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Big crowds gather at estate sale of the things John Glenn left behind
 Long after the obituaries, the tributes, the solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, there was this: a modest Cape Cod house in the D.C. suburbs and an estate sale of the things John Glenn left behind. Glenn died in December 2016, but the news that his suburban D.C. home and all of its contents were on sale still drew crowds last...

5:21 PM Monday, Mar. 12, 2018

Long after the obituaries, the tributes, the solemn ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, there was this: a modest Cape Cod house in the D.C. suburbs and an estate sale of the things John Glenn left behind. Glenn died in December 2016, but the news that his suburban D.C. home and all of its contents were on sale still drew crowds last...
Trump’s trade plan has auto industry, farmers worried about price hikes
 President Donald Trump’s decision to impose steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum may boost Ohio’s steel industry, but it has prompted fears the tariffs will lead to higher costs for people buying cars, trucks and other consumer items made with steel. Although White House officials insisted Thursday the tariffs will not...

9:22 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

President Donald Trump’s decision to impose steep tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum may boost Ohio’s steel industry, but it has prompted fears the tariffs will lead to higher costs for people buying cars, trucks and other consumer items made with steel. Although White House officials insisted Thursday the tariffs will not...
Proximity to Wright-Patt cited in letter touting Ohio for missile site
 The Ohio congressional delegation is doubling down on its efforts to lure a Missile Defense site to northeast Ohio. In a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis dated Monday, Ohio’s two senators and all but one member of the Ohio House delegation urged the Trump administration to select Camp Ravenna as the East Coast Missile Defense...

4:16 PM Wednesday, Mar. 07, 2018

The Ohio congressional delegation is doubling down on its efforts to lure a Missile Defense site to northeast Ohio. In a letter to Defense Secretary James Mattis dated Monday, Ohio’s two senators and all but one member of the Ohio House delegation urged the Trump administration to select Camp Ravenna as the East Coast Missile Defense...
U.S. Senate advances plan to weaken banking rules
 To some in the financial services industry, a Senate vote Tuesday clearing the way for a rollback of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation was the beginning of a dream realized. For Sen. Sherrod Brown, it was a bad dream. Brown, an Ohio Democrat who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, fought to become the lead...

8:04 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2018

To some in the financial services industry, a Senate vote Tuesday clearing the way for a rollback of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial regulation was the beginning of a dream realized. For Sen. Sherrod Brown, it was a bad dream. Brown, an Ohio Democrat who serves as the ranking Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, fought to become the lead...
Congress puts DACA decision on back burner
 In January, Senate Democrats were so concerned about the plight of the nearly 700,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children — more than 4,400 in Ohio — that it contributed to their decision to shut down the federal government. But events since then have moved the status of the so-called “Dreamers” to a congressional...

11:00 AM Monday, Mar. 05, 2018

In January, Senate Democrats were so concerned about the plight of the nearly 700,000 people brought to the U.S. illegally as children — more than 4,400 in Ohio — that it contributed to their decision to shut down the federal government. But events since then have moved the status of the so-called “Dreamers” to a congressional...
Xenia pastor to White House panel: ‘I almost lost my life to addiction’
 White House officials sought to assure those affected by the opioid epidemic Thursday that virtually every cabinet agency was working on how best to alleviate the crisis. At a White House summit on opioid abuse, Greg Delaney, the outreach coordinator for Woodhaven Recovery in Dayton, joined 200 affected by the crisis to discuss the Trump...

9:24 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

White House officials sought to assure those affected by the opioid epidemic Thursday that virtually every cabinet agency was working on how best to alleviate the crisis. At a White House summit on opioid abuse, Greg Delaney, the outreach coordinator for Woodhaven Recovery in Dayton, joined 200 affected by the crisis to discuss the Trump...
Xenia pastor at White House today to discuss opioid crisis
 A Xenia pastor will be among those at the White House today to discuss the nation’s opioid epidemic. Pastor Greg Delaney will be among a group of about 200 people from around the country who have dealt with the crisis. He’ll attend a panel with First Lady Melania Trump, White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and Health...

