All “three Republican National Committee members from the state sent letters Friday to the RNC waiving the national party’s rule against supporting Republican candidates in contested primaries, approving ‘any and all pre-primary financial assistance and in-kind aid the RNC may choose to provide’ for” state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R). (National Journal)
WHEN YOU COME AT THE PRINCE … At a debate on Wednesday, former state Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) called former CFPB Director Richard Cordray (D) “Prince Richard of the Ohio Democratic Party” and later added “that the process has been rigged in Cordray’s favor. … But O’Neill might have landed a bigger punch when he told Cordray, ‘You’ve got an ‘A’ rating from the NRA.’ Opponents have been circulating a video of a 2010 speech that Cordray gave to a pro-gun rally at the Statehouse. And on the debate stage Wednesday, he didn’t repudiate the group.”
Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) “was asked about his history of meeting with [Syrian President Bashar al-]Assad, including conducting a Fox News interview with the dictator. … Kucinich responded by saying he’s traveled the world trying to prevent wars, but he didn’t address meeting Assad. And with reporters after the debate, he refused to condemn the Syrian strongman, saying it’s up to Syrians to pick their leaders.” (Columbus Dispatch)
“The candidates agreed on opposing right to work laws, and the need for some sort of tighter gun control laws, though each had a different response to gun violence in schools and cities across the country.” (Toledo Blade)
“Kucinich wants to fully legalize marijuana, a move he said would have positive implications for criminal justice, agriculture and even the state’s ongoing opioid crisis.” (Cleveland.com)
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Acting DEA head Robert Patterson "told staff Monday he is retiring, saying that running the agency as a temporary fill-in had become 'increasingly challenging.'"
"Top aides to President Donald Trump are planning additional crackdowns on immigration before the November midterms, despite a growing backlash over the administration’s move to separate migrant children from parents at the border. Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the Justice Department, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to use executive authority and under-the-radar rule changes to strengthen hardline U.S. immigration policies."
"The Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General is looking into former FBI Director James Comey’s decision to give his personal memos to a friend outside the government. 'We received a referral on that from the FBI. We are handling that referral and we will issue a report when the matter is completed,' Inspector General Michael Horowitz said during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing came days after Horowitz’s office released a near 600-page report on the FBI’s handling of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server." Comey has testified that he released the memos as "private citizen."
"Two longtime associates of President Donald Trump are now acknowledging a previously undisclosed contact in May 2016 with a Russian who they say offered dirt on Hillary Clinton. Roger Stone and Michael Caputo say they forgot to tell investigators about their contact with a Russian national who goes by the name Henry Greenberg — even though they say Greenberg offered to sell incriminating information to the Trump campaign for $2 million."
"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.