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Ohio leaders critical of Trump’s comments on Russia, call Putin a ‘foe’

Ohio lawmakers and other U.S. leaders say Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election in the U.S. and took issue with President Donald Trump’s comments Monday during a summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin where the president declined to back his own intelligence services. “Russia absolutely meddled in our election in 2016. Putin clearly intended to hurt (Hillary)...
Ex-political candidate indicted over actions during Springboro police stop

Ex-political candidate indicted over actions during Springboro police stop

A Warren County grand jury has indicted Samuel Ronan, the former political candidate arrested on June 9 after a struggle with Springboro police that he streamed for Facebook Live. Ronan, 28, of Springboro, is charged with obstructing official business, a fifth-degree felony; and failure to comply with an officer, and resisting arrest, first-degree misdemeanors. Ronan remains free, pending his arraignment...
Wes Retherford: Focus is on political priorities as term nears end

Wes Retherford: Focus is on political priorities as term nears end

Ohio Rep. Wes Retherford said he knows a March 2017 arrest for drunken driving cost him his chance at being re-elected to a fourth term. The 34-year-old Hamilton Republican lost the May GOP primary election to political newcomer Sara Carruthers, who invested $200,000 of her own money into her campaign. Retherford, who will finish his third term at the end of December, was found passed out in his pickup...
Trump can’t beat Putin at his own game

Trump can’t beat Putin at his own game

Before last Thursday, President Donald Trump's meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin already promised to be interesting. Then special counsel Robert Mueller's team indicted 12 Russian military intelligence officers on charges of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and things got even more complicated.  Monday's summit is now an obvious opportunity for Trump...
Smoking to be banned at, near public housing

Smoking to be banned at, near public housing

July 31 marks the day that smokers will not be permitted to light up at or near public housing.  Starting at the end of the month, those who smoke will not be allowed to smoke cigarettes, cigars and pipes inside or within 25 feet of a building, CNN reported. The rule will not apply to electronic cigarettes, chewing tobacco or snuff, CBS News reported. It also bans smoking in common areas, according...
With Trump in the White House, candidates who sound like him hit the campaign trail

With Trump in the White House, candidates who sound like him hit the campaign trail

In last week's debate between Georgia's Republican candidates for governor, policy was quickly abandoned as Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp lit into one another with a familiar slate of accusations.  Kemp called Cagle a liar at least a dozen times. Cagle accused Kemp of conspiring with another Republican to release a recording of an "out of context" private conversationKemp...
‘This loss is on me’: Rep. Crowley tries to calm tensions in first interview since primary shocker

‘This loss is on me’: Rep. Crowley tries to calm tensions in first interview since primary shocker

Rep. Joseph Crowley, the House Democratic Caucus chairman, took personal blame for his shocking primary loss last month and sought to defuse tensions within his party on Sunday in his first extended interview since the election.  "This loss is on me," said Crowley of New York, who lost his bid for renomination for an 11th term on June 26 to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. "I did not...
Trump raises $90 million for his reelection bid and GOP, with less going to legal fees

Trump raises $90 million for his reelection bid and GOP, with less going to legal fees

With the 2018 midterms under way, President Donald Trump's reelection campaign and two affiliated committees entered the third quarter with a massive fundraising haul of $90 million and a steep decline in attorneys fees, which have consumed his reelection expenses since he took office.  Trump's campaign committee and two fundraising committees that jointly raise money with the Republican National...
On abortion and other issues, Kavanaugh’s heroes are more conservative than Kennedy

On abortion and other issues, Kavanaugh’s heroes are more conservative than Kennedy

When Judge Brett Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court last week, he said he was "deeply honored" to have the chance to replace his old boss and the man he has called a mentor, Justice Anthony Kennedy.  But when Kavanaugh was asked in September to give a Constitution Day speech, he chose to celebrate his "first judicial hero," the late Chief Justice William Rehnquist...
As Trump cuts a verbal swath through Europe, Mattis stays low-keyed

As Trump cuts a verbal swath through Europe, Mattis stays low-keyed

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was in Norway over the weekend, a short hop from the site of President Donald Trump's Monday summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. But often it seemed as though Mattis was inhabiting a distant world.  For much of the past week, amid Trump's upbraiding of the NATO allies, his undermining of the British prime minister and his courting of Putin, Mattis...
‘Maybe he'll be a friend’: Trump highlights common ground with Putin ahead of summit

‘Maybe he'll be a friend’: Trump highlights common ground with Putin ahead of summit

He allegedly helped him get elected. He has charmed him and egged him on. And on Monday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin meets President Donald Trump face to face here in Finland's capital, he will see what he gets out of it.  Coming into Monday's one-on-one summit, Trump faces intense pressure back home to confront Putin over Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, especially...
Commentary: Finally, some Statehouse action on payday lending

Commentary: Finally, some Statehouse action on payday lending

Thanks to a determined state legislator from Springfield, and the General Assembly’s Republican leadership, Ohioans may soon be protected by a pro-consumer payday lending law. The legislator is Republican Rep. Kyle Koehler. He and a Toledo Democrat, Rep. Michael Ashford, are co-sponsors of bipartisan House Bill 123, which Ohio’s Senate passed last week in a 21-9 vote. Ohio’s House...
Sen. Brown makes case for drug-screening equipment for police during Dayton visit

