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‘Brilliant beyond all precedent’: A look back at the first White House state dinner

The French, food lovers that they are, have been particularly good at getting free meals in Washington. President Donald Trump's gala sit-down Tuesday for President Emmanuel Macron will be the 14th White House state dinner for a French head of state.  But the first visiting foreign leader ever honored by the extravagant black-tie blowout that has become America's highest diplo-social ceremony...
Abortion, guns, taxes focus in local state House debate

Abortion, guns, taxes focus in local state House debate

Abortion rights was the issue that most clearly delineated the difference between Democratic and Republican candidates during Monday’s debate among four of five candidates vying for the Ohio House 42nd district in southern Montgomery County. The debate was sponsored by the Dayton Daily News, WHIO Radio and TV and the Dayton Area League of Women Voters. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg,...
In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’

In travel ban case, Supreme Court considers ‘the president’ vs. ‘this president’

The Supreme Court's final oral argument of the term will be one of its most important and potentially far-reaching, an examination of the president's authority to protect the country by banning some foreigners who seek entry.  But, similar to a debate that has consumed Washington, D.C., for the past 15 months, a major issue for the court is separating "the president" from "this...
Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long-delayed visit

Will President Trump ever go to London? The saga of the special relationship’s long-delayed visit

Since he entered office last year, there has been persistent talk of President Donald Trump visiting Britain. The United Kingdom is one of the United States' strongest allies, and a trip to London is often on the schedule for any president. Like many of his predecessors, Trump has familial ties to Britain: His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, was born in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.  But as his...
In Cuba’s change of leadership, more black officials in power

In Cuba’s change of leadership, more black officials in power

As outgoing Cuban president Raúl Castro tells it, even too many of the radio and television newscasters in Cuba are white.  It “was not easy” getting the few black broadcasters now on the air hired, Castro said in his retirement speech Thursday, a remarkable admission considering the state controls all the stations.  So it was all the more extraordinary to see last week...
“I was Trump before Trump was Trump”

“I was Trump before Trump was Trump”

Don Blankenship likes to believe he knows something about rough justice and who deserves it.  “We don’t need to investigate our president. We need to arrest Hillary,” one of his campaign ads proclaims, mimicking President Donald Trump’s crude 2016 rallying cry, “Lock her up!”  Blankenship, who has a respectable chance of winning the Republican nomination...
A step-by-step guide to how Kanye West became a hero of the pro-Trump Internet

A step-by-step guide to how Kanye West became a hero of the pro-Trump Internet

Rapper Kanye West returned to Twitter last week, announcing that he was writing a philosophy book and that we were all already reading that book, because the book was just his tweets. But one Saturday morning tweet was a bit different, because West was endorsing thoughts from a mind that was not his own:  "I love the way Candace Owens thinks" — April 21, 2018  Those familiar...
China, feeling left out, has plenty to worry about in North Korea-U.S. talks

China, feeling left out, has plenty to worry about in North Korea-U.S. talks

As North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prepares for his meetings with the presidents of South Korea and the United States, China has found itself in an unaccustomed place: watching from the sidelines.  Worse, many Chinese analysts say, North Korea could pursue a grand bargain designed not only to bring the isolated nation closer to its two former Korean War opponents, but also diminish its reliance...
Retiring Sen. Corker won’t campaign against Democrat vying for his seat

Retiring Sen. Corker won’t campaign against Democrat vying for his seat

Retiring Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., offered faint praise on Sunday for the Republican likely to win the nomination to replace him, telling interviewers on two Sunday talk shows that his party was making trouble by questioning his loyalty.  "It's the most ridiculous thing I've seen politically in recent times, but apparently they want you to ask me about the Tennessee race," Corker said...
Kanye West’s embrace of a black Trump supporter not well-received

Kanye West’s embrace of a black Trump supporter not well-received

Hip-hop artist Kanye West was criticized by the left for his support of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential race. But anyone who thought that would lead him to walk away from conservative ideas found out recently that he instead may be doubling down.  Less than a week after returning to Twitter, following a nearly year-long break, the rapper who once claimed that then-President George W...
2 GOP candidates for Butler County commissioner will debate this week

2 GOP candidates for Butler County commissioner will debate this week

Butler County Republican voters will get a chance to hear from the two county commission candidates seeking their support in the May 8 partisan primary election. Incumbent Butler County Commissioner Cindy Carpenter is being challenged by West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong for the party’s nomination. Both will debate at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Miami Hamilton Downtown Center at 221 High St. This...
What is State Issue 1 on the May ballot?

What is State Issue 1 on the May ballot?

