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Silicon Valley fighting Portman’s efforts to end sex trafficking
 Sen. Rob Portman’s fight to keep websites from selling children and women online for sex is being met with resistance by Silicon Valley. Portman, R–Ohio, who along with a small group of senators has waged a years-long battle against Backpage, a classified site infamous for being the leading online market to purchase children for...

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Sen. Rob Portman’s fight to keep websites from selling children and women online for sex is being met with resistance by Silicon Valley. Portman, R–Ohio, who along with a small group of senators has waged a years-long battle against Backpage, a classified site infamous for being the leading online market to purchase children for...
Flood insurance program sinks deeper in debt
 Even before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma drenched Texas and Florida, the nation’s federal flood insurance program was drowning in debt. Now, unless Congress votes to extend the program by Dec. 8, homeowners throughout the country — including in Ohio — face uncertainty. Homeowners in flood zones are required to buy the insurance...

Posted: 2 days ago

Even before Hurricanes Harvey and Irma drenched Texas and Florida, the nation’s federal flood insurance program was drowning in debt. Now, unless Congress votes to extend the program by Dec. 8, homeowners throughout the country — including in Ohio — face uncertainty. Homeowners in flood zones are required to buy the insurance...
Lawmakers pushing for Columbus to get national veterans museum
 To hear Reps. Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers tell it, Columbus is an ideal place to host the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The state, they said hosts the 6th largest veterans population in the U.S. If that’s not enough, it’s within an eight–hour car ride of almost half of the nation’s veterans. Speaking before...

Posted: 5 days ago

To hear Reps. Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers tell it, Columbus is an ideal place to host the National Veterans Memorial and Museum. The state, they said hosts the 6th largest veterans population in the U.S. If that’s not enough, it’s within an eight–hour car ride of almost half of the nation’s veterans. Speaking before...
Equifax won’t change provision protecting it from lawsuits
 One of the nation’s largest consumer credit reporting agencies will drop a provision from its terms of use contract that effectively keeps customers from suing it after an Ohio senator complained about it. Equifax, which reported last week that it suffered a data breach that exposed 143 million Americans to identity theft, offered those...

Posted: 7 days ago

One of the nation’s largest consumer credit reporting agencies will drop a provision from its terms of use contract that effectively keeps customers from suing it after an Ohio senator complained about it. Equifax, which reported last week that it suffered a data breach that exposed 143 million Americans to identity theft, offered those...
Epic storms put nation’s response teams to test
 With another monster storm barreling its way toward South Florida, the nation’s response teams — already weary from the ordeal of Hurricane Harvey — are being put to the test yet again. Dealing with two potentially devastating storms in a matter of weeks is rare, but not unprecedented: In September 2005, Hurricane Rita struck...

Posted: 10 days ago

With another monster storm barreling its way toward South Florida, the nation’s response teams — already weary from the ordeal of Hurricane Harvey — are being put to the test yet again. Dealing with two potentially devastating storms in a matter of weeks is rare, but not unprecedented: In September 2005, Hurricane Rita struck...
Jim Jordan, Freedom Caucus not pleased with Speaker Paul Ryan
 The conservative Freedom Caucus — which played a key role in House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to step down in 2015 — isn’t ready to overthrow House Speaker Paul Ryan yet, but members made it very clear Thursday that they’re not happy. Speaking at a breakfast organized by Bloomberg News, Rep. Jim Jordan,...

Posted: 11 days ago

The conservative Freedom Caucus — which played a key role in House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to step down in 2015 — isn’t ready to overthrow House Speaker Paul Ryan yet, but members made it very clear Thursday that they’re not happy. Speaking at a breakfast organized by Bloomberg News, Rep. Jim Jordan,...
Ohio Republican to lead new ‘Main Street Caucus’ in Congress
 The self–described “governing” wing of the Republican party is getting a formal presence on Capitol Hill — and they’ve put Columbus-area Congressman Pat Tiberi in charge. Tiberi, R–Genoa Township, announced Thursday that he and a handful of House Republicans have formed the “Main Street Caucus,&rdquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

The self–described “governing” wing of the Republican party is getting a formal presence on Capitol Hill — and they’ve put Columbus-area Congressman Pat Tiberi in charge. Tiberi, R–Genoa Township, announced Thursday that he and a handful of House Republicans have formed the “Main Street Caucus,&rdquo...
Ohio lawmakers react to Trump action on immigrants
 President Donald Trump said his decision Tuesday to phase out a federal program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States offers “a window of opportunity for Congress” to end a decades-long stalemate on Capitol Hill and overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Although the White House said that...

Posted: 14 days ago

President Donald Trump said his decision Tuesday to phase out a federal program that allows young undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States offers “a window of opportunity for Congress” to end a decades-long stalemate on Capitol Hill and overhaul the nation’s immigration laws. Although the White House said that...
Harvey relief high on priority list as Congress returns
 Even before Hurricane Harvey, lawmakers had a legislative storm brewing for their long-awaited return to Washington. Now with Harvey relief rising to the top of the priority list, it has potential to impact everything from the border wall to the threatened government shutdown. And with so many people in Houston and other communities in Harvey&rsquo...

