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Kasich on Trump Afghanistan decision: ‘Not the way I think we should go’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich objected to President Donald Trump’s apparent decision to send as many as 4,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, saying “we need to get out of” the war-torn country where U.S. and allied forces have spent 16 years trying to defeat a Taliban insurgency. In an appearance on CNN’s State-of-the-Union on Sunday, Kasich said the United States has “largely&rdquo...
Dem Head David Pepper: Ohio ‘epicenter of hate group activity’

Dem Head David Pepper: Ohio ‘epicenter of hate group activity’

Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper is concerned the state is becoming a hotbed for hate.   His statement, reported by the Columbus Dispatch, came a week after the Charlottesville protests - where a white supremacist from Kentucky, now living near Toledo - ran over a woman killing her; and where several of those identified at the white nationalist march were from Ohio.  Later in the...
CNN criticized for labeling white supremacist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’ in headline

CNN criticized for labeling white supremacist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’ in headline

A headline on the website cnn.com this morning called white nationalist Richard Spencer a ‘white rights activist’, wording that led to criticism across social media. Spencer, who has referred to himself as a “white supremacist,” was scheduled to speak at the University of Florida. The university cited safety concerns and canceled his speech.  An article on the Florida...
Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook 

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Wednesday to condemn white supremacists and pledged to remove violent threats and posts celebrating hate crimes.   "The last few days have been hard to process," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned deadly. "As a...
Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

Trump’s lack of discipline leaves new chief of staff frustrated and dismayed

As the new White House chief of staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Donald Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the president's desk. And he requires that all staff members — including Trump's relatives — go through him to reach the president.   But none of those attempts at...
Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

Trump attorney jumps into racial fray

President Donald Trump's lawyer on Wednesday fanned an already-incendiary racial debate by forwarding an email advocating protection of some Confederate monuments and claiming that the protest group Black Lives Matter had been infiltrated by terrorists.   Trump's lawyer John Dowd told The Washington Post he "shares a lot of things with people" and said it was unfair to equate forwarding...
Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy

Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all.   The new moves go beyond censoring individual stories or posts. Tech companies such as Google, GoDaddy and PayPal are now reversing their hands-off approach...
Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

Fox News invited a conservative and a liberal to debate Confederate statues. They both ripped Trump

The two guests on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends" had been invited to talk about the toppling of a North Carolina Confederate monument Wednesday morning in the way cable news often sets up: talking heads at opposite ends of the political spectrum bickering over partisan talking points.   Wendy Osefo, a policy and social justice expert and Johns Hopkins University professor...
Neo-Nazi website faces federal lawsuit over defamation

Neo-Nazi website faces federal lawsuit over defamation

An Ohio-based neo-Nazi website and its founder are facing a federal lawsuit filed by Dean Obeidallah, a comedian and political commentator who says he was defamed by an article in The Daily Stormer that falsely accused him of being a terrorist. In his lawsuit, Obeidallah alleges that The Daily Stormer and its founder Andrew Anglin, published a story June 1 that portrays Obeidallah as the mastermind...
Trump attacks Amazon on Twitter again. Here’s why.

Trump attacks Amazon on Twitter again. Here’s why.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized online retail giant Amazon.com on Twitter again, saying the company is “doing great damage to tax paying retailers.” Trump often criticixes the company and CEO Jeff Bezos, who owns The Washington Post. Trump tweeted that “towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!” According to its website, Amazon...
Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Trump threat to Obamacare would send premiums and deficits sky high

Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budget deficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Donald Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday.   The subsidies reimburse insurers for reducing...
Hope Hicks named interim White House communications director

Hope Hicks named interim White House communications director

Hope Hicks, the White House director of strategic communications, will serve as the interim White House communications director, White House officials confirmed to Wednesday. The news of the interim post was first reported by The New York Times on Wednesday morning, citing a “senior administration official.” In a statement released to the Wall Street Journal, an unnamed official said...
Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

Lionel Richie considers boycotting the Kennedy Center honors under Trump

The Kennedy Center Honors have always been about prestige, not politics — but this year, as the newest batch of honorees ponder the first such celebration to be held under the Trump administration, several are finding it difficult to set politics aside.   During an appearance on the "Today" show Tuesday, singer-songwriter Lionel Richie became the latest 2017 Kennedy Center...
Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

Alt-right, alt-left, antifa: A glossary of extremist language 

President Donald Trump angrily denounced the so-called alt-left at a news conference on Tuesday, claiming that the group attacked followers of the so-called alt-right at a white supremacist rally that exploded into deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday.   “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at the, as you say, the ‘alt-right’? Do...
Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy Moore, Luther Strange head for GOP runoff in Alabama Senate race