On May 8, Ohio voters will decide on major changes to how Ohio draws district lines for members of Congress. The issue, put on the ballot by the General Assembly by a bi-partisan vote of 83-10 in the House and a unanimous vote in the Senate, is supposed to create a fairer process. After every census, Ohio lawmakers change the state’s congressional lines based on population shifts. Currently...
Hillary Clinton stars as central villain in GOP’s midterm strategy

Hillary Clinton stars as central villain in GOP’s midterm strategy

Almost 18 months have passed since Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. She holds no position of power in government. And she is not expected to run for office again. Yet Clinton is starring in the Republican Party’s 2018 midterm strategy. With control of Congress up for grabs this fall, the GOP’s most powerful players are preparing to spend big on plans to feature Clinton as a central...
Gov. Kasich orders review of Ohio gun background check program

Gov. Kasich orders review of Ohio gun background check program

Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order Monday to get an update on weaknesses in the state’s gun background-check system. Failure by local courts and law enforcement to send timely data to the state, which forwards it to National Instant Criminal Background Check System, could mean guns are being purchased by people who are ineligible to do so. “There is just no excuse for this...
Guns, minimum wage top issues in Democratic governor primary

Guns, minimum wage top issues in Democratic governor primary

Four years ago, Ohio Democrats pushed hard for a gubernatorial candidate who looked good on paper and found one: Ed FitzGerald. The campaign was soon run aground by scandal — including news reports that he had been questioned by police after they found him in a parked car in the early morning hours with a woman who was not his wife — and the Democrats lost a landslide election to Republican...
Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Emmanuel Macron, seen as France’s Obama, may govern more like Trump

Ahead of his state visit to Washington this week, French President Emmanuel Macron has attracted international praise for being the only European — perhaps even the only Western — head of state willing to confront head-on the rise of anti-democratic regimes.  "I don't want to belong to a generation of sleepwalkers that has forgotten its own past," Macron said Tuesday in...
Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

Navigating a maze of voting laws for felons

If a person is convicted of first-degree murder in the state of Vermont, he or she will retain the right to vote — even while incarcerated. But a person who commits perjury in Mississippi could be permanently barred from casting a ballot there.  It is up to states — not the federal government — to say whether felons can vote, and which ones, and when. So the rules for convicted...
China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

China could boycott U.S. products. Here’s why that might backfire.

If China calls for a boycott of U.S. goods, Chinese workers like David Xu could be in trouble.  Xu is one of thousands of residents of this port town who cash paychecks from U.S. companies. He works as a technician at a Procter & Gamble manufacturing and distribution center here, one of the company’s biggest in China. Across town, Nike has opened a huge distribution center, its largest...
“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

“Yes, I’m running as a socialist.” Why candidates are embracing the label in 2018

There was no question on primary night in Texas last month that Franklin Bynum would win the Democratic nomination to become a criminal court judge in Houston. The 34-year-old defense attorney had no challengers.  But for his supporters who packed into a Mexican restaurant that evening, there was still something impressive to celebrate. Many in the crowd were members of the Democratic Socialists...
The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

The ‘fixer’ for Trump becomes a danger

When Donald Trump won the presidency, his longtime attorney Michael Cohen seemed in position for a coveted spot in the senior ranks of the White House.  At one point, Cohen topped a list of five candidates for White House counsel, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Post. He suggested to some Trump allies that he might make a good chief of staff.  But when Trump built his West...
Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

Under attack, the FBI becomes a partisan battleground

In its 110 years, the FBI has weathered storm and scandal. It has had moments that make Americans proud of its crime-fighting and anti-terrorist activities. Yet its most celebrated and longest-serving leader, J. Edgar Hoover, for whom the imposing headquarters building on Pennsylvania Avenue is named, is remembered in large part for the many abuses of power that took place during his long reign. ...
Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats favor looser restrictions on marijuana — and some in GOP join them

Democrats are increasingly embracing looser restrictions on marijuana — and a growing number of high-profile Republicans are joining them, marking a shift in the politics of cannabis.  As Democrats try to regain control of Congress in the November elections and make gains in state races, some party strategists are wagering that being firmly on the side of easing marijuana laws will help...
A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

A survival bid by Rosenstein may be costly

He has a reputation as a principled lawyer. He has worked for both Republican and Democratic attorneys general. He has a jugular instinct in courtroom battles but a distaste for political ones.  Now Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, is confronting the political fight of his career. Amid sustained criticism by President Donald Trump and rumors that he will be fired, Rosenstein is...
Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney forced into primary for Utah Senate seat

Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee now seeking a Senate seat from Utah, was dealt a setback Saturday after his party's delegates denied him their nomination, forcing him into a June 26 primary.  Romney, who bid for the seat was endorsed by President Donald Trump and retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, came in second place after a lengthy and contentious party convention in Utah's...
The biggest stories in American politics last week

The biggest stories in American politics last week

James Comey’s memos were released, and the war of words between former FBI officials and the president continued.  Former FBI Director James B. Comey’s redacted, declassified memos detailing his meetings with President Donald Trump were released late Thursday after the Justice Department sent them to Congress.  The memos offer an intimate look at the interactions between officials...
Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Romney faces clearer path to GOP Senate nomination despite convention setback

Mitt Romney seemed to be on a smooth path to Utah's U.S. Senate seat, with the backing of President Donald Trump, the blessing of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch, R, and a popularity unique to the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  Until Saturday.  Delegates at the GOP's state convention denied Romney their nomination as Mike Kennedy, a three-term state representative who entered the race...
Fire Mueller? Don’t do it, Ohio Republicans say