Sen. Brown makes case for drug-screening equipment for police during Dayton visit

Police officers across the nation may soon have access to advanced screening equipment that can identify drugs even through some packaging. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, joined police in downtown Dayton on Sunday to talk about new legislation that could help put advanced drug screening devices in the hands of local officers, protecting them from exposure to dangerous substances. “It can save lives...
The Latest: Supporters cheer as Trump nears Helsinki hotel

The Latest: Supporters cheer as Trump nears Helsinki hotel

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 9 p.m. Several dozen supporters of President Donald Trump, many waving American flags and sporting "Make America Great Again" caps, have cheered as the U.S. leader neared his hotel in Helsinki before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dozens of police cordoned off a small area Sunday night at an intersection along the...
Paying dead spouse’s bills at issue in Ohio Supreme Court case

Paying dead spouse’s bills at issue in Ohio Supreme Court case

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday is set to hear arguments in a case about whether a deceased person’s spouse must pay nursing home fees left at the time of death. The dispute is based on a lawsuit filed against an 80-year-old Franklin Twp. woman in Franklin Municipal Court over an unpaid $1,678 nursing home bill for her husband’s care. Cora Bell’s lawyer, Miriam Sheline,...
Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

Trump sets expectations low for Helsinki summit with Putin

President Donald Trump is keeping expectation low for his high-stakes summit with Russia's Vladimir Putin, saying "nothing bad is going to come out of it, and maybe some good will come out." The president also told CBS News in an interview that he "hadn't thought" about asking Putin to extradite the dozen Russian military intelligence officers indicted this past week in Washington...
Ex-HHS Secretary Tom Price spent $14,000 on airfare to Wilmington, Ohio

Ex-HHS Secretary Tom Price spent $14,000 on airfare to Wilmington, Ohio

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s office spent $14,120 on a seven-person, one-day chartered trip from Washington D.C. to Wilmington last year, a government watchdog found. Price’s Washington, D.C.-Ohio flight cost about $10,000 more than the average commercial cost for the same travel, the department’s inspector general found. By comparison, at today&rsquo...
Putin’s got a lot to gain from Trump meeting — and might get it

Putin’s got a lot to gain from Trump meeting — and might get it

Vladimir Putin has everything to gain from his first summit on Monday with Donald Trump. The U.S. president's critics as well as American allies are worried the Russian leader will get what he wants.  Trump and Putin will sit down together in Helsinki for meetings that U.S. and Russian officials say will touch on every major point of tension between their countries — the Kremlin's meddling...
Democrat running for Congress in Warren, Hamilton counties won’t back Pelosi

Democrat running for Congress in Warren, Hamilton counties won’t back Pelosi

A Democrat seeking to flip Ohio’s 1st Congressional District in November says he won’t support U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi for Speaker if the party regains control of the House of Representatives. Cincinnati’s Aftab Pureval, who grew up in Beavercreek, has joined a growing list of Democratic congressional candidates who are distancing themselves from the House minority leader from California...
Peter Strzok is the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation

Peter Strzok is the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation

The epitome of deep-state animus toward President Donald Trump, or a forceful spokesman against Republican efforts to undermine the Russia investigation?  You can look at what FBI agent Peter Strzok has privately texted and publicly testified over the past two years to back up whatever case you want to make. Members in Congress did just that Thursday, turning Strzok into a symbol for how a divided...
Trump cites “great progress” in North Korea nuclear talks

Trump cites “great progress” in North Korea nuclear talks

President Donald Trump said Thursday that he was making “great progress” in denuclearization talks with North Korea, citing what he called a “very nice note” he received last week from Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader, though it made no mention of nuclear weapons.  In a letter that Trump posted on Twitter along with an English translation, Kim called his summit with...
7 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing

7 key moments from Peter Strzok’s wild hearing

FBI agent Peter Strzok had his moment on an extremely hot seat Thursday morning in a contentious hearing that quickly devolved into angry yelling, interjections and parliamentary maneuvering.  Appearing before a joint session of the House Oversight and Judiciary committees, Strzok sought to explain his anti-Trump text messages at a time when he was the lead agent on the FBI's then-nascent Russia...
Democrats divided over how to attack Kavanaugh

Democrats divided over how to attack Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee has amplified divisions in the Democratic Party, spurring competing views about how, or even whether, to attack Judge Brett Kavanaugh.  Democrats trying to defeat Kavanaugh were still searching for a potent line of attack Thursday. Some have focused on portraying him as a threat to take away health-care protections and abortion rights. Others have...
Trump spectacle leaves NATO allies with ‘whiplash’

Trump spectacle leaves NATO allies with ‘whiplash’

The NATO summit was concluding on course here Thursday, with European leaders pleased that their unruly American counterpart had been surprisingly well behaved, if not truly conciliatory. Their planes were getting gassed up at the airport, and they were ready to call the whole shebang a success and jet home.  Then President Donald Trump showed up, a half-hour late and with another agenda. He...
Limits put on security clearance for Kushner

Limits put on security clearance for Kushner

Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser and President Donald Trump's son-in-law, lacks the security clearance level required to review some of the government's most sensitive secrets, according to two people familiar with his access.  For the first year of the Trump administration, Kushner had nearly blanket access to highly classified intelligence, even as he held an interim security clearance...
University warned candidate Theresa Gasper against implying school’s endorsement

University warned candidate Theresa Gasper against implying school’s endorsement

Top Central State University administrators personally warned Theresa Gasper against implying the school endorsed her Democratic congressional campaign prior to her staff including the school’s name and the name of its president in a campaign fundraiser invitation, the Dayton Daily News found in a review of public records.  Federal tax code prohibits universities from endorsing candidates...
Ryan and top GOP leaders back Jordan amid Ohio State allegations

Ryan and top GOP leaders back Jordan amid Ohio State allegations

Top House Republican leaders, including Speaker Paul Ryan, are publicly supporting Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, as the powerful conservative leader faces allegations that he failed to act on reports of sexual abuse while serving as a college wrestling coach more than two decades ago.  Ryan, R-Wis., on Wednesday called Jordan a "friend" in comments to reporters and called for a complete...
Kushner’s firm deepens ties to those with business in Washington

Kushner’s firm deepens ties to those with business in Washington

Eighteen months into Jared Kushner’s White House tenure, his family’s real estate firm is deepening its financial relationships with institutions and individuals that have a lot riding on decisions made by the federal government.  In the latest example, an arm of Brookfield Asset Management is close to completing an investment of up to $700 million in the Kushner family’s tower...
New EPA chief gets ris of Pruitt’s management style but not his policies

New EPA chief gets ris of Pruitt’s management style but not his policies

The Environmental Protection Agency’s new boss, Andrew Wheeler, has unlocked the entrance to the third-floor administrator’s suite — which had been closed tight during the tenure of his predecessor, Scott Pruitt. Wheeler, who started Monday after Pruitt’s resignation, has also reduced his security detail and provided faster public updates to his daily schedule of events. ...
Senate approves symbolic criticism of Trump’s tariffs following failed efforts to block them

Senate approves symbolic criticism of Trump’s tariffs following failed efforts to block them

President Donald Trump is remaking the global trade order without significant political resistance or penalty, unchecked by a largely compliant Congress and bolstered by the loyalty of his supporters — even those likely to be hurt by his burgeoning global trade war.  The Senate on Wednesday passed a nonbinding measure calling for a greater role in overseeing Trump's trade decisions, an...
Democrats take major step to reduce role of superdelegates

Democrats take major step to reduce role of superdelegates

Democratic Party officials took a major step Wednesday toward sharply reducing the role and influence of powerful political insiders in the presidential nominating process, a change sought by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and many other liberals after the 2016 campaign.  These insiders, called superdelegates, who are free to back any candidate regardless of how the public votes, would no longer...
Vice President Pence turns up the heat on Missouri’s Sen. McCaskill as Supreme Court battle kicks off

Vice President Pence turns up the heat on Missouri’s Sen. McCaskill as Supreme Court battle kicks off

Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday put pressure on Sen. Claire McCaskill to support President Donald Trump's latest pick for the Supreme Court, using a speech in McCaskill's home state of Missouri to hammer the vulnerable Democrat for her opposition to Trump's first nominee last year.  "Today, we call on Senator Claire McCaskill, put politics aside, give our nominee a fair hearing and...
‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO

‘Rubbing salt in the wounds’: Trump won't take yes for an answer at NATO

For a president who loves declaring victory, the NATO summit here Wednesday could have provided a perfect opportunity.  After a year of haranguing by President Donald Trump, Western leaders had agreed to his administration's long-sought priorities on defense spending and counterterrorism — and were prepared to let him take all the credit.  But Trump had other plans.  The U.S....
In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue

In major abortion ruling, Kavanaugh offers clues of how he might handle divisive issue

Judge Brett Kavanaugh has only one major abortion ruling in his 12 years on the federal bench, but that forceful opinion will define the coming debate on what his elevation to the Supreme Court would mean for a woman's constitutional right to the procedure.  Antiabortion activists say they are assured, without specific evidence in his writings, that President Donald Trump's second nominee could...
Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says

Kavanaugh piled up credit card debt by purchasing Nationals tickets, White House says

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh incurred tens of thousands of dollars of credit card debt buying baseball tickets over the past decade and at times reported liabilities that could have exceeded the value of his cash accounts and investment assets, according to a review of Kavanaugh's financial disclosures and information provided by the White House.  White House spokesman Raj Shah told...
3 schools to Democratic candidate: Remove our names from campaign material

3 schools to Democratic candidate: Remove our names from campaign material

The University of Dayton, Sinclair College and Wright State University asked Democratic congressional candidate Theresa Gasper to remove mentions of their institutions from a fundraiser invitation she sent supporters, the Dayton Daily News has learned. Wright State sent a cease and desist letter to Gasper’s campaign for Ohio’s 10th District, said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for Republican...
Funeral set for ex-Graham wrestler, Jim Jordan’s nephew, killed in crash

Funeral set for ex-Graham wrestler, Jim Jordan’s nephew, killed in crash

The funeral for Eli Stickley — the former standout Graham High School wrestler and nephew of Congressman Jim Jordan killed in a crash — will be held Saturday, according to a funeral home notice. Stickley, 21, wrestled at the University of Wisconsin and was the nephew of Jordan, R-Urbana, who married Stickley’s aunt. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church...
New Huber Heights group seeks removal of councilwoman

