Columbus, Ohio (CNN) - President Obama told graduates Sunday that "the institutions that give structure to our society have at times betrayed your trust" but called on young people to take a more active role in the political process as part of the solution.
Obama delivered his first commencement address of the spring to nearly 10,000 graduates at The Ohio State University in Columbus. He urged students to reject the "voices" that "incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that's the root of our all our problems, even as they do their best to gum up the works."
Columbus, Ohio (CNN) – A year ago Sunday, President Barack Obama went to the heart of the key battleground state of Ohio to officially kick off his re-election campaign with a rally at The Ohio State University.
On the anniversary of that speech, the president returns to the Ohio State campus, this time to deliver the commencement address at the university's spring graduation.
(CNN) - Sen. Rob Portman's son Will tweeted congratulations to his father for his op-ed piece in Friday's Columbus Dispatch in which he explains his reversal on same-sex marriage.
"Especially proud of my dad today," the Yale junior tweeted in response to the Republican senator telling of his change of heart after Will announced that he was gay.
(CNN) - With one year and eight months until he faces re-election, Ohio Gov. John Kasich's poll numbers are headed in the right direction.
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, 52% of Buckeye State voters say they approve of the job the Republican governor is doing in office, with 32% saying they disapprove. The 52% approval rating is up 11 points from December and it's an all time high in Quinnipiac polling for Kasich, who was elected governor in 2010.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at The Ohio State University on May 5, the school announced Wednesday, becoming the third sitting president to deliver a commencement address at the school.
Obama has visited the Columbus, Ohio school at least five times, including on May 5, 2012 for the first campaign rally of his re-election campaign. His most recent visit to the university was in October for a campaign rally in the important battleground state.
(CNN) – Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland made it official Tuesday morning: He's not going to make a bid next year to try and reclaim his old job.
"I am announcing my decision not to seek election as Governor of Ohio in 2014. In many ways, this has been a very difficult decision," said Strickland in a statement.
(CNN) – Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California, uses an analogy to explain why he supported Plan B, the alternative to a fiscal cliff deal proposed by House Speaker John Boehner, then scrapped because not enough House Republicans supported it.
“If a lifeguard sees 10 swimmers drowning off his beach and can only reach nine of them to save them, it doesn't mean that he's drowned the 10th one,” McClintock said.
(CNN) – With less than two years until his re-election, John Kasich's poll numbers appear to be moving in the right direction.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday indicates that for the first time since Ohio's Republican governor was inaugurated in January 2011, a plurality of Buckeye State voters are giving Kasich a thumbs up.
(CNN) – Republican Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio said Thursday he's starting to see more openness among House Republicans for the president's pitch to raise tax rates on the top 2% of income earners.
The nine-term congressman, who's retiring in January, said he noticed a turning point on Wednesday when Republicans held their weekly meeting with House Speaker John Boehner–but he added Democrats need to meet them in the middle, too.
(CNN) – After some tea party leaders blamed Mitt Romney's loss in the presidential election on his lack of conservatism, Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, a moderate Republican who announced his retirement in July, offered sharp criticism to their reaction.
"There's a one-word phrase we use in Ohio for that: Crap. That's nonsense," LaTourette said Thursday on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien."