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Why Obama struggled at court, and Trump may strain to do better

President Barack Obama won a series of major cases before the Supreme Court on health care, gay rights, affirmative action and abortion, helping to preserve significant parts of his legacy. But, over hundreds of cases in eight years, his reception at the court, on the whole, was chilly. “Barack Obama’s win rate before the Supreme Court is extremely low, lower than any president of this...
I reported on Obama longer than anyone else. Here's what I learned.

I reported on Obama longer than anyone else. Here's what I learned.

This new guy named Barack Obama was speaking forcefully, delivering one of his first speeches as an Illinois lawmaker with such eloquence that I turned up the volume on the squawk box that carried his voice from the Senate floor to my press room office one floor below. "Who's that?" I asked the statehouse pundit who happened to be sitting on our dusty orange couch. "Barack Obama? Sounds...
The letters presidents leave their successors

The letters presidents leave their successors

“The critics will rage.” “The sheer joy of doing what you believe is right is inexpressible.” Those are the words of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton in parting letters to their successors. The notes from presidents to the person elected to replace them are part of a long tradition, one that Barack Obama alluded to in his thank you message to the nation Thursday,...
Media, target of Trump’s declaration of war, expresses alarm

Media, target of Trump’s declaration of war, expresses alarm

For wary Washington journalists, it seemed only a matter of time before Donald Trump’s presidency would lead to a high-tension standoff between his administration and the news media. But on Day 1? The news media world found itself in a state of shock Sunday, a day after Trump declared himself in “a running war with the media” and the president’s press secretary, Sean Spicer...
Trump has power to make, break native NYC that spurned him

Trump has power to make, break native NYC that spurned him

The city that made Donald Trump a billionaire — and laughed at him through decades as a boastful businessman whose marriages and divorces were tabloid fodder — finds itself at his mercy. More than four of five New Yorkers voted against the brash Queens-born Republican. If he chooses to punish the most populous U.S. city, it wouldn't be difficult. More than 10 percent of its $80 billion...
Haughty Palm Beach learns to love Trump, once a scorned outsider

Haughty Palm Beach learns to love Trump, once a scorned outsider

The genteel people of Palm Beach, home to the old-money fortunes of captains-of-industry scions, once ridiculed even their wealthy Kennedy neighbors — with their Irish Catholicism, Hollywood paparazzi and family scandals — as contemptible nouveau riche. Then came Donald Trump. Immediately branded by the notoriously insular locals as a vulgar arriviste, he acquired the late cereal heiress...
Cubans who once feared Trump see him now as their last hope

Cubans who once feared Trump see him now as their last hope

Sitting on a dusty curb in this Mexican city just steps from the U.S. border, Eliannes Matos Salazar thinks back to when then President Barack Obama visited Cuba 10 months ago. Like many Afro-Cubans, the 32-year-old shopkeeper from Guantanamo was inspired by the president's speech about change and the bridge between the nations. She admired Michelle Obama's grace and the couple's rise to such a high...
This liberal enclave feels rattled, also galvanized by Trump

This liberal enclave feels rattled, also galvanized by Trump

Shortly after Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president last summer, a cougar swam across a salt-water channel to this island oasis amid Seattle and its suburbs. At the time, many people here viewed the candidate and the big cat as interlopers, soon to be exposed and expelled. But both are still around _ and one is clearly causing more concern than the other on this increasingly...
Right to Life march set for Kettering today

Right to Life march set for Kettering today

Two state lawmakers have planned a local Dayton Right to Life march at 5:30 p.m. today, Jan. 24 in Kettering. The march is billed as an event to “pray for those attending the March for Life in Washington.” State Sen. Peggy Lehner, R-Kettering, and state Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miami Twp., are reviving a march that used to be held annually in Kettering. “On Tuesday we will revive Dayton&rsquo...
Women, supporters march in D.C., around America day after inauguration

