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Jessica Wehrman

Jessica Wehrman is a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch and covers Washington, D.C. for The Dispatch and Dayton Daily News.

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Replacing Obamacare: Details released of Senate health care plan
 Senate Republican leaders want to end by 2024 a sweeping expansion of a federal health program that allowed Ohio Gov. John Kasich to provide health care for 700,000 low-income people. In a health care bill made public Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would begin gradually phasing out a key feature of the 2010 law known...

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Senate Republican leaders want to end by 2024 a sweeping expansion of a federal health program that allowed Ohio Gov. John Kasich to provide health care for 700,000 low-income people. In a health care bill made public Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would begin gradually phasing out a key feature of the 2010 law known...
Portman met with N. Korea leaders last year in effort to free Warmbier
 Sen. Rob Portman met secretly last December with North Korean’s delegation to the United Nations in an effort to gain the release of or at least get information about Otto Warmbier, the Cincinnati-area man who was imprisoned by the North Korean government and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a poster. Warmbier, who was...

Posted: 21 hours ago

Sen. Rob Portman met secretly last December with North Korean’s delegation to the United Nations in an effort to gain the release of or at least get information about Otto Warmbier, the Cincinnati-area man who was imprisoned by the North Korean government and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a poster. Warmbier, who was...
Otto Warmbier’s death after release from North Korean detention brings sympathy, anger
 The death Monday of Otto Warmbier of suburban Cincinnati following more than a year in a North Korean prison shocked U.S. lawmakers and officials even as analysts acknowledged the United States has limited options to retaliate against the secretive Pyongyang regime. President Donald Trump said in a statement: “Otto’s fate deepens...

Posted: 2 days ago

The death Monday of Otto Warmbier of suburban Cincinnati following more than a year in a North Korean prison shocked U.S. lawmakers and officials even as analysts acknowledged the United States has limited options to retaliate against the secretive Pyongyang regime. President Donald Trump said in a statement: “Otto’s fate deepens...
Court lets stand Ohio law on voter rights
 The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to take up a voting rights case that challenges the state’s right to decline an absentee or provisional ballot on the basis of an error or omission that is not related to the voter’s qualifications. The provisions effectively keep voters’ votes from counting if they have made a small...

Posted: 2 days ago

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to take up a voting rights case that challenges the state’s right to decline an absentee or provisional ballot on the basis of an error or omission that is not related to the voter’s qualifications. The provisions effectively keep voters’ votes from counting if they have made a small...
‘How dare he’: Reporter, mother on how ball field shooting hit home
 Editor’s note: Washington Bureau reporter Jessica Wehrman, a native of Urbana, lives near Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, Va., where Congressman Steve Scalise and others were shot this week during practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. After spending the day reporting from the scene of the shooting, Jessica reflected...

Posted: 5 days ago

Editor’s note: Washington Bureau reporter Jessica Wehrman, a native of Urbana, lives near Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, Va., where Congressman Steve Scalise and others were shot this week during practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. After spending the day reporting from the scene of the shooting, Jessica reflected...
Day after tragedy, Congress plays ball
 In a town where winning is everything, the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity has been a throwback — a time when the fighting was purely athletic, and the competition was largely good clean fun. So that made Thursday’s game — one day after the third-ranking Republican in the House was gunned down at a baseball...

Posted: 6 days ago

In a town where winning is everything, the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity has been a throwback — a time when the fighting was purely athletic, and the competition was largely good clean fun. So that made Thursday’s game — one day after the third-ranking Republican in the House was gunned down at a baseball...
UPDATE: Rep. Scalise critical after congressional baseball game shooting
 A lone gunman opened fire on a group of GOP lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game Wednesday morning, wounding the House Majority whip and three others before being shot to death by police. Two others received secondary injuries during the minutes-long standoff, which involved dozens of shots fired in a normally placid suburban community...

Posted: 8 days ago

A lone gunman opened fire on a group of GOP lawmakers preparing for a charity baseball game Wednesday morning, wounding the House Majority whip and three others before being shot to death by police. Two others received secondary injuries during the minutes-long standoff, which involved dozens of shots fired in a normally placid suburban community...
Eyewitness account: There was ‘just shooting, shooting, shooting’
 The Republicans were just finishing up with their baseball practice on a balmy morning in the D.C. suburbs when they began to hear gunfire. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who had put on his batting gloves and headed to the batting cages along the first base line of Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, turned, only to hear Rep. Trent Kelly, a Mississippi...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Republicans were just finishing up with their baseball practice on a balmy morning in the D.C. suburbs when they began to hear gunfire. Rep. Brad Wenstrup, who had put on his batting gloves and headed to the batting cages along the first base line of Eugene Simpson Field in Alexandria, turned, only to hear Rep. Trent Kelly, a Mississippi...
Dad of Cincinnati-area man released from North Korea says son was ‘brutalized’
 UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (June 14):  The parents of Otto Warmbier continue to express concern about their son and the coma he is in -- a condition they knew nothing about. UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m. (June 13):  A small jet carrying Otto Warmbier has landed at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. A medical unit is there to ferry him to University of...

Posted: 8 days ago

UPDATE @ 8:15 p.m. (June 14):  The parents of Otto Warmbier continue to express concern about their son and the coma he is in -- a condition they knew nothing about. UPDATE @ 10:20 p.m. (June 13):  A small jet carrying Otto Warmbier has landed at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati. A medical unit is there to ferry him to University of...
Feds plan to cut food stamp program, states likely pick up cost
 President Donald Trump’s budget would cut the federal food assistance program by 25 percent, and states such as Ohio will likely pick up some of the cost of the program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which has also been known as food stamps, dates back to 1964 – though pilot programs existed before then. The program...

Posted: 12 days ago

President Donald Trump’s budget would cut the federal food assistance program by 25 percent, and states such as Ohio will likely pick up some of the cost of the program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which has also been known as food stamps, dates back to 1964 – though pilot programs existed before then. The program...
Mike DeWine on Ohio’s opioid crisis: “Nothing makes sense about this”
 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine ticked off the costs of the state’s opiate epidemic: Babies born addicted. A foster care system “bursting at the seams.” Jails overflowing. Employers unable to find qualified applicants who can pass a drug test. Then there was this: Every time someone dies of an opiate overdose, demand for...

Posted: 13 days ago

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine ticked off the costs of the state’s opiate epidemic: Babies born addicted. A foster care system “bursting at the seams.” Jails overflowing. Employers unable to find qualified applicants who can pass a drug test. Then there was this: Every time someone dies of an opiate overdose, demand for...