Roy S. Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court, and Sen. Luther Strange emerged from a crowded Republican field Tuesday in a special Senate primary in Alabama, according to The Associated Press. They will face off for their party’s nomination next month in a runoff election, a contest that will test President Donald Trump’s clout in a deeply conservative state.  ...
Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

Trump gives white supremacists an unequivocal boost

President Donald Trump buoyed the white nationalist movement on Tuesday as no president has done in generations — equating activists protesting racism with the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who rampaged in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.   Never has he gone as far in defending their actions as he did during a wild, street-corner shouting-match of a news conference in...
Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound over meaning of Trump’s ‘many sides’ remark

Theories abound about why President Donald Trump has repeatedly insisted that “many sides” are to blame for the white supremacist-fueled violence in Virginia over the weekend.   Some suggested the president does not want to alienate whites who voted for him out of a sense of racial grievance. Others said he was offering his white nationalist supporters a wink and a nod. Yet another...
What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

What is the ‘alt-left,’ which Trump just blamed for some of the violence in Charlottesville?

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that there was plenty of blame shared for recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead and 19 injured.   He also used a term that some right-wing websites, commentators and Fox News personalities have for months advancedof a violent wing of liberal activists — the alt-left.   "What about the alt-left that...
Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

Trump’s rhetorical ricochet on Charlottesville highlights basic truths about the president 

When President Donald Trump's supporters rail against efforts to rein in his unpredictable, provocative behavior, they often call on White House aides, news reporters and Republicans in Congress to "let Trump be Trump."   But from Capitol Hill to the American heartland Tuesday night, the question was posed over and over again, "Which Trump?"   Was it the Trump...
Ohio country band booted from Lee Brice concert, rib fest after Charlottesville Facebook post

Ohio country band booted from Lee Brice concert, rib fest after Charlottesville Facebook post

Rodney Parker and Liberty Beach, a country band from Sylvania, was booted from Northwest Ohio Rib Off and an opening slot for Nashville star Lee Brice after complaints over a Facebook post. Singer Rodney Parker, on his personal Facebook page, posted Tuesday about the Charlottesville, Va., protests. The Toledo Blade, which sponsors the Rib Off, made the decision to pull the band. Parker&rsquo...
9 athletes who brought their game to Ohio politics

9 athletes who brought their game to Ohio politics

According to multiple reports, former NFL and Ohio State football player Anthony Gonzalez may be considering running for Congress. Gonzalez expressed interest in joining the race for the 16th Congressional District, containing Wayne County and suburbs of Cleveland, Akron and Canton, after meeting with the National Republican Congressional District. Gonzalez isn’t the only sports figure to hold...
Flight blocked from landing in Indy due to VP visit sent to Dayton

Flight blocked from landing in Indy due to VP visit sent to Dayton

A plane low on fuel traveling from Chicago to Indianapolis Friday was forced to land in Dayton since Vice President Mike Pence’s plane was on the runway there. According to RTV6 in Indianapolis, the flight was in Indianapolis air space and was denied permission to land at Indianapolis International Airport. Air traffic controllers said United Express flight 3633 could not land because Air Force...
Hate groups in Ohio: How many are there, and where are they?

Hate groups in Ohio: How many are there, and where are they?

After the events of Charlottesville, Va., last weekend and the condemnation of hate groups, many people are asking, “What constitutes a hate group?” or “Are there any near me?” In Charlottesville, a rally called ‘Unite the Right’ drew large groups either for the rally or to protest it.  The Southern Poverty Law Center is a domestic non-profit...
Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Trump retweets right-wing provocateur known for pushing false conspiracy theories

Late Monday, after thousands of protesters flocked to Trump Tower for the president's first trip back to the Manhattan penthouse in seven months, the president took to Twitter.   First, he wrote that it felt "good to be home." Next, he retweeted a post from an eyebrow-raising Twitter account: that of right-wing provocateur Jack Posobiec, a Trump supporter known for advancing a...
Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

 When Susan Kroger decided to help launch a political activism group for women in her largely rural, pro-Trump region, she expected a few dozen liberal neighbors to show up.   But when she opened the doors at the group's first community meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 100 people flooded into the room. Now nine months later, Kroger says the group has quickly grown to 2,300 active...
GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

GoDaddy — then Google — ban neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer for disparaging Charlottesville victim

The push for Internet businesses to remove hateful speech spread to an influential corner of the tech industry on Monday as Web registration service GoDaddy delisted a prominent neo-Nazi site in the wake of violent clashes over the weekend in Charlottesville.   The move by GoDaddy, which registers domain names for 71 million websites globally, is the latest and perhaps the broadest indication...
North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korea’s Kim appears to ease rhetoric U.S. Joint Chiefs chairman stresses diplomacy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to take a step back from the brink of nuclear war Tuesday, when state media reported that he would "watch a little more the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees."   But, as is often the case with North Korea, the message was mixed: Kim was inspecting the missile unit tasked with preparing to strike near Guam, and photos released by...
Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Trump fires back after the CEO of Merck resigned from his manufacturing council

