Former House speaker John Boehner dismissed GOP efforts to craft a tax reform bill as “happy talk” and offered a scathing assessment of President Trump’s first 100 days in office while speaking at a conference this week. The Ohio Republican said Trump has handled national security and foreign policy issues well, but added: “Everything else he’s done (in office) has been a complete disaster,” according to Rigzone, a website that covers the oil and gas industry.
WASHINGTON — Here’s the “new normal” in southwestern Ohio: 50 to 70 opioid overdoses per week, with spikes that can leave a dozen people dead in just 48 hours. Those grim statistics, relayed by Newtown's police chief at a Senate hearing Thursday, highlighted an urgent debate over how to stop the flood of deadly synthetic opioids into the U.S.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Jordan doesn’t usually shy away from a fight, but the conservative Urbana Republican has decided to forgo a bid to be chairman of a powerful House committee — a post that would have given him broad investigative authority and put him in the middle of a contentious probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.