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Dayton student backs Medicaid in trip to Washington, D.C.
 Jordan Ivy of Dayton was born 23 weeks premature and weighed just a pound and a half. His mother, Theresa Crawford, was told by his doctors to prepare for the worst. At that point, they’d tried to get him to breathe for 30 minutes, with no success. “I asked them please to continue,” his mother remembered Wednesday as she...

6:59 PM Wednesday, Jul. 12, 2017

Jordan Ivy of Dayton was born 23 weeks premature and weighed just a pound and a half. His mother, Theresa Crawford, was told by his doctors to prepare for the worst. At that point, they’d tried to get him to breathe for 30 minutes, with no success. “I asked them please to continue,” his mother remembered Wednesday as she...
GOP to unveil new health bill; part of vacation cancelled
 After pulling the GOP health care bill off the table before the July 4th recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that Senate Republican leaders will unveil a new bill Thursday and also delay by two weeks the scheduled August recess. “We’ll be on health care next week,” McConnell told reporters, even...

11:05 PM Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017

After pulling the GOP health care bill off the table before the July 4th recess, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that Senate Republican leaders will unveil a new bill Thursday and also delay by two weeks the scheduled August recess. “We’ll be on health care next week,” McConnell told reporters, even...
Ohio lawmakers respond to Donald Trump Jr.’s email news
 The release Tuesday of an email exchange in which Donald Trump Jr. was told that the Russians had dirt on his father’s presidential opponent left Ohio lawmakers by turns intrigued, irate and, in some cases, hoping a special prosecutor would figure it all out. Democrats, predictably, were most indignant about an email showing the president&rsquo...

9:56 PM Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017

The release Tuesday of an email exchange in which Donald Trump Jr. was told that the Russians had dirt on his father’s presidential opponent left Ohio lawmakers by turns intrigued, irate and, in some cases, hoping a special prosecutor would figure it all out. Democrats, predictably, were most indignant about an email showing the president&rsquo...
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman a ‘no’ on Senate health care bill
 Less than an hour after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would pull the Senate version of a bill to replace the 2010 health care bill known as Obamacare, Sen. Rob Portman announced his opposition to the current draft.  "I am committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides...

6:18 PM Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017

Less than an hour after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced he would pull the Senate version of a bill to replace the 2010 health care bill known as Obamacare, Sen. Rob Portman announced his opposition to the current draft.  "I am committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides...
Gov. John Kasich says current health care bill is ‘unacceptable’
 Ohio Gov. John Kasich has urged Sen. Rob Portman not to accept “a few billion” to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic in exchange for drastic cuts to Medicaid, saying that the former would be “like spitting in the ocean.” Kasich, appearing in D.C. Tuesday for a press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper...

4:36 PM Tuesday, Jun. 27, 2017

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has urged Sen. Rob Portman not to accept “a few billion” to fight the nation’s opioid epidemic in exchange for drastic cuts to Medicaid, saying that the former would be “like spitting in the ocean.” Kasich, appearing in D.C. Tuesday for a press conference with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper...
CBO: 22 million would lose health coverage under Senate bill
 A Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare would increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 22 million while reducing the deficit by $321 billion over the next decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Monday. The CBO, tasked with determining the economic impact of bills, found that...

11:32 PM Monday, Jun. 26, 2017

A Senate Republican plan to replace Obamacare would increase the number of Americans without health insurance by 22 million while reducing the deficit by $321 billion over the next decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Monday. The CBO, tasked with determining the economic impact of bills, found that...
Davidson: ‘I came here to solve problems and change laws’
 Warren Davidson beat out a crowd of 15 fellow Republicans to take a job that it’s hard to imagine anyone would want: a U.S. congressman elected to fill the seat vacated by the former Speaker of the House John Boehner. But one year into his term as the congressman representing a great swath of southwest Ohio that includes Butler, Clark...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 24, 2017

Warren Davidson beat out a crowd of 15 fellow Republicans to take a job that it’s hard to imagine anyone would want: a U.S. congressman elected to fill the seat vacated by the former Speaker of the House John Boehner. But one year into his term as the congressman representing a great swath of southwest Ohio that includes Butler, Clark...
Replacing Obamacare: Details released of Senate health care plan
 Senate Republicans on Thursday released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, including cuts to Medicaid and ending the so-called individual mandate. GOP leaders face a daunting task to find the 51 votes they need to approve their own version of an overhaul of the nation’s health-care laws as both moderates and conservatives...

3:28 PM Thursday, Jun. 22, 2017

Senate Republicans on Thursday released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, including cuts to Medicaid and ending the so-called individual mandate. GOP leaders face a daunting task to find the 51 votes they need to approve their own version of an overhaul of the nation’s health-care laws as both moderates and conservatives...
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...

5:05 PM Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017

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...

11:09 PM Monday, Jun. 19, 2017

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...

5:27 PM Monday, Jun. 19, 2017

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...

9:00 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

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...

12:22 AM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

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...

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...
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