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Cordray: DeWine is ‘squishy’ on union issues

Ohio unions are under attack and need to be strengthened, Richard Cordray, the Democratic candidate for Ohio governor, told a convention of plumbers and pipefitters in Dayton on Thursday. Cordray brought a message tailor-made for unions to the convention at the Dayton Marriott, essentially rejecting any attempt to establish “right to work” laws in Ohio or to weaken “prevailing wage&rdquo...
Votel: No new direction on Syria after Trump-Putin talks

Votel: No new direction on Syria after Trump-Putin talks

The commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East said Thursday he has received no new guidance from the Pentagon on cooperating with Russia in Syria following a U.S.-Russia summit that Moscow says focused heavily on Syria. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of U.S. Central Command, told reporters he's taking a "steady-as-she-goes" approach in Syria in the absence of new instructions. He said...

Trump on EU's $5B fine against Google: 'I told you so!'

President Donald Trump says the European Union's record $5 billion fine against tech giant Google proves his point that the EU is taking advantage of the U.S. Trump is engaged in a running dispute with the EU over trade. Trump has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the EU and is considering levies against European automobiles sold in the U.S. He recently described the EU, which includes...

Trump's says Biden is his 2020 'dream' Democratic opponent

So which Democrat would President Donald Trump most like to run against in 2020? He says it's Joe Biden. Trump tells CBS News in an interview broadcast Thursday that "I dream about Biden." Biden, who was vice president under Barack Obama, sought the Democratic presidential nomination twice but eventually dropped out of each race. Biden considered running in 2016, but decided against it,...
The Latest: GOP senator says Trump is 'misjudging' Putin

The Latest: GOP senator says Trump is 'misjudging' Putin

The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russia (all times local): 11 a.m. A top GOP senator says President Donald Trump needs to understand that he's "misjudging" Russian leader Vladimir Putin (POO'-tihn). Sen. Lindsey Graham says Trump's had a "bad week" when it comes to Russia in the wake of the Trump-Putin summit Monday in Helsinki. Here's what the South Carolina lawmaker says...
Putin chides Trump's opponents, calls summit a success

Putin chides Trump's opponents, calls summit a success

Russian President Vladimir Putin called his first summit with President Donald Trump a success — but warned Thursday that Trump's opponents in the U.S. are hampering any progress on what they discussed, such as limiting their nuclear arsenals or ending the Syrian war. In his first public comments about the summit, Putin told Russian diplomats that U.S.-Russian relations are "in some ways...
US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

US intelligence chief is tough on Russia, at odds with Trump

National Intelligence Director Dan Coats' drumbeat of criticism against Russia is clashing loudly with President Donald Trump's pro-Kremlin remarks. That is leaving the soft-spoken spy chief in an uncomfortable — and perhaps perilous — seat in the administration. Trump's remarks after Wednesday's Cabinet meeting, where he appeared to deny the longtime U.S. foe was still targeting American...
Amid criticism over Putin summit, Trump wants second meeting

Amid criticism over Putin summit, Trump wants second meeting

President Donald Trump said Thursday he wants a second meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin to start implementing ideas they discussed at the Helsinki summit. Pushing back against criticism of first meeting, Trump accused the news media of trying to provoke a confrontation with Moscow that could lead to war, although concerns about the summit came have been raised by a broad cross-section of Republicans...
North Korea hasn't met its promise to return US war remains

North Korea hasn't met its promise to return US war remains

More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of weeks." But it could take months or years to positively identify the bones as those of specific American servicemen...
Kentucky's Paul shares Trump's skepticism of US intervention

Kentucky's Paul shares Trump's skepticism of US intervention

Sen. Rand Paul certainly has his differences with President Donald Trump, a one-time rival for the White House. But on one cornerstone issue, a resistance to U.S. intervention abroad, they are simpatico. Both Trump and the Kentucky Republican are skeptical of the traditional U.S. role as the world's top cop, a view not held by many in Washington policy circles. It's a key factor behind Paul's defense...
Top Democrats shy away from using word 'treason' with Trump

Top Democrats shy away from using word 'treason' with Trump

Democrats are happy to say President Donald Trump undermined American democracy. That he patted Vladimir Putin on the back for interfering in U.S. elections. That he's being blackmailed by Russia. But that he committed treason? That's too far for some leading Democrats worried about sending the wrong message during an election year. "The bottom line is, different people will characterize it differently...

Trump endorses GOP Rep. Yoder's re-election in Kansas 3rd

President Donald Trump on Wednesday gave his "full and total endorsement" to Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder in a Kansas district that Democrats see as competitive after Hillary Clinton narrowly carried it in the last presidential election. Trump tweeted his support for the four-term congressman after House Republicans released a spending bill providing $5 billion next year for building Trump's...

