Area congressmen react to former CIA director's removal of security clearances
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447653592)

Two Ohio Republican congressmen are responding to the criticism over one of President Donald Trump's fiercest critics losing his security clearances. It was initially thought it was Former CIA Director John Brennans criticisms that the president punched back by removing his security clearances. But then, he told the Wall Street Journal that he blamed Brennan for the Russia investigation. NEWS9 c
 
 

ECOT Supreme Court Case Paves Path for Criminal Convictions, Says Lawmaker
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447652751)

ECOT Supreme Court Case Paves Path for Criminal Convictions, Says Lawmaker Failed charter school system designed to fund campaigns, not educate children After the Ohio Supreme Court last week ruled the online charter school ECOT violated state law by fraudulently boosting student attendance records to cheat taxpayers
 
 

Feds to review Ohio State response to claims of abuse by doc
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447549951)

COLUMBUS Federal officials are investigating Ohio State Universitys response to allegations against a team doctor now accused of sexual misconduct against scores of athletes and other male students in the 1980s and 1990s. The U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights will examine whether Ohio State has responded promptly and equitably to students complaints, including claims that s
 
 

John Kasich's sore-loser role as antagonist-in-chief: Bob Paduchik (Opinion)
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447680254)

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Since Donald J. Trump won the Republican nomination for president, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has assumed a full-time role as Antagonist in Chief. This all started when Kasich, who lost his second campaign for president, refused to appear at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland to welcome delegates. Ohio Republicans were shocked, embarrassed and angered by Kasic
 
 

Ohio AG supports potential federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447652766)

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said he's directing Sessions to file a separate lawsuit, rather than joining existing lawsuits filed by states affected by the spread of the often-lethal, highly-addictive drugs.
 
 

Ohio prescription drug middlemen made more money from generic medications, report says
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447550088)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's prescription drug middlemen kept 31 percent of the money they were paid to manage generic medications for Medicaid patients, reducing the amount pharmacies were paid to dispense the drugs, according toa newstate auditor's analysis of drug transactions. But the analysis left many more questions unanswered about whether Ohio is getting the most for its money. The "price
 
 

Report questions if taxpayers getting value with CVS deal
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447676664)

A state audit of Ohio's Medicaid prescription drug business says there's not nearly enough transparency for state officials to know whether taxpayers are getting their money's worth from the $2.5 billion annual expenditure. It also raises questions about whether a reimbursement setup dominated by pharmacy giant CVS is driving smaller competitors out of business and reducing Medicaid recipients' a
 
 

Stark pharmacies feeling the PBM crunch
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447676634)

CANTON Ohio Auditor Dave Yost is expected to release a report this morning that should shed light on whether pharmacy benefit managers or PBMs have been overcharging the state's Medicaid program at taxpayer expense. The report, requested by state legislators, may also provide more information on whether PBMs are inadequately reimbursing pharmacists across the state, including in Stark County, fo
 
 

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Access denied: Behind Trump's review of security clearances
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447647458)

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has said he's yanking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance and threatened to do the same to other current and former officials tied to the federal investigation into Russian election interference.
 
 

After stumbles, Trump and McConnell forge bond for midterms
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447678717)

WASHINGTON (AP) As the Senate convened for a rare August work period, the late-summer session serves as a reminder of how much has changed in the partnership between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump.This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Trump bashed the GOP leader on Twitter after the collapse of Republican efforts to repeal President Bar
 
 

Andrew Cuomo and American Exceptionalism
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447676073)

A potential contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination for President appears to have just disqualified himself. If he hasn't, it suggests that the U.S. educational system is in worse shape than many Americans realize. Politico reports: Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted Donald Trump during a bill-signing ceremony on Wednesday, twisting the president's signature slogan as he made a point about the need
 
 

California bill to create state-backed pot bank stalls
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644611)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California lawmakers killed a plan Thursday to create a state-backed banking system for the recreational marijuana market, meaning the industry must keep operating in cash for now. Most banks refuse to do business with marijuana growers, distributors and sellers because the drug is still illegal under federal law. Democratic Sen. Bob Hertzberg, who suggested the creatio
 
