Ohio

In the spring of 2012, while reporting a piece on the political landscape in Ohio, I spent several hours on two successive afternoons tagging along with canvassers from Working America, the AFL-CIO affiliate that tries to mobilize people who don’t have a union to join at work but would like to be part of the organized labor mission.

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Last year, following up on an intriguing 2011 piece in the Toledo Blade, I stumbled upon an FBI investigation into more than $200,000 in questionable contributions made by employees of a North Canton, Ohio direct marketing firm called Suarez Corporation to the campaigns of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, who was challenging Sen.

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Something pretty remarkable happened Thursday morning in Ohio: Two businessmen were charged with serious violations of federal campaign finance law. That doesn’t happen so much these days, what with the United States Supreme Court eviscerating limits on campaign giving and spending and with the Federal Election Commission in a state of permanent dysfunction.

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Obamacare took a big step forward on Tuesday night, when the Michigan Senate approved an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. The state House is likely to back the same measure, as early as next week. And while the program requires a special federal waiver, the Obama Administration is likely to grant it.

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Shirley Jackson died 48 years ago today. In her honor, her sharp-witted reflection on working retail, as originally published in The New Republic.

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You Call This Insurance?

Ohio's lieutenant governor is misleading the public about Obamacare 'rate shock'

Ohio's lieutenant governor is misleading the public about Obamacare 'rate shock'.

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The Amish Are Getting Fracked

Their religion prohibits lawsuits—and the energy companies know it

Their religion prohibits lawsuits—and the energy companies know it.

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Is the Fever Breaking?

On issues like Medicaid and military spending, signs of a Republican rift

The real Republican divide isn't about those messaging issues discussed by political strategists. It's about policy issues like Medicaid and defense spending, where a divide is emerging between conservatives who want to make a point in a long-term philosophical debate and conservatives who have to govern right now.

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The coal-mine CEO who made a big show of laying off workers and blaming it on Barack Obama may have started quietly hiring some back.

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Lincoln’s Code: The Laws of War in American HistoryBy John Fabian Witt (Free Press, 498 pp., $32)   WAR IS ABOUT killing, maiming, and destroying. Yet in its midst men have sought heroism not only in savage acts of bravery but also in observing limits, in finding a way to affirm their and their adversaries’ common humanity, in the concept of honor as a higher expression of morality than is attainable even in peace.

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