New Huber Heights group seeks removal of councilwoman

A Huber Heights group has filed paperwork to begin circulating a petition to remove Councilwoman Janell Smith from office. The group — named Huber Heights Ward 2 United for a Better Tomorrow PAC — is organized as a political action committee, according a the letter from the group’s organizers to the city clerk of council. The organizers are Cindie Bonner, Thomas Laugle, Walter Sturgeon...
Public relations campaign ramps up support of Jordan as he battles allegations

Public relations campaign ramps up support of Jordan as he battles allegations

A conservative crisis communications firm is pitching in to help Rep. Jim Jordan fight claims he turned a blind eye to alleged sexual abuse by a team doctor at Ohio State University three decades ago, while Jordan's House colleagues are stepping up their own defense of the outspoken conservative leader.  Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is known for representing...
Melania Trump’s task in Europe? Show another side of White House

Melania Trump’s task in Europe? Show another side of White House

After weeks of solo travel around the United States, the first lady, Melania Trump, plans to revive her child-focused project “Be Best” as she accompanies her husband on a weeklong trip through Europe, the White House said Monday.  The trip, with diplomatic-and-golf-focused hops planned between Belgium, England, Scotland and Finland, will be a high-profile re-entry into the spotlight...
Flynn is cooperating with Mueller and eager to have case wrap up, court hears

Flynn is cooperating with Mueller and eager to have case wrap up, court hears

In Michael Flynn's first appearance in federal court since pleading guilty seven months ago, his lawyers confirmed that he continues to cooperate with prosecutors and is eager to be sentenced and wrap up his case.  But it was no clearer after Tuesday's hearing when President Donald Trump's former national security adviser's federal case will conclude.  Flynn's presence in court in Washington...
Conservatives close in on 3-decade dream: Tipping Supreme Court to right

Conservatives close in on 3-decade dream: Tipping Supreme Court to right

President Donald Trump’s selection of a new Supreme Court nominee on Monday culminates a three-decade project unparalleled in American history to install a reliable conservative majority on the nation’s highest tribunal, one that could shape the direction of the law for years to come.  All of the years of vetting and grooming and lobbying and list-making by conservative legal figures...
What does the Supreme Court mean for the midterm elections? Here are 2 hints

What does the Supreme Court mean for the midterm elections? Here are 2 hints

President Donald Trump’s selection of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his second Supreme Court nominee could be a consequential moment for the midterm elections. Republicans hope a confirmation battle will galvanize voters on the right, while Democrats are balancing their own energized liberal base against the political pressure on some red-state Democrats to side with Trump.  Here is how the...
Republicans express confidence about Supreme Court pick, Dems plot to sink him

Republicans express confidence about Supreme Court pick, Dems plot to sink him

Senate Democrats launched a fierce campaign Tuesday to derail President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee by warning of the potential damage he might do to health-care access, abortion rights and the pending federal investigation into Trump's associates. But Republicans largely rallied around the nominee, U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, leading party leaders to predict his inevitable confirmation...
President wavered late on nominee decision

President wavered late on nominee decision

After the two couples — President Donald Trump and his wife and federal judge Brett Kavanaugh and his wife — gathered in the residence of the White House for over an hour Sunday night, Trump made Kavanaugh a historic offer: to be his choice to succeed Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.  Yet just hours later on Monday morning, Trump seemed to waver — making a flurry of calls...
A more conservative Supreme Court could step, not lurch, to the right

A more conservative Supreme Court could step, not lurch, to the right

President Trump's choice of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy is intended to move what is already one of history's most conservative courts to even more consistent right-of-center outcomes.  But expect more of a gradual climb than a jack-rabbit acceleration, without the kind of alarms that are set off by disposing of the few landmark precedents...
Pruitt is out at EPA, but ethics probes might live

Pruitt is out at EPA, but ethics probes might live

Scott Pruitt's portraits have begun to come down at the Environmental Protection Agency, which he helmed until Friday. His official Twitter account has gone dark. And the posters inside the EPA highlighting the Oklahoman's policy priorities — flanked by coal miners and other supporters — have been replaced by ones featuring a smiling Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler.  But at least...
At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle

At summit, Mattis faces uphill battle

For Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, this week's NATO summit presents a central test: how to preserve a U.S.-European alliance that he sees as crucial to America's security while not crossing a boss who doesn't share that view.  The summit, which will bring Mattis and President Donald Trump together with the traditional allies of the United States, illustrates the tightrope the former general has...
Prosecutor who said on social media that Maxine Waters should be shot is placed on leave

Prosecutor who said on social media that Maxine Waters should be shot is placed on leave

A California prosecutor will be placed on administrative leave as his office investigates offensive comments made on his social media accounts, the county district attorney announced on Monday.  Michael Selyem, who leads the "Hardcore Gang Unit" of the San Bernardino County District Attorney Office, is the subject of an internal investigation, according to a statement from district...
Judge rejects long detentions of migrant families, dealing Trump another setback