Just a month ago, President Donald Trump invited Merck chief executive Kenneth Frazier to the White House, calling him one of the "great, great leaders of business in this country." On Monday morning, Trump singled out Frazier again, this time to express his displeasure over the pharmaceutical executive's abrupt decision to resign from the president's American manufacturing council. ...
Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

Trump administration goes after China over intellectual property, advanced technology

President Donald Trump signed an executive memorandum Monday afternoon that will likely trigger an investigation into China's alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, a measure that could eventually result in a wide range of penalties as the administration seeks a new way to deal with what it calls Chinese violations of the rules of international trade.   "The theft of intellectual...
For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

Protesters rallied for the second consecutive evening in front of the White House on Monday, condemning white supremacy and calling on the Trump administration to take a more hard-line stance against it.   The rally, organized on Facebook by local college students, comes in response to violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that claimed the...
Dayton area’s richest man gives $1M to group backing Husted for governor

Dayton area’s richest man gives $1M to group backing Husted for governor

Billionaire philanthropist Clay Mathile donated $1 million to a super PAC that is backing Republican Jon Husted for governor next year, according to federal campaign finance filings. Between late April and the end of June, Ohio Conservatives for Change raised $1.3 million from four donors: $1 million from Mathile, $125,000 each from Mt. Vernon residents Thomas Ratin and Karen Buchwald Wright and $50...
Local drivers look to take red-light camera fight to Supreme Court

Local drivers look to take red-light camera fight to Supreme Court

Opponents of red light traffic cameras are now asking the Ohio Supreme Court to declare them unconstitutional because of the way tickets are written and processed. Tickets issued via automated traffic cameras go through a civil administrative process, which opponents say violates due process rights. The system relies on hearsay evidence and denies motorists the ability to mount a defense, the lawsuit...
Dayton a pilot city for DEA ‘360-Degree Strategy’ to fight opioid epidemic

Dayton a pilot city for DEA ‘360-Degree Strategy’ to fight opioid epidemic

Dayton has been selected as a pilot city for the "DEA 360-Degree Strategy" to fight the opioid epidemic. The strategy aims to address prescription opioid misuse, heroin abuse and violent crime, Timothy Plancon, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Detroit Field Division, said in a prepared statement released Monday afternoon.  "The national strategy emphasizes...
Neo-Nazi hate website has links to Ohio

Neo-Nazi hate website has links to Ohio

The Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi hate group with ties to central Ohio, must find a new website host after it posted an article attacking Heather Heyer, the victim in the Charlottesville attack. “We informed The Daily Stormer that they have 24 hours to move the domain to another provider, as they have violated our terms of service,” GoDaddy said on Twitter on Monday. The notice came after...
Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Despite Trump’s support, Alabama senator struggles to a primary finish

Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama wields an endorsement from the president of the United States, is the beneficiary of a multimillion-dollar campaign from allies of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and has the backing of influential conservative interest groups like the National Rifle Association.   But Strange is wheezing into Tuesday’s Republican Senate primary here. He...
A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

A hate crime? How the Charlottesville car attack may become a federal case

The Justice Department’s announcement that it is opening a civil rights investigation into a deadly car crash into a crowd of people protesting white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia, has put a spotlight on what the department’s role may be under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.   Sessions was an outspoken conservative senator from Alabama before President Donald Trump...
House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

House conservatives hope to revive Obamacare repeal vote 

Conservatives in the House hope to revive the failed effort to gut the Affordable Care Act with a long-shot drive to force Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to hold a vote to simply repeal the health-care law without a replacement.   Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus want to seize control of the health-care debate by petitioning Republicans to hold a vote on a version of a repeal...
New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

New book creates more hurdles for GOP senator

Over two months, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has dodged bullets on a baseball field, buried his elderly father and watched one of his political mentors, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., battle terminal brain cancer.   And that was all before he published a book that doubles down on his criticisms of President Donald Trump, which in less than two weeks since its release, has once again put him at...
Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s Charlottesville statement: ‘I think he needed to be much harsher’

Ousted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Donald Trump's unwillingness to single out white nationalist and white supremacy groups in addressing the violence that erupted Saturday in Charlottesville.   "I wouldn't have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that...
Trump campaign ad says his ‘enemies’ are trying to undermine his progress