Suspected Russian agent has ties to South Dakota businessman

A conservative political operative who once worked on Pat Buchanan's 1992 presidential campaign and made an action movie with Jack Abramoff more recently helped arrange several speeches in South Dakota for a gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent. South Dakota businessman Paul Erickson in 2015 helped set up at least three events for accused Russian operative Maria Butina and...
FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

FBI Director Wray says Russia continues to sow discord in US

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday that Russia continues to use fake news, propaganda and covert operations to "spin up" Americans on both sides of hot-button issues to sow discord in the United States. Wray stood behind the intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow meddled in the 2016 presidential election, dismissing Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that his country...
After Helsinki, Dems struggle over Trump, the term 'treason'

After Helsinki, Dems struggle over Trump, the term 'treason'

Democrats are happy to say President Donald Trump undermined American democracy. That he patted Vladimir Putin on the back for interfering in U.S. elections. That he's being blackmailed by Russia. But that he committed treason? That's too far for some leading Democrats worried about sending the wrong message during an election year. "The bottom line is, different people will characterize it differently...

US Interior watchdog investigating Zinke's role in land deal

The U.S. Interior Department's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into Secretary Ryan Zinke's involvement in a land deal with the head of an energy services company that does business with the agency. Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall said in a letter Wednesday to congressional Democrats that the investigation started Monday. The Associated Press reported last month that Kendall's office...
ACLU attack on Kobach roils Kansas GOP governor primary

ACLU attack on Kobach roils Kansas GOP governor primary

The American Civil Liberties Union has taken the unusual step of plunging into a nasty Republican primary for Kansas governor with an explosive flyer attacking conservative Kris Kobach, but his main rival in the race doesn't want the support of the group either. The ACLU has sparred repeatedly with Kobach in court over the Kansas secretary of state's efforts to limit voting rights and immigration...

Trump plans to nominate new Census Bureau director

President Donald Trump announced his intention Wednesday to nominate Steven Dillingham of Virginia to be the next director of the U.S. Census Bureau. If confirmed, Dillingham would serve the remainder of a term that extends through 2021. He would oversee the next once-a-decade census that will determine how many seats in Congress each state receives and how hundreds of billions of tax dollars are...
In President Trump, Sen. Rand Paul finds a like-minded ally

In President Trump, Sen. Rand Paul finds a like-minded ally

Sen. Rand Paul certainly has his differences with President Donald Trump, a one-time rival for the White House. But on one cornerstone issue, a resistance to U.S. intervention abroad, they are simpatico. Both Trump and the Kentucky senator are inclined to dispense with the traditional U.S. role as the world's top cop. It's a view held by few others in Washington, and a key reason Paul has nurtured...
Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Is there a backdoor to getting at Donald Trump's tax return?

Is there a backdoor to getting at President Donald Trump's tax returns? At least one Democratic activist says yes, and it's through a New York state investigation into Trump's charity. State attorney general candidate Zephyr Teachout held a news conference in front of Trump Tower on Wednesday calling on the governor to grant authority to state prosecutors pursuing a civil case against the Trump Foundation...
White House, State at odds over Putin's interview proposal

White House, State at odds over Putin's interview proposal

The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes. Even as the White House said the offer, made by Putin to President Donald Trump at their summit in Helsinki on Monday, was under consideration, the State...
Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels dropped, report says

Charges against strippers arrested with Stormy Daniels dropped, report says

Update 5:30 EDT July 18: The charges against the two strippers arrested with adult film star Stormy Daniels last week in Columbus, Ohio, have been dropped, according to BuzzFeed News. >> Read more trending news  Brittany Walters and Miranda Panda were taken into custody along with Daniels early last Thursday at the Sirens Gentleman’s Club. Daniels, who was charged with three...

Pentagon objects to GOP rider blocking protection of birds

The Pentagon is objecting to a Republican proposal in a defense policy bill that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. The Defense Department says in a position paper made public Wednesday that the environmental measure inserted by House Republicans is unnecessary. The House-approved language...
Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

Court blocks measure asking voters to split California in 3

A measure that would divide California into three parts won't appear on the November ballot, the state Supreme Court decided Wednesday, marking the latest defeat for a long-shot push to reimagine the nation's most populous state. The justices ordered the secretary of state not to put the ballot initiative before voters, saying significant questions have been raised about its validity. The court now...

Trump to address VFW convention next Tuesday in Kansas City

Donald Trump will visit Missouri next week to deliver his first address as president to the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump will head to Kansas City on Tuesday to address the gathering. Trump has made care for veterans a priority of his administration, although the Department of Veterans Affairs is currently without a permanent...

