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In this April 16, 2018 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference at a Kroger supermarket as the company announces new associate benefits attributed to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in Cincinnati.
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says as much as one-third of materials in recycling bins are going into landfills.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
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The impeachment inquiry is drawing a big line between Republicans and Democrats, but lawmakers are still working together on some legislation.

A woman holds up a sign outside the Capitol in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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A major piece of President Donald Trump's immigration policy is set for a showdown in the U.S. Supreme Court after the lower courts rejected the attempt to phase-out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA.

In this April 16, 2018 file photo, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks during a news conference at a Kroger supermarket as the company announces new associate benefits attributed to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in Cincinnati.
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) became the fourth Republican senator to break ranks by criticizing President Donald Trump for seeking help from foreign governments to investigate a political rival.

If you are a member of Congress and the president from your own party stands up and says "there's nobody more honorable" than you, you might be tempted to be puffed up a bit.

Unless, of course, that president is Donald Trump, the man who is the very definition of the term loose cannon.

The cry for an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump began with a relative handful of voices crying out in the wilderness, but, in short order, impeachment has turned into a runaway train.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur is the co-founder of the Ukraine Caucus and said this week she now supports impeachment inquiries against President Trump.
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In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, host Steve Brown discusses a whistleblower's allegations that President Trump tried to use leverage over Ukraine for political favors. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D- Toledo) joins the show to explain why this scandal pushed her towards supporting impeachmwent proceedings.

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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Nearly every Republican elected statewide in Ohio is an honorary chair of President Trump’s re-election team, including Gov. Mike DeWine and U.S. Sen. Rob Portman.

Ohio Rep. Joyce Beatty says the aligations against President Trump are the most serious to date.
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Ohio's congressional delegation followed party lines Tuesday in reacting to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's announcement that she’ll pursue an impeachment inquiry against President Trump.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown
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State lawmakers are back in action holding more hearings on gun regulation bills, and Gov. Mike DeWine is still pushing for his proposals. Congress, however, has yet to show an interest in moving gun issues on the federal level, with provisions getting blocked in the Senate.

Columbus debuted driverless shuttles in a loop around the Scioto Mile in December 2018.
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Ohio has received $17.8 million to generate data on self-driving vehicles, an area of research in which the state is already playing a prominent role, according to the state's U.S. senators.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, left, and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speak to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
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With Congress back in session, Republicans say they are ready to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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Gov. Mike DeWine has rolled out a 17 point plan to address gun violence in the wake of a mass shooting in Dayton. Legislative leaders are already warning proposals like new background checks and a so-called "red flag law" could be a tough sell with their members.

As part of our Curious Cbus series about guns in Ohio, several listeners wanted to know how much the NRA—and other gun groups—donate to Ohio lawmakers.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is ignoring Democrats' efforts to pressure him into calling the Senate back from recess to vote on gun legislation to expand background checks following back to back mass shootings.

But there is movement among some Republican lawmakers, who are calling for action on some gun control measures.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
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Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) visited the Ohio State Fair over the weekend to mingle with hundreds of farmers from around the state, while news spread that President Donald Trump was moving forward with plans to increase tariffs on Chinese imports. 

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