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Past articles by Jack:

Three Ohioans still standing in National Spelling Bee finals

OXON HILL, Maryland — Sheridan Hennessy of Cincinnati could not have been happier.The 13-year-old seventh grader from Walnut Hills High School reached the finals Thursday of the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee in large part because she performed so well in a written exam given all the spellers Monday.Although she correctly spelled the words “Bauhaus” and “conchology” while on stage Tuesday and… → Read More

26 Ohio students move to third round in National Spelling Bee

OXEN HILL, Maryland — To Yuvan Ram of Hilliard, the word “rhombus” did not present much of a challenge.“A pretty easy word, → Read More

Portman urges quick agreement with China to stop trade war

WASHINGTON — Warning that the trade war with China “is causing pain for our farmers (and) our workers,” Sen. Rob Portman called on the Trump administration to quickly reach a new trade agreement with Beijing.In a speech on the Senate floor late Wednesday, the Ohio Republican said while he wants the administration “to hang tough” in negotiations with China, the tariffs imposed by the United… → Read More

Trump presents award to Ohio State officer who shot terrorist

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump presented Ohio State University police officer Alan Horujko with a medal of valor Wednesday for shooting to death in 2016 a knife-wielding Somali refugee who had wounded 13 people on campus.During a White House East Room ceremony, Trump gave Horujko the presidential medal of valor, which is the highest decoration police officers can receive. Horujko shot Abdul… → Read More

PBM spokeswoman: Greater transparency could lead to higher drug prices

WASHINGTON — A representative of pharmacy benefit managers warned Tuesday that requiring the industry to make public the rebates and discounts it negotiates with individual pharmaceutical companies could lead to “tacit collusion” among those companies and increase drug prices.Testifying before a House subcommittee, Kristin Bass, chief policy affairs officer for the Pharmacy Care Management… → Read More

Senate approves former Portman aide for deputy AG

With the backing of Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, the U.S. Senate confirmed Jeffrey Rosen as deputy attorney general.Rosen, who now will be the No. 2 Justice → Read More

Sherrod Brown assails male lawmakers for restricting abortion rights

Delivering a direct shot at Ohio’s now-challenged "heartbeat" abortion ban, Sen. Sherrod Brown assailed male lawmakers "who don’t even understand how women’s bodies ... work," by enacting laws that directly challenge a woman’s right to choose an abortion.In a Senate floor speech on Tuesday, Brown, D-Ohio, said, "We’ve seen state legislatures around the country taking drastic, unconstitutional… → Read More

Tariffs are just another tax

Officially, it is called a tariff. But in reality, it is just another federal tax.And, although President Donald Trump boasts the tariffs he has imposed → Read More

Portman warns Trump tariffs could threaten approval of NAFTA replacement

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio warned that steel and aluminum tariffs imposed last year by President Donald Trump on Canada and Mexico make it far more difficult for the administration to persuade Congress to approve a newly negotiated trade pact among the United States, Mexico and Canada.Portman, who along with five other Republican senators met Thursday at the White House with Trump and… → Read More

Few in Congress want to act on Medicare, Social Security financial ills

WASHINGTON — Cherie Schrengauer, who co-owns a small café and bakery shop in Stow, just east of Akron, said she is → Read More

Does experience matter anymore in US presidential elections?

WASHINGTON — It used to be you needed an impressive resume and an appealing message to become president of the United States.But during the → Read More

Portman says some of Trump's actions were "inappropriate."

Sen. Rob Portman said the report filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller "documents a number of actions taken" by President Donald Trump and his associates that "were inappropriate," but declined to say whether the president obstructed justice by urging his aides to fire Mueller in 2017.In a statement today, Portman said "the report makes clear that the Russians undertook significant efforts to… → Read More

Mueller report includes probe of maneuvers favoring Russia before Cleveland convention

WASHINGTON — A key part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation centered on what happened in Ohio almost three years ago. But President Donald Trump told investigators he could not recall being involved in successful efforts by his campaign aides before the 2016 Republican convention in Cleveland to weaken an anti-Russian plank in the party’s platform. In the report detailing the probe… → Read More

Ohio reactions to Mueller report: Jim Jordan cites 'no collusion' finding but David Pepper says 'whitewash'

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller raised questions about how President Donald Trump responded to allegations that the Russian government had interfered in the 2016 elections but concluded that while a “sitting president” could not be indicted, it could not exactly clear his name."If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the… → Read More

Initial Ohio reactions: Jim Jordan cites 'no collusion' finding but David Pepper says 'whitewash'

WASHINGTON — Even before the release of a 400-page report by special counsel Robert Mueller, Rep. Jim Jordan had made up his mind that President Donald Trump had been vindicated.In a tweet moments after U.S. Attorney General William Barr finished his news conference previewing the report, Jordan, R-Urbana, tweeted: “No collusion! No obstruction! Complete cooperation from the President. No… → Read More

Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman photographed by North Korean soldier at DMZ

As a North Korea soldier photographed him through a window, Sen. Rob Portman and a delegation of U.S. lawmakers visited the de-militarized zone Wednesday, → Read More

Rob Portman joins Senate delegation visting South Korea

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is expected to visit the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea during a trip to South Korea which began Tuesday. → Read More

Bipartisan request for federal PBM probe has roots in Ohio

WASHINGTON — Questionable actions by pharmacy benefit managers in Ohio provided impetus for two key senators to ask the federal government to → Read More

Sen. Rob Portman urges panel to confirm Jeff Rosen as deputy attorney general

Sen. Rob Portman urged the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to confirm the nomination of Jeff Rosen as deputy attorney general of the United States. → Read More

Bipartisan leaders of Senate panel call for federal probe of PBMs' pricing methods

WASHINGTON — After a bipartisan collection of leaders called Tuesday for a federal probe of "spread pricing," executives of the leading pharmacy benefit managers said they would not oppose congressional efforts to prohibit the practice, in which the companies buy a prescription drug from a pharmacy and then sell it for a higher price to Medicare or Medicaid.At a contentious Senate Finance… → Read More