession with cable TV

Inside Trump's obsession with cable TV

During a small working lunch at the White House last month, the question of job security in President Donald Trump's tumultuous White House came up, and one of the attendees wondered whether press secretary Sean Spicer might be the first to go.   The president's response was swift and unequivocal. "I'm not firing Sean Spicer," he said, according to someone familiar with the encounter...
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao coming to region Monday

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao coming to region Monday

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao will visit the region Monday, touring the Transportation Research Center (TRC) Inc. in East Liberty with U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. She will tour the facility, which is the country’s largest independent vehicle test facility and proving grounds. Chao is the wife of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Jr. of Kentucky. Her visit is scheduled for...
What’s on your ballot? Voter Guide live for May 2 election

What’s on your ballot? Voter Guide live for May 2 election

Tuesday, May 2 is Election Day for a large part of the Miami Valley. Our online voters guide allows you to compare candidates on the issues in competitive races in Huber Heights and Troy. You will also learn more about the tax levies on the ballot - including school levies in Northmont, Oakwood, Beavercreek, Xenia, Yellow Springs, Lebanon, Carlisle, Tipp City, Bethel and the Miami Valley Career Technology...
Vacation's over: Obama returns to public life next week

Vacation's over: Obama returns to public life next week

Barack Obama’s extended post-presidential vacation is about to end. After spending weeks in French Polynesia — including time on the yacht of movie mogul David Geffen along with Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey — Obama will return to Chicago on Monday for his first public event as a former president.  His self-imposed silence since Inauguration Day will end with...
Ohio Gov. John Kasich setting up next chapter

Ohio Gov. John Kasich setting up next chapter

This is a big week for Ohio Gov. John Kasich: CNN’s Anderson Cooper is hosting a town hall with him Monday night, his new book comes out on Tuesday and he kicks off a three-state book tour on Saturday. So, is he trying to sell books, line up to run for president in 2020, or push his own policy ideas? Probably all of the above, says University of Dayton political scientist Christopher Devine...
Iran bars Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running for president

Iran bars Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from running for president

 When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad put his hat into Iran's presidential ring a couple of weeks ago, onlookers literally gasped.  The hard-liner had, of course, already run the country for eight years, as an isolationist with a talent for riling the West. His flawed re-election in 2009 sparked the Green Movement, which brought thousands of protesters into the streets. In the ensuing government crackdown...
Jon Husted takes steps toward run for Ohio governor

Jon Husted takes steps toward run for Ohio governor

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s as-yet-unannounced bid for governor moved forward today with the announcement that his office’s press secretary would join the Husted for Ohio campaign. Josh Eck said his last day in the office was today and he will become a spokesman for the campaign. “I have been a fan of Jon Husted’s since before I worked for him. He’s been pretty...
DeWine: Pike County murders ‘very hot’ case

DeWine: Pike County murders ‘very hot’ case

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the Pike County murders are a “very hot” case, though it remains unclear how close investigators are to making an arrest. DeWine said he believes “some decent progress” has been made in the year since the murders in Pike County. His comments were made during a radio interview with WHIO’s Larry Hansgen on Miami Valley’s Morning...
Bank robber turned Georgetown law professor is just getting started on his goals

Bank robber turned Georgetown law professor is just getting started on his goals

 During a break in a basketball game to raise money for charity, Shon Hopwood told some of his Georgetown law students it felt different than the last time he was on a court: When he played basketball in federal prison, he had to carry a shank in case his team started to lose.  His students laughed. He ran back onto the law-school court — and sank the winning shot.   ...
Supreme Court orders refunds for people whose criminal convictions are overturned

Supreme Court orders refunds for people whose criminal convictions are overturned

People who are freed from prison when their convictions are reversed deserve a refund of what they paid in fees, court costs and restitution, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  "They are entitled to be presumed innocent" once their convictions are thrown out, said Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the state "has zero claim" to their money.  The 7-1 decision orders the...
Trump orders investigation into foreign steel coming into U.S. markets

Trump orders investigation into foreign steel coming into U.S. markets

After signing a memorandum Thursday ordering an investigation into foreign steel coming into U.S. markets, President Donald Trump joked about whom he should give the pen to: "To labor or to steel?" he asked to laughter in the Oval Office. "How about we give it to the union for a change, should we do that?" He did so.  Trump said that he had pledged in his campaign that he...
Jeff Sessions dismisses Hawaii as 'an island in the Pacific'

Jeff Sessions dismisses Hawaii as 'an island in the Pacific'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke dismissively about the state of Hawaii while criticizing a U.S. District Court ruling last month that blocked the Trump administration from carrying out its ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world.   “I really am amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the president of the United States from what...
Imprisoned Russian pedophile appears to be linked to hack of DNC computers

Imprisoned Russian pedophile appears to be linked to hack of DNC computers

A twice-convicted Russian pedophile imprisoned in a heavily forested gulag some 500 miles from Moscow appears to be the man a controversial dossier says helped hack into Democratic National Committee computers last year.  Sevastyan Kaptsugovich's name is misspelled in the dossier, which was compiled by a former British spy. But his history matches that of a computer expert described in the dossier...
Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Turner, state lawmakers upset state declined money for Wright-Patt

Area lawmakers are upset Wright-Patterson Air Force Base was shut out of a share of $5 million in state aid vowed changes Thursday to a state panel that decided to split the money for projects at two Ohio Air National Guard bases. U.S. Rep. Mike Turner and state Reps. Niraj Antani and Rick Perales spoke at a Thursday press conference about their frustrations with Wright-Patterson’s being shut...
Ohio gets $26 million to fight opioids

Ohio gets $26 million to fight opioids

The state will receive $26 million to fight heroin and prescription drugs, part of a pot of $485 million in grants that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is offering to battle the drug epidemic. According to Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services, the money will be used over the next two years for medication-assisted treatment, prevention, screening, recovery supports and addressing...
Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday

Is Dennis Kucinich running for governor?: He’s coming to Dayton Monday

Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich will hold a town hall meeting Monday in Dayton, raising questions about whether the former Cleveland mayor and presidential candidate could run for Ohio governor. Kucinich will hold a Columbus press conference earlier in the day before coming to Dayton to discuss “the impact of privatization on Ohio’s public schools,” according to a news release...
Retired Ohio teachers to lose cost of living increase

Retired Ohio teachers to lose cost of living increase

Trustees for the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio voted 10-1 on Thursday to indefinitely suspend the cost of living allowance given to retired teachers. Retirees will no longer get a 2 percent COLA bump on their pensions for the foreseeable future. The fix, though, may not be enough to shore up the finances of the $72-billion fund. “Even if we take this action, it’s only a 50-50...
The 9-and-a-half months that shook Fox News

The 9-and-a-half months that shook Fox News

The ouster of Bill O’Reilly, the top-rated cable news host, from Fox News capped an extraordinary period of upheaval at the company, marked by a series of sexual harassment allegations that resulted in the downfall of Roger E. Ailes, the network chairman, as well as a damaging exodus of advertisers.  Here is a look at the 9 1/2 months that shook the network:    Gretchen Carlson...
Davidson: ISIS more of a threat than climate change

Davidson: ISIS more of a threat than climate change

A pair of biologists and Miami University professors were among the dozens who expressed concerns that Congressman Warren Davidson didn’t truly understand the issue of climate change. The Pentagon has called climate change a credible threat to the country’s national security, but Davidson, R-Troy, speaking at a Q&A Wednesday in Oxford said ISIS is more of a threat to national security...
2018 Gov race: Ohio leaning Republican; Dayton mayor strong for Dems

2018 Gov race: Ohio leaning Republican; Dayton mayor strong for Dems

Look into political guru Larry Sabato’s crystal ball and you see Ohio likely electing a Republican governor in 2018 but two Dems look like credible challengers including Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and former northeastern Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton. “Ohio turned sharply toward the GOP in 2016, and Republicans have a stronger field of candidates at the moment. At this early point, Leans...
Steve Harvey says Trump has kept his promises to him, but that doesn't mean the comedian is 'happy' with the president

Steve Harvey says Trump has kept his promises to him, but that doesn't mean the comedian is 'happy' with the president

Comedian Steve Harvey got a considerable amount of flak early this year when he traveled to Trump Tower to meet with the president-elect. The TV and radio host even described the backlash as hurtful at the time and defended his decision by emphasizing that President Barack Obama had urged everyone to "sit down and talk," according to Harvey.   Well, apparently that initial talk...
After using n-word in front of black colleagues, Florida state senator faces calls to resign

After using n-word in front of black colleagues, Florida state senator faces calls to resign