Judge rejects long detentions of migrant families, dealing Trump another setback

The Trump administration on Monday lost a bid to persuade a federal court to allow long-term detention of migrant families, a significant legal setback to the president’s immigration agenda.  In a ruling that countered nearly every argument posed by the Justice Department, Judge Dolly M. Gee of the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles held that there was no basis to amend a long-standing...
Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, has sided with broad views of presidential powers

Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court pick, has sided with broad views of presidential powers

Brett Kavanaugh, the federal judge nominated by President Donald Trump on Monday to the Supreme Court, has endorsed robust views of the powers of the president, consistently siding with arguments in favor of broad executive authority during his 12 years on the bench in Washington.  He has called for restructuring the government's consumer watchdog agency so the president could remove the director...
How key senators reacted to Trump’s Supreme Court pick

How key senators reacted to Trump’s Supreme Court pick

President Donald Trump's selection of Brett Kavanaugh as his choice for the next Supreme Court justice sets into motion an intense battle over the future of the court — and all eyes are now on the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 51-to-49 majority.  With Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., away from Capitol Hill as he undergoes treatment for brain cancer, Kavanaugh's fortunes could hinge on...
Sen. Sherrod Brown wants EPA to hold town hall over Dayton water concerns

Sen. Sherrod Brown wants EPA to hold town hall over Dayton water concerns

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown wants the Environmental Protection Agency to hold a town hall meeting in Dayton to address concerns about toxic chemicals and the safety of the city’s water. The EPA announced it will hold meetings in communities impacted by pollution from toxic per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), but Dayton was not on the list of cities. RELATED: New study shows chemicals could...
Payday lending reform bill ready to advance in Ohio Senate

Payday lending reform bill ready to advance in Ohio Senate

State senators apparently struck a deal on a contentious payday lending reform bill but not everyone is happy: consumer advocates are cheering but industry insiders are jeering. Nick Bourke, director of consumer finance for The Pew Charitable Trusts, told senators that the new bill “will achieve true payday loan reform and save working Ohioans tens of millions of dollars per year — and...
Ethics watchdogs call for investigation of Rep. Jim Jordan; Former coaches come to his defense

Ethics watchdogs call for investigation of Rep. Jim Jordan; Former coaches come to his defense

Two congressional watchdogs early Monday called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to conduct a preliminary inquiry into reports that U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan ignored complaints of sexual harassment by a former doctor for Ohio State’s wrestling team. In the complaint, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer and former White House chief ethics lawyer Norman Eisen say Jordan violated a clause in...
Warren fires back at Trump: a ‘bully’ going after ‘women all across this country’

Warren fires back at Trump: a ‘bully’ going after ‘women all across this country’

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., responded Sunday to President Donald Trump's taunting attacks on her last week, calling him a "bully" who is targeting "every woman who speaks up."  "He tries to bully me to shut me up, and he's also trying to bully women all across this country. He talks about MeToo. It isn't just me he is going after," Warren said after an event...
Pompeo plays down North Korea’s criticism of talks

Pompeo plays down North Korea’s criticism of talks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shot back against North Korea on Sunday, saying the regime's criticism that U.S. negotiators acted in a "gangster-like" way during his two-day visit to Pyongyang was unfounded.  "If those requests were gangster-like, the world is a gangster," said Pompeo, noting that U.S. demands for North Korea to denuclearize were supported by a consensus among...
The House returns to deep uncertainty over leadership of both parties

The House returns to deep uncertainty over leadership of both parties

  The House returns from its July Fourth recess this week in a state of remarkable uncertainty, with both Democrats and Republicans facing open questions about their leaders’ futures and neither party certain of which will be in control after November’s elections.  “Sometimes things have to be torn down before they can be built back up,” said Rep. Brian Higgins, D-N...
Scott Pruitt, fallen EPA chief, may rise again in Oklahoma

Scott Pruitt, fallen EPA chief, may rise again in Oklahoma

Scott Pruitt’s brief, tumultuous tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency has left him disgraced in the eyes of many in Washington and across the country. But it may not have done him much harm in his home state.  Though a comeback for Pruitt is far from assured, some liberals and conservatives in Oklahoma agree he could engineer one in this oil- and gas-dependent state where...
McConnell pursued from Kentucky restaurant by angry crowd

McConnell pursued from Kentucky restaurant by angry crowd

A group of Democratic Socialists and other angry protesters pursued Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell through a restaurant parking lot in Kentucky on Saturday, berating him with a mixture of immigration rhetoric and personal insults — and at one point an apparent threat to visit his home.  The Louisville encounter was the second time in two weeks that McConnell's private life has been...
Jordan returns to Washington, D.C., as scrutiny over alleged sexual abuse at Ohio State intensifies

Jordan returns to Washington, D.C., as scrutiny over alleged sexual abuse at Ohio State intensifies

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is under intense scrutiny over claims he knew about alleged sexual abuse three decades ago at Ohio State University. Now, the influential congressman and former wrestling coach will face new pressures as lawmakers return to Washington this week.  Jordan's Fourth of July recess was consumed by controversy, as former Ohio State wrestlers claimed one by one that he knew...
A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court

A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court

In early 2016, while working as Donald Trump's top campaign lawyer, Donald McGahn came up with a novel idea whose reverberations are still being felt. Although Trump was surging toward the GOP nomination, uncertainty about his ideology and how he would govern had unnerved many mainstream Republicans and social conservatives.  So McGahn conceived of a list. It would contain the names of people...
Trump remains coy on his pick for high court