Fire Mueller? Don’t do it, Ohio Republicans say

Most Ohio lawmakers on Capitol Hill — including Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton — say it would be a mistake for President Donald Trump to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, though taking action to block the president from doing so has more opposition among local Republicans. “We need to let Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation go forward,&rdquo...
Welfare reform caught up in passage of farm bill in Congress

Welfare reform caught up in passage of farm bill in Congress

Republicans’ next big push for welfare reform has come courtesy of a bill designed to pay for the nation’s farm programs. The federal farm bill, which expires Oct. 1, is aimed at providing federal support to farmers who may need it during tough times. But roughly 80 percent of the bill goes to federal food assistance, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP...
Pike County murders: Would investigation be priority for next Ohio Attorney General?

Pike County murders: Would investigation be priority for next Ohio Attorney General?

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine hopes the Pike County murders — the largest investigation in state history — will be closed by the time he leaves office in January. DeWine last year said he hoped to solve the April 22, 2016 shootings before leaving the attorney general’s office. “It’s a hypothetical, I certainly would hope we would have the case solved by then, but...
CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

CNN’s Tapper has emerged as a staunch defender of facts in Trump era. So why is he writing fiction?

Jake Tapper doesn’t seem to get rattled easily. He’s got a TV anchor’s unflappable poise and immovable hair, and radiates an almost eerie calm when a dozen explosive stories break during his daily CNN show. He’s weathered relentless online attacks from the right for his interrogations of Trump administration officials, and seemed unruffled when the president attacked him as...
Pike County murders: 3 big questions, 2 years later

Pike County murders: 3 big questions, 2 years later

Two years after eight people were murdered in their homes in Pike County, Ohio, the shooting deaths remain unsolved. Hannah Rhoden, 19, Christopher Rhoden Sr., 40; his ex-wife, Dana Rhoden, 37; their sons, Christopher Rhoden Jr., 16, and Clarence “Frankie” Rhoden, 20; Frankie’s fiancee, Hannah Gilley, 20; and relatives Kenneth Rhoden, 44, and Gary Rhoden, 38 died in the shootings...
Kris Kobach, once the face of Trump’s voter fraud panel, is held in contempt

Kris Kobach, once the face of Trump’s voter fraud panel, is held in contempt

Kris W. Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and face of the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on supposed voter fraud, was found by a federal judge on Wednesday to have disobeyed orders to notify thousands of Kansans in 2016 that they were registered to vote.  Kobach, who served last year as the vice chairman of the Trump administration’s short-lived presidential commission...
Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Here in the largest soybean-producing county in the country, a snowy winter has left North Dakota farmers like Robert Runck with time on their hands before spring planting — time they have spent stewing over how much they stand to lose if President Donald Trump starts a trade war with China.  “If he doesn’t understand what he’s doing to the nation by doing what he&rsquo...
Judge in Michael Cohen case described as no-nonsense, ‘judicial equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt’

Judge in Michael Cohen case described as no-nonsense, ‘judicial equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt’

 Judge Kimba M. Wood had barely finished a hearing this week that involved both Michael D. Cohen, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, and — in a stunning revelation — Fox News host Sean Hannity, when the right-wing media machine started going after her.  InfoWars, the conspiracy theory website run by Alex Jones, posted an article that distilled Wood’s 30-year career...
Abortion wars are heating up ahead of November elections

Abortion wars are heating up ahead of November elections

Mississippi's governor just signed a law, more restrictive than in any state, banning abortions after 15 weeks. Iowa's state Senate is trying to go even further and stop abortions at around six weeks. And 20 Ohio legislators have proposed outlawing all abortions, even if the woman's life is in danger.  In many state capitols, Republican lawmakers are backing unusually strict antiabortion laws...
Fidel died. His brother Raúl resigned. But Castros still hold sway in Cuba

Fidel died. His brother Raúl resigned. But Castros still hold sway in Cuba

For the first time in decades, Cubans have a president whose last name is not Castro.  But as the new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who turns 58 Friday, takes his first strides to govern an economically distressed country that is perennially in crisis, he will do so with a ring of Castros, and their various spouses and children, around him.  Fidel Castro died in 2016...
Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified

Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified

President Donald Trump expressed concerns about the judgment of his national security adviser Michael Flynn weeks before forcing him to resign, according to memos kept by former FBI director James Comey that recount in detail efforts by Trump to influence the bureau's expanding investigation of Russia.  The memos also reveal the extent of Trump's preoccupation with unproven allegations that he...
Cuba’s new leader: A progressive, a hard-liner and an enigma

Cuba’s new leader: A progressive, a hard-liner and an enigma

As soon as Cuba and the Obama administration decided to restore diplomatic relations, decades of bitter stagnation began to give way. Embassies were being reopened. Americans streamed to the island. The curtain was suddenly pulled back from Cuba, a nation frozen out by the Cold War.  But one mystery remained: While nearly everyone knew of Cuba’s president, Raúl Castro, his hand-picked...
Local Republican congressman says Trump’s Syria strike ‘unconstitutional’