President Trump insults tiny country visited by LePage

The country that Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been visiting in hopes of strengthening ties is the subject of a jab from President Donald Trump over NATO. Trump questioned on Fox News Channel whether the military alliance's mutual defense pact might conceivably let tiny Montenegro start World War III. He also says the country is home to "very aggressive people." The governor's four-day stay...
Trump makes endorsement in runoff for Georgia governor

Trump makes endorsement in runoff for Georgia governor

President Donald Trump endorsed Secretary of State Brian Kemp over Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle for Georgia governor Wednesday, just days before voters decide the contentious Republican runoff. Trump tweeted his support, noting Kemp's tough stance on illegal immigration and support for gun rights. The winner of Tuesday's runoff battle will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the general election in November. "...
Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

Iraq War veteran Chris Sheppard fumed as he watched President Trump's joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. The former combat engineer with the U.S. Marine Corps sat glued to his cellphone screen in his downtown Seattle office, watching live on Monday as the American president suggested he believed Putin's denial that his agents interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections...

AP Sources: Charlotte poised to host 2020 GOP convention

Charlotte, North Carolina, is poised to host the Republican Party's 2020 presidential nominating convention. The national GOP's site selection committee voted behind closed doors Wednesday to recommend Charlotte, according to Republican officials with direct knowledge of the vote who were not authorized to address the situation publicly. Republican National Committee members from across the country...
Lawyer attacks allegations against Indiana attorney general

Lawyer attacks allegations against Indiana attorney general

A lawyer for Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said Wednesday that calls for the Republican's resignation over allegations that he drunkenly groped a state lawmaker and three legislative staffers are "pure hysteria" based on a flawed initial investigation. Attorney Kevin Betz said "false and malicious" information about Hill was in a confidential memo prepared for legislative...
Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law

Democrats fault Kavanaugh comment on independent counsel law

Democrats opposing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination are seizing on remarks he made in 2016 saying he would like to put the "final nail" in a Supreme Court precedent upholding an independent counsel law as constitutional. Republicans are pushing back, saying Kavanaugh's comment is being distorted. The independent counsel law, which took the hiring and firing of prosecutors...
Trump-Kim statement overpromised on return of war remains

Trump-Kim statement overpromised on return of war remains

More than a month after North Korea pledged to immediately return some American war dead, the promise is unfulfilled. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who traveled to Pyongyang this month to press the North Koreans further, said Wednesday the return could begin "in the next couple of weeks." But it could take months or years to positively identify the bones as those of specific American servicemen...

The Latest: GOP using immigration vote to slam Democrats

The Latest on congressional immigration proposals (all times local): 3:32 p.m. A divided House has approved a symbolic Republican measure that praises U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement and ridicules Democratic efforts to abolish the agency. The measure is an election-year effort by the GOP to use the immigration issue against Democrats. A few liberal Democrats had introduced an earlier bill...
Wife of former Trump adviser defends husband on Capitol Hill

Wife of former Trump adviser defends husband on Capitol Hill

The wife of former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos defended her husband Wednesday in an interview with Democrats on the House intelligence committee and said she hopes he receives a pardon. Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos said she traveled to Washington for the interview — even paying her own way — because she wanted to be transparent. George Papadopoulos, who served as...

US judge throws out suit over health subsidy cuts

A U.S. judge in San Francisco has thrown out a lawsuit over the Trump administration's decision to cut Affordable Care Act subsidies. The ruling by Judge Vince Chhabria on Wednesday came after California and other states that sued said a workaround was largely succeeding in protecting consumers from higher costs. The states had asked Chhabria to put the lawsuit on hold, although they also gave him...
Trump's diagnosis for critics: 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

Trump's diagnosis for critics: 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

President Donald Trump and his supporters have a new buzz phrase to diagnose his critics: "Trump Derangement Syndrome." The term is supposed to describe voters who are so angry and opposed to the U.S. president that they are incapable of seeing any good in what he does. "TDS" has popped up on Fox News in recent weeks and was cited by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in interviews this week...

Vatican-OK'd journal strikes out again at US evangelicals

A Vatican-approved journal has dismissed "prosperity gospel" as a pseudo theology dangerously tied up with the American Dream and President Donald Trump's politics, launching its second major critique of American evangelicals in as many years. Two of Pope Francis' top communications advisers — an Italian Jesuit and an Argentine Protestant pastor — penned "The Prosperity...

Frustrated US lawmakers threaten action on Trump's tariffs

Lawmakers are losing patience with the Trump administration's reliance on tariffs to win trade disputes and are talking increasingly about legislative action to protect U.S. jobs. A senior Republican senator has threatened legislation to curb President Donald Trump's trade actions, and other senators joined him on Wednesday in promising a complementary bill. Meanwhile, lawmakers are using congressional...
Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

Russian government accuses FBI of 'political put-up job' after suspected foreign agent indicted

The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accused the FBI of “implementing a political put-up job” after authorities arrested a Russian national over the weekend on allegations that she illegally acted as an unregistered foreign agent. Authorities on Sunday arrested Mariia Butina, a 29-year-old Russian citizen living in Washington, D.C., on suspicion of “conspiracy to act as an agent...