Trump remains coy on his pick for high court

President Donald Trump said he was "close" to choosing a Supreme Court nominee Sunday after a weekend at his New Jersey golf club evaluating four leading candidates and mulling the likely response of key senators and his core supporters to each prospect, according to White House officials and Trump advisers involved in the discussions.  Over rounds of golf with friends, meals with family...
Some fear GI Bill changes could overwhelm VA

Some fear GI Bill changes could overwhelm VA

Upcoming changes to the GI Bill could help more veterans get a college degree but some politicians fear the alterations may cause more problems for the troubled Department of Veteran Affairs. The GI Bill is a benefits program that started after World War II and helps veterans cover the cost of getting a college education or job training. Last year, congress passed a law making several alterations...
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman concerned about President Trump’s tariff battles

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman concerned about President Trump’s tariff battles

Sen. Rob Portman, who’s a former U.S. trade official, voiced concern Friday about the impact President Donald Trump’s trade battles will have on the Ohio economy. Portman, a U.S. trade representative during George W. Bush’s presidency, said he supports being tough with China but would like to see more caution and negotiating with the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The United...
Arraignment set for former GOP statehouse candidate to be tried before visiting judge 

Arraignment set for former GOP statehouse candidate to be tried before visiting judge 

A retired Hamilton County common pleas court judge has been assigned to hear the case involving a former GOP candidate who is charged with extortion and coercion in connection to alleged threats made during her campaign. Timothy S. Hogan was assigned to the case against Jocelyn Smith, 36, by the Supreme Court of Ohio Friday morning. At the request of Smith’s attorney her arraignment has been...
Pruitt survived months of controversy by preserving his relationship with Trump

Pruitt survived months of controversy by preserving his relationship with Trump

Scott Pruitt survived months of misconduct allegations by preserving his relationship with one person at all costs: President Donald Trump.  In the end, according to two administration officials familiar with internal discussions, Trump forced Pruitt out Thursday without speaking to him — instead having his chief of staff call the Environmental Protection Agency around midday to say it...
Trade war between U.S. and China moves from threat to reality

Trade war between U.S. and China moves from threat to reality

A trade war between the world’s two largest economies will officially begin Friday morning when the Trump administration follows through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products, a significant escalation of a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the United States and China.  The penalties, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Friday...
Senators criticized for spending July 4 in Russia

Senators criticized for spending July 4 in Russia

Republican lawmakers who went to Russia seeking a thaw in relations received an icy reception from Democrats and Kremlin watchers for spending the Fourth of July in a country that interfered in the U.S. presidential election and continues to deny it.  "Cannot believe GOP, once the party that stood strong against Soviets & only a decade ago sought to democratize the Middle East, is now surrendering...
Trump and Putin to go one-on-one in Finland

Trump and Putin to go one-on-one in Finland

President Donald Trump will speak one-on-one with President Vladimir Putin of Russia this month when they meet in Helsinki, the administration confirmed Thursday, injecting an element of unpredictability and mystery into an encounter that White House advisers describe as a chance to reset a tense relationship.  Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. envoy to Moscow, said Trump would use the meeting to &ldquo...
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida petitions to hire 40 foreign workers

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida petitions to hire 40 foreign workers

President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club has applied for permission to hire 40 foreign workers to serve as waiters during the winter social season in Palm Beach, Florida, according to data posted Thursday by the Labor Department.  The posting showed that Trump's club wants to pay the workers a minimum of $12.68 an hour and to employ them from October to the end of May. At the end of that term...
Trump mocks Warren, Tester and #Metoo, but praises Putin at Montana rally

Trump mocks Warren, Tester and #Metoo, but praises Putin at Montana rally

President Donald Trump lobbed personal and derogatory attacks at two Democratic senators, mocked the #MeToo movement and vouched for President Vladimir Putin of Russia on Thursday during a freewheeling, raucous rally ostensibly intended to solidify support for Montana’s Republican Senate candidate.  Taunting Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with a refusal to apologize for calling her &ldquo...
How the new acting EPA chief differs from Pruitt

How the new acting EPA chief differs from Pruitt

The departure of Scott Pruitt, the scandal-plagued former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, means the agency will be led in the coming months by Pruitt’s deputy, Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who shares Pruitt’s zeal to undo environmental regulations.  But unlike Pruitt — who had come to Washington as an outsider and aspiring politician, only to get caught...
EPA chief Pruitt resigns under cloud of ethics scandals

EPA chief Pruitt resigns under cloud of ethics scandals

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency and architect of President Donald Trump’s aggressive effort to rewrite the government’s rule book on environmental regulations, resigned Thursday in the face of numerous ethics investigations that doomed his tenure.  Despite Pruitt’s efforts to nurture a close relationship with the president, Trump himself...
What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

Congressman Jim Jordan said he would have reported abuse had he known about it during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach. Former wrestlers allege Jordan, R-Urbana, knew a team doctor sexually abused athletes but failed to report it. Here’s what we know now about the allegations, Jordan’s response and Ohio State’s ongoing investigation. Ohio State in April announced...
Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘I would have done something’ about OSU abuse claims

Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘I would have done something’ about OSU abuse claims

Rep. Jim Jordan said he “would have done something” had he known about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers during his time as an Ohio State University assistant wrestling coach, he told Politico in an interview Tuesday night. Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to deny knowledge of the alleged sex abuse at an event Wednesday in Fremont, calling the allegations “flat-out not true.&rdquo...
Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sex abuse at OSU, former wrestlers say

Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sex abuse at OSU, former wrestlers say

Former athletes who wrestled for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan when he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State now say he knew team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused athletes but Jordan failed to report it. Jordan, R-Urbana, founder of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, denies knowing anything about the allegations. Ian Fury, a spokesman for Jordan, said in a written statement that Jordan &ldquo...
Trump, Kasich order flags lowered to honor slain journalists

Trump, Kasich order flags lowered to honor slain journalists

President Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich have ordered flags on federal property and state property be flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday to honor five newspaper journalists slain in Maryland’s capital. Trump issued a proclamation Tuesday ordering the flags fly at half-staff through sundown. Five Capital Gazette newspaper employees were killed Thursday when a gunman holding a grudge...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses more Democratic insurgents, and it’s paying off quite nicely

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses more Democratic insurgents, and it’s paying off quite nicely

Kerri Harris jumped into Delaware's U.S. Senate primary in February, offering Democrats an alternative to Sen. Thomas R. Carper. There didn't seem to be many takers. The 38-year old Harris, a veteran and social worker, raised just $17,138 for her campaign, to Carper's $2.3 million. Even a friendly profile writer suggested that Harris was "tilting at a particularly formidable windmill." ...
Here are 9 ways this Ohio attorney general candidate wants to battle human trafficking

Here are 9 ways this Ohio attorney general candidate wants to battle human trafficking

Human trafficking stories like the one of a woman forced to work for a cult in several cities including in Dayton are the reason Steve Dettelbach said he’s put forward a nine-point plan to combat modern-day slavery. Dettelbach, a Democrat and former federal prosecutor, is running for Ohio attorney general against Republican Dave Yost, the state auditor. In an exclusive interview Monday with...
Liberals tell Schumer to scrap decorum, civility in battling Trump

Liberals tell Schumer to scrap decorum, civility in battling Trump

Braving the scorching summer heat, dozens of liberal activists showed up at a Brooklyn synagogue Monday night for a chance to question Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about the Supreme Court, immigration and resistance to President Donald Trump.  Instead, the New York Democrat had to phone it in — quite literally — as a mechanical problem left his plane grounded in central New...
Trump interviews four possible nominees for Supreme Court spot

Trump interviews four possible nominees for Supreme Court spot

President Donald Trump's search for a Supreme Court nominee reached the interview stage Monday as he announced that he has spoken to at least four contenders, while remaining coy about his shortlist for a successor to retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.  "I had a very, very interesting morning," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office as he greeted visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte...
Lawyer for FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts assails House GOP ‘trap’

Lawyer for FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts assails House GOP ‘trap’

The lawyer for former top FBI counterterrorism official Peter Strzok is going to war with the House Judiciary Committee over a closed-door session last week he likened to "Kabuki theater" that "transcended the bounds of decency" — and threatening to prevent his client from testifying publicly to avoid another "trap."  Aitan Goelman, who has represented Strzok...
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says his family, not the president, claim his first loyalty

Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says his family, not the president, claim his first loyalty

President Donald Trump faced a mounting legal threat from his onetime lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on Monday, as Cohen signaled in a new interview his willingness to cooperate with federal prosecutors, even if doing so would undercut the interests of the president.  Cohen's allies suggested in recent weeks that the Manhattan lawyer felt abandoned by the president as he faced a federal investigation...
Pruitt aides reveal new details of his spending and management at EPA

Pruitt aides reveal new details of his spending and management at EPA

Two of Scott Pruitt's top aides provided fresh details to congressional investigators in recent days about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job for his wife at a politically connected group, enlist staffers in performing personal tasks and seek high-end travel despite aides' objections.  The Trump administration appointees...
Trump says he won’t sign any NAFTA deal until after midterms

Trump says he won’t sign any NAFTA deal until after midterms

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he is "not happy" with the revised NAFTA deal that his administration has been hammering out with Canada and Mexico and that he doesn't want to sign any new agreement until after the midterm elections in November.  The remarks were aired on "Fox News Sunday," a critical day in the U.S. relationship with its neighbors as Canada started...
Ohio Senate race: Brown, Renacci trade barbs on tariffs

Ohio Senate race: Brown, Renacci trade barbs on tariffs

Senate Republican candidate Jim Renacci said he backs President Donald Trump’s tough trade approach against China and U.S. allies in the European Union and Canada, saying “it’s going to be a little uncomfortable” economically “for a while, but I don’t think this president or anyone wants a trade war.” During an interview Monday on Fox News, Renacci said he...
State Rep. Jeff Rezabek appointed to fill Montgomery County judge seat

State Rep. Jeff Rezabek appointed to fill Montgomery County judge seat

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Monday appointed state Rep. Jeff Rezabek, a long-time family law attorney, to fill a vacancy on the Montgomery County Juvenile Court bench caused by the death of Nick Kuntz. Kuntz, who died May 6 after suffering a stroke on vacation, was set to retire after serving 24 years on the bench. Related: Nick Kuntz remembered as respected judge Rezabek was already running for...
What you need to know about changes to Ohio driver’s licenses that are now in effect