Women, supporters march in D.C., around America day after inauguration

Two things became abundantly clear during a six hour span in the nation’s capital Saturday: Donald Trump begins his presidency facing a loud, raucous resistance, and that resistance is still figuring out how to tell its story. While hundreds of thousands descended on Washington, D.C. less than 24 hours after Trump was sworn in as president, the program leading up to the march featured everything...
Local musician “honored” to perform at inauguration

Local musician “honored” to perform at inauguration

Donnie Reis, a national recording artist and producer from Tipp City and an Iraq War veteran, respects Civil Rights, women’s rights and the right to protest — but above all else, he respects the democratic process, which manifests itself every four years as the inauguration of the President of the United States. Reis said he considered it an honor to perform Friday at President Donald...
Before emptying White House, many farewells

Before emptying White House, many farewells

It was the most fitting finale to Barack Obama’s presidency, squeezed into a glittering round of goodbye parties. And yet it was almost a casualty of politics. On Monday, four days before Obama was to hand the presidency to Donald Trump, the Chicago Cubs visited the White House to celebrate their first World Series championship since 1908. It was a rollicking event, with references to the team&rsquo...
Kettering Vice Mayor assists organizing inaugural balls

Kettering Vice Mayor assists organizing inaugural balls

Kettering City Councilman Rob Scott has a hand in organizing Friday night’s inaugural balls following the swearing-in of President Donald Trump. Scott, a member of the organizing committee, was the first member of Donald Trump’s campaign in Ohio. RELATED: Kettering councilman becomes last-minute Trump elector “It feels great,” Scott said Thursday night at a gathering of Ohio...
Local residents debate unity of nation under Trump

Local residents debate unity of nation under Trump

Eric Stamps of Troy is optimistic about Donald Trump’s presidency, but after watching the inauguration Friday at Bunkers Sports Bar and Grill, he summed up one of the big challenges the country continues to face. “There’s so much divide right now in the country that it’s important that everyone comes together,” Stamps said. “For some people, (Trump) could walk on...
Planned Parenthood receives donation in Butler County lawmaker’s name

Planned Parenthood receives donation in Butler County lawmaker’s name

A “generous” donation was made to Planned Parenthood Action Fund on behalf of Ohio Rep. Candice Keller, a staunch opponent of the organization. The first-term freshman Republican Middletown lawmaker called the donation made in her name by an Oxford constituent “very alarming.” Keller runs the Community Pregnancy Center in Middletown and opposes the abortion services provided...
Dayton-area Republicans energized, party chairman says

Dayton-area Republicans energized, party chairman says

They stood by the dozens and applauded and cheered when the first Republican president in eight years was sworn into office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday. Watching on television screens, a crowd of more than 200 gathered at the Dayton Country Club as Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States. “After the speech, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house,&rdquo...
Inauguration 2017: ‘Quite a few today from Dayton,’ southwest Ohio

Inauguration 2017: ‘Quite a few today from Dayton,’ southwest Ohio

News Center 7 reporters Jim Otte and Lauren Clark contributed reporting. Plenty of Ohio Buckeyes packed into Washington, D.C. for President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday, and more are expected for a protest tomorrow. “I saw quite a few today from Dayton,” said Mike Healy, a Chesapeake, Va. resident originally from Centerville. “It was great to see people from Dayton and...
Local official who resigned office reports to work for President Trump

Local official who resigned office reports to work for President Trump

The Butler Twp. trustee who resigned at noon Friday will work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Nick Brusky, who submitted a letter of resignation late Wednesday night, reported to work today at the federal agriculture department in Washington, D.C. Brusky formerly worked on President Donald Trump’s campaign in Ohio. Brusky would not yet disclose the nature of his new job, but said...
VIDEO: Protesters disrupt Trump’s oath of office

VIDEO: Protesters disrupt Trump’s oath of office

As Donald Trump began to take the oath of office, a group of several protesters near the podium began disrupting the new president’s swearing-in. The protesters — who were escorted from the seated area in front of the U.S. Capitol — started chanting the words of the preamble of the U.S. Constitution as Trump began repeating the oath after Chief Justice John Roberts.
Race an integral part of Obama’s story, and he embraced its complexity