Trump campaign ad says his ‘enemies’ are trying to undermine his progress

  The 30-second spot, airing on cable news shows, targets Democrats and the media.      A new television ad unveiled Sunday by President Donald Trump's campaign accuses "the president's enemies" of trying to undermine his success in office.   The 30-second spot, produced six months into Trump's term, targets Democrats and the news media, and touts what the campaign...
White House: Trump’s condemnation includes ‘white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups’

White House: Trump’s condemnation includes ‘white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi and all extremist groups’

The White House on Sunday sought to quell criticism of President Trump's failure to denounce by name the white supremacists behind a spate of violence in Charlottesville, a response that associates said was based largely on Trump's own read of the hate-fueled melee with counterprotesters.   In a statement, and through aides appearing on Sunday talk shows, the White House defended Trump's...
Political violence 'didn't come out of nowhere'

Political violence 'didn't come out of nowhere'

Kevin Boyle, an American history professor at Northwestern University, watched it unfold, the feeling in his gut both horror and a sense that the racial tension bubbling for years had finally, almost inevitably, begun boiling over. "Given our political moment, I'm not surprised that we've come to this point," he said. "I'm terribly depressed we've come to this point but I'm not surprised...
Solidarity vigil in Dayton honors Charlottesville victims

Solidarity vigil in Dayton honors Charlottesville victims

Community members gathered Sunday night at Courthouse Square in Dayton for a solidarity vigil for the victims of violence Saturday in Charlottesville. Vigil organizer Dayton Anti-Racist Action asked attendees to bring candles and to make donations for the medical expenses of those hurt in the attack, according to the group’s Facebook page. Attendees carried signs and held candles as they...
Ohio survivor of Pearl Harbor dies; last to see airfield bombed

Ohio survivor of Pearl Harbor dies; last to see airfield bombed

A Cleveland native believed to be the last surviving veteran to see the attack on Wheeler Army Airfield at Pearl Harbor died last week in Florida, according to The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. John Seelie was 94 and lived in Port Charlotte, Fla. READ THE PLAIN DEALER STORY HERE “They were 75 feet off the ground. You could see the Japanese pilots’ faces clearly,” he told an interviewer...
Guns in school: ‘We have to be ready in seconds and not minutes’

Guns in school: ‘We have to be ready in seconds and not minutes’

Intruders beware: An increasing number of teachers and staff are armed in Ohio schools. Facing the specter of having to respond to school shootings like those at Madison Junior-Senior High School in Butler County and West Liberty-Salem High School in Champaign County, more administrators and school boards are making the decision to put guns in reach of — or concealed on the bodies of &mdash...
Woman gets ‘Covfefe’ OK’d for Ohio license plate; others not as lucky

Woman gets ‘Covfefe’ OK’d for Ohio license plate; others not as lucky

President Donald Trump earlier this year posted a word on Twitter than nobody ever heard of. Now that word, “covfefe,” is a vanity license plate for a northeast Ohio woman. However other states don’t allow the word on plates. The Columbus Dispatch reported today that Brittany Scott thought it worked for her car. “It just fit. I thought it was hilarious.” READ THE FULL...
Dems face challenge even if Trump stumbles

Dems face challenge even if Trump stumbles

On paper, the 2018 election looks good for Democrats: First-term presidents have traditionally fared poorly during the midterms, and President Donald Trump’s approval ratings are among the worst ever recorded for a president this early in his tenure. But the reality for Democrats is tougher than it looks. Years of gerrymandering and a brand that even Democrats admit has struggled to maintain...
Ohio leaders condemn ‘hate’ and ‘racism’ in Charlottesville

Ohio leaders condemn ‘hate’ and ‘racism’ in Charlottesville

Local and Ohio officials took to Twitter to show their reaction to the violent clashes between protesters in Charlottesville, Va. Ohio Gov. John Kasich wrote, “Racism and violence have no place in America. All of us must condemn hate wherever it is found.” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley tweeted that Dayton stands with Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and that city against “hate & supremacy...
Meet Kim Jong Un, a moody young man with a nuclear arsenal

Meet Kim Jong Un, a moody young man with a nuclear arsenal

In China, the man threatening to fire missiles at the United States is often derided as a chubby brat. In the United States, a senator recently referred to him as “this crazy fat kid.” President Donald Trump once called him “a total nut job.”   But the target of all that scorn, Kim Jong Un, the 33-year-old leader of North Korea, has long been underestimated. ...
Trump attacks on McConnell bring rebukes from fellow Republicans

Trump attacks on McConnell bring rebukes from fellow Republicans

  President Donald Trump aimed a fresh barrage of criticism at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday, escalating an extraordinary fight with a key Republican leader that could undermine the party's ability to regroup and pass shared legislative priorities this fall.   In a series of demeaning tweets and public statements, Trump blamed the Kentucky Republican, who remains...
On cable, ‘all Trump, all the time’ isn't going away — the networks are addicted