 A Republican state senator from Miami is facing pressure to resign after he used the n-word to criticize several of his colleagues during an alcohol-fueled rant in front of two black lawmakers.   Over drinks at a private club in downtown Tallahassee, State Sen. Frank Artiles referred to six white senators as "n---" and spewed other obscenities while complaining about the...
The Trump administration has deported a 'dreamer' for first time, advocates say

The Trump administration has deported a 'dreamer' for first time, advocates say

Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez appeared to have a promising future in the United States.   He is now one of the first dreamers to be deported by President Donald Trump, immigration advocates and lawyers say, violating the protected status undocumented people brought to the United States as children are expected to have.   As recently as February, the 23-year-old — who was brought...
Activity spotted at N. Korea nuclear test site: Volleyball

Activity spotted at N. Korea nuclear test site: Volleyball

Analysts who examine satellite images of North Korea reported on Wednesday that they had spotted some unexpected activity at the country’s nuclear test site: active volleyball games in three separate areas.   The surprising images were taken on Sunday as tensions between the United States and North Korea seemed to spike. The Korean Peninsula pulsed with news that the North was preparing...
Anti-Trump protesters take care of supporter who collapsed 

Anti-Trump protesters take care of supporter who collapsed 

For Ana Draa, a Trump protester, the most shocking part of her coming to the aid of a fallen Trump supporter, was that others were shocked.   Draa, a 53-year-old stay-at-home mom and self-described passionate advocate for women's reproductive rights, joined a pack of protesters and supporters outside the Wisconsin manufacturing company where President Donald Trump spoke Tuesday afternoon...
Trump adviser's trip to Moscow got the FBI's attention

Trump adviser's trip to Moscow got the FBI's attention

Ever since FBI investigators discovered in 2013 that a Russian spy was trying to recruit an American businessman named Carter Page, the bureau maintained an occasional interest in Page. So when he became a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign last year and gave a Russia-friendly speech at a prestigious Moscow institute, it soon caught the bureau’s attention.   That trip in...
Congressman Warren Davidson faces immigration questions in Oxford

Congressman Warren Davidson faces immigration questions in Oxford

The deportation of a Fairfield mother of four was among the topics U.S. Rep. Warren Davidson was asked about Wednesday during a question and answer event in Oxford. Maribel Trujillo Diaz was deported Wednesday to her homeland of Mexico, lawyers for the woman who has lived illegally in the U.S. since 2002, said in a statement. Her plight brought Butler County into the center of the national immigration...
$34M for preschool funding approved in Dayton

$34M for preschool funding approved in Dayton

The Preschool Promise Board and Dayton City Commission both approved a contract Wednesday that will create the funding stream to expand preschool access in Dayton during the next eight years. The contract calls for the city to make $4.3 million available to Preschool Promise once upon execution of the deal this spring, then again each of the next seven years, for a total not to exceed $34.4 million...
Dayton has plan to bring back red light cameras

Dayton has plan to bring back red light cameras

More traffic fatalities and crashes has Dayton police proposing to bring back red-light cameras in the city. Dayton police propose to have 10 fixed systems, six handheld devices and two trailer, portable units. They presented it tonight to the Dayton City Commission. The Dayton Police Department’s photo enforcement program began in 2003 and ended in July 2015 after an Ohio Supreme Court ruling...
Riverside city council permanently barred from removing councilman

Riverside city council permanently barred from removing councilman

Riverside City Council is permanently enjoined from removing Councilman Steve Fullenkamp under the current provisions of the city charter, a judge found. Fullenkamp considers the ruling a victory after he sued the city during an attempt by his fellow council members to remove him from office. He said attempting to remove an elected official from office is “very serious” and hopes other...
Republicans avoid calamity in special elections, but more peril lies ahead

Republicans avoid calamity in special elections, but more peril lies ahead

Republicans have emerged from two close-call elections rattled but not yet defeated, but with fresh, frightening evidence of the additional political peril that almost certainly lies ahead.  Sure, they avoided the calamity of an outright loss in Tuesday's special election in Georgia, advancing to a runoff race in two months to replace the new health secretary, Tom Price. And when lawmakers return...
Election Day delays Huber Heights city meeting

Election Day delays Huber Heights city meeting

Election Day will delay a Huber Heights city council work session, according to city officials. The Huber Heights work session meeting scheduled for May 2 is rescheduled for May 3 at 6 p.m. A primary election will be held May 2. The mayoral seat, some council seats and several charter questions are on the ballot. The rescheduled work session meeting will be held at city hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road...
Butler County lawmaker appears on white power advocate’s show

Butler County lawmaker appears on white power advocate’s show

Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, says she would not have appeared on an Internet podcast if she had known the host pushes an agenda for the “the existence of our race and a future for white children.” The freshman state representative in February went on the “Sonny Thomas Show” to promote her proposed legislation that would crackdown on cities that refuse to enforce...
Can busing Bernie Sanders to red states really help solve Democrats' problems?

