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I find few things more rejuvenating than sitting in the shaded swing in the far corner of our back yard, becoming one with nature, taking in the grass, the shrubs, the trees, the flowers. Even the sounds draw me in, the songs and calls of the birds, the chattering squirrels, the wind rustlin…

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During a December 2015 debate among Republican presidential candidates in Las Vegas, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said to Donald Trump: “You can’t insult your way to the presidency.”

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On Sunday morning, like so many across Ohio and across the country, Connie and I woke up to the devastating news of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. We were filled with grief and with gratitude for the heroic police officers who prevented this tragedy from being even worse. And we were also angry.

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I have a confession to make. I am one of the five remaining Americans who is uncomfortable with vulgarity, put off by profanity and offended by blasphemy. Swearing is now generally taken as a sign of authenticity; it is more often the expression of anger and aggression. I don’t think politic…

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On Sunday morning, like so many across Ohio and across the country, Connie and I woke up to the devastating news of a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. We were filled with grief and with gratitude for the heroic police officers who prevented this tragedy from being even worse. And we were also angry.

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Friends, when you turn on the news, it can seem like everything happening in our nation’s capital is hyper-partisan and that we aren’t able to work towards a common mission — or agree on what that common mission even is. I’m thankful to serve on a committee, the Energy and Commerce Committee…

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50 years ago Saturday, one of Ohio’s greatest sons, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to walk on the moon. On July 20, 1969, the world watched in awe as grainy footage beamed in from the lunar surface 289,000 miles away to millions of TV screens around the globe. As a 13-year-old, I will …

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Let’s say you are deciding between two models of Federal Reserve candidates. One has no fixed principles and embraces whatever is most politically expedient; the other has a blind commitment to a dangerously wrong set of beliefs.

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For many, summer is the literary season of lighter novels at the beach or pool. For me — exhausted by the quickening pace of President Trump’s moral and mental disintegration — escape takes the form of reading works of fiction that I have often read before. Encountering a new novel is usuall…

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At the end of June, I sent a letter to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey about the continued rain in Ohio. I asked for clarification on the assistance process to help ease the uncertainty farmers are facing. I…

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A preview story in the Bryan Democrat, dated June 27, 1919, described the upcoming July 4, 1919, celebration as follows: “An elaborate display of fireworks has been ordered in honor of returned soldiers and sailors. The fireworks will be shown during the evening from a conspicuous place, eit…

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We charge you, King George, with “a long train of abuses” designed to “establish an absolute tyranny over these states.”

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A northern summer, when it finally comes, arrives with the force of a miracle.

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Sometimes I don’t mind getting older. Actually, I often enjoy it. I appreciate the advantages of acquired wisdom, and in some ways I am more patient, especially with people who mean well but somehow miss the mark. I get that their hearts are in the right place, and that’s a good thing.

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Regarding “horse race” coverage of presidential primaries, the current Democratic contest quite resembles the Kentucky Derby. Coming out of the starting gate, there are at least twice as many entries as there ought to be. The majority have no realistic chance.

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One measure of the seriousness of a Democratic candidate for president is his or her understanding of the importance of religion in our common life. I am not talking here of the perfunctory bow toward personal, sectarian belief, which is neither qualifying nor disqualifying in a prospective …

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I was about 6 years old when I first set foot in Milo and Pauline Leu’s Sunday school class, in the basement of Stryker’s First Baptist Church. Images of that classroom remain so vivid I can close my eyes and be there whenever I want, and feel the warmth and love of Mr. and Mrs. Leu.

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Only the most partisan person would begrudge prayers for the president of the United States, but a recent visit by President Trump to the mega McLean Bible Church in Virginia has rubbed some congregants the wrong way.

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Is there any doubt that many Democrats agree with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when she says she wants to see President Trump “in prison”? After the Mueller report, House Democrats seem to believe almost unanimously that the president is guilty of obstruction of justice. Their increasingly hea…

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This summer, for the seventh year in a row, my office is partnering with local Ohio companies and organizations to host manufacturing camps for elementary and middle schoolers across the state.

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One of the largest obstacles to the defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 election is the radicalism of the Democratic Party on the issue of abortion. By forcing Joe Biden to abandon his support for the Hyde Amendment — which currently prevents the funding of abortions through Medicaid — the ab…

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As the summer of 1944 neared the war was everywhere. Car tires and gasoline were scarce. For children the cardboard at the back of their school tablets became something to covet, material for inside their shoes to help plug the holes in the soles. Even then, a rainy day meant wet feet – and …

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Uber just filed its first quarterly report as a publicly traded company. Although the company lost $1 billion, investors may still do well because the losses appear to be declining.

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Is the spectacle being conducted here in Iowa City, Iowa — with dozens of candidate visits each month, with political forums in village libraries, with house parties in rural crossroads and with meet-and-greet events in union halls — an endangered species?

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Every so often, America’s party of the left is seized by the fear that its platform of anti-militarism, sweet reason and communal progress just can’t compete with the right’s more emotional appeal to national pride, tradition and identity.

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Every day, nurses in Ohio communities work long hours doing vital work in our health care system, keeping patients safe and providing the highest quality of care.

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We have a strong economy today, thanks in part to the pro-growth policies like tax reform and regulatory relief Congress has put in place. Companies like Kroger in Cincinnati, Tremco in Cleveland, ProMedica in Toledo and Wolf Metals in Columbus are creating jobs, raising wages and reinvestin…

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Madison, Millcreek and Northwest township residents will soon receive information packets about the county’s new residential septic sewer operations and maintenance program.

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So Joe Biden launched his presidential campaign talking about Charlottesville.

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It has “invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing,” the philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek famously wrote. Hayek’s larger point was that while conservatism plays an important role in pumping the brakes on radical ideas that go too far,…