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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...
Trump visit to southwest Ohio sparks debate over infrastructure needs, costs
 President Donald Trump’s trip to Cincinnati Wednesday to highlight the nation’s crumbling infrastructure needs carries echoes of President Barack Obama’s 2011 trip to the city’s Brent Spence Bridge. But the similarity ends at the photo op. While both men have used the Ohio city to highlight the nation’s vast...

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President Donald Trump’s trip to Cincinnati Wednesday to highlight the nation’s crumbling infrastructure needs carries echoes of President Barack Obama’s 2011 trip to the city’s Brent Spence Bridge. But the similarity ends at the photo op. While both men have used the Ohio city to highlight the nation’s vast...
2 local students out of National Spelling Bee
 The word “unguent” just sounds gross – it means “a soft greasy or viscous substance used as an ointment or for lubrication.”  But on the first day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday, it proved to be something worse than yucky. It knocked Joshua George, 12, of Sidney out of the bee in the third...

Posted: 22 days ago

The word “unguent” just sounds gross – it means “a soft greasy or viscous substance used as an ointment or for lubrication.”  But on the first day of the Scripps National Spelling Bee Wednesday, it proved to be something worse than yucky. It knocked Joshua George, 12, of Sidney out of the bee in the third...
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Ohio case on canceled voter registrations
 The U.S. Supreme Court will decide as early as the end of the year whether Ohio officials violated federal law when they removed tens of thousands of people from the voting rolls simply because they had not cast ballots in recent elections. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal by Ohio officials of a ruling last year by a federal...

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The U.S. Supreme Court will decide as early as the end of the year whether Ohio officials violated federal law when they removed tens of thousands of people from the voting rolls simply because they had not cast ballots in recent elections. The justices agreed Tuesday to hear an appeal by Ohio officials of a ruling last year by a federal...
Trump distractions threaten GOP agenda, some local lawmakers say
 The agenda for Republicans like Sen. Rob Portman remains the same: A major overhaul of the federal tax code, sweeping revisions to the nation’s health-care laws and relaxing regulations on financial institutions and companies. But staying on track is becoming increasingly difficult, Republicans admit, with the continuing fallout over...

Posted: 23 days ago

The agenda for Republicans like Sen. Rob Portman remains the same: A major overhaul of the federal tax code, sweeping revisions to the nation’s health-care laws and relaxing regulations on financial institutions and companies. But staying on track is becoming increasingly difficult, Republicans admit, with the continuing fallout over...
Ohio congressman leading effort to keep Republicans in power in House
 On Wednesday afternoon, Columbus-area Rep. Steve Stivers, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, predicted the GOP candidate in an unexpectedly tight special election in Montana would eke out a win. A few hours later, that GOP candidate, Greg Gianforte, reportedly body–slammed a reporter minutes before what was...

Posted: 25 days ago

On Wednesday afternoon, Columbus-area Rep. Steve Stivers, the head of the National Republican Congressional Committee, predicted the GOP candidate in an unexpectedly tight special election in Montana would eke out a win. A few hours later, that GOP candidate, Greg Gianforte, reportedly body–slammed a reporter minutes before what was...
Ohio leaders ‘disturbed’ at reports that John Glenn’s body was mishandled
 Air Force officials are investigating a disturbing allegation that a mortuary employee allowed others — or offered to allow others — to view John Glenn’s remains before his April 6 burial, according to a report in a military newspaper. The Military Times said it obtained an “internal memo” written by Deborah...

Posted: 27 days ago

Air Force officials are investigating a disturbing allegation that a mortuary employee allowed others — or offered to allow others — to view John Glenn’s remains before his April 6 burial, according to a report in a military newspaper. The Military Times said it obtained an “internal memo” written by Deborah...
23 million would lose insurance under new health care bill, CBO says
 The House Republican plan to replace Obamacare would reduce deficits by $119 billion over the next decade, but increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 23 million over the same period, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The report, done with the Joint Committee on Taxation...

Posted: 28 days ago

The House Republican plan to replace Obamacare would reduce deficits by $119 billion over the next decade, but increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 23 million over the same period, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The report, done with the Joint Committee on Taxation...
President Donald Trump promises balanced budget in 10 years
 President Donald Trump’s first budget — which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years — would slash federal dollars to most discretionary programs but beef up money for Defense, veteran services and Homeland Security amid a promise of a balanced budget by 2027. “Finally we have a president who presents a pathway...

Posted: 29 days ago

President Donald Trump’s first budget — which includes $3.6 trillion in cuts over 10 years — would slash federal dollars to most discretionary programs but beef up money for Defense, veteran services and Homeland Security amid a promise of a balanced budget by 2027. “Finally we have a president who presents a pathway...
Trump budget plan calls for $3.6T in spending cuts; boost for defense
 President Donald Trump will release a budget plan Tuesday calling for $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade and a 10 percent increase in defense spending. The budget plan presumes a 3 percent annual growth rate to the economy and, if its assumptions are correct, would balance the budget within the next decade. Trump is proposing...

Posted: 30 days ago

President Donald Trump will release a budget plan Tuesday calling for $3.6 trillion in spending cuts over the next decade and a 10 percent increase in defense spending. The budget plan presumes a 3 percent annual growth rate to the economy and, if its assumptions are correct, would balance the budget within the next decade. Trump is proposing...
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