Tammy Duckworth

We are sleepwalking toward war with North Korea

The risk of nuclear war is real. And it’s growing.<p>The reality of war with North Korea is almost too terrifying to imagine.<p>Experts say the North’s artillery could kill tens of thousands of civilians in Seoul, South Korea’s densely populated capital, within the first <i>hours</i> of a conflict. A protracted …

North Korea

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

Trump and Kim Jong Un 'Unite' on Dennis Rodman's Holiday Sweater

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman sent out a promotional tweet for his latest holiday sweater on Friday, <i>The Hill</i> reported. The ostentatious holiday …

North Korea

Trump just shut down Tillerson’s attempt to talk with North Korea — again

The former top oil executive turned diplomat just can’t catch a break.<p>Embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson can’t seem to catch a break.<p>After months of having his diplomatic efforts and credibility contradicted and undermined time and again by President Donald Trump — the man whose views …

North Korea

REPORT: Democrat Senator Admitted To Hitting Wife In Interview, Denied Accusations When He Ran For Congress

Tom Carper (D-DE) admitted to smacking his wife in a recently unearthed interview from 1998, despite denying the allegations when he first ran for …

Conservative View

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

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

39 Senators tell FCC: “Abandon this radical and reckless plan”

In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, 39 Senators (all Democrats, though Republicans have also voiced concern) urge the agency to stop its plan to eliminate net neutrality rules. Where the objections have come in ones and twos before, this is the largest official complaint we’ve seen against the …

Sherrod Brown

Why Millions of Children Could Lose Their Health Insurance in 2018

There are 8.9 million children in the U.S. whose health depends on the federally-funded Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and in a matter …

U.S. Politics

Likelihood of nuclear war is rising

Former Joint Chiefs chairman Mike Mullen: Likelihood of nuclear war is rising. Is Donald Trump getting ready to attack North Korea? Nuclear …

North Korea

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

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’ …

Dick Durbin

Tammy Duckworth Slams Trump Over Tweet, Calls Him 'Cadet Bone Spurs'

<b>CHICAGO (CBS)</b> — Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth blasted President Trump today over a controversial tweet about her Senate colleague, Sen. Kristin …

Donald Trump

Democrats Are Accusing Trump’s Environmental Nominee Of Plagiarism

“We are troubled that it appears that you have cut and pasted from the written answers of other nominees in your responses to questions that were submitted to you,” wrote 10 Senate Democrats.<p>Ten Senate Democrats are waging plagiarism accusations at Trump’s controversial nominee to lead the Council …

Climate

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

Is college necessary?

December 11, 2017<p>My teenage daughter is a born academic who has excelled in both primary and secondary education in a state system that rewards the …

Democrats

Forrest Claypool abruptly resigns as Chicago Public Schools CEO, and other news

click to enlarge<p>Welcome to the <i>Reader</i>'s weekday news briefing for Monday, December 11, 2017.<p><b>Forrest Claypool abruptly resigns as Chicago Public</b> …

Chicago

Seven Democrats line up for a chance to run against U.S. Rep. Roskam

Seven Democrats have signed up for a chance to run against U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican who has represented the west and northwest suburbs for more than 10 years and has helped shape and sell his party’s controversial overhaul of the tax code.<p>Some of the Democratic contenders in the March …

Chicago

Democratic governor candidate Pritzker wins major teacher union endorsement

J.B. Pritzker on Saturday won the backing of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the largest public employees union to issue an endorsement so far in the Democratic governor primary.<p>The endorsement by the executive board of the 100,000-member union represented a further coalescing of core elements …

Chicago

A dangerous choice looms for Trump on North Korea

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Only President Donald Trump and his closest advisers may truly know how close the US is to war with North Korea as the administration's standoff with Pyongyang continues to escalate.<p>Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said last week that the threat of war with North …

North Korea

US senator on North Korea: “Most Americans don’t realize how close we are to this war”

If Sen. Tammy Duckworth is worried, you should be too.<p>Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a decorated veteran of the Iraq War, is scared — scared that the Trump administration may be getting the US into a devastating war with North Korea without much of the public noticing or seeming to care.<p>“Most Americans,” …

North Korea

Durbin, Duckworth endorse Pritzker, try to show Dem unity amid divisions

Democratic U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth endorsed J.B. Pritzker’s bid for governor on Friday in an attempt to show some party unity behind a candidate beset by rivals’ criticisms and attacks by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.<p>Appearing at a brief rally at the Theater on the Lake, …

Chicago

Sens. Durbin and Duckworth endorsing Pritzker in governor's race

Illinois’s two senators are expected on Friday to endorse Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.<p>The moves by Sens. Tammy Duckworth and …

Chicago

I was a teenage Senate page. The thought of ‘Senator Roy Moore’ makes me sick.

I remember Jeff Sessions as the polite senator from Alabama who thanked me when I held the door open for him. I was a Senate page from Tennessee, one of the 30 high school juniors who sit on the rostrum (the big round thing at the center of the floor) for each moment the Senate is in session. We …

Democrats

Afternoon Links: Philly Targets the Bodega, Top Rated Fake Restaurants, and Senatorial Tears

<b>Gaming TripAdvisor.</b> Surely, you've used sites like Yelp!, TripAdvisor, or others when visiting strange news places. What if one of the top-rated …

U.S. Politics

Al Franken Likely To Resign On Thursday As 18 Senators Call On Him To Step Down

Sen. Al Franken’s office has scheduled an announcement for Thursday with all signs pointing toward the Minnesota Senator announcing his …

Liberal View

Durbin, Duckworth join list of Democrats calling for Franken to resign

Both of Illinois’ Democratic senators on Wednesday joined the list of lawmakers calling on U.S. Sen. Al Franken to quit.<p>In a tweet Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the chamber, said, “Senator Franken’s behavior was wrong. He has admitted to what he did. He should resign from …

Chicago

Illinois health centers receive $6 million in federal grants

Four Illinois community health centers are receiving a combined $6 million in federal grants.<p>U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the …

Business

27 senators sign letter insisting FCC delay net neutrality vote

Nearly 30 senators have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay its vote to dismantle net neutrality rules due to concerns …

Internet

This Tweet About Taylor Swift Basically Became a Lesson About Women in History

We've barely entered into the world of <i>Reputation</i>-era Taylor Swift, and the pop star is trying to make one thing clear—she's not the same T.Swift who expertly crafted a good-girl image. No, she's an edgier Swift who's embraced her "snake" persona, ditched crop tops for oversize sweatshirts, and …

Malala Yousafzai