Can busing Bernie Sanders to red states really help solve Democrats' problems?

After losing a presidential election they thought they had in the bag, Democrats are trying something different: focusing on building the party in all 50 states, not just states they think they can win.   To that end, two leaders of its sometimes-sparring factions — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez (the establishment figure) and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (the liberal...
Will Trump aides face fines for filing their financial statements late?

Will Trump aides face fines for filing their financial statements late?

Some White House staffers could face $200 fines for failing to turn in their required personal financial disclosure statements on time.  The White House released financial disclosure forms late last month for 92 of the roughly 180 employees required to file them, offering details for the first time on many of the staffers' enormous wealth.  Federal law mandates that those who are required...
EXCLUSIVE: Top Air Force general says ‘all programs are at risk’

EXCLUSIVE: Top Air Force general says ‘all programs are at risk’

The absence of a defense budget is the biggest threat the Air Force faces today as it grapples with adversaries and threats around the world, the service branch’s top general says. In an exclusive interview Tuesday with this news outlet, Gen. David L. Goldfein addressed, among other priorities, the consequences a lack of a budget would cause, the future of technology development at the Wright-Patterson...
New York politicians offer tax returns and pokes at Trump

New York politicians offer tax returns and pokes at Trump

  Mayor Bill de Blasio made no money from stocks, but he generated a cool $106,000 in yearly rent from two Brooklyn properties. Eric T. Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general, garnered $2,368 from a cameo on the television police drama “Blue Bloods.” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo lists $218,000 in income from his book that fewer and fewer people are buying.   Yes, the annual...
No U.S. attorneys in place at Justice Department 

No U.S. attorneys in place at Justice Department 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is making aggressive law enforcement a top priority, directing his federal prosecutors across the country to crack down on illegal immigrants and "use every tool" they have to go after violent criminals and drug traffickers.   But the attorney general does not have a single U.S. attorney in place to lead his tough-on-crime efforts across the country...
Health insurers ask Trump administration for reassurance on Obamacare

Health insurers ask Trump administration for reassurance on Obamacare

Health insurance executives seeking certainty on the future of federal funds that help lower-income Americans with their out-of-pocket health care costs got no commitment that they would be paid next year in an hour-long meeting with Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to two insurance industry officials with knowledge of the meeting.   ...
As Trump drifts away from populism, his supporters grow watchful

As Trump drifts away from populism, his supporters grow watchful

President Donald Trump visited the Tennessee estate of Andrew Jackson last month to symbolically claim the mantle of the first genuinely populist president since the 1830s. Just like Jackson, Trump defeated a political dynasty to take power and was now determined to challenge what the new president called “the arrogant elite.”   But last week suggested the limits of the comparison...
This Beltway insider is in charge of hiring for the Trump administration

This Beltway insider is in charge of hiring for the Trump administration

If Johnny DeStefano applied for a job in the Trump administration, chances are pretty good that Johnny DeStefano wouldn't hire him.   DeStefano is the president's official headhunter, responsible for filling up to 4,000 political jobs — about 500 of which are really important jobs — in a government that his boss promised to clear of the permanent class of capital insiders to...
READ: Text of Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order

READ: Text of Trump’s ‘Buy American, Hire American’ executive order

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced his latest executive order, which he says will bring jobs back to the U.S. The “Buy American and Hire American” directive targets the H-1B visa program, which Trump’s administration says is being abused. The H-1B program has been a popular recruiting and retainment tool for technology companies in the U.S. » Trump targets visa program...
Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston for four days with a recurrence of a case of pneumonia he had earlier in the year, a family spokesman said Tuesday. The 92-year-old former president and father of former president George W. Bush has been in Methodist Hospital in Houston since Friday for observation because of a persistent cough, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said in a...
Thousands remember Doolittle Raiders at ceremony

