Dennis Hastert

Monica’s Lingering Legacy

“Did you know there’s not one kid who has died in Iraq who wouldn’t be alive today if it weren’t for Monica Lewinsky?” legendary <i>60 Minutes</i> chief Don …

Conservative View

How Local Press and Media Priorities Have Failed Women in Politics: An Insider's View

Just over a week ago, #metoo was back in the headlines as the Golden Globes went sartorially black to “draw awareness” to the issue of harassment and …

Conservative View

Political risk looms over Republicans' welfare tinkering

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America's social safety net, an agenda even fellow Republican President Donald Trump recently shied away from.<p>Fresh from a tax overhaul victory and keen to act …

U.S. Congress

GOP agenda runs up against the midterms

Republicans, fresh off a victory on tax reform, say they are eager to pursue an aggressive 2018 agenda that includes immigration reform, a …

Mike Conaway

Feehery: Oprah Dem presidential bid unlikely

Oprah Winfrey created a social media firestorm when she addressed Hollywood at the Golden Globes on Sunday.<p>Her best friend Gayle King got …

Democratic Party

House GOP to consider return of earmarks, Ryan wants hearings

Few words in the congressional vocabulary are as profane as “earmark.”<p>Capitol Hill leaders essentially scrubbed earmarks from the congressional experience a few years ago. They toppled the earmarking process like statues of Communist dictators in Eastern Europe, circa 1989.<p>Earmarks were dispatched …

U.S. Congress

ABC News’ mistake-prone Brian Ross doesn’t return from suspension as planned after botching report on Trump, Russia

ABC News’ embattled chief investigative correspondent, Brian Ross, has not returned to work as scheduled Thursday, despite the end of his suspension for botching an “exclusive” report on Donald Trump and Russia.<p>Ross was placed on a four-week, unpaid suspension after he reported incorrectly on live …

Donald Trump

Hatch's retirement lets him leave at the height of his power

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Orrin Hatch's decision to retire from the Senate after four decades lets the Utah Republican walk away at the height of his power after helping to push through an overhaul of the tax code and persuading President Donald Trump to downsize two national monuments.<p>Retirement also …

U.S. Politics

Morning Spin: A look at who's raised the most in race to replace Lisa Madigan

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s mid-September announcement that she wouldn't run for re-election in 2018 left those …

Chicago

Trump’s Pick to Run 2020 Census Has Defended Racial Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression Laws

In June 2011, the North Carolina legislature hired Thomas Brunell, a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Dallas, to produce …

Government

Victim behind Dennis Hastert downfall seeks protective order in lawsuit

A sexual abuse victim of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert who accused the disgraced politician of reneging on a $3.5 million hush-money pact is seeking a protective order to keep many details of his lawsuit confidential.<p>Attorneys made a brief court appearance early Tuesday before Kendall …

Corruption

Man suing Dennis Hastert wants to keep some details secret

A Kendall County judge is considering whether to keep confidential certain documents related to the hush-money deal that landed former U.S. House …

Corruption

Despite political risk, Republicans tinker with welfare

Political danger signs are flashing, but conservatives in Washington are pushing forward with proposals to change America’s social safety net, an …

Liberal View

This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 2, the second day of 2018. There are 363 days left in the year.<p>Birthdays: Country musician Harold Bradley is 92. Former House …

Boston

Donald Trump Tweets Incoherent Word Salad About Anna Wintour and Vanity Fair

<i>Welcome to Barf Bag, a daily politics roundup to help you sort through the chaotic Trumpian news cycle.</i><p>Only a few more days until the Rapture!<p><b>Here’s</b> …

Donald Trump

Paul Ryan's 'pro-white' primary foe denounced by Breitbart after his anti-Semitic tweets

A Wisconsin businessman challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan in next year's congressional primaries denounced "globalists from both parties" on Wednesday, after a series of anti-Semitic tweets prompted Steve Bannon and Breitbart News to distance themselves from his campaign.<p>Paul Nehlen, who is …

Politics

Ryan’s ‘pro-white’ primary foe denounced by Breitbart after his anti-Semitic tweets

A Wisconsin businessman challenging House Speaker Paul D. Ryan in next year’s congressional primaries denounced “globalists from both parties” Wednesday, after his anti-Semitic tweets prompted Breitbart News to distance itself from his campaign.<p>Paul Nehlen, who is challenging Ryan for the second …

U.S. Politics

Six Restaurants To Try Before They Close, Two New Bars, and Other Seattle Food News You Can Use: Dec 22 Edition

A new cider taproom, the end of 13 Coins, and more. by Stranger Things To Do StaffWoodinville's Locust Cider brought their buzz-worthy new flavors to …

Seattle

Republican Attacks on Robert Mueller Are Absurd. But the GOP Has Been Lawless for Decades.

Washington is all abuzz with rumors about the fate of Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to examine “any links and/or coordination” …

Government

Paul Ryan refutes rumors of early retirement from House

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight …

Kelli Ward

Censure, don’t impeach: It’s the right approach on sexual harassment

Democrats should take impeachment off the table — for now — to enable a full accounting of Trump’s misdeeds<p>Buoyed by the #MeToo movement, the release of "16 Women and Donald Trump," followed by Megyn Kelly’s interview with three of them — Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks — has put …

U.S. Politics

Ex-GOP House Speaker, “Family Values” Champion, Barred from Being Alone With Minors

Former Republican U.S. <b>House Speaker Dennis Hastert</b>, who championed “family values” during his tenure in Congress, is no longer allowed to have …

Corruption

Judge Tightens Hastert Parole

Prohibited from accessing pornography, sex chat lines and speaking to minors<p>Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert had his parole terms tightened to …

Politics

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson strongly considering presidential run in 2024: ‘I continue to listen & learn as much as I can’

Entertainment

Journalist Jamie Kalven won't be forced to identify his Laquan McDonald story sources, and other Chicago news

Welcome to the <i>Reader</i>'s weekday news briefing.…

Chicago

Judge bars disgraced former House speaker Dennis Hastert from being alone with children

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert must not be left alone with children unless another adult is present who knows that he paid money to conceal that he’d sexually abused teenage boys, a federal judge in Chicago ordered on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.<p>Hastert, who admitted in 2015 to …

Corruption

Judge bars Dennis Hastert from being alone with kids, having porn

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, who was released from prison in July after serving 15 months in a scheme to cover up child molestation accusations, has been banned from being alone with kids or having contact with porn.<p>A federal judge imposed the new restrictions without public explanation …

Corruption

Ex-Speaker Hastert barred from being left alone with minors

A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker's conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students.<p>U.S. District …

U.S. Politics

With Matt Lauer, NBC News Investigates Its Own Scandal

As an investigative reporter for NBC News, Stephanie Gosk has dug into everything from the Orlando nightclub shooting to the trial of former House …

Matt Lauer

Hastert banned from ever being left alone with children

New restrictions from a federal judge bar former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert from ever being left alone with children.<p>The order mandates …