 

Democrats weigh their options as Pelosi -- and others -- eye speakership
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644817)

Washington (CNN)House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure over her future, with calls from members of her own party to step aside as discussions about potential successors gain more traction -- both in the national spotlight and among members of Congress.Pelosi has repeatedly said she's not going anywhere, and she's challenging anyone who wants to run for speaker -- should De
 
 

Environmentalists are holding forests 'hostage,' increasing risk of wildfires, says Zinke
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644698)

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Thursday that environmental groups have increased wildfire danger with litigation that has held hostage the ability of federal managers to thin the overgrown national forests. You know, it used to be where it was an advantage to be next to federal property, said Mr. Zinke on Fox Business Networks Mornings with Maria. And now being next to federal property means
 
 

Judge orders new federal review of Keystone XL pipeline
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644749)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL oil pipelines proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana said in a ruling Wednesday that the State Department must suppleme
 
 

Omarosa says new tape proves Team Trump tried to buy her off
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447632573)

Omarosa has more receipts. She released another secretly recorded tape that appears to show Team Trump offered her a $180K salary for a campaign gig after she was fired from the White House. Kimberly Atkins, Ashley Parker, & John Heilemann discuss. Aug.17.2018 Read More
 
 

Paul Manafort trial, Florida algae crisis: 5 things to know Friday
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Indexed 2018-08-17 04:46:11 (Article ID 1447665780)

Paul Manafort trial: Jury asks judge to redefine 'reasonable doubt' Jurors will return to court Friday after failing to reach a verdict during the first day of deliberations in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial. The panel of six men and six women recessed after submitting four questions to the judge. Among the queries, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III was asked to redefine "reasonable doubt
 
 

Pentagon delays Trump's military parade until at least 2019
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447631490)

WASHINGTON (AP) The Defense Department said Thursday that the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump wont happen in 2018.Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military and the White House have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.The announcement came several hours after reports that the parade would cost about $92 million, according to U.S. officials
 
 

Pompeo reveals new State Department action group for Iran strategy
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644590)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced the creation of special new State Department team that will be responsible for drafting and coordinating the Trump administrations Iran strategy. The goal the Iran Action Group, Mr. Pompeo said, will be to sharpen and strengthen the administrations current maximum pressure strategy toward Tehran by bolstering U.S. alliances with others frustrat
 
 

Questions mark first day of deliberations at Manafort trial
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644713)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - The jury in the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort ended its first day of deliberations with a series of questions to the judge, including a request to redefine reasonable doubt. The questions came after roughly seven hours of deliberation, delivered in a handwritten note to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III. Ellis read the questions aloud to lawye
 
 

Senate confirms more Trump judges
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Indexed 2018-08-17 03:15:18 (Article ID 1447631517)

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump has put more judges on the circuit courts this far into his first two years than other administrations had, thanks to Senate Republicans.The Senate on Thursday confirmed two more of Trumps nominees, bringing to 26 the number of new appellate judges that have been approved this session of Congress.The judges confirmed Thursday U.S. District Judge A. Marvin Q
 
 

Trump Says He Is in 'No Rush' to Renegotiate Nafta
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Indexed 2018-08-17 06:12:23 (Article ID 1447676023)

WASHINGTON--President Trump told trade negotiators to take the time they need to strike an attractive deal on overhauling the North American Free Trade Agreement and sought to put pressure on Canada, which isn't participating in the latest talks between the U.S. and Mexico. Mr. Trump's remarks at a cabinet meeting Thursday came as senior Mexican officials were in Washington to discuss new Nafta
 
 

Trump wants federal suit against opioid manufacturers
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Indexed 2018-08-17 05:17:53 (Article ID 1447644678)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is asking Attorney General Jeff Sessions to file a federal lawsuit against certain companies that supply and manufacture opioids. Speaking during a Cabinet meeting Thursday, Trump said hes directing Sessions to file a separate lawsuit, rather than joining existing lawsuits filed by states affected by the spread of the often-lethal, highly-addictive drugs.