What you need to know about changes to Ohio driver’s licenses that are now in effect

Starting today you will need additional documents to get your driver’s license if you plan to fly. Also, you will no longer get your license at the BMV and will now get it in the mail. Here’s a look at what you need to know: NEW PROCESS: Licenses will arrive about 10 days after they're issued once the change takes effect July 2, the Department of Public Safety said. Drivers will be issued...
Cleveland terror plot thwarted: What federal officials are saying

Cleveland terror plot thwarted: What federal officials are saying

Federal officials are reacting to the news that law enforcement thwarted a plan to carry out a bombing in Cleveland during the Fourth of July holiday. Demetrius N. Pitts, 48, faces one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization, according to court documents. Pitts was arrested Sunday morning by a Joint Terrorism Task Force, according to Steve Anthony...
John Bolton: No one should have ‘a case of the vapors’ over Trump’s summit with Putin

John Bolton: No one should have ‘a case of the vapors’ over Trump’s summit with Putin

National security adviser John Bolton on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's decision to hold a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this month as a way to get beyond the "political noise" that has consumed Washington over the ongoing investigation of Russian election interference.  Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Bolton said the summit would be "...
‘We have to pick a great one’: Inside Trump’s plan for a new Supreme Court justice

‘We have to pick a great one’: Inside Trump’s plan for a new Supreme Court justice

President Donald Trump is driving to execute the same playbook in selecting a new Supreme Court nominee that last year delivered swift confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch, following a methodical course in hopes of avoiding the lurching disorder that so often engulfs his White House.  As Trump looks to reorient the nation's high court with a replacement for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, he...
Mick Mulvaney takes a victory lap at a free-market think tank’s annual dinner

Mick Mulvaney takes a victory lap at a free-market think tank’s annual dinner

"Welcome to the circus!" is how National Review editor Jonah Goldberg greeted the guests Thursday at Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual dinner.  The theme was the big top, complete with circus freaks and geeks. CEI's party is always boozy and raucous, and perhaps more so this year: The Trump administration is slashing regulations, something this free-market crowd holds dear. ...
Trump’s travel ban: how it works and who is affected

Trump’s travel ban: how it works and who is affected

Almost obscured in the rancor over President Donald Trump’s immigrant crackdown at the southern border is the impact of his travel ban, upheld by the Supreme Court last week.  The presidential order proclaiming the travel ban, which took effect in December after two broader iterations were blocked by lower courts, applies with varying degrees of severity to seven countries — five...
Internal revolt has Democrats at the crossroad

Internal revolt has Democrats at the crossroad

The pitched battle looming over the Supreme Court, along with a jolt to the Democratic leadership at the ballot box Tuesday, is threatening to shatter the already fragile architecture of the Democratic Party, as an activist rebellion on the left and a lurch to the right in Washington propels the party toward a moment of extraordinary conflict and forced reinvention.  For Democrats, the transformation...
Senator says she won’t support Supreme Court nominee who’s hostile to Roe v. Wade

Senator says she won’t support Supreme Court nominee who’s hostile to Roe v. Wade

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a key swing vote on President Donald Trump's next Supreme Court pick, said Sunday that she would not vote for any judge who wanted to end access to abortion in the United States by overturning Roe v. Wade.  "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade," Collins said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," adding that Roe...
He griped no one cared about his prank call to Trump. Then, he said, the Secret Service knocked.

He griped no one cared about his prank call to Trump. Then, he said, the Secret Service knocked.

On Thursday, John Melendez said he had prank-called the president of the United States — on Air Force One no less — and was irked that the news media hadn't taken widespread notice of what, in his particular line of work, would amount to a Super Bowl victory.  Two days later, Melendez said he stood quietly behind his front door, hoping that Secret Service agents who'd come knocking...
Mexico’s next president thinks Trump is ‘erratic and arrogant,’ and a lot else

Mexico’s next president thinks Trump is ‘erratic and arrogant,’ and a lot else

Last year, Andrés Manuel López Obrador published a book that criticized the United States' influence in Mexico and featured parts of speeches he made on a tour of the United States, where he called for migrant rights. He named it "Oye, Trump," Spanish for "Listen up, Trump."  Now he's Mexico's next president.  The leftist former mayor of Mexico City, who...
Getting a new driver’s license? Starting Monday, you’ll have to wait

Getting a new driver’s license? Starting Monday, you’ll have to wait

Starting Monday, Ohioans will no longer be able to get their driver’s licenses on the same day they’re issued. Instead, they’ll have to wait no more than 10 days to receive their licenses in the mail. According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, this will make the system more secure and comply with federal regulations. Ohioans won’t be without a license in the meantime &mdash...
Trump delaying NAFTA deal until after midterm elections

Trump delaying NAFTA deal until after midterm elections

President Donald Trump intends to delay signing a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement until after the fall midterm elections, a move aimed at reaching a better deal with Canada and Mexico. Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday that he could quickly sign an agreement with the United States' neighbors, "but I'm not happy with it. I want to make it more fair."...
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