Schumer: Measures needed to reduce toddler drownings in US

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says a new report shows the number of drownings involving toddlers in the U.S. has increased in recent years, with young boys dying at twice the rate as girls. Schumer is calling on the federal government to take steps to help prevent drowning deaths. The Senate minority leader from New York says Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from 2014-2016 shows 1,300 children...

Wife of former Trump adviser appears on Capitol Hill

The wife of former Donald Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos was on Capitol Hill Wednesday speaking to Democrats on the House intelligence committee. Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos? was doing the interview with Democrats who are frustrated that the GOP-led House intelligence committee would not call more witnesses before it completed its Russia investigation earlier this year. Papadopoulos...
Trump, Melania Trump mourn fallen Secret Service agent

Trump, Melania Trump mourn fallen Secret Service agent

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects Wednesday to the family of a Secret Service agent who died in Scotland while supporting their overseas trip. Special Agent Nole E. Remagen suffered a stroke Monday during Trump's trip to Belgium, England, Scotland and Finland. The 19-year veteran died in Scotland on Tuesday, surrounded by immediate family and Secret Service colleagues...
Wisconsin governor downplays interaction with Russian

Wisconsin governor downplays interaction with Russian

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker downplayed his interaction with a woman accused of being a Russian operative who used sex and deception to forge connections, saying Wednesday that they only met one time in 2015 when she showed up at a National Rifle Association convention and had her picture taken with him. Maria Butina was charged Monday with being a covert Russian agent who gathered intelligence on...
Trump says Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

Trump says Air Force One to get red, white and blue makeover

President Donald Trump says Air Force One is getting a patriotic makeover. Trump says the familiar baby blue color on the presidential aircraft will give way to a red, white and blue color scheme. Updated models could be in service before the end of a potential Trump second term. "Air Force One is going to be incredible," Trump told CBS News. "It's going to be top of the line, the top...
Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent

Tale of sex, deception emerges about suspected Russian agent

A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday, accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections. The woman, Maria Butina, was photographed by the FBI dining privately with a Russian diplomat suspected of being an intelligence operative in...
Rep. Jim Jordan wants vote to impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein

Rep. Jim Jordan wants vote to impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein

Rep. Jim Jordan and House conservatives appear poised to force a floor vote on impeaching U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein even though Rosenstein is supervising the job of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. At a gathering of conservative Republicans on Capitol Hill this week, Jordan, R-Urbana, said “all options are...
Local site could be selected for federal driverless car designation

Local site could be selected for federal driverless car designation

When the Obama administration designated its first 10 pilot sites for testing of automated vehicle technologies in January 2017, a 4,500-acre facility in East Liberty was not on the list. This week, five Republican lawmakers and a handful of state senators including Senate President Larry Obhof, R–Ashtabula, held a press conference on Capitol Hill with a united message: Rethink that decision...
Ohio lawmakers critical of Trump’s Russia comments; He says he misspoke

Ohio lawmakers critical of Trump’s Russia comments; He says he misspoke

Ohio lawmakers in both parties criticized President Donald Trump’s acceptance of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election over the counsel of U.S. intelligence services. Congressional Republicans rebuked the president in varying degrees, but consistently agreed Russia engaged in a campaign to meddle the American democratic process...
Kasich talks arms control, ‘fraying’ Western stability under Trump

Kasich talks arms control, ‘fraying’ Western stability under Trump

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he hopes the U.S. and Russia will re-engage in arms control talks following President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. “What I hope they get out of this summit is an agreement to sit down and continue arms control discussions,” Kasich said Monday morning on CNN before the Trump-Putin summit. “It is in all of...
Ohio’s national parks could get more than $100M in additional funding

Ohio’s national parks could get more than $100M in additional funding

Ohio’s national parks could get more than $100 million in additional funding for much needed renovations if a proposal introduced in the U.S. Senate in June is eventually signed into law by President Donald Trump. Republican Sen. Rob Portman’s Restore Our Parks Act would alleviate a $12-billion backlog of deferred maintenance at areas overseen by the National Park Service. The billions...
Commentary: Finally, some Statehouse action on payday lending

Commentary: Finally, some Statehouse action on payday lending

Thanks to a determined state legislator from Springfield, and the General Assembly’s Republican leadership, Ohioans may soon be protected by a pro-consumer payday lending law. The legislator is Republican Rep. Kyle Koehler. He and a Toledo Democrat, Rep. Michael Ashford, are co-sponsors of bipartisan House Bill 123, which Ohio’s Senate passed last week in a 21-9 vote. Ohio’s House...
Ex-HHS Secretary Tom Price spent $14,000 on airfare to Wilmington, Ohio

