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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...

2:01 PM Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

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...

1:20 PM Wednesday, Jun. 14, 2017

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...

3:20 PM Tuesday, Jun. 13, 2017

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...

10:33 PM Friday, Jun. 09, 2017

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...

3:59 PM Thursday, Jun. 08, 2017

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...

9:13 PM Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2017

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...

1:39 PM Wednesday, May. 31, 2017

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...

2:35 PM Tuesday, May. 30, 2017

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...

4:00 PM Monday, May. 29, 2017

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...

12:00 AM Sunday, May. 28, 2017

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...

12:59 AM Friday, May. 26, 2017

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...

9:29 PM Wednesday, May. 24, 2017

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...

4:22 PM Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

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...

1:00 AM Tuesday, May. 23, 2017

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...
Lawmakers: Medicaid should cover pediatric drug addiction services
 Ohio’s two senators are introducing a bill aimed at helping newborns born addicted recover in a supportive setting. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rob Portman, R-Ohio along with Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. and Angus King, I-Maine, have reintroduced a bill that would recognize allow Medicaid to cover pediatric drug addiction recovery...

4:04 PM Friday, May. 19, 2017

Ohio’s two senators are introducing a bill aimed at helping newborns born addicted recover in a supportive setting. Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Rob Portman, R-Ohio along with Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va. and Angus King, I-Maine, have reintroduced a bill that would recognize allow Medicaid to cover pediatric drug addiction recovery...
Ohio congresswoman: ‘This is like a (plot) line from Scandal.’
 Ohio lawmakers from both parties Wednesday praised the former FBI director who will now oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to the Russians, saying both his intellect and experience make him highly qualified for the job. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that former...

7:24 PM Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

Ohio lawmakers from both parties Wednesday praised the former FBI director who will now oversee the Justice Department’s investigation of the Trump administration’s ties to the Russians, saying both his intellect and experience make him highly qualified for the job. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that former...
Sherrod Brown says he’s not ready to say Trump obstructed justice
 U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says he’s not ready to climb onto the bandwagon of people claiming President Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense by allegedly asking FBI Director James Comey to quit investigating fired National Security Director Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia. “I am not willing to say its obstruction...

7:09 PM Wednesday, May. 17, 2017

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says he’s not ready to climb onto the bandwagon of people claiming President Donald Trump committed an impeachable offense by allegedly asking FBI Director James Comey to quit investigating fired National Security Director Michael Flynn and his ties to Russia. “I am not willing to say its obstruction...
Ohio lawmakers react to report of Trump sharing classified intel
 Ohio lawmakers Tuesday say they’re hoping for more information about reports that President Donald Trump shared classified information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, saying if the reports are accurate, they should be taken seriously. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, cautioned that “we don’t know what...

8:20 PM Tuesday, May. 16, 2017

Ohio lawmakers Tuesday say they’re hoping for more information about reports that President Donald Trump shared classified information with the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last week, saying if the reports are accurate, they should be taken seriously. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, cautioned that “we don’t know what...
‘Our hearts break’
 When the first bus pulled up to the Capitol Monday to drop off the families of police killed in the line of duty, it was somber. When the 27th pulled up, it was something worse than heartbreaking. Off piled young mothers pushing strollers, septuagenarians with canes, two little boys in matching green pants, one clutching his mother&rsquo...

11:08 PM Monday, May. 15, 2017

When the first bus pulled up to the Capitol Monday to drop off the families of police killed in the line of duty, it was somber. When the 27th pulled up, it was something worse than heartbreaking. Off piled young mothers pushing strollers, septuagenarians with canes, two little boys in matching green pants, one clutching his mother&rsquo...
Sen. Brown wants special prosecutor to handle Russia investigation
 Lawmakers Wednesday scrambled to respond to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.    RELATED: Comey asked for more resources for Russia probe before termination, reports say  In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he’d spent the morning talking to senators from...

1:38 PM Wednesday, May. 10, 2017

Lawmakers Wednesday scrambled to respond to President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey.    RELATED: Comey asked for more resources for Russia probe before termination, reports say  In a conference call with reporters, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he’d spent the morning talking to senators from...
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