Ohio Joint Legislative Committee Fails to Reach Compromise on Gas Tax Hike

Thursday’s joint committee meeting to find a compromise on the controversial gas tax hike appears to have ended inconclusively. As previously reported, the gas tax hike has proved an extremely divisive start to the legislative calendar.  Currently, House Bill 62 (HB 62), the 2020-21 Ohio Transportation Budget, the first major bill…

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Commentary: Mo Brooks Was Right About Nazis, Socialists and Democrats

by George Rasley   Let’s stipulate up front that the Holocaust was a singular evil that was perpetrated against the Jewish people and that the habit, especially among liberals, of using the epithet “Nazi” against every political opponent denigrates and diminishes the singularity of that evil. That said, Nazism or…

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Ohio Republicans Rally Behind Constitutional Carry Bill

Ohio House Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday to bring constitutional carry to the state, which allows gun owners to carry concealed weapons without obtaining a permit. The bill, House Bill 174, was introduced by Reps. Ron Hood (R-Ashville) and Tom Brinkman (R-Mt. Lookout) and quickly gained the support of 27…

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Hundreds of Border Agents Reassigned as Illegal Crossings Reach Record Highs

by Jason Hopkins   The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) announced on Wednesday that it is reassigning more than 700 officers to assist the Border Patrol as it faces an “unprecedented” security crisis. CBP’s Office of Field Operations will temporarily reassign up to 750 of its officers to Border…

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Ohio Legislators Push for New Missile Defense Site to be Located in Ohio

A group of Ohio Legislators in an open letter Thursday called on Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to select Ohio as the location for a new missile defense site and complex. The Continental United States Interceptor Site (CIS) is the only ground-based segment of the total U.S. defense system.…

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Judge Extends Suspension on Kentucky Fetal Heartbeat and Discrimination Abortion Bans

by Grace Carr   A federal judge indefinitely barred Kentucky from enforcing two abortion laws Wednesday that recently passed and were temporarily blocked shortly thereafter. U.S. District Judge David Hale passed an order Wednesday extending a suspension on two state abortion bans, one which prohibits abortions in the presence of…

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Trump Renews Threat to Close Southern Border With Mexico

U.S. President Donald Trump is renewing his threat to close the country’s southern border, saying Mexico and three Central American countries are not doing anything to halt the surge of undocumented migrants heading north to try to enter the United States. Trump first threatened to close the border last November…

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Amazon Still Gives Southern Poverty Law Center Veto Power Over Charity Program

by Peter Hasson   The Southern Poverty Law Center’s ongoing crisis hasn’t cost the left-wing nonprofit its privileged status with Amazon, which gives the SPLC broad authority to determine which charities and nonprofits can participate in its AmazonSmile charity program. The SPLC has lost three top figures — including both…

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Democratic 2020 Hopeful Klobuchar Touts $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is pitching an infrastructure plan she says will provide $1 trillion to fix roads and bridges, protect against flooding and rebuild schools, airports and other projects. The plan announced Thursday is the first policy proposal from the Minnesota senator since she joined the 2020 race…

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Trump: FBI and DOJ to Review Smollett Case

President Donald Trump says the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice will review the case of Jussie Smollett, after Chicago prosecutors dropped charges against the television actor who was accused of falsely reporting being a target of a hate crime. Writing on Twitter, Trump called the case “outrageous”…

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Trump Calls for Adam Schiff’s Forced Resignation

by Evie Fordham   President Donald Trump called for the forced resignation of Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top House Intelligence Committee member, as Schiff continues to claim there is compelling evidence that Trump colluded with Russian interests during the 2016 presidential election. “Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two…

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President Trump Thrills Michiganders at Grand Rapids #MAGA Rally Event

In his first rally-style event since Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted his report finding ‘no collusion’ with Russia, President Donald Trump ripped and roared to the delight of thousands at the Grand Rapids, Michigan. In an unvarnished moment, President Trump declared that now that the “collusion delusion” is over, the…

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Commentary: No Recriminations for the Real Collusion

by Karin McQuillan   The total exoneration of President Trump and his campaign has given his voters a few days of smiles and happy headlines, but not deep satisfaction. The claim that Donald Trump, his family, and his staff were traitors and Russian agents remains a sickening reminder of the…

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Commentary: Fear Not the Inverted Yield Curve – Yet

by Peter C. Earle   As the financial news networks have reported, the yield curve on government securities has inverted. When the yield curve inverts, which is to say when short maturity bonds yield higher than longer maturity bonds, there is a general view that a recession in the next…

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US Housing Department Charges Facebook With Housing Discrimination

Facebook was charged with discrimination by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development because of its ad-targeting system. HUD said Thursday Facebook is allowing advertisers to exclude people based on their neighborhood by drawing a red line around those neighborhoods on a map and giving advertisers the option of…

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Ohio Democrat Mocks Barron Trump, Says He ‘May Need’ the Special Olympics Someday

An Ohio Democrat suggested Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s administration shouldn’t cut funding for the Special Olympics because his 13-year-old son Barron “may need it someday.” Ellen Connally, former Cuyahoga County Council president and Cleveland Municipal Court judge, made the comments in a Facebook post that has since been deleted,…

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