Ex-HHS Secretary Tom Price spent $14,000 on airfare to Wilmington, Ohio

Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price’s office spent $14,120 on a seven-person, one-day chartered trip from Washington D.C. to Wilmington last year, a government watchdog found. Price’s Washington, D.C.-Ohio flight cost about $10,000 more than the average commercial cost for the same travel, the department’s inspector general found. By comparison, at today&rsquo...
Former Ohio State wrestler seeking compensation for abuse victims

Former Ohio State wrestler seeking compensation for abuse victims

One of the first victims to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct involving a former Ohio State University physician told investigators and university officials last month that he and others did not intend to cause a “public relations nightmare for OSU,” but sought compensation for victims of the abuse. An email from former Ohio State wrestler Mike DiSabato, dated June 26...
Ohio reaction to Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

Ohio reaction to Kavanaugh nomination to Supreme Court

President Trump selected conservative judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nomination to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh has deep roots in Washington, D.C., political and legal arena. Ohio’s two senators offered vastly different reactions to the pick. Sen. Rob Portman, who was at the White House when Trump announced his pick, said he looks forward to meeting...
Ethics watchdogs call for investigation of Rep. Jim Jordan; Former coaches come to his defense

Ethics watchdogs call for investigation of Rep. Jim Jordan; Former coaches come to his defense

Two congressional watchdogs early Monday called on the Office of Congressional Ethics to conduct a preliminary inquiry into reports that U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan ignored complaints of sexual harassment by a former doctor for Ohio State’s wrestling team. In the complaint, Democracy 21 President Fred Wertheimer and former White House chief ethics lawyer Norman Eisen say Jordan violated a clause in...
Rep. Jordan calls allegations he knew of sex abuse at Ohio State ‘bogus’

Rep. Jordan calls allegations he knew of sex abuse at Ohio State ‘bogus’

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan offered an extended and impassioned defense Friday night against accusations that he knew of abuse perpetrated by a doctor for Ohio State’s wrestling team but did nothing. “If I had known, I would’ve dealt with it,” Jordan, an Urbana Republican, told Fox News host Bret Baier on Baier’s show, “Special Report with Bret Baier.” “A good...
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman concerned about President Trump’s tariff battles

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman concerned about President Trump’s tariff battles

Sen. Rob Portman, who’s a former U.S. trade official, voiced concern Friday about the impact President Donald Trump’s trade battles will have on the Ohio economy. Portman, a U.S. trade representative during George W. Bush’s presidency, said he supports being tough with China but would like to see more caution and negotiating with the European Union, Canada and Mexico. The United...
Canton businessman and ex-convict seeks to help Renacci in Senate race

Canton businessman and ex-convict seeks to help Renacci in Senate race

When Canton businessman Ben Suarez launched a campaign that would likely help Republican Jim Renacci’s bid for U.S. Senate, Renacci’s team quickly moved to put distance between the congressman and the ex-convict. Suarez created the Justice Association LLC with the aim of clearing his own name, recovering some $30 million in damages and defeating two Ohio Democrats — U.S. Sen. Sherrod...
Report: 5 former OSU wrestlers say Jordan aware of team doctor’s alleged sex abuse

Report: 5 former OSU wrestlers say Jordan aware of team doctor’s alleged sex abuse

Five former wrestlers, including former UFC world champion Mark Coleman, said this week that Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, was aware of but did not respond to allegations of sexual misconduct by an Ohio State University team doctor in the 1990s while the lawmaker was an assistant wrestling coach, the Wall Street Journal reported. Jordan worked at the university from 1986-94, overlapping with Dr. Richard...
What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

What we know now: Jim Jordan and Ohio State wrestling

Congressman Jim Jordan said he would have reported abuse had he known about it during his time as an Ohio State University wrestling coach. Former wrestlers allege Jordan, R-Urbana, knew a team doctor sexually abused athletes but failed to report it. Here’s what we know now about the allegations, Jordan’s response and Ohio State’s ongoing investigation. Ohio State in April announced...
Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘I would have done something’ about OSU abuse claims

Rep. Jim Jordan: ‘I would have done something’ about OSU abuse claims

Rep. Jim Jordan said he “would have done something” had he known about alleged sexual abuse of wrestlers during his time as an Ohio State University assistant wrestling coach, he told Politico in an interview Tuesday night. Jordan, R-Urbana, continued to deny knowledge of the alleged sex abuse at an event Wednesday in Fremont, calling the allegations “flat-out not true.&rdquo...
Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sex abuse at OSU, former wrestlers say