Local Republican congressman says Trump’s Syria strike ‘unconstitutional’

Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, said President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a retaliatory strike against Syria for using chemical weapons against its own people was “unconstitutional.” “There is no authority to do that,” Davidson said during a meeting with the Dayton Development Coalition. He said while it’s appropriate for Trump to launch a pre-emptive strike...
Who was the highest paid public worker in Ohio in 2017? It’s not Urban Meyer

Who was the highest paid public worker in Ohio in 2017? It’s not Urban Meyer

The highest paid public employee in Ohio last year wasn’t Urban Meyer, who made $5.28 million. Instead, Ohio State University men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann claimed the spot with compensation package totaling $5.66 million. Holtmann, who led the Buckeyes to a second round appearance in the NCAA 2018 March Madness tournament, received $4.7 million in bonus pay last year. University...
FAA will require inspections of engines made by Butler County company

FAA will require inspections of engines made by Butler County company

The Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday evening it will require inspections of aircraft engines made by a Butler County company involved in the emergency that killed at least one passenger on Southwest Flight 1380. “The FAA will issue an airworthiness directive within the next two weeks that will require inspections of certain CFM56-7B engines,” the FAA said Wednesday evening...
2 Republicans running for Montgomery County clerk of courts

2 Republicans running for Montgomery County clerk of courts

Two Republicans are facing off in a primary May 8 to take on Montgomery County Clerk of Courts Russ Joseph, a Democrat. Mike Foley, who is currently the county chair of the Mike DeWine for governor campaign, is running against Ryan Colvin, who has been endorsed by the Montgomery County Republican Party. We asked them some questions about what they would do if elected. You can see more of their answers...
Congressional Democratic candidates didn’t all agree on legal weed, and differed on gun control and the minimum wage

Congressional Democratic candidates didn’t all agree on legal weed, and differed on gun control and the minimum wage

Four Democratic candidates seeking to be the party’s 8th Congressional District nominee covered a wide breadth of topics at a forum Tuesday night. Bill Ebben, of West Chester Twp., Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester Twp., Matthew Guyette, of Greenville, and Ted Jones, of Piqua, are seeking to the party’s nomination and was at the likely only forum will all four candidates will be together...
Guns, opioids dominate talk at local Washington fly-in

Guns, opioids dominate talk at local Washington fly-in

The Dayton Development Coalition’s annual fly-in to Washington is typically a pretty locally-driven affair — lots of discussion of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and the Wright Brothers historical sites — but on Wednesday, the conversation briefly veered into a national social issue. Asked whether he supports outlawing assault rifles, Rep. Warren Davidson, a Troy Republican, delved...
Brown: VA nominee must convince veterans to earn vote for confirmation

Brown: VA nominee must convince veterans to earn vote for confirmation

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, the nominee to become the next leader of the VA, told him he opposes privatizing the federal agency, but he will have to convince veterans to earn the senator’s vote for confirmation. “He said a lot of the right things but to get my vote, to convince me … he needs to earn the trust and support of veterans. We know that simply...
Major reforms could come to payday lending industry in Ohio

Major reforms could come to payday lending industry in Ohio

A week after Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s abrupt resignation, state lawmakers moved to push through the strongest reforms on payday lending that Ohio has seen in a decade. House Bill 123 calls for closing loopholes, limiting monthly payments to no more than 5 percent of the borrower’s monthly income, limiting fees to $20 or no more than 5 percent of the principal, requiring clear disclosures...
Kucinich discloses $20,000 speaking fee from pro-Syrian group

Kucinich discloses $20,000 speaking fee from pro-Syrian group

Democrat Dennis Kucinich is under attack for his association with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and now disclosure of a $20,000 payment he received from a pro-Assad group. Former Ohio governor Ted Strickland accused Kucinich of deliberately trying to hide the $20,000 payment by listing the income on his ethics statement without disclosing that it came from the Association for Investment in Popular...
Tech glitch kills statewide tests for a day, alters school schedules

Tech glitch kills statewide tests for a day, alters school schedules

The online system that the vast majority of Ohio schools use for annual state testing had a technical malfunction Wednesday, leaving students unable to even start their scheduled tests. Ohio Department of Education spokeswoman Brittany Halpin said the American Institutes for Research (Ohio’s testing vendor) identified a problem with its login system for accessing tests. The system was down all...
The fight with the West is isolating Russia. But that isn’t stopping Putin.

The fight with the West is isolating Russia. But that isn’t stopping Putin.