On cable, ‘all Trump, all the time’ isn't going away — the networks are addicted

Last year was a busy one for Hank Bargine, a freelance TV-news cameraman based in Colorado. The networks kept calling as the presidential candidates crisscrossed the country on the campaign trail. Bargine worked and traveled constantly, shooting rallies and other political events.   Now? Things are as slow as Bargine can remember in his 20 years as a news photographer. Bargine estimates...
Analysis: Kim Jong Un wants to stay in power — and that is an argument against nuclear war

Analysis: Kim Jong Un wants to stay in power — and that is an argument against nuclear war

Between American threats of "fire and fury" and North Korea's vow to unleash a "historic enveloping fire" on a U.S. territory, the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington has suddenly raised fears of escalating into an actual war.   It also has brought a rush of speculation about the brinkmanship at play — including trying to understand the moves and motives...
Trump’s Washington hotel turning big profit

Trump’s Washington hotel turning big profit

Donald Trump's company turned a $1.97 million profit at its opulent Trump International Hotel so far in 2017, dramatically beating its expectations and giving the first hard numbers to critics who charge that Trump is profiting from his presidency.   The Trump Organization had projected that it would lose $2.1 million during the first four months of 2017 as it established a new hotel and...
CNN severs ties with pundit Jeffrey Lord over his use of Nazi phrase on Twitter

CNN severs ties with pundit Jeffrey Lord over his use of Nazi phrase on Twitter

CNN fired prominent commentator Jeffrey Lord on Thursday after he tweeted the Nazi salutation "Sieg Heil!" in response to a feud with a liberal activist.   "Nazi salutes are indefensible," a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. "Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network."   Lord, a former official in the Reagan administration, has been featured on...
Trump goes off-script, leaving new chief of staff Kelly hoping for the best 

Trump goes off-script, leaving new chief of staff Kelly hoping for the best 

 Midway through President Donald Trump's second media availability in a single afternoon here Thursday, his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, held up a sign signaling to the boss that it was time to drop the curtain on the show.   "One more question," it read.   The president either did not see her plea or opted to disregard it, because he kept answering questions...
Ohio leaders react to Trump declaring opioid crisis ‘an emergency’

Ohio leaders react to Trump declaring opioid crisis ‘an emergency’

President Donald Trump declared the nation’s opioid crisis “an emergency” on Thursday. “The opioid crisis is an emergency. And I am saying officially right now: It is an emergency, it’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” Trump told reporters during a brief question-and-answer...
Kid Rock still getting support for Michigan Senate seat; Nugent says he’s not running

Kid Rock still getting support for Michigan Senate seat; Nugent says he’s not running

Kid Rock is still showing support in polling despite his lack of an official announcement. In the last poll posted Aug. 2 by RealClearPolitics from Target Insyght showed Kid Rock losing to Democrat incumbent Debbie Stabenow by eight points, but that might not be Rock’s biggest concern if he runs. He jumped other Republican contenders because of his name recognition - Kid Rock, his stage name...
Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Ohio State football hero considering run at Congress

Anthony Gonzalez, the former Ohio State wide receiver who wowed fans with his clutch catches and his amazing grab in a 2005 win at Michigan, is considering a run for Congress. According to multiple reports, Gonzalez recently met with the National Republican Congressional Committee and expressed interest in joining the ballot for Ohio’s 16th Congressional District, which contains Wayne County...
Famed Cleveland Clinic facing criticism for gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Famed Cleveland Clinic facing criticism for gala at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

The Cleveland Clinic, a world recognized top hospital, is facing pressure to move its 2018 winter gala and fundraiser from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. According to Cleveland.com, the hospital has hosted the benefit and gala at Mar-a-Lago for eight years. The hospital received push back for hosting its gala at the estate earlier this year when President...
Trump backs senator’s bid in Alabama

Trump backs senator’s bid in Alabama

President Donald Trump intervened Tuesday in the special Senate election in Alabama, bestowing a coveted endorsement on Sen. Luther Strange a week before a Republican primary that has been fought, in part, over who has been most loyal to the president.   In a surprise move that caught many in the Republican Party off guard, Trump tweeted that Strange “has done a great job representing...
Michelle Obama’s former policy director enters race for Maryland governor 

Michelle Obama’s former policy director enters race for Maryland governor 

Krishanti Vignarajah, a onetime policy director for former first lady Michelle Obama, announced Wednesday that she plans to enter the race for Maryland governor, becoming the first woman to join the crowded field for the 2018 Democratic nomination.   Vignarajah plans an official campaign announcement next month.   "I am running for governor because I am worried my daughter...
Liberals gather in Atlanta to plot Trump resistance strategy