Congressman Jim Jordan knew about sex abuse at OSU, former wrestlers say

Former athletes who wrestled for U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan when he served as an assistant coach at Ohio State now say he knew team doctor Richard Strauss sexually abused athletes but Jordan failed to report it. Jordan, R-Urbana, founder of the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, denies knowing anything about the allegations. Ian Fury, a spokesman for Jordan, said in a written statement that Jordan &ldquo...
Trump, Kasich order flags lowered to honor slain journalists

Trump, Kasich order flags lowered to honor slain journalists

President Donald Trump and Gov. John Kasich have ordered flags on federal property and state property be flown at half-staff through sunset Tuesday to honor five newspaper journalists slain in Maryland’s capital. Trump issued a proclamation Tuesday ordering the flags fly at half-staff through sundown. Five Capital Gazette newspaper employees were killed Thursday when a gunman holding a grudge...
Ohio Senate race: Brown, Renacci trade barbs on tariffs

Ohio Senate race: Brown, Renacci trade barbs on tariffs

Senate Republican candidate Jim Renacci said he backs President Donald Trump’s tough trade approach against China and U.S. allies in the European Union and Canada, saying “it’s going to be a little uncomfortable” economically “for a while, but I don’t think this president or anyone wants a trade war.” During an interview Monday on Fox News, Renacci said he...
Analysts doubt tariffs will level playing field for US steel companies

Analysts doubt tariffs will level playing field for US steel companies

The new tariffs imposed on steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union will boost hiring by the nation’s steel producers, but analysts doubt that the duties will dramatically revive an industry that once dominated the world. Steel executives Roger Newport of AK Steel in Middletown and Tim Timken at Timken Steel in Canton have told financial analysts President Donald Trump&rsquo...
Some Ohio Democrats on ballot this year for Congress say Pelosi must go

Some Ohio Democrats on ballot this year for Congress say Pelosi must go

As Democrats gear up for what they hope is a fruitful midterm election season for their party, they’re also dealing with a one-two punch of turbulence within their own ranks. First, Democratic New York Rep. Joe Crowley, a well–liked establishment Democrat in a leadership position, suffered a shocking primary loss to newcomer Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez last Tuesday. Meanwhile, some...
Ohio governor race: DeWine says he wants to make these changes to Ohio’s early childhood programs

Ohio governor race: DeWine says he wants to make these changes to Ohio’s early childhood programs

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine wants to increase investments in early childhood development and education across the state, saying his proposed policy changes could give 20,000 additional Ohio children access to publicly funded early childhood programs. In a meeting with child care experts in Dayton on Friday, the Republican gubernatorial candidate heard policy suggestions and talked about his...
Official: Substance found in area drinking water for third month

Official: Substance found in area drinking water for third month

A new round of testing at a Dayton water plant shows potentially dangerous compounds were found for the third straight month in water piped to about 400,000 people, but the levels are not rising. Results from May tests for “PFAS” (Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances) in treated water were found at a level of 10.5 parts per trillion, similar to the 12.5 ppt detected in March and 7 ppt in...
Watch video: Congressman Jim Jordan has heated exchange with deputy attorney general

Watch video: Congressman Jim Jordan has heated exchange with deputy attorney general

Local Congressman Jim Jordan and U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a heated back-and-forth at a hearing Thursday on the FBI, Russia investigation. Rosenstein appeared to score a direct hit against Rep. Jim Jordan during a contentious House hearing Thursday. And it all had to do with the difference between phone calls and phone records. Jordan, R-Urbana, repeatedly asked Rosenstein whether...
Ohio congressman: Delay replacing Justice Kennedy till after fall election

Ohio congressman: Delay replacing Justice Kennedy till after fall election

Youngstown-area Congressman Tim Ryan called on the Senate Wednesday to delay confirmation of a new justice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy until after the November elections when Democrats have a chance to re-gain control of the Senate. In a reminder that in 2016 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blocked a Senate vote on President Barack Obama’s choice of federal appeals Judge...
Ohio House votes to require drivers to move over for trash trucks

Ohio House votes to require drivers to move over for trash trucks

A measure to require drivers to “move over” when passing trash trucks with flashing lights was approved by the Ohio House on Wednesday on a 84-0 vote. The move over requirement currently applies for public safety vehicles. The bill would require drivers to proceed with caution and change to a lane away from a waste collection vehicle if traveling on a roadway with multiple lanes in the...
Ohio lawmakers vote to end fees charged for credit freezes

Ohio lawmakers vote to end fees charged for credit freezes

Credit reporting agencies would be blocked from charging consumers fees for placing a freeze on their credit reports, under a bill that passed the Ohio House on Wednesday. Lawmakers voted 82-2 in favor of the bill, sponsored by state Rep. Mike Henne, R-Clayton. Related: Ohio lawmakers want to ban freeze fees charged by credit agencies The agencies, such as Equifax, Transunion and Experian, would be...
Mike DeWine ice cream social brings out nearly all of GOP slate