Thousands remember Doolittle Raiders at ceremony

With bombers streaking overhead, thousands gathered Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force to catch a glimpse of 101-year-old Doolittle Tokyo Raider Richard E. Cole and to mark the 75th anniversary of the Raiders’ daring raid against Japan in World War II. RELATED: Crowds swarm AF museum as B-25s arrive to honor Doolittle Raiders Doug Bruser took one day off work to see something...
Gov. John Kasich kicks off book tour Saturday in Beavercreek

Gov. John Kasich kicks off book tour Saturday in Beavercreek

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, is kicking off a four-city book tour on Saturday, April 29, at Books and Co. in Beavercreek. “Two Paths: America Divided or United” was released April 25. The book, Kasich’s fourth, reflects on the contentious 2016 presidential campaign and the governor’s hopes for the country’s future. Kasich, who has been in public office almost his entire adult...
Butler County lawmaker no longer faces career-ending felony charge

Butler County lawmaker no longer faces career-ending felony charge

State Rep. Wes Retherford no longer faces a felony charge that could have seen him automatically ousted from office if convicted. Retherford, R-Hamilton, was arrested March 12 after he was found allegedly passed out drunk in a McDonald’s drive-thru. Police initially charged him with a felony of improper handling of firearms in a vehicle after finding a loaded handgun in his truck&rsquo...
Trump prepares to deliver on a key campaign pledge

Trump prepares to deliver on a key campaign pledge

President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order in Wisconsin today that the White House says will make it harder for tech companies to replace American workers with cheaper foreign labor, and will strengthen rules barring foreign contractors from bidding on government projects, according to senior administration officials.   The officials, in a background call with reporters, said...
Restaurant group, D.C. event booker join emoluments suit against Trump

Restaurant group, D.C. event booker join emoluments suit against Trump

Two new plaintiffs — an association of restaurants and restaurant workers, and a woman who books banquet halls for two D.C. hotels — plan to join a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump has violated the Constitution's emoluments clause because his hotels and restaurants do business with foreign governments.   The new plaintiffs will be added to the case on Tuesday morning...
Putin's TV says Trump more dangerous than N. Korea's Kim

Putin's TV says Trump more dangerous than N. Korea's Kim

  Russian state television has no doubt who is unpredictable enough to bring the world to war in the North Korean crisis, and it's not the reclusive communist dictator Kim Jong-Un.   According to Dmitry Kiselyov, the Kremlin's top TV mouthpiece, the riskiest is Donald Trump, the man Russian officials and propagandists hailed just a few weeks ago as just the kind of leader the world...
Trump voters in a swing district wonder when the 'winning' will start

Trump voters in a swing district wonder when the 'winning' will start

One after another, the gamblers totter along the twisting walkway, bathed in artificial purple light — burdened, at least occasionally, by the instinct that they should have known better.   Usually, this pathway outside Parx Casino is reserved for self-flagellation, a private lament at the last hundred lost. But lately, as with most any gathering place around here since late January...
Trump at Day 87 of the first 100 days: What comes next on North Korea

Trump at Day 87 of the first 100 days: What comes next on North Korea

Here's where things stand heading into Day 87 of the Trump administration:   Vice President Mike Pence will spend Monday in Seoul for meetings with the acting president and the staff of the U.S. Embassy.   He'll also hold a news conference, where he's expected to issue a strong warning to North Korea to stop its aggressive behavior.   The big question is: How will the...
With few options, U.S. doesn't rule out talks with North Korea

With few options, U.S. doesn't rule out talks with North Korea

North Korea may have refrained from detonating a nuclear device and botched another missile test this weekend, easing tensions in Asia. But it is unclear whether President Donald Trump has found a way around the limited options against North Korea that constrained his predecessors and put it on the path to becoming a nuclear power.   Trump essentially has three choices: a military strike...
Three months in, President Trump and Paul Ryan have a complicated relationship

Three months in, President Trump and Paul Ryan have a complicated relationship

During the 2016 campaign, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump did not get along. At one point, Ryan denounced, disagreed with or criticized Trump as often as once a week. In October, Ryan dropped Trump altogether, and Trump — well, Trump tweeted:  Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members...
Park Geun-hye, ousted president of South Korea, expected to be formally indicted

Park Geun-hye, ousted president of South Korea, expected to be formally indicted

South Korea’s recently impeached and ousted president, Park Geun-hye, was expected to be formally indicted today, becoming the first leader put on criminal trial since the mid-1990s, when two former military-backed presidents were imprisoned for corruption and mutiny.   Prosecutors arrested Park on bribery and a dozen other criminal charges in March. They have visited her at her prison...