Race an integral part of Obama’s story, and he embraced its complexity

President Barack Obama had occupied the Oval Office for nearly a full term when government engineers came to him with a request: that he move out for a few months while they completed an overdue renovation of the West Wing. Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s oldest family friend and a senior adviser, objected. “Nobody else had to do that,” she said. Other White House staffers were concerned...
Trump's America: Caution in evenly split Nebraska county

Trump's America: Caution in evenly split Nebraska county

A block from Nebraska's Capitol, with its unique one-chamber, nonpartisan Legislature, is the lobbying office of Bill Mueller and Kim Robak, who embody the make-it-work spirit of this city: They're husband and wife, Republican and Democrat. And though neither was a Donald Trump booster, they are trying to remain positive about his presidency and even hope it might make hyperpartisan Washington, D...
California strikes a bold pose as vanguard of resistance

California strikes a bold pose as vanguard of resistance

In the months since the election of Donald Trump, California has turned into a laboratory of resistance — championing legal, legislative and political strategies to counter Republican policies while pressing the kind of new Democratic policies that presumably will not be coming out of Washington anytime soon. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is running for governor, said California could use its stringent...
From headline to photograph, a fake news masterpiece

From headline to photograph, a fake news masterpiece

It was early fall, and Donald Trump, behind in the polls, seemed to be preparing a rationale in case a winner like him somehow managed to lose. “I’m afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,” the Republican nominee told a riled-up crowd in Columbus, Ohio. He was hearing “more and more” about evidence of rigging, he added, leaving the details to his...
Obama’s post-presidential life beginning to take shape

Obama’s post-presidential life beginning to take shape

Outgoing President Barack Obama has lined up a new office and is starting to build a staff as he gets ready to join an exclusive club as the fifth living former president. For months, Obama has made small talk about his future plans, typically describing a trip to the beach and a drink served in a coconut. “What he’s focusing (on) right now is taking his wife on a lovely vacation &mdash...
When it comes to inaugural crowds, does size matter?

When it comes to inaugural crowds, does size matter?

Donald Trump says his inauguration will have "an unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout." Organizers of a protest the next day call it the biggest demonstration in history to welcome a new president. Exactly how many people actually show up for both events will likely never be known. Counting the number of people at major public events is as much art as science, and there will be no...
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll vote against Trump pick for Treasury

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’ll vote against Trump pick for Treasury

Just hours after engaging in a testy exchange with U.S. Treasury secretary nominee Steve Mnuchin, Sen. Sherrod Brown said Thursday he will vote against his confirmation. In a statement, Brown, D-Ohio, said Mnuchin’s “cozy ties to Wall Street raise serious red flags that demand serious answers.” Instead, Brown complained “nothing” the former Goldman Sachs investment banker...
Of festivities planned for Trump inauguration, pot giveaway is unique

Of festivities planned for Trump inauguration, pot giveaway is unique

As official Washington makes last-minute plans for Inauguration Day, Adam Eidinger has some preparations of his own: He needs to make sure that 4,200 joints are hand-rolled and good to go by 8 a.m. on Friday. It could produce some interesting visuals for Trump’s big day: When Eidinger and 41 of his friends pass out the marijuana, they’ll line up on a sidewalk near Dupont Circle, right...
Dayton police in D.C. briefed on security procedures for inauguration

Dayton police in D.C. briefed on security procedures for inauguration

Dayton police are assisting in a massive security operation for Donald Trump’s inauguration, one of dozens of police departments across the country involved in the effort. Dayton supplied 21 officers for Friday’s inauguration, which is expected to draw thousands of supporters and protesters. The officers were briefed on their assignment, which will be providing stationary assistance at...
Former local congressman: Ohio GOP key to new Trump administration

