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Past articles by Jessica:

End of 'individual mandate' hasn't killed Obamacare

When Republicans used a GOP tax bill to kill a provision in the 2010 health-care law requiring most Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty, → Read More

Trump's visit with Dayton shooting victims: 'It was very emotional'

As President Donald Trump worked his way through a Dayton hospital treating the 14 hospitalized for their injuries in last weekend's mass shooting, the → Read More

Progressive Democratic group that recruited AOC backs Joyce Beatty primary challenger

The organization Justice Democrats, which supports the Green New Deal and wants to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, hopes Morgan Harper can knock off the four-term congresswoman in the central Ohio district. → Read More

Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Turner of Dayton now backs ban on sale of military-style weapons

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the mass shooting that killed nine in Dayton on Sunday, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner said Tuesday that he will back → Read More

In aftermath of Dayton shooting, GOP Rep. Mike Turner backs ban on sale of military-style weapons

WASHINGTON — In the wake of mass shootings that killed nine in Dayton this weekend, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner said he will back legislation that → Read More

In aftermath of shooting, Dayton rep backs ban on sale of military-style weapons

WASHINGTON — In the wake of mass shootings that killed nine in Dayton this weekend, U.S. Rep. Mike Turner said he will back legislation that → Read More

DeWine calls for background checks on gun sales, red-flag law after Dayton shooting

As nine families mourn the loss of loved ones mowed down by a single gunman in Dayton early Sunday, Gov. Mike DeWine laid out a multi-pronged plan today → Read More

Watch live: Ohioans find out this morning DeWine's plan to take on gun violence

Less than three days after the shooting that killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine will "do something," as he plans to reveal a package today dealing with both gun violence and mental health services. But the big question: Will an extraordinarily gun-friendly Ohio legislature pass it? DeWine is widely expected to unveil a long-considered "red-flag" law to remove guns, via court… → Read More

Trump, Democrats use taxpayers' credit card to pay for pricey budget deal

WASHINGTON — Here’s a bar tab you don't ever want: Within 10 years, the federal government will owe foreign and domestic creditors at least $28.5 trillion.That's $28.5 trillion, with a "T." That’s $28,500,000,000,000. Under conservative economic projections.And there’s no sign that anyone in Washington has the will to do anything about it."They don't care about it," said former Ohio Gov. John… → Read More

Brown introduces bill that would curb stock buybacks for corporate executives

WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown says he’s fed up with corporations that buy back stock for their executives rather than invest those → Read More

Feds say tests show no signs of radioactive contamination in Piketon; scientist skeptical

WASHINGTON — The Department of Energy said Thursday that 44 surface samples of dust taken from a southern Ohio middle school over Memorial Day weekend detected no radioactivity above naturally occurring levels.In releasing a 16-page report on the results of the testing, the Department of Energy, which for years operated the nearby former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, sought to assure a… → Read More

Both feds, CVS tout the drug giant's merger with Aetna; judge not so sure

WASHINGTON — The federal government says concerns about a proposed merger between CVS and Aetna giving CVS pharmacy benefit managers an unfair advantage are outside of the scope of a court challenge to the merger.The judge in the case appears to disagree.During a two-hour hearing Friday on the proposed $69 billion merger between the two health-care giants, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon… → Read More

Both feds and CVS tout the drug giant's merger with Aetna; judge not so sure

WASHINGTON — The federal government argues that concerns a proposed merger between CVS and Aetna will give CVS pharmacy benefit managers an → Read More

Former Speaker John Boehner weighs in on pension crisis

WASHINGTON — Former House Speaker John Boehner is getting involved in the fight to save the pensions of nearly 1.3 million retirees. Boehner, a → Read More

Sherrod Brown: 'Facebook is dangerous,' cannot be trusted with new currency

WASHINGTON — It’s safe to say Sen. Sherrod Brown is no fan of Facebook’s plan to create a digital currency.He’s not particularly fond of Facebook, either.In a hearing of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Tuesday, Brown blasted Facebook’s plan to launch a digital currency, rattling off instance after instance when he said Facebook failed to protect its users and made… → Read More

Sens. Sherrod Brown, Rob Portman voice contrasting takeaways from border visits

WASHINGTON — Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown both got a first-hand view of the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend, and both agree that the situation is dire.But in a microcosm of the debate playing out across America, they part on their conclusions on who bears responsibility for the crisis, and on what should be done now.Both Portman, who visited the new Donna… → Read More

Ohio lawmakers blast Trump 'racist' tweets on Democratic congresswomen

WASHINGTON — A handful of Ohio Republicans disavowed President Donald Trump’s tweet urging four Democratic lawmakers to “go → Read More

Beatty, Stivers bipartisan financial literacy bill passes House

WASHINGTON — Bipartisan buddies Joyce Beatty and Steve Stivers are at it again.The duo’s financial literacy bill unanimously passed the House on Tuesday — the latest joint effort for the two founders of the Congressional Civility and Respect Caucus, which aims to encourage lawmakers to disagree more agreeably.The bill would give first-time homebuyers who complete a Department of Housing and… → Read More

As GOP pushes for repeal in courts, Ohio Democrats vow to fight for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — Ohio Democrats say they are determined to fight for the 2010 health-care law known as Obamacare in the wake of an ongoing court challenge over whether the individual mandate is constitutional.Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty are concerned about comments made by members of a three-judge panel this week on whether the Affordable Care Act could legally stand without the law’s… → Read More

As court challenge works its way through court, Ohio Dems vow to fight for 2010 health care law

WASHINGTON – Ohio Democrats say they are determined to fight for the 2010 health care law known as Obamacare in the wake of an ongoing court challenge over whether the individual mandate is constitutional.Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Joyce Beatty are concerned about comments made by members of a three-judge panel this week on whether the Affordable Care Act could stand without the law’s… → Read More