Mike DeWine ice cream social brings out nearly all of GOP slate

Hundreds of Republican supporters spent an afternoon Sunday listening to optimistic speeches at the annual Ice Cream Social that Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine and his wife Fran hosted at their home near Cedarville. DeWine’s event brought nearly all the Ohio GOP statewide candidates; Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, did not attend because he had a conflict, organizers...
Perales GOP opponent indicted for extortion and coercion

Perales GOP opponent indicted for extortion and coercion

Former Republican statehouse candidate Jocelyn Smith, 36, of Fairborn, was indicted on felony and misdemeanor counts related to alleged threats she made during her campaign against State Rep. Rick Perales, R-Beavercreek, during this year’s GOP primary, according to Greene County Common Pleas Court records. Smith faces a third-degree felony count of extortion and a second-degree misdemeanor count...
Ohio Democratic voters surged for primary, Husted reports

Ohio Democratic voters surged for primary, Husted reports

Democratic Party voters more than doubled Republicans in party-switching and overall voter affiliation growth for Ohio’s 2018 primaries. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted released voter data Thursday tracking changes for the May primary. RELATED: Trump may factor into Ohio governor’s race In 2016, Republicans had outgained Democrats in party-switchers and new voters in a presidential...
Springfield commission increases tax incentives

Springfield commission increases tax incentives

The Springfield City Commission made it cheaper in some parts of the city to build or upgrade property. The commission approved offering 100 percent tax-relief to community reinvestment areas throughout the city on new and renovated residential properties for up to 15 years, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland said. “We are trying to find ways to make it easier and more financially workable for...
Springfield commission passes tax abatement: What that means for you

Springfield commission passes tax abatement: What that means for you

The Springfield City Commission made it cheaper in some parts of the city to build or upgrade property. The commission approved offering 100 percent tax-relief to community reinvestment areas throughout the city on new and renovated residential properties for up to 15 years, Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland said. “We are trying to find ways to make it easier and more financially workable for...
New Clark County Democratic chairperson: ‘One of my big things is to unify the party’

New Clark County Democratic chairperson: ‘One of my big things is to unify the party’

The Clark County Democratic Party has selected a new chairperson for its executive committee. Charles Bush, who served as the president of the local UAW 402 until 2004 and then served as the director of Interfaith Hospitality Network, an organization that serves the homeless in Clark County, was selected. MORE: Clark County Commission: Democrat bows out of race “One of my big things is to unify...
Ohio lawmakers criticize separating kids from parents at border

Ohio lawmakers criticize separating kids from parents at border

Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown criticized President Donald Trump’s administration for separating children from parents trying to cross the border in the United States. President Trump defended the policy Tuesday blaming Democrats, child smugglers and said Congress needs to take action. In a statement Tuesday, Portman, R-Ohio, said “the policy is counter to our values. We can...
Part of Clark County Pleas Court Clerk’s Office set to close for 3 days

Part of Clark County Pleas Court Clerk’s Office set to close for 3 days

The Clark County Common Pleas Clerk of Court’s office in the common pleas courthouse will be closed for three days this week as the office transitions into a new case management system. The office needs to close starting Wednesday for the rest of the week so that employees with the new case management system, CourtView, can converge information kept by the office into its new system, Clark County...
Senate OKs $116 million for massive NASIC project at Wright-Patterson

Senate OKs $116 million for massive NASIC project at Wright-Patterson

The Senate late Monday passed a $716 billion defense bill that included $116 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center - one of the largest projects in Wright-Patterson’s recent history. By a vote of 85-10, the Senate passed its version of the defense bill, which authorizes defense programs for the 2019 federal spending year that begins in October. Both Sens. Sherrod...
Sen. Brown, GOP opponent Renacci both support Trump on China tariffs

Sen. Brown, GOP opponent Renacci both support Trump on China tariffs

Sen. Sherrod Brown and his Republican challenger Jim Renacci hailed President Donald Trump’s decision Friday to impose $50 billion worth of imports from China, a move which could trigger a trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Brown, D-Ohio, who met privately this week with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, said “China’s cheating has shuttered steel...
Congress to tackle more than 30 opioid-related bills in coming days

Congress to tackle more than 30 opioid-related bills in coming days

It’s full-throttle focus on the opioid epidemic on Capitol Hill this week, with the House and a key Senate panel voting on a wide range of legislative proposals aimed at stemming a crisis blamed for the deaths of more than 42,000 in 2016 alone. In the House, lawmakers plan to spend the next week and a half voting on 39 bills dealing with the epidemic. And a Senate panel this week pushed through...
Ohioans against increased tariffs on Canada, Mexico; split on China, poll says