Former local congressman: Ohio GOP key to new Trump administration

The Ohio GOP will play a central role in Donald Trump’s new administration, according to former Congressman Steve Austria, R-Beavercreek, who spoke with the president-elect earlier this month. Trump and his adviser Kellyanne Conway called Austria earlier this month to whip support for Jane Timken, the new administration’s choice for Ohio Republican Party chairman. “I never thought...
Inauguration 2017: Local students arrive in Washington

Inauguration 2017: Local students arrive in Washington

Southwest Ohio students are arriving in Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of Donald Trump. Students from Oakwood High School and Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati were on a flight this morning from James M. Cox Dayton International Airport to Washington, D.C. Students from Springfield left today, too. Sixteen-year-old Oakwood students Kate Connolly and Elizabeth McGrath said they were...
Ohio AG Mike DeWine: People are waiting to see what Trump has to say

Ohio AG Mike DeWine: People are waiting to see what Trump has to say

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is in Washington for the inauguration. We caught up with him at Reagan Airport in D.C. after a flight from Columbus. “I think it’s always interesting to see what the new president says,” DeWine said Thursday. His wife, Fran, and his grandchildren are also attending Friday’s inauguration. “These speeches, many times they are remembered...
African-Americans reflect on eight years with a black president

African-Americans reflect on eight years with a black president

Eight years ago, Andrew Jackson II saw himself on the cusp of possibility in a world of firsts. He boarded a bus that January with dozens of family members and friends, headed to the National Mall to watch the nation’s first black president — the first person he had ever voted for — make history. As he watched the jumbo screens show Barack Obama sworn in on that sub-freezing day...
Yes, Obama’s presidency will endure

Yes, Obama’s presidency will endure

When Barack Obama ran for president in 2008, he understood, without quite saying it, that there had been no highly successful Democratic president in decades. Bill Clinton made the country a better place, but his biggest legislative plans failed and he was beset by scandal. John F. Kennedy, though popular in retrospect, had his agenda stalled in Congress when he was killed. Harry Truman left office...
Trump's hairstyle inspires name of newly found moth

Trump's hairstyle inspires name of newly found moth

In an article published in the journal ZooKeys, Vazrick Nazari explains in pretty clear terms how a new species of moth got its name.  "The new species is named in honor of Donald J. Trump, to be installed as the 45th President of the United States on January 20, 2017," states the article, published in the journal this month. "The reason for this choice of name is to bring wider...
Latinos who voted for Trump look toward Inauguration Day

Latinos who voted for Trump look toward Inauguration Day

Ana Corona came from Mexico to California in 1967, following her father, brothers and sisters and joining millions who would live in the United States illegally. Corona watched as family members got deported and escaped deportation herself. From the moment she crossed the border at age 14, her father reminded her and her siblings that they were in a precarious situation and that, by law, this was...
Trump may have accidentally created a new women's movement

Trump may have accidentally created a new women's movement

When Marin Alsop was 9 years old, her father took her to see Leonard Bernstein direct the New York Philharmonic. The next day, she got a bracing response when she told her violin teacher she wanted to be a conductor. She couldn't. She was a girl. Today, Alsop is music director and conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Yet despite her own ability to break through that glass ceiling, the 2016...
Inauguration 2017: Ohioans take in dinner, Heartland Ball

Inauguration 2017: Ohioans take in dinner, Heartland Ball

On Thursday, Ohio Republicans celebrated the new president at a hotel near Capitol Hill. Over a spread of rooms that included bars, buffets and a photo booth with orange toupees and “Make America Great Again” hats, Republicans mingled, sipped wine, ate “Make America Great Again” cookies appeared to avoid any awkwardness from the recent turnover of state GOP leadership. Among...
Kennedy plane exhibit closing at Air Force Museum for upgrades

Kennedy plane exhibit closing at Air Force Museum for upgrades

One of the most popular and iconic planes in the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will temporarily close to public tours Monday. The Boeing 707 jetliner known best as “JFK’s Air Force One” and its SAM 26000 tail code, will be closed until Feb. 3 for restoration work, said Christina Douglass, a museum curator. New LED lighting and additional Plexiglas will be installed to protect...