1:55 PM Thursday, Mar. 01, 2018

A Xenia pastor will be among those at the White House today to discuss the nation’s opioid epidemic. Pastor Greg Delaney will be among a group of about 200 people from around the country who have dealt with the crisis. He’ll attend a panel with First Lady Melania Trump, White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway and Health...
Both Ohio senators to serve on pension rescue panel
 Sen. Rob Portman has joined Sen. Sherrod Brown on a joint committee tasked with solving a pension crisis that has endangered the pensions of 60,000 Ohio workers and retirees. The 16-member House-Senate committee was created at the insistence of Brown, D-Ohio, who will serve as co-chair. Portman, R-Ohio, is the only other Ohioan on the panel...

4:56 PM Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

Sen. Rob Portman has joined Sen. Sherrod Brown on a joint committee tasked with solving a pension crisis that has endangered the pensions of 60,000 Ohio workers and retirees. The 16-member House-Senate committee was created at the insistence of Brown, D-Ohio, who will serve as co-chair. Portman, R-Ohio, is the only other Ohioan on the panel...
Ohio Senator Brown to co-chair panel on pension crisis
 Sen. Sherrod Brown will co–chair a bipartisan commission tasked with solving a pension crisis that put more than 60,000 Ohioans and 1.5 million workers and retirees’ pensions at risk. Brown, D–Ohio, fought for the creation of the commission as part of a budget agreement reached earlier this month. Brown joins Democratic...

7:22 PM Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Sen. Sherrod Brown will co–chair a bipartisan commission tasked with solving a pension crisis that put more than 60,000 Ohioans and 1.5 million workers and retirees’ pensions at risk. Brown, D–Ohio, fought for the creation of the commission as part of a budget agreement reached earlier this month. Brown joins Democratic...
Ohio members of Congress react to Democratic memo on FBI
 Dayton-area Congressman Mike Turner said the Democratic memo released last weekend aimed at rebutting GOP claims that the FBI abused their power in order to help Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 “does not disprove” any of those claims. Turner, a member of the House Intelligence Committee from Dayton, said the memo did not disprove...

7:06 PM Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Dayton-area Congressman Mike Turner said the Democratic memo released last weekend aimed at rebutting GOP claims that the FBI abused their power in order to help Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 “does not disprove” any of those claims. Turner, a member of the House Intelligence Committee from Dayton, said the memo did not disprove...
East Coast nuclear defense site could be in Ohio
 Nuclear missiles headed for the United States could be shot down from Ohio if the state’s congressional delegation has its way. Ohio’s members of Congress are in the midst of what one congressman calls a “full court press” to land an East Coast Missile Defense site in Ravenna, Ohio — a site that would, along...

4:36 PM Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Nuclear missiles headed for the United States could be shot down from Ohio if the state’s congressional delegation has its way. Ohio’s members of Congress are in the midst of what one congressman calls a “full court press” to land an East Coast Missile Defense site in Ravenna, Ohio — a site that would, along...
Gov. John Kasich wants group to act on gun issues by next week
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he is hoping that a group he’s convened to find solutions to gun violence in the state will be able to deliver something by the end of business next week to the Ohio General Assembly. Kasich, in Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association, declined to lay out what the group is considering...

7:15 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he is hoping that a group he’s convened to find solutions to gun violence in the state will be able to deliver something by the end of business next week to the Ohio General Assembly. Kasich, in Washington, D.C. for a meeting of the National Governors Association, declined to lay out what the group is considering...
Kasich, other governors announce health care reform plan
 The national conversation may be centered on guns and immigration, but on Friday, a bipartisan group of governors that includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich tried to focus the nation’s attention, once again, on health care. The group, which also includes Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and independent Bill Walker of Alaska, in...

5:06 PM Friday, Feb. 23, 2018

The national conversation may be centered on guns and immigration, but on Friday, a bipartisan group of governors that includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich tried to focus the nation’s attention, once again, on health care. The group, which also includes Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado and independent Bill Walker of Alaska, in...
NRA spent millions to keep Ohio Sen. Portman in office
 During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers...