Ohioans against increased tariffs on Canada, Mexico; split on China, poll says

A new survey shows Ohio voters oppose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union while they are equally divided on tariffs on Chinese goods if those duties raise the cost of consumer goods. The poll, released Thursday by Quinnipiac University, suggest Ohio voters are more wary of tariffs and protectionist policies by the federal government than many political...
Ohio reviewing Supreme Court ruling on what voters wear to the polls

Ohio reviewing Supreme Court ruling on what voters wear to the polls

A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court striking down a Minnesota law that limits what voters can wear to the polls could have an impact in Ohio. The Ohio Secretary of State is reviewing the 7-2 ruling that was announced Thursday, said Sam Rossi, spokesman for the office. Ohio prohibits people from wearing campaign garb when casting a ballot but poll workers cannot block them from voting, even if they...
More than 150 pension plans may run out of money, businesses tell Congress

More than 150 pension plans may run out of money, businesses tell Congress

The pension crisis that threatens the retirement savings of 1.5 million Americans, including 60,000 Ohioans, also poses the risk of driving the U.S. economy into a tailspin, a panel of witnesses told a congressional panel. Witnesses from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and businesses including UPS told the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans that should the estimated...
Gov. John Kasich more popular with Democrats in Ohio than Republicans, poll says

Gov. John Kasich more popular with Democrats in Ohio than Republicans, poll says

Gov. John Kasich has a good approval rating with one political party in Ohio, just not his own. A new Quinnipiac University poll reports that that Gov. John Kasich has a 52 percent job approval rating overall and he’s more popular among Democrats than his fellow Republicans who are evenly divided over the governor. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats give Kasich the thumbs up and 52 percent of...
New polls show Sherrod Brown up big over Jim Renacci in US Senate race

New polls show Sherrod Brown up big over Jim Renacci in US Senate race

Two new polls out show U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown with a big lead over his Republican challenger Congressman Jim Renacci. Brown is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate this November. Quinnipiac pollsters said Brown holds a 51-34 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, in the senate race. Brown has a 55 percent job approval rating, the poll said. Meanwhile, half of Ohio voters say...
President Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize after N. Korea summit

President Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize after N. Korea summit

Two Norwegian lawmakers have nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Christian Tybring-Gjedde and Per-Willy Amundsen, lawmakers with the populist Progress Party, told Norwegian news agency NTB on Wednesday that Trump “had taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation...
Democrat running for Clark County auditor drops out of race

Democrat running for Clark County auditor drops out of race

The Democrat set to run for Clark County auditor has dropped out of the race. John Young, who was supposed to be on the November ballot facing incumbent John Federer, wrote in a notice to the Clark County Board of Elections that he cannot run. “Regretfully, I must withdraw as the Democratic candidate in the election to be held this November for Clark County Auditor,” Young wrote in a withdrawal...
Ohio senators, congressmen react to North Korea summit

Ohio senators, congressmen react to North Korea summit

Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan expressed alarm at President Donald Trump’s decision to cancel planned military exercises between the United States and its South Korean allies. Trump, whose announcement Tuesday apparently caught South Korean officials and the U.S. military by surprise, made the pledge at a news conference after his historic summit in Singapore with North Korean...
Democrat running for Clark County Commission drops out of race

Democrat running for Clark County Commission drops out of race

The Democrat set to run for a Clark County Commission seat has dropped out of the race. Pamela Dixon, who was supposed to be on the November ballot facing incumbent Rick Lohnes, wrote in a notice to the Clark County Board of Elections that she cannot run. “With deep disappointment, I must withdraw my candidacy for Clark County Commissioner on the Democratic ticket this November,” she wrote...
Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter purge law

Supreme Court upholds Ohio voter purge law

A deeply divided U.S. Supreme Court narrowly upheld an Ohio election law that gives officials the power to remove voters from the rolls if they have not either voted in recent elections or responded to notices from election officials. Writing for the majority in a 5-4 decision Monday, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that Ohio’s system to keep voter rolls up to date does not violate federal laws approved...
Trade war with Canada could punish Ohio

Trade war with Canada could punish Ohio

If a trade war erupts between the United States and Canada, Ohio is uniquely positioned to be a casualty. Canada accounts for about 38 percent of the state’s export market, with Ohio sending Canada nearly $19 billion worth of imports last year — everything from auto parts to furniture to soap. Mexico, Ohio’s second-largest export market, only received $6.5 billion worth of goods...
Warren County seeking $800K grant that could alter its opioid response

Warren County seeking $800K grant that could alter its opioid response

Warren County hopes to join Montgomery, Preble and Darke counties as beneficiaries of new federal grants designed to help fight the opioid epidemic. Warren County is applying for a $800,000 federal grant to study first responder relationships and processes when children are involved in drug-overdose calls. The commissioners agreed to make the application after a debate about whether the county should...
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