Liberals gather in Atlanta to plot Trump resistance strategy

Netroots Nation, the activist left's largest annual gathering, arrives in Atlanta this week with its clearest focus in years: how to resist President Donald Trump.   Former Vice President Al Gore will speak about the threats to the planet from a president who dismisses climate change as a hoax hatched in Beijing. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., will ring...
Trump’s threat of war with N. Korea may sound scarier than it is

Trump’s threat of war with N. Korea may sound scarier than it is

American anxiety over North Korea spiked on Tuesday when President Donald Trump warned that, if the country makes any more threats against the United States, it “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”   Social media filled with nervous jokes and at times outright panic over whether Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, could bluster their...
Trump’s comments on police set off debate on social media policies in Annapolis

Trump’s comments on police set off debate on social media policies in Annapolis

   When President Donald Trump appeared to encourage police to rough suspects up during a July speech, he set off a national political firestorm. He also unknowingly sparked a fierce political debate in Annapolis, Maryland.   After Annapolis Police Chief Scott Baker watched Trump's speech on Long Island, New York, in which the president asked officers not to be "too nice"...
Trump’s threat to North Korea contrasts with calm reassurances of other administration officials 

Trump’s threat to North Korea contrasts with calm reassurances of other administration officials 

As President Donald Trump amplified his bellicose warning to North Korea on Wednesday, senior administration officials rushed to reassure a suddenly jittery world that they stood behind his sentiments, if not necessarily his language.   What many outside the White House — and some on the inside — interpreted as an undisciplined presidential eruption threatening nuclear conflict...
Nine months after election day, probes of Clinton and her campaign continue

Nine months after election day, probes of Clinton and her campaign continue

Nine months after Donald Trump upset Hillary Clinton to win the presidency, congressional Republicans and conservative legal watchdogs are continuing to probe the scandals that dogged the Democratic campaign. And in conservative media, the churn of possible investigations has created a news cycle that operates independently of the one seen in most of the press.   The latest round of pressure...
Russian spy plane that flew near Wright-Patt trolled Trump

Russian spy plane that flew near Wright-Patt trolled Trump

A Russian surveillance plane that flew over the Washington, D.C., area and near Bedminster, N.J. where President Donald Trump is on a working vacation later appeared to fly at low altitude near Wright-Patterson on Wednesday, POLITICO reported. The website said while the flight was legal under the Open Skies treaty that permits Russia and the United States to conduct surveillance missions over each...
Politicians of both parties urge Dayton, teachers to avoid strike

Politicians of both parties urge Dayton, teachers to avoid strike

A bipartisan group of a dozen local and state politicians sent a letter to Dayton’s school board, superintendent and teachers union Wednesday, urging them to work together to avoid a teacher strike before the school year begins. RELATED: Republican state rep backs teachers in dispute A news release from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said the letter was cosigned by: State Sen. Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering)...
Guns in schools: Mad River Schools trains 32 staff to shoot intruders

Guns in schools: Mad River Schools trains 32 staff to shoot intruders

Intruders beware: Thirty-two teachers and staff in Mad River Local Schools are now armed and ready to kill. When school gets back in session Monday, each building will have a number of the trained staff members who are able to access hidden gun safes, the combinations of which are known exclusively to the individual staff member and the superintendent. The district, which serves Riverside, is the...
9 takeaways from the national climate report

9 takeaways from the national climate report

A scientific report on climate change obtained by The New York Times, part of a regular federal climate assessment, shows that warming is already having a large effect on the United States.   It is getting warmer everywhere, but in the contiguous United States, the West is warming the fastest. While temperatures in the country (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) have increased an average of 1...
Medical marijuana: How much and what kinds will patients get in Ohio?

Medical marijuana: How much and what kinds will patients get in Ohio?

A year after Governor John Kasich signed Ohio’s medical marijuana program into law, state regulators are starting to formalize how and where pot will be grown and available to medical patients. Patients who are eligible to get medical marijuana will be limited to how much they can get at a time and how they are able to use it.  State regulators are still determining how much a patient can...
7 shows for President Trump to watch on his vacation

7 shows for President Trump to watch on his vacation

President Donald Trump has nearly two weeks left on his working vacation in New Jersey. That’s a lot of hours for one of his favorite pastimes — watching television. But there’s only so much news that one man can take. So a few of our critics weighed in with recommendations of streaming shows and movies for the nation’s consumer-in-chief of cable television. And since Trump...
There are 7 million unemployed and 6.2 million job openings. So, what’s the problem?

There are 7 million unemployed and 6.2 million job openings. So, what’s the problem?