At least one bright spot stands out in the Russian economy, even as its prospects darken in the face of escalating sanctions: the manufacture of work uniforms.  The production of specialized work clothes, including bulletproof vests, is one of the lone growth areas in the economy, up by 27 percent, said Igor Nikolaev, director of the Strategic Analysis Institute at the FBK auditing and consulting...
GOP Rep. Charlie Dent will leave Congress within weeks, potentially setting up special election

GOP Rep. Charlie Dent will leave Congress within weeks, potentially setting up special election

Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump and a leader of the GOP's moderate bloc in the House, said Tuesday that he will resign from Congress within weeks. His decision could set up a costly special election if the Democratic governor of Pennsylvania orders one.  Dent had already announced his retirement from Congress in September, citing personal reasons...
President pulls support of trade pact for 2nd time

President pulls support of trade pact for 2nd time

After publicly flirting last week with having the United States rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Donald Trump appeared to rebuff the idea once and for all late Tuesday.  In a Twitter post at 10:49 p.m. Eastern time, Trump said that although Japan and South Korea would like the United States to join the 11 other nations in the multilateral trade agreement, he had no intention of...
Mattis wanted congressional approval before striking Syria. He was overruled.

Mattis wanted congressional approval before striking Syria. He was overruled.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis urged President Donald Trump to get congressional approval before the United States launched airstrikes against Syria last week, but was overruled by Trump, who wanted a rapid and dramatic response, military and administration officials said.  Trump, the officials said, wanted to be seen as backing up a series of bellicose tweets with action, but was warned that an...
Sandy Hook parents sue Alex Jones for defamation

Sandy Hook parents sue Alex Jones for defamation

Three parents whose children were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday against Alex Jones, the right-wing conspiracy theorist who has long claimed the shooting was “completely fake” and a “giant hoax” perpetrated by opponents of the Second Amendment.  Jones, the popular radio show host who also operates the conspiracy theory...
Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place.’

Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place.’

The phone calls between President Donald Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity's show, Trump's frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When he's off the phone, Trump is known to cite...
After Cohen raid, Trump turns sour on talking to Mueller

After Cohen raid, Trump turns sour on talking to Mueller

The FBI seizure of records from President Donald Trump's personal attrney last week deeply rattled the president - souring him on his long-stated preference to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller III and prompting him to renew efforts to hire more legal firepower, people familiar with the discussions said.  Trump, who had previously expressed a desire to submit to a...
Sanctions flap erupts into open conflict between Haley and the White House

Sanctions flap erupts into open conflict between Haley and the White House

President Donald Trump was watching television Sunday when he saw Nikki Haley, his ambassador to the United Nations, announce that he would impose fresh sanctions on Russia. The president grew angry, according to an official informed about the moment. As far as he was concerned, he had decided no such thing.  It was not the first time Trump has yelled at the television over something he saw Haley...
Trump requests extension to file 2017 taxes

Trump requests extension to file 2017 taxes

For decades, presidents have publicly released their tax returns each year — an act of transparency and a way to connect and commiserate with Americans on Tax Day.  On Tuesday, President Donald Trump did not even file his taxes.  White House officials said Trump, who has steadfastly refused to make any of his previous tax returns public, requested a six-month extension because of the...
CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

CIA Director Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Donald Trump to meet with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, according to two people with direct knowledge of the trip.  The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump's most trusted emmisaries and the authoritarian head of a rogue state was part of an effort to lay the groundwork for...
Daryl vs. Darryl: Dayton City Commission candidates square off before May election

Daryl vs. Darryl: Dayton City Commission candidates square off before May election

Daryl Ward and Darryl Fairchild have some things in common. They are both pastors of more than 30 years who are running as Democrats to be the next Dayton city commissioner. On May 8, Dayton voters will elect one of the two to serve as the newest city commissioner, replacing Joey Williams, who resigned two months ago. Despite the similarities, Ward and Fairchild at a Tuesday debate tried to show the...
Ohio Sen. Portman might oppose bill to keep Trump from firing Mueller

Ohio Sen. Portman might oppose bill to keep Trump from firing Mueller

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, suggested he would oppose a bill that would prevent President Donald Trump from firing former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who as a special counsel for the Justice Department is investigating possible links in the 2016 presidential campaign between Russia and Trump campaign officials. RELATED: Defending Trump in Russia probe? It’s hardly a dream job In an interview...
FBI public corruption squad digging into Ohio cases for a decade

FBI public corruption squad digging into Ohio cases for a decade

Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation in the wake of FBI questions over his activities is only the latest high-profile inquiry by a public corruption investigation team that has honed in on everything from bribery among top state officials to dirty cops. Under then-FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, the bureau in 2008 established public corruption as a top priority and established...
Mary Taylor campaign claims gap closing in race for Ohio governor

Mary Taylor campaign claims gap closing in race for Ohio governor

The race for the GOP’s nomination for Ohio governor is narrowing, according to internal polling by one of the campaigns. Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor’s campaign has released an internal poll that claims she is only 10 points behind Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine in the Republican ace to be the state’s top executive. Past polls show DeWine, and his running mate, Ohio Secretary of...
Congress: Democrat Gasper outraises Turner; he keeps big money edge

Congress: Democrat Gasper outraises Turner; he keeps big money edge

Four of the 10 Ohio Republicans seeking re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives were outraised by their Democratic challengers during the first three months of this year — a possible indication that Democrats will be more competitive in congressional races this year. Reps. Mike Turner of Dayton, Steve Chabot of Cincinnati, David Joyce of northeast Ohio and Bob Gibbs of Lakeville all...
Supreme Court rejects appeal from former Warren County Rep. Peter Beck

