“[T]he Ohio AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization representing some 600,000 union members,” endorsed former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) on Tuesday, praising his “proven record of standing up against a rigged system that makes it harder for working people to get ahead.” (Toledo Blade)
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) endorsed Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) on Tuesday, calling her the “conservative champion that Ohio needs. … Mary has fought to defend the Constitution, even when she had to stand against Republican leaders and Governors in her own state to do so.” (release)
Former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) also endorsed Taylor on Wednesday, referring to her and her running mate as “the clear conservative choice for voters in this Republican primary” for their opposition to abortion rights and support for gun rights.
A TRULY REMARKABLE DECISION. “In a fundraising letter that calls him ‘a truly remarkable man of God,’” former state Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) “is staking out his position as an anti-abortion candidate in the Democratic primary. … He acknowledges that he’s ‘a man who will never have to make an abortion decision,’ and on the Supreme Court, he held that some Ohio abortion laws place an undue burden on a woman’s right to an abortion. He explains that, as a state Supreme Court justice, he was bound by the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that says women have a constitutional guarantee of access to abortion. But that doesn’t mean that O’Neill agrees with the ruling. ‘I think it’s wrongly decided, there’s no question,’ he said.”
In comparison, the rest of the major Democrats in the race support abortion rights. (Columbus Dispatch)
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"As Trump signed a joint statement with Kim Jong Un that offered few details on how the North Korean leader would make good on his vow to denuclearize, Republicans on Capitol Hill said Tuesday that they want and expect the White House to submit any final agreement for their approval." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called for any agreement to be in the form of a treaty.
President Trump announced that the United States will suspend "war games" with South Korea, which are "inappropriate" given his meeting with North Korean leader Kim-Jong Un. "We will be stopping the war games which will save us a tremendous amount of money," said Trump, "unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should." The military exercises "carried out each year by the US and South Korean militaries have been consistently cited by Pyongyang as a US rehearsal for war, and a reason it needs to build a nuclear arsenal."
President Trump "heaped praise on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, calling him 'a very worthy, very smart negotiator' and vowing to meet with him 'many times.' Speaking to reporters in Singapore after his landmark summit with Kim, Trump said that he found the North Korean premier to be a 'very talented man' who 'loves his country very much.'"