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Rob Portman

Denali or McKinley? A name with a mountain of political clout

WASHINGTON Ohio is a state used to getting its way. So when President Barack Obama stripped the name of an Ohio favorite son from a mountaintop 4,000 miles away in Alaska, the state's powerful congressional delegation was roused from its summer recess to decry the affront. Ohio's John Boehner, the speaker of the U.S. House, declared himself "deeply disappointed" after the Obama administration announced on Sunday that the peak formerly known as Mount McKinley, the highest in North America, henceforth would be called by its native name, Denali. Ohio Sen. Rob Portman protested the decision in a series of tweets, saying the mountain's name was a way to recall the...

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