Supreme Court rejects appeal from former Warren County Rep. Peter Beck

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request for a new trial for former Mason mayor and state Rep. Peter Beck, who served 16 months in prison after being convicted in 2015 on charges of defrauding investors in a computer software company. The justices action Monday would appear to bring the case to a conclusion for Beck, a Republican who resigned his seat in 2014 after being indicted on 16 felony charges...
In South Florida, Trump reaches out to Hispanic voters who are receptive to his message

In South Florida, Trump reaches out to Hispanic voters who are receptive to his message

"Are there any Hispanics in the room?"  President Donald Trump grinned. "No, I doubt it," he said with a chuckle, but he knew there were. His was a rhetorical question. On stage with him here at Bucky Dent Park were Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, the only Latino cabinet member, and several local Hispanic business...
Poll: Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking

Poll: Democrats’ advantage in midterm election support is shrinking

Democrats hold an advantage ahead of the midterm elections, but a Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that edge has narrowed since January, a signal to party leaders and strategists that they could be premature in anticipating a huge wave of victories in November.  The poll finds that the gap between support for Democratic vs. Republican House candidates dropped by more than half since the beginning...
Independent New York prosecutors pose potential risk for Trump

Independent New York prosecutors pose potential risk for Trump

Faced with a sprawling investigation by the special counsel in Washington, President Donald Trump must also contend with an independent-minded office of federal prosecutors in his hometown, New York, who are investigating his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.  Trump’s administration had fired the Obama-era leader of the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District...
Eyeing 2020, Trump fundraisers return to familiar well: Small donors

Eyeing 2020, Trump fundraisers return to familiar well: Small donors

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has ramped up its fundraising this year, bringing in $20.2 million, while investing heavily in cultivating a wide base of small donors, according to reports filed Sunday afternoon with the Federal Election Commission.  Trump’s campaign apparatus spent nearly $8.2 million through the end of last month, with more than 60 percent of that...
Nursing election grievances, Hillary Clinton supporters curse Comey 

Nursing election grievances, Hillary Clinton supporters curse Comey 

When it comes to James Comey’s book-tour crusade against President Donald Trump, the question for hard-core Hillary Clinton fans boils down to this: Curse Comey, or cheer him?  Curse him, mostly.  They may be card-carrying members of “the Resistance,” who oppose everything that the president stands for, but Clinton’s former aides and advisers are still too angry at...
Pruitt's $43,000 phone booth broke the law, Congressional auditors say

Pruitt's $43,000 phone booth broke the law, Congressional auditors say

The Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it installed a soundproof phone booth for the administrator, Scott Pruitt, at a cost of roughly $43,000, a congressional watchdog agency ruled Monday.  The congressional agency, the Government Accountability Office, said in a report that the EPA had not notified Congress as required before spending more than $5,000 on office equipment...
South Dayton suburban state House race one to watch on Election Day

South Dayton suburban state House race one to watch on Election Day

If you can measure the popularity of a job by the number of people seeking it, the race for the Ohio House 42 district in southern Montgomery County is the region’s winner. Five people — three Republicans and two Democrats — are on the May 8 ballot for a seat in a district that has long been a Republican stronghold. About 62 percent of the district is Republican, according to the...
Hannity had a lot to say about Cohen lately, but he left a few things out

Hannity had a lot to say about Cohen lately, but he left a few things out

On his prime-time show last week, Fox News host Sean Hannity repeatedly criticized a federal raid on the office and home of Michael Cohen, the embattled personal attorney for President Donald Trump.  He never mentioned anything to his viewers about his own dealings with Cohen.  Hannity's name unexpectedly came up in court Monday as a judge hearing a motion brought by Cohen's legal team to...
The gaping hole in Sean Hannity’s story about being Michael Cohen’s client

The gaping hole in Sean Hannity’s story about being Michael Cohen’s client

It's not what it looks like. That's the refrain from Sean Hannity, after lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, revealed in court on Monday that the Fox News host is one of only three clients that Cohen represented this year and last.  Cohen's previous work included arranging a $130,000 payment to prevent porn star Stormy Daniels from talking publicly about her...
Notable moments in ABC’s interview with ex-FBI chief

Notable moments in ABC’s interview with ex-FBI chief

ABC News aired an hourlong interview on Sunday with James B. Comey, the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump last year. George Stephanopoulos spoke with Comey, who is promoting his new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” for five hours in all. Here are highlights and analysis of the conversation.  “I don’t buy this stuff about him being mentally incompetent or early stages...
Did you know Barbara Bush’s grandfather was a founder of the Dayton Rotary Club?

Did you know Barbara Bush’s grandfather was a founder of the Dayton Rotary Club?

