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The last week we’ve been revisiting the War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In fifty years, the poverty rate in the U.S. has been reduced from about 25 percent to 16 percent, but the discussion merely highlights how statistics are a matter of interpretation: Democrats supportive of federal policies aimed at reducing poverty tend to point to the numbers as a sign of success, while many Republicans point to the same numbers as proof of the policies’ failure.

UPDATE Friday Jan. 10, 11:55 a.m.: Chinese auto-glass firm Fuyao will be the company to purchase over a million square feet of the old GM plant. Find out more here.

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The U.S. Congress is on its way to a budget deal a couple weeks ahead of the January 1, 2014 deadline, but the deal doesn’t include extending emergency unemployment benefits. That means around 40,000 Ohioans could see their payments end this month.

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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was in Dayton Thursday promoting a newly-passed federal law that aims to protect kids with allergies. Brown is also urging passage of a state law in Ohio that would make the allergy drug epinephrine, usually known as the EpiPen, widely available in schools.

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The Congressional panel dealing with budget negotiations met this week for the first time to avoid another potential government shutdown and maintain federal funding. The spending bill as it stands now will keep the government open until January 15. U.S.

Sen. Brown On Capital Hill Shooting

Oct 4, 2013
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Washington authorities are still trying to learn more about yesterday's incident at the Capitol, where a driver sped away from police and crashed, after a brief chase and a volley of gunfire.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was among those moved away from the Hart Senate Office Building when shots rang out.  He was walking outside with Democratic Senators Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

Same Sex Marriage Advocates Launch Campaign

Sep 10, 2013

A coalition supporting same-sex marriage announced a new initiative yesterday in Ohio’s three largest cities.

A couple dozen supporters gathered outside Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland, as organizers announced the creation of “Why Marriage Matters Ohio”.  Its goal is to educate state residents on marriage equality, and help build support to overturn Ohio’s ban on gay marriage.  The ban was approved by nearly two-thirds of voters in 2004.

Senator Brown Says More Help Needed For Students

Jul 26, 2013

The Senate passed a bill this week that will lower student loan interest rates, at least for the few years. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown isn’t happy with the legislation and as Emily McCord reports, he says there's still more work to do to help students.

Senators Work To Forge A Compromise On College Loans

Jun 24, 2013

College and university officials, and many students and parents are watching closely to see whether Congress takes action this week on federally subsidized college loans. The interest rate on subsidized Stafford loans is set to double when the current rate of 3.4 percent sunsets on July 1st.

Businesses would have to prioritize hiring an American worker over a foreign one, under a bipartisan amendment announced Tuesday by U-S Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

Senator Brown says the amendment essentially restores language in the Senate’s immigration bill that requires companies offering positions to recruit AND hire qualified American workers ahead of foreign workers seeking H-1B visas.  The H-1B allows foreign workers with advanced degrees and specialized skills to work in the U.S., on a temporary three-year basis.  Last year, 135-thousand were issued in the country.

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