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President Trump supporters joined a line snaking almost half a mile on Saturday afternoon, hoping to make it into the Olentangy Orange High School gym for the president’s rally. Inside, supporters fanned themselves with “Make America Great Again” and “Women for Trump” signs as the air conditioning struggled to keep up with the throng.

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President Trump is coming to Central Ohio this weekend to campaign for Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson before the upcoming August 7 special election.

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Ohio’s 12th Congressional District special election next month is being closely watched around the country—not just for what it says about Ohio, but for what it might mean for midterm elections around the country.

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A special congressional election in Ohio will be the last test of voter sentiment nationally before November's high stakes midterm election — and the topic of President Donald Trump is never far away.

House Republicans claimed a political victory Wednesday after the House voted 244-35 in favor of officially supporting the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a vote intended to force Democrats to take a position amid calls from progressives to abolish the agency.

Here's what you have to do sometimes when you are covering politics.

You have to drag yourself to some boring old parlor at a downtown hotel early on a Tuesday morning so you can witness a politician – in this case, GOP Senate candidate Jim Renacci – sign his name to two big pieces of cardboard.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Renacci held a press conference and mini-rally of supporters at a downtown Cincinnati hotel Tuesday morning where he tried a ploy that was used against his Democrat incumbent Sherrod Brown six years ago.

A congressman from Massachusetts spent part of this weekend campaigning for a would-be congressman from Northeast Ohio. The link is that they’re both Democrats, both Ivy League grads and both vets of America’s most-recent wars. We talked with the two about the increasingly visible role of veterans in this year’s elections.

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President Trump told House Republicans that he will support them "1,000 percent" in their efforts to pass immigration legislation later this week. Republicans left the wide-ranging talk in the Capitol in good spirits but still unsure if they have the votes to pass a bill.

Updated at 5:43 p.m. ET

President Trump took Capitol Hill by surprise on Friday morning when he said that he would not sign a House GOP immigration bill — only to reverse course later in the day.

"I'm looking at both of them. I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one," Trump told Fox News in a previously unannounced interview on the White House lawn.

Updated at 5:14 p.m. ET

House Republicans plan to vote next week on a pair of immigration bills, including one that would end the Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the Southwest border.

Republican leaders released a draft version of the bill Thursday after House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters he does not support the "zero tolerance" policy that was implemented as a result of a court decision. In the House GOP proposal released Thursday there is a provision ending the policy.

John Minchillo / Associated Press

Democratic congressional candidate Aftab Pureval, joined by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, stood before about 125 supporters at a Cincinnati home on Wednesday to launch a "Women for Aftab" organization.

Democrat Jill Schiller is out campaigning hard in Ohio's Second Congressional District, harder than anyone else has since incumbent Republican Brad Wenstrup first won the seat in 2012.

Senate Republicans worried about a possible trade war with U.S. allies Canada, Mexico and the European Union are pushing a plan to give Congress the final say over some trade actions.

A group led by Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker plans to unveil legislation this week to limit when President Trump, or any future president, could invoke national security as a reason for taxing foreign imports. It is a rare effort among congressional Republicans to use legislation to limit controversial policies embraced by Trump.

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Sen. Sherrod Brown has introduced three bipartisan bills touching on the opioid crisis.

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