Posted: 16 days ago

Even before Hurricane Harvey, lawmakers had a legislative storm brewing for their long-awaited return to Washington. Now with Harvey relief rising to the top of the priority list, it has potential to impact everything from the border wall to the threatened government shutdown. And with so many people in Houston and other communities in Harvey&rsquo...
As monuments come down, some ask, ‘where does it end?’
 In the nation’s capital, Democrats want to sweep away the marble statues on Capitol Hill honoring Confederate soldiers and politicians. In New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio has a panel reviewing “symbols of hate,” such as the 76-foot-tall statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle. Just two weeks ago, about 100...

Posted: 16 days ago

In the nation’s capital, Democrats want to sweep away the marble statues on Capitol Hill honoring Confederate soldiers and politicians. In New York City, Mayor Bill De Blasio has a panel reviewing “symbols of hate,” such as the 76-foot-tall statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle. Just two weeks ago, about 100...
Cordray mum on possible governor run
 Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray Wednesday tartly dismissed Republican calls to declare whether he would run for governor next year, telling a House GOP committee chairman he has “no further insights to provide on the subject.” As reports circulated that Cordray would resign his post as director of a federal consumer...

Posted: 19 days ago

Former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray Wednesday tartly dismissed Republican calls to declare whether he would run for governor next year, telling a House GOP committee chairman he has “no further insights to provide on the subject.” As reports circulated that Cordray would resign his post as director of a federal consumer...
Ohio commissioners bring opioid concerns to White House
 When White House adviser Kellyanne Conway stepped onto the stage of an auditorium steps from the White House to address some 80 Ohio county commissioners Tuesday, the camera phones went up. But when she started answering questions, the hands did. Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers asked about federal dollars for the orphans and babies...

Posted: 20 days ago

When White House adviser Kellyanne Conway stepped onto the stage of an auditorium steps from the White House to address some 80 Ohio county commissioners Tuesday, the camera phones went up. But when she started answering questions, the hands did. Licking County Commissioner Duane Flowers asked about federal dollars for the orphans and babies...
Push on to remove Confederate statues from U.S. Capitol
 Sen. Sherrod Brown has joined a growing number of Democrats in calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. The Ohio Democrat plans on joining Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in supporting a bill to remove statues of Confederate politicians and soldiers from Statuary Hall. “Symbols of the confederacy should be removed...

7:01 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

Sen. Sherrod Brown has joined a growing number of Democrats in calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol. The Ohio Democrat plans on joining Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., in supporting a bill to remove statues of Confederate politicians and soldiers from Statuary Hall. “Symbols of the confederacy should be removed...
Ohio lawmakers behind effort to overhaul NAFTA
 The nation’s top trade official vowed Wednesday to work to negotiate a major overhaul of a 23-year-old trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, saying that the North American Free Trade Agreement has “failed many, many Americans.” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made his comments on the opening day of NAFTA negotiations...

7:47 PM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

The nation’s top trade official vowed Wednesday to work to negotiate a major overhaul of a 23-year-old trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, saying that the North American Free Trade Agreement has “failed many, many Americans.” U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer made his comments on the opening day of NAFTA negotiations...
GOP group seeks records to see if Cordray is mulling a governor run
 The Republican Governors Association is once again requesting information on whether consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is mulling a run for Ohio governor even as he serves as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The organization announced today that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records...

3:25 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

The Republican Governors Association is once again requesting information on whether consumer watchdog Richard Cordray is mulling a run for Ohio governor even as he serves as the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The organization announced today that it has sent the CFPB a second Freedom of Information Act request for records...
Ohio’s senators praise Trump for trade statement on China
 Ohio’s senators Monday praised President Donald Trump for asking his trade office to look into whether China has stolen U.S. technology and intellectual property During a brief return to Washington in the midst of his two-week vacation in New Jersey — he has had to vacate the White House because it is undergoing renovations &mdash...

9:08 PM Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

Ohio’s senators Monday praised President Donald Trump for asking his trade office to look into whether China has stolen U.S. technology and intellectual property During a brief return to Washington in the midst of his two-week vacation in New Jersey — he has had to vacate the White House because it is undergoing renovations &mdash...
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...

12:00 AM Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017

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...
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,&rdquo...

9:59 PM Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

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,&rdquo...
Consumer protection rule latest battle with Cordray-led agency
 Republicans are sharply criticizing a rule that would allow consumers to file class-action lawsuits against financial companies – the latest battle in an ongoing war between the GOP and a consumer watchdog headed by former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule barring...

8:55 PM Sunday, Aug. 06, 2017

Republicans are sharply criticizing a rule that would allow consumers to file class-action lawsuits against financial companies – the latest battle in an ongoing war between the GOP and a consumer watchdog headed by former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray. In July, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a rule barring...
What’s next for Obamacare?
 WASHINGTON — With Republicans unable to scrap Obamacare, several lawmakers huddled last week with a new purpose: fix a law that, depending on the perspective, either had some mendable flaws or was irrevocably broken. A group of more than 40 bipartisan House members — they call themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus — vowed...

7:38 PM Sunday, Aug. 06, 2017

WASHINGTON — With Republicans unable to scrap Obamacare, several lawmakers huddled last week with a new purpose: fix a law that, depending on the perspective, either had some mendable flaws or was irrevocably broken. A group of more than 40 bipartisan House members — they call themselves the Problem Solvers Caucus — vowed...
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