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Ohio AG claims Biden coronavirus mandate is illegal, but he won’t get into specifics

BY: - September 16, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost insists that President Joe Biden’s new coronavirus order is illegal, arguing that Biden is claiming “monarchical” powers. But Yost’s office didn’t respond when asked to address the fact that the biggest part of Biden’s as-yet-undrafted order will be made under a law passed by Congress in 1970. And in arguing […]

History Thursday: When the Supreme Court said yes to vaccine mandates

BY: - September 16, 2021

The vaccine mandate debate may be rejuvenated, but it’s hardly new. The U.S. Supreme Court answered the can-they-do-that question more than 115 years ago. In an era when infectious diseases killed more Americans than any other cause of death, smallpox was ripping through Cambridge, Massachusetts. State lawmakers passed a statute allowing local boards of health, […]

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Out of context: Many exhibits at National Air Force Museum lack key details

BY: - September 9, 2021

Out of context: Many exhibits at National Air Force Museum lack key details.

Ohio spent nearly a quarter million on controversial border mission

BY: - September 8, 2021

Ohio spent nearly a quarter million on controversial border mission. Troopers sent to Texas despite higher crime in Ohio.

Refugees after the American Revolution needed money, homes and acceptance

BY: - September 2, 2021

By G. Patrick O’Brien, Kennesaw State University The U.S. has long been a destination for people fleeing war-torn regions of the world. But in 1783, the tables were turned: Between 60,000 and 100,000 disaffected colonists from diverse backgrounds were fleeing the American states newly independent from Britain. The leaders of these exiles referred to themselves […]

History Thursday: What a baker from ancient Pompeii can teach us about happiness

BY: - August 26, 2021

By Nadejda Williams, University of West Georgia In a testament to its resiliency, happiness, according to this year’s World Happiness Report, remained remarkably stable around the world, despite a pandemic that upended the lives of billions of people. As a classicist, I find such discussions of happiness in the midst of personal or societal crisis […]

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75 Years Ago: A landmark bill for American hospitals

BY: - August 19, 2021

With both infrastructure and hospitals in the news these days, Ohioans should take a moment to learn about the Hill-Burton Hospital Survey and Construction Act. This ground-breaking legislation, signed into law 75 years ago this week on August 13, 1946 by President Harry S. Truman, helped to build and modernize American hospitals. An Ohio senator […]

After scandal broke, FirstEnergy lobbyist pushed DeWine on “covid response”

BY: - August 16, 2021

On Sept. 23, 2020, McKenzie K. Davis, a lobbyist with the Success Group, registered to lobby the administration of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on “covid response.” The timing is curious because only six weeks earlier, federal authorities announced they’d arrested then-Speaker Larry Householder and four associates in what they said was  “likely the largest bribery […]

Environmental groups tried to warn DeWine not to appoint regulator accused embroiled in scandal

BY: - August 10, 2021

Environmental groups tried to warn DeWine not to appoint regulator accused embroiled in scandal. Hostility to renewables was part of the reason.

House Dems document U.S. history of discrimination in shaping John Lewis voting rights bill

BY: - August 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — A House panel released a new report on Friday that will help lawmakers craft legislation named after the late Georgia civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis that aims to protect voting rights across the United States. The 124-page report, put forth by the House subcommittee on elections, outlines the U.S. history of discrimination […]

History Thursday: The Ohio Statehouse squirrels’ 150-year legacy

BY: - July 29, 2021

When people thought of the Ohio Statehouse, a reporter wrote in the early 1960s, one defining image came to mind: Not the important policy debates inside or the many famous figures that have traversed its halls. No, the reporter wrote. People thought of the squirrels. Since its completion in 1861, the Ohio Statehouse grounds have […]

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We are all propagandists now

BY: - July 22, 2021

By Jennifer Mercieca, Texas A&M University The U.S. is in an information war with itself. The public sphere, where Americans discuss public issues, is broken. There’s little discussion – and lots of fighting. One reason why: Persuasion is difficult, slow and time-consuming – it doesn’t make good television or social media content – and so […]