The United States has a record 6.2 million job openings. It's the highest number since the Labor Department began tracking job postings in 2000.   At the same time, there are 7 million unemployed Americans. That's almost one job for every person searching for a role. This should be a no-brainer, right? Get the jobless onto the doorsteps of these employers.   Sadly, it's not that...
Deportation orders increase under Trump; fewer migrants prevail in court

Deportation orders increase under Trump; fewer migrants prevail in court

Federal immigration courts ordered 57,069 people to leave the United States in the first six months of the Trump administration, up nearly 31 percent over the same period last year, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.   Additionally, 16,058 people prevailed in their immigration cases, or had them closed, allowing them to stay in the United States, according to the data, which tallied...
Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ statement echoes North Korea’s own threats

Trump’s ‘fire and fury’ statement echoes North Korea’s own threats

   As talk spread of North Korea's nuclear weapons capabilities on Tuesday, President Trump responded with a warning.   "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States," Trump said at an event at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club. "They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen." The president then repeated that North...
‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical adviser says

‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical adviser says

Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Donald Trump's evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.   "When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full...
‘May you die in pain’: Another GOP lawmaker grilled at health care town hall 

‘May you die in pain’: Another GOP lawmaker grilled at health care town hall 

The people of California's 1st District made their congressman see red Monday morning.   Like other Republican congressmen before him, Rep. Doug LaMalfa, R-Calif., held a town hall on the ongoing health care debate and the Trump and GOP-led effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.   And like some of his colleagues, LaMalfa was met with boos, catcalls and verbal barbs...
State will audit Toledo for first time since 1985

State will audit Toledo for first time since 1985

The Ohio auditor will go over the city of Toledo’s books this year, not a private firm.  Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson asked the state to look into the city’s finances following a public disclosure of an $8 million fund that sat idle for five years, according to the Toledo Blade.  The paper said the idle money was the result of years of “illegal commingling funds&rdquo...
Feds back Husted in lawsuit over voter purging method

Feds back Husted in lawsuit over voter purging method

The battle over how Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted purges voters from the registration rolls took a turn Tuesday when attorneys general from 17 states, the U.S. Department of Justice, and others filed briefs in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that say Husted’s method is solid. Husted’s office flags voters who haven’t cast ballots in two years and mails them a notice, asking...
Trump’s stalled trade agenda leaves industries in a lurch 

Trump’s stalled trade agenda leaves industries in a lurch 

Donald Trump promised Americans that they would be exhausted from “winning” on trade under his presidency. But nearly seven months after Trump took office, the industries he vowed to protect have become tired of something else: waiting.   After beginning his presidency with a bang by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact in January, Trump has accomplished little...
Washington dysfunction fuels uncertainty for businesses

Washington dysfunction fuels uncertainty for businesses

Corporate uncertainty about whether the Trump administration will be able to deliver on numerous promises — including tax cuts, health care, a China crackdown, and infrastructure — has forced many companies to put important hiring and investment decisions on hold, potentially crimping an economic expansion that appears ready to accelerate.   A Washington Post review of dozens...
China, not Trump, is suddenly helping American steel

China, not Trump, is suddenly helping American steel

American steel companies are thriving again, largely thanks to China, not President Donald Trump.   Steel prices are surging. Prices in the United States are at the highest point in about three years, according to SteelBenchmarker. China is a major factor driving this "summer of steel."   The Chinese government has finally curbed some steel production, acknowledging that...
‘Fake news’? The Russia investigation is getting very, very real

‘Fake news’? The Russia investigation is getting very, very real

President Donald Trump keeps calling the Russia investigation "fake news." But with each passing week, the independent investigation into Trump's campaign ties to Russia is getting more real, not less.   Here's how:   It's expanding, both in size and scope. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has built a team of lawyers who have expertise in cybercrime, white-collar crime...
Huber Heights residents split on medical marijuana, survey says

Huber Heights residents split on medical marijuana, survey says

Huber Heights residents are split over medical marijuana, according to the results of two city-commissioned surveys. The surveys — one conducted online, the other by phone — reveal the severe division in opinion held by residents as the city struggles to determine how to move forward on the controversial issue. “In short, the survey in its totality concludes a very short margin of...
Analysis: What the new UN sanctions on North Korea mean

Analysis: What the new UN sanctions on North Korea mean

When it comes to dealing with North Korea's nuclear weapons program, many people hope sanctions are a useful tool. But not all sanctions are created equal.   This weekend, the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose strict new sanctions on Pyongyang - a response to North Korea's launch of two intercontinental missiles last month. The new measures significantly step up restrictions...
New chief of staff Kelly moves quickly to tame Trump’s tweets