7:48 PM Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018

During the 2016 election, the National Rifle Association and its donors gave Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign $9,900 — a drop in the bucket of the $25 million Portman raised and an argument against the notion that the gun rights group had “bought” the support of the state’s junior senator. But three other numbers...
Turner divorce case takes ugly turn
 Rep. Darrell Issa was in the U.S. Capitol last week when Rep. Mike Turner approached him and did something rarely done in Congress: He handed him a letter requesting that Issa testify in his divorce proceedings. It was the latest chapter in what has become an increasingly rancorous divorce between Turner, a Dayton Republican who has served...

7:37 PM Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Rep. Darrell Issa was in the U.S. Capitol last week when Rep. Mike Turner approached him and did something rarely done in Congress: He handed him a letter requesting that Issa testify in his divorce proceedings. It was the latest chapter in what has become an increasingly rancorous divorce between Turner, a Dayton Republican who has served...
Trump budget would cut $226K from Dayton Aviation national park
 For the second straight year, President Donald Trump’s budget would cut funds to the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park, this time by $226,000. Congress restored the cuts last year. RELATED: Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress The park received a little more than $2 million for this fiscal year; the...

11:55 PM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

For the second straight year, President Donald Trump’s budget would cut funds to the Dayton Aviation National Historical Park, this time by $226,000. Congress restored the cuts last year. RELATED: Deep in the fine print of the two-year budget deal in Congress The park received a little more than $2 million for this fiscal year; the...
Trump looks to boost spending on military, opioid fight, border wall
 President Donald Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget Monday that would beef up spending for the military, slash spending on non-military federal programs and — most controversially, for budget hawks — not balance the budget within the next decade. The budget is Trump’s blueprint for how he’s likely to spend...

7:18 PM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

President Donald Trump proposed a $4.4 trillion federal budget Monday that would beef up spending for the military, slash spending on non-military federal programs and — most controversially, for budget hawks — not balance the budget within the next decade. The budget is Trump’s blueprint for how he’s likely to spend...
Employers may be able to keep workers’ tips under proposed labor rule
 The five Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are irate about a proposed Department of Labor rule that they say could allow employers to steal employees’ tips. The outcry centers on the Trump Administration’s December 2017 decision to undo a 2011 rule that codified the idea that workers’ tips were their...

2:25 PM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

The five Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are irate about a proposed Department of Labor rule that they say could allow employers to steal employees’ tips. The outcry centers on the Trump Administration’s December 2017 decision to undo a 2011 rule that codified the idea that workers’ tips were their...
Thousands fight to restore pensions: ‘It’s like we’re invisible’
 Butch Lewis was one year into retirement when he got a letter that may have marked the beginning of the end of his life. The multi-employer plan that held his pension, Central States, had run into trouble, and was desperately short of money. It presented a plan to the U.S. Treasury that would slash benefits. Lewis’ were to be cut from...

11:00 AM Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Butch Lewis was one year into retirement when he got a letter that may have marked the beginning of the end of his life. The multi-employer plan that held his pension, Central States, had run into trouble, and was desperately short of money. It presented a plan to the U.S. Treasury that would slash benefits. Lewis’ were to be cut from...
Incumbents hold big funding edge in Ohio’s congressional races
 A Democrat who was president of an international relief organization and a Republican former NFL wide receiver are leading all other challengers in fundraising as they work to win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Ken Harbaugh, a Democrat who wants to unseat Rep. Bob Gibbs of Lakeville, raised $272,058 between Oct. 1...

7:46 PM Thursday, Feb. 01, 2018

A Democrat who was president of an international relief organization and a Republican former NFL wide receiver are leading all other challengers in fundraising as they work to win seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in November. Ken Harbaugh, a Democrat who wants to unseat Rep. Bob Gibbs of Lakeville, raised $272,058 between Oct. 1...
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