Former first lady Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday night, had strong family ties to Dayton and southwest Ohio. Her grandfather Scott Pierce was one of the founders of the Dayton Rotary Club. Her parents, Marvin Pierce and Pauline Robinson, met at Miami University in Oxford. When the family lived in New York years later, Marvin would bring Barbara on trips to Dayton when he worked for McCall Corporation...
Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators

Trump wants to review material seized from personal lawyer before federal investigators

President Donald Trump asked a federal judge Sunday night to allow him to review documents that FBI agents seized from the office of his longtime lawyer before criminal investigators have a chance to see the material.  The request underscores the high stakes in an ongoing legal fight in federal court in New York, where Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer, is also fighting to get a chance to review...
Trump’s reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year

Trump’s reelection committee has spent more than $1 out of every $5 on legal fees this year

President Donald Trump's reelection campaign spent more than $1 out of every $5 on attorney fees this year as the president contended with the ongoing special counsel investigation and a new legal challenge from an adult-film star.  Of the $3.9 million Trump's committee spent in the first quarter of 2018, more than $834,000 went to eight law firms and the Trump Corp. for legal fees, according...
Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

Haley says new sanctions coming on Russia

The Trump administration signaled Sunday that it will impose new sanctions as soon as this week on Russia for supporting the Syrian regime as it allegedly conducted a deadly chemical attack against its own people.  The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, on Sunday announced the sanctions and President Donald Trump's commitment to staying involved in the Syria crisis, hours before...
Pence’s tone toward refugees, oppressed contrasts with Trump’s harsher rhetoric

Pence’s tone toward refugees, oppressed contrasts with Trump’s harsher rhetoric

As Vice President Mike Pence addressed fellow world leaders at the Summit of the Americas this weekend, he told the story of a grandmother he met in Colombia who fled her home in Venezuela with her five grandchildren.  "She told me, with tears in her eyes, how the poverty had become so acute, her grandchildren had to stand in line at five in the morning to get a ticket to buy a piece of...
One major area where Comey has some explaining to do

One major area where Comey has some explaining to do

Former FBI director James Comey enjoys higher public trust than President Donald Trump, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, but there is one major area where Comey's honesty is sure to be questioned in a gantlet of interviews that begins Sunday with ABC's "20/20."  In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in May, shortly before Comey's firing, Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa...
Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

Trump, a reluctant hawk, has battled his top aides on Russia and lost

President Donald Trump seemed distracted in March as his aides briefed him at his Mar-a-Lago resort on the administration's plan to expel 60 Russian diplomats and suspected spies.  The United States, they explained, would be ousting roughly the same number of Russians as its European allies — part of a coordinated move to punish Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter...
Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail

Comey says Trump ‘morally unfit to be president,’ possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail

Former FBI Director James Comey said in his first televised interview since being fired that he believed Donald Trump was "morally unfit to be president" and that it was "possible" that the Russians had material that could be used to blackmail him.  In a wide-ranging conversation with George Stephanopoulos broadcast on ABC late Sunday, Comey took aim at Trump in no uncertain...
Legal challenges launched against census citizenship question

Legal challenges launched against census citizenship question

The inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census has sparked outrage among civil rights groups and prompted lawsuits from more than 18 states hoping to block a move the Trump administration says is necessary to enforce voting rights. At issue is the official list of questions that will appear on the decennial census questionnaire sent to every household in the nation in April of 2020...
Balanced budget vote triggers debate over spending in Washington

Balanced budget vote triggers debate over spending in Washington

Here’s a quick way to cause howls of ridicule among fiscal deficit hawks: Pass a $1.5 trillion tax cut, follow it up with a $1.3 trillion spending bill and then vote on a bill calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. VOTERS GUIDE: WHAT’S ON YOUR MAY 8 BALLOT? That’s just what the House of Representatives did last week, voting 233-184 on a bill that fell short...
GOP fight for governor turns personal, nasty

GOP fight for governor turns personal, nasty

The fight to win over voters in the Ohio governor’s race is bitter, ugly and personal. And that’s just on the Republican side. The May 8 GOP primary for governor is shaping up as one of the nastiest intra-party battles in recent years. Across Ohio, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor is on a “made tough” tour, pushing her conservative credentials while Attorney General Mike DeWine is branding...
Hear from the 4 Democrats who want to challenge Congressman Warren Davidson

Hear from the 4 Democrats who want to challenge Congressman Warren Davidson

The Butler County Democratic Party and Miami University College Democrats are hosting a candidates forum on Tuesday featuring the four people hoping to unseat the 8th Congressional District’s Republican incumbent. The four candidates will share the dais at 6:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Miami University Downtown Center at 221 High St. in Hamilton. Voters will decide in the May 8 primary election...
Watch Dayton City Commission candidates debate

Watch Dayton City Commission candidates debate

Dayton City Commission candidates Darryl Fairchild and Daryl Ward took part in a debate tonight ahead of the May 8 election. During the hour-long debate they focused on what’s next for Good Samaritan Hospital site, drugs, neighborhood needs and education. The two are running to fill the seat of longtime commissioner Joey Williams who resigned in February. The debate was at Stivers School for...
Local Congressman Jim Jordan considering run for House speaker

Local Congressman Jim Jordan considering run for House speaker

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who earlier this week refused to entertain the notion of running for House Speaker upon the announcement that current Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring, now says he's open to the notion. Jordan, an Urbana Republican who leads an insurgent group of ultra-conservative Republicans, said his colleagues have urged him to run in the days since Ryan abruptly announced he was not running...
Larry Kudlow plays “happy warrior” role in counseling Trump

Larry Kudlow plays “happy warrior” role in counseling Trump

In the Oval Office on Tuesday, as fears of a trade war with China roiled markets and panicked U.S. farmers and lawmakers, Larry Kudlow, President Donald Trump’s new top economic adviser, scored what passes for a major coup in a White House whipsawed by angry presidential tweets.  He helped get the president to say something nice on Twitter about President Xi Jinping of China.  &ldquo...
GOP campaign seeks to brand ex-FBI director Comey a liar as he touts book critical of Trump

GOP campaign seeks to brand ex-FBI director Comey a liar as he touts book critical of Trump

- In advance of a publicity tour by James Comey to promote his new book, the Republican National Committee is preparing a widespread campaign to undercut his credibility, including a new website that dubs the former FBI Director as "Lyin' Comey."  The website prominently features quotes from Democrats highly critical of Comey before his firing by Trump nearly a year ago as the president...
Search warrant for Trump’s lawyer sought info on bank loans linked to taxi business

Search warrant for Trump’s lawyer sought info on bank loans linked to taxi business

A federal investigation into what role President Donald Trump's personal attorney played in facilitating payments to two women who alleged affairs with Trump is also examining the lawyer's interactions with a bank that gave him loans against his taxi business.  When they raided the office of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen on Monday, FBI agents sought his communications with New York-based Sterling...
Pentagon urges greater caution on imminent strike against Syria

Pentagon urges greater caution on imminent strike against Syria

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought on Thursday to slow down an imminent strike on Syria, reflecting mounting concerns at the Pentagon that a concerted bombing campaign could escalate into a wider conflict between Russia, Iran and the West.  During a closed-door White House meeting, officials said Mattis pushed for more evidence of President Bashar Assad’s role in a suspected chemical attack...
Trump orders review of Postal Service’s business model

Trump orders review of Postal Service’s business model

President Donald Trump, who has assailed Amazon.com and falsely accused the online retail giant of cheating the U.S. Postal Service by taking advantage of bulk delivery rates, on Thursday night ordered a sweeping overhaul of the Postal Service's business model.  Trump issued an executive order forming an administration task force, to be chaired by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and directed...
Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trump weighs rejoining Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Donald Trump ordered top administration officials Thursday to look at rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sprawling trade pact he rejected three days after taking office.  The move would mark a stunning reversal for Trump, who sharply criticized the pact as a "disaster" and made opposition to global trade deals a centerpiece of his economic agenda as a candidate. ...
Before learning of raid, Trump’s legal team convened to discuss Mueller interview

Before learning of raid, Trump’s legal team convened to discuss Mueller interview

Shortly before news became public Monday of an FBI raid on the hotel room and office of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Trump’s legal team met in Washington to draft a proposal that would allow him to be interviewed by the special counsel in the Russia investigation, according to a person familiar with the matter.  The proposal included details on where and under...
Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false

Comey’s memoir: Trump fixates on proving lewd dossier allegations false

The nation's intelligence chiefs had just finished briefing Donald Trump on Russia's interference in the 2016 election when FBI Director James Comey stayed behind to discuss some especially sensitive material: a "widely circulated" intelligence dossier containing unconfirmed allegations that Russians had filmed Trump interacting with prostitutes in Moscow in 2013.  The president-elect...
Ohio House Speaker resigns immediately; won’t wait till May 1

Ohio House Speaker resigns immediately; won’t wait till May 1

Republican Cliff Rosenberger’s resignation is effective immediately, not May 1 as he had announced earlier this week, Ohio House GOP spokesman Brad Miller said in a statement. Miller said that Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring, R-Canton, number two legislative leader, “felt it was in the best interest of the institution that Cliff Rosenberger resign effective immediately.” It is...
Fairfield native becomes No. 2 at EPA

Fairfield native becomes No. 2 at EPA

The U.S. Senate today confirmed the nomination of Fairfield native Andrew Wheeler, a former adviser to the late Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, as deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Wheeler earned a degree from Case Western Reserve University, was sharply criticized by environmentalists such as the Sierra Club because he had been an energy lobbyist. Wheeler graduated...
Republican commissioner says he’d back ex-Dayton stripper over Cordray for governor

Republican commissioner says he’d back ex-Dayton stripper over Cordray for governor

Larry Ealy, a Dayton Democrat running for Ohio governor for the second time, got encouragement on Tuesday from two Warren County commissioners. During brief comments at the weekly commission meeting, Ealy told commissioners Dave Young, Shannon Jones and Tom Grossmann, all Republicans, he had been an exotic dancer 25 years ago. “You are? I can tell,” said Grossmann. The other Democratic...
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