JD Vance

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. left, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, walk with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the U.S. Capitol Building on Sept. 21, 2023 in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Biden administration warns of dangers of turning down Ukraine aid as GOP voices doubts

BY: - November 9, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators from both parties and administration officials sounded the alarm Wednesday on the path forward for Ukraine amid dwindling U.S. humanitarian, economic development and security assistance and as Congress risks a government shutdown in less than 10 days. During a hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Department of State and […]


MAGA Republicans didn’t come to Washington to work. They came to sow chaos and dysfunction

BY: - November 7, 2023

Welcome to Gilead. The fictional dystopia in Handmaid’s Tale is real-life in the halls of Congress. The U.S. House of Representatives just tapped a character straight out of Margaret Atwood’s novel to be speaker. Mike Johnson speaks the language of a God-governed, patriarchal, totalitarian state.  In the U.S. Senate, a budding far-right (that sounds like […]


We live in a dangerous world, and America needs serious leaders, not a chaotic clown show

BY: - October 12, 2023

We received a tragic and sobering wake-up call this weekend that the world indeed remains a very dangerous place; peace and security are never guaranteed; and forces of violence, war, and terrorism will continue to target stability around the globe. As Robert Gates, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense for George W. Bush and Barack […]

Congress clears bill to avert shutdown, with vote promised later on Ukraine aid

BY: - October 1, 2023

WASHINGTON — Congress approved a bill Saturday night that would stave off a government shutdown until at least mid-November, though the measure doesn’t include Ukraine aid backed by both Republicans and Democrats. The bipartisan 88-9 vote in the U.S. Senate, just hours before a midnight deadline, took place after the U.S. House earlier in the […]

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, left, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, right, walk with President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 21, 2023, in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

‘If we don’t get the aid, we will lose the war’: Zelenskyy asks Congress to help Ukraine

BY: and - September 25, 2023

WASHINGTON — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Thursday traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers to reiterate the need for continued aid to support his country’s fight against the Russian invasion, even as the U.S. faces a partial government shutdown as soon as the end of the month. “If we don’t get the aid, […]


JD Vance is one of the top recipients of oil and gas money. Now he’s shilling for their interests

BY: - September 5, 2023

J.D. Vance, the wealthy venture capitalist who moved back to Ohio to become a U.S. Senator as a reborn MAGA zealot, owes his deep-pocketed benefactors big time. Chief among them are the titans peddling fossil fuel. Vance was among the top 20 of all recipients of oil and gas donations in the 2022 campaign.  He […]

Protestors near the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after a ruling by the court striking down the use of affirmative action in college acceptance decisions, on Thursday, June 29, 2023. (Jennifer Shutt/States Newsroom)

Ohio universities review admission policies after Supreme Court ends affirmative action

BY: - July 25, 2023

Ohio colleges and universities are reviewing their admissions policies after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling to end affirmative action based on race. In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled the race-conscious admissions policies used by the University of North Carolina and Harvard were unlawful. Affirmative action, which is not just limited to college […]


A parents bill of rights for the rest of us

BY: - April 19, 2023

There’s no question that parenting has gotten harder in this country. Gun violence is now the leading killer of children in this country, a brutal fact made clearer with each new school shooting. Child care is out of reach for many parents, while the rising cost of college clouds the future for their kids. For many reasons, […]


Vance and other Republicans pounce on Trump indictment as “fundraising gold” from MAGA zealots

BY: - April 4, 2023

Bonus day for indictment grifters came early last week! Among the first to cash in on the judicial comeuppance of a gilded conman holed up in Florida was none other than Ohio’s own snake in the grass, Republican J.D. Vance. The poser playing U.S. Senator and MAGA prince — thanks to billionaire coastal elitists and […]


Opportunists exploiting East Palestine’s suffering population with politics and race-baiting

BY: - February 28, 2023

Poor East Palestine. It’s bad enough that the northeast Ohio village is living through the nightmare of a toxic train wreck. Apprehension and uncertainty grip the town. Nobody knows what the long-term health effects of air and water contamination will be after the controlled burning of cancer-causing chemicals from derailed tanker cars. Official reassurances that […]


Vance a shameless apologist for insurrection in America and war crime assaults on democracy abroad

BY: - February 23, 2023

The horror stories of civilian massacres coming out of Ukraine apparently carry no weight with Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance. Vance continues to push against any American role in defending the assaulted democratic ally a full year after Russia’s invasion. Meanwhile, as the anniversary comes Feb. 24, Ukrainian civilians are suffering a shocking level […]

Ohio Republican U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance marks first month in office with continued Ukraine skepticism

BY: - February 3, 2023

Since taking office a month ago, U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance has underscored his skepticism for offering military support to Ukraine. It’s an issue that set him apart from politicians in Ohio and around the country but didn’t keep him from securing the GOP nomination or the general election. Just days before Russia’s invasion, Vance declared, […]