New chief of staff Kelly moves quickly to tame Trump’s tweets

On his fifth day on the job as Donald Trump's new chief of staff, John Kelly gathered about 200 White House aides for a meeting where he spelled out in blunt terms the way things are going to work in the West Wing he now oversees.   The retired Marine Corps four-star general said he didn't care whether they had been part of the Trump campaign or had joined the administration from Capitol...
How Trump Hotel profits from White House connections

How Trump Hotel profits from White House connections

President Donald Trump's 263-room luxury hotel has become a side-door to the White House where foreign diplomats, lobbyists and reporters come to mingle with members of Trump's inner circle. Some of the encounters are casual meetings in the bar. Others are big-ticket events in meeting rooms. All of the proceeds go to Trump's company.
How the Trump International Hotel changed Washington’s culture of influence 

How the Trump International Hotel changed Washington’s culture of influence 

On a June morning, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and his wife enjoyed croissants in the lounge of the opulent hotel, a day before joining President Donald Trump a few blocks away at the White House for a Rose Garden news conference.   Downstairs that same day in the grand ballroom, hundreds of bankers discussed their industry's future under Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who lived...
Trump renews attack on Democratic senator, calling him a ‘Vietnam con artist’ on Twitter

Trump renews attack on Democratic senator, calling him a ‘Vietnam con artist’ on Twitter

President Donald Trump on Monday launched a renewed attack on Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., calling him "a phony Vietnam con artist" on Twitter after the senator appeared on television.   Trump's tweets came after Blumenthal voiced support on CNN for continuing the investigation into Russian meddling in last year's election and expressed concern about the Justice Department's...
Should your mayor be allowed to carry a gun in city hall?

Should your mayor be allowed to carry a gun in city hall?

State Rep. Nino Vitale is pretty confident he can take care of himself: he is a firearms instructor who routinely carries a weapon, he has 25 years of martial arts training and he runs 20 miles a week. But state law prohibits the Urbana Republican from carrying his concealed guns inside the Ohio Statehouse and other government buildings. Given today’s hyper-charged political environment and...
Former general taking control at White House

Former general taking control at White House

In his six months as Homeland Security secretary, John F. Kelly often described the White House as one of the most dysfunctional organizations he had ever seen, complained to colleagues and allies about its meddling, incompetence and recklessness, and was once so angry he briefly considered quitting. Now as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, he is doing something about it — with...
Even Zuckerberg can't stop meme that he is running for president

Even Zuckerberg can't stop meme that he is running for president

(This is part of an occasional series in which we explain what's behind a popular meme. We like to call it memesplaining; you might call it meme-ruining.) Ever since, oh, last December, there's been persistent speculation that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is running for president. The cited evidence is, basically, that Zuckerberg is doing a lot of things that a presidential candidate might do...
Trump is right: Americans need to move where the jobs are

Trump is right: Americans need to move where the jobs are

President Donald Trump said something last week that deserves a lot more attention. Americans "are going to have to start moving," Trump said in his interview with The Wall Street Journal (Politico leaked the full transcript of the exchange this week). He's right. Americans aren't packing up and moving like they used to. Mobility is at an all-time low, according to the Census Bureau, which...
By end of August, Trump will have spent three times as many days at leisure as Obama

By end of August, Trump will have spent three times as many days at leisure as Obama

In mid-August 2011, then-non-politician Donald Trump levied a critique of President Barack Obama. "Barack Obama played golf yesterday. Now he heads to a 10 day vacation in Martha's Vineyard. Nice work ethic," he tweeted. This was one of dozens of tweets criticizing Obama for playing golf. It was one of a handful that also dinged Obama for taking a vacation. On the campaign trail, Trump was...
For Trump, Republicans and Democrats, disdain from voters

For Trump, Republicans and Democrats, disdain from voters

In Arizona, where the great recession cut a deep swath through home prices and shook all facets of the economy, voters are now increasingly buoyant about the fiscal future they envision for themselves and the nation. They're saving their ire for politics and politicians. More than two dozen voters gathered in Phoenix this week delivered a bipartisan broadside against President Donald Trump, Republicans...
Defense to get historically high share of research budget

Defense to get historically high share of research budget

The Pentagon and other security agencies' outsize consumption of federal research money would grow further under Republican plans, while nondefense research spending would drop, sometimes dramatically, a new congressional report shows. The Defense Department's research and development budget would consume 56 percent of the federal R&D total in President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget proposal,...
With few wins in Congress, Republicans agree on need to agree

With few wins in Congress, Republicans agree on need to agree

Most people do not become U.S. senators to pass a resolution declaring National Lobster Day. But Congress has had to settle largely for small-bore victories since President Donald Trump was sworn into office, ostentatiously failing to pass a bill to repeal his predecessor’s health care law and achieving little substantive policy legislation. The floundering Republican agenda — particularly...