Rob Portman

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Donald Trump, impeached twice and soon to be gone from the White House, will likely always have his corps of MAGA hat-wearing fans who believe he can do no wrong, that he is the be-all and end-all of their world. But there are signs that Trump's grip on Republican voters who are less fanatical in their devotion to him is starting to slip.

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A week ago, in the aftermath of a violent, destructive and deadly rampage of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters – a rampage that could have been much worse – we were inundated by tweets and press releases from Republicans in the Ohio congressional delegation decrying what had happened in their workplace, the very center of American democracy.

But barely a word about who inspired a frenzied mob of thugs to scale the walls and cause chaos in the halls of Congress – the president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.

During a press call Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) explained why he waited more than a month to acknowledge President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, and detailed a COVID-19 relief package he helped draft. 

Ohio's two U.S. Senators are among the congressional leaders calling for passage of a new economic relief package. The senators say the bipartisan proposal can target areas hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It seems like forever since Democrat Tim Ryan of Trumbull County was first elected to the U.S. House in 2002, and ever since politics reporters around the state (me included) have written more than our fair share of stories and tweets speculating about Ryan's political future.

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The wrath of Donald Trump is something fearsome to behold.

Especially when one of his fellow Republicans tries to burst the bubble of the fictional scenario inside his head that tells him he somehow won re-election and will be sworn into office for a second term on Jan. 20.

Wrath so awesome it can make grown Republican officeholders quake in fear and scramble to reassure him that Joe Biden is not the president-elect.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has enrolled in a COVID-19 vaccine trial that's being developed by Janssen and Johnson & Johnson.

Portman said he enrolled in the trial because this is how he can play a small role in supporting the country's response to the pandemic.

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In February 2016, nine months before the presidential election that produced the Trump presidency, President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland, a respected federal appeals court judge, to replace a conservative justice of the Supreme Court, Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly that month.

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The story in The Atlantic quoting anonymous sources saying President Donald Trump referred to American soldiers who lost their lives in service as "suckers" and "losers" is still getting widespread reaction. But Ohio's Republican U.S. Senator is casting doubt on whether Trump said what's been confirmed by several news outlets.

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As protests continue across Ohio and the country, the state's Republican U.S. Senator says President Trump could be doing more to help those demonstrations from spiraling into violence.

Congress is preparing to allocate more funding to the Paycheck Protection Program—a forgivable loan initiative meant to help employers keep workers on the payroll during the pandemic. 

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On Tuesday, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) spoke to Ohio area journalists about a variety of issues, including the latest information on Small Business Administration loan programs and the need for additional coronavirus testing in the greater Cincinnati region.

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Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) helped surmount bureaucratic and political obstacles to help UC Heath get a critical piece of testing equipment for their laboratory that would expand testing for the novel coronavirus.

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Ohio has a shortage of tests and the ability to test for COVID-19. Southwest Ohio is particularly lacking in ability to diagnose patients. Sen. Rob Portman and UC Health say help is on the way.

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President Trump delivered his third State of the Union address Tuesday night, touting a strong economy, job creation and his immigration policies, but made no mention of the impeachment trial that is expected to come to a close today.

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Earlier this week, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was interviewed on Cincinnati Edition by host Michael Monks on several subjects, including Portman's role as a juror in the upcoming Senate trial of President Trump on impeachment charges.

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Cincinnati Edition talks with Senator Rob Portman about events unfolding in Washington and his legislative goals for the new year. 

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Let's say you have been called to jury duty in your county courthouse and you dutifully attend each day until you are assigned to a jury pool in a criminal case.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman told reporters Tuesday as much as one-third of materials in recycling bins are going into landfills. "This is unacceptable and I think most of my constituents would be shocked to hear that." He has introduced legislation to educate people on what can be recycled and how our country can do it more cost effectively.

The impeachment debate is drawing a big line between Republicans and Democrats. But the parties are working together on some bills. Ohio’s Republican and Democratic Senators talk about bipartisanship in a divided Washington D.C.

The House begins public impeachment inquiry hearings Wednesday. It’s the latest step in a possible move towards impeachment of President Trump by the House. Meanwhile, many in the Republican-controlled Senate, including Rob Portman (R-OH), are waiting to see what new information comes out.

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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.

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman says he supports parts of Gov. Mike DeWine’s 17-point plan to curb gun violence in Ohio. 

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Last weekend, Ohio's two U.S. Senators, Democrat Sherrod Brown and Republican Rob Portman, separately toured the detention camps on the border with Mexico and both came to the conclusion that conditions there constitute a "humanitarian crisis." But they differ on who is to blame and how to fix it.

WVXU's Senior Political Analyst Howard Wilkinson spoke with News Director Maryanne Zeleznik on the Ohioans' areas of agreement and disagreement.

Sherrod Brown And Rob Portman To Visit U.S.-Mexico Border

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Ohio's U.S. senators plan to visit the U.S.-Mexico border this weekend to observe firsthand the conditions at U.S. Customs And Border Protection detention facilities.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman is among the Republican senators who oppose President Trump’s plan to impose tariffs on Mexico. President Trump wants the tariffs to sanction Mexico for not helping enough with the immigration crisis. But Portman said the tariffs will hurt the American economy.

Portman hopes the dispute can be resolved Wednesday when the Mexican foreign minister meets with U.S. officials in Washington.  

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Senator Rob Portman, recently back from a fact-finding mission to Asia where he wore an Otto Warmbier t-shirt at the Korean border, says the U.S. doesn't owe North Korea anything. The Washington Post reports North Korea made the U.S. promise it would foot a $2 million hospital bill before it allowed the Wyoming High School graduate to return home. That bill remains unpaid.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman read the Mueller Report while he was traveling in Vietnam last week with other U.S. senators. While most Republican lawmakers had a knee-jerk reaction saying President Trump had been "exonerated," the statement Portman released Friday didn't use that word and he was one of the rare Republicans who said that Trump had acted inappropriately. On the subject of obstruction of justice, Portman said the Department of Justice concluded that it did not have enough evidence to charge the president.

There’s been a lot of talk in Washington recently about the “Green New Deal,” introduced by House Democrats to address climate change. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell forced a vote on the bill in the Senate this week.

Both Ohio senators say they want the Mueller report to be made available to the public.

The report details Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation into Russia’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. It was given to the Justice Department Friday, but Attorney General William Barr has released only a four page summary.

Both Republican Rob Portman and Democrat Sherrod Brown are calling for Barr to release the full report.

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