Dick Durbin

CNN's Harlow Frets Over Trump Calling Out Chicago's High Murder Rate

On Friday's <i>CNN Newsroom</i>, during a discussion after President Donald Trump's speech to the FBI National Academy, host Poppy Harlow fretted over the …

Conservative View

MILLER: Why Gov. Rauner probably still won't be 'in charge' next year

“I’m not in charge,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said recently, “I’m trying to get to be in charge.”<p>Rauner said he’ll “get to be in charge” by taking away …

Bruce Rauner

ESPN 1000’s Ben Finfer says tweet calling Trump racist may be factor in ouster

Again sportscaster Ben Finfer is looking for work. Again Twitter figures in the story. This time the station is ESPN’s WMVP-AM 1000. This time the tweeting was his own.<p>“I’m officially done at ESPN,” Finfer said in a Facebook post Friday announcing his immediate ouster. “From what I understand this …

Donald Trump

Last day to sign up for Obamacare is here

Time is running out to sign up for Obamacare for 2018.<p>Open enrollment ends at 10:59 p.m. CST on December 15 for Illinois residents. Use the federal …

Health Care

Morning Spin: Kennedy leads Democratic governor fundraisers, except for Pritzker

<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>There are more than just holiday cards in the mail as candidates for next year’s elections have begun putting out requests for …

Chicago

Alabama Democrats have GOP's Sen. Shelby to thank for win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Credit six-term Republican Sen. Richard Shelby for Democrat Doug Jones' shocking win in Alabama, senators from both parties said.<p>Shelby, Alabama's senior senator and the state's most influential official, publicly opposed GOP nominee Roy Moore and declared before the election that …

U.S. Politics

One Less Senate Vote Could Mean More Headaches for GOP

WASHINGTON—Governing with 52 Republican senators was hard. Fifty-one will be harder.<p>The GOP emerged from this week’s Alabama defeat with a 51-49 majority in the Senate, narrowing the party’s already slim room for error in confirming President Donald Trump’s cabinet and judicial nominees, including …

Politics

Democrats wrestle with likelihood DACA slips to January

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Democrats are increasingly grappling with the likelihood that Congress could push a decision on a popular immigration program into January, even as they've spent weeks saying it should be dealt with by the end of the year.<p>"To some extent, yes," Congressional Hispanic Caucus …

U.S. Congress

Alabama Is Sending Another Former Prosecutor to the Senate. Will This One Be Different?

The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 ended parole in the federal prison system and introduced the harshest mandatory …

U.S. Attorneys

DACA fight on Capitol Hill could extend into next year despite pressure from outside groups

Outside groups are ramping up pressure on congressional leaders to find a legislative fix for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as …

Bob Menendez

Alabama Win Gives Democrats More Leverage on Budget, Immigration

Senate Democrats gained significant new leverage to stymie the Republican agenda and make demands on spending and immigration in Congress next year …

Business

What Doug Jones' Win Means for the GOP Agenda in Congress

Republicans are plowing ahead with their plan to pass a tax bill before the new year<p>The stunning upset victory of Democrat Doug Jones over Roy Moore …

U.S. Politics

‘Do the right thing’: Mitch McConnell, Alabama, and the Jason Kander rule

The results of an election should not be ignored.<p>It’s unclear just how much Alabama and the Senate’s Republican leadership can drag their feet to …

Liberal View

Roskam praises Republican tax compromise as Democrats push back hard

As Republicans moved forward Wednesday on a rewrite of the tax code despite strenuous objections from Democrats, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam said the tax overhaul would “impact our nation like no other vote that Congress going to take.”<p>Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, is on a committee of lawmakers that …

Chicago

Republicans relieved by Moore loss in Alabama

Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief after GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore's defeat Tuesday in Alabama.

Stephen Bannon

Axios AM

<b>Good Wednesday morning. Situational awareness:</b> A White House official, confirming a WashPost report, tells me the top tax rate in the GOP package …

Soledad O'Brien

On DACA, Republican Sen. Thom Tillis wants to find middle-ground

WASHINGTON — On many policy issues, GOP Sen. Thom Tillis is a reliable red vote. But on immigration, Tillis is trying to find purple.<p>Despite voting …

Immigration

Families blame state in veterans home Legionnaires' outbreak

QUINCY, Ill. — Eleven families are suing the state for negligence saying a fatal Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in 2015 and continued problems at a …

Chicago

The top 10 trending news stories of 2017, according to Google

From some of the most destructive hurricanes in recent memory to rising tensions between the US and North Korea, 2017 has been a whirlwind of a year.<p>On Wednesday, Google released its top trending searches of the year. These are searches that had the highest spike this year compared to 2016. Here …

U.S. Politics

Wednesday's Campaign Round-Up, 12.13.17

Today’s installment of campaign-related news items from across the country.<p>* As of now, Roy Moore still hasn’t conceded Alabama’s Senate special …

Elections

For Democrats, a tough choice on DACA

<b>(CNN) —</b> With just two weeks until Congress is expected to leave town, the fate of roughly 700,000 young immigrants still hangs in the balance.<p>And, it could be up to Senate Democrats now to decide whether they will make protections for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program …

U.S. Congress

Senators say effort to protect 'Dreamers' making progress

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan push in the Senate to protect undocumented people who immigrated to the United States as children is gaining momentum as lawmakers try to wrap up negotiations, Republican Senator Jeff Flake said on Tuesday.<p>Both Republican and Democratic senators said a deal would …

Immigration

Dems back away from brink on Dreamers

Democratic leaders will not force a shutdown showdown over relief for young undocumented immigrants.<p>Democratic leaders aren’t going to shut down the government to save Dreamers in December.<p>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi haven’t stopped fighting to …

Politics

Experts Tell Congress How To Cut Drug Prices

The nation’s most influential science advisory group will tell Congress today that the U.S. pharmaceutical market is not sustainable and needs to …

Health

Doug Jones' surprise win in the Alabama Senate race just upended the GOP agenda for 2018

CLOSE<p>Alabama senator-elect Doug Jones says his victory over GOP Roy Moore in Tuesday's special election marks a moment for national unity. Jones said …

Republican Party

3 Years, 13 Legionnaires’ Deaths At Illinois Veterans’ Home

Surviving War, But Not The Veterans' Home<p>Since July 2015, 13 residents of a veterans’ home in west central Illinois have died from Legionnaires’ …

Bruce Rauner

Conservatives are up in arms about 'chain migration', how they say the NYC bombing suspect entered the US — here's how it works

• <b>Akayed Ullah, the suspected Manhattan bomber, benefited from "chain migration," the Trump administration said.</b>• <b><br>Ullah entered through a family-based immigration category that many conservatives and immigration critics want eliminated.</b>• <b><br>Advocates say the program is a proud part of American history, and</b> …

Immigration

Harassment Politics Grip Washington and Spur Fear in Both Parties

Chatter in Washington around the rising tally of lawmakers toppled by sexual harassment allegations has shifted from “who’s next?” to “how does this …

Business

SWEET: Democratic Party superdelegates won't be so super in 2020

WASHINGTON — Remember last year, how some Bernie Sanders backers complained that the Democratic party’s presidential nominating system was rigged in …

Chicago

Morning Spin: Congressional hopeful Ramirez-Rosa blasts 'corporate Democrats'

<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>Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, a candidate for the congressional seat held for now by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, said there’s been a …

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