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  • IRS replaces official who oversaw targeting May 23, 2013 9:50 PM
    A day after she refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing, Lois Lerner has been replaced as director the Internal Revenue Service division that oversaw agents who targeted tea party groups.

  • 2 sent to prison for stealing checks from Obama campaign Jan 31, 2013 9:56 PM
    Two brothers from the South suburbs will serve prison time for stealing more than $50,000 in checks from President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters.

  • Suburban leaders reflect on race relations as Obama begins second term Jan 21, 2013 5:11 AM
    As the nation watches President Barack Obama sworn in as the commander-in-chief on Martin Luther King day, suburbanites are reflecting on what it means to have an African-American man as the leader of the United States, and how race relations have, or have not, changed during his time in office. Harper College President Ken Ender said he was encouraged when he recently made a visit to Stuart R. Paddock School in Palatine to read the book “Obama's Letter to His Daughters” to a group of fourth-graders.

  • Second time with Obama not as thrilling as before Jan 13, 2013 7:04 AM
    Four years and one re-election after Obama became America's first black president, some of the thrill is gone. Yes, the inauguration of a U.S. president is still a big deal. But the ceremony that Washington will stage in a few weeks won't be the heady, historic affair it was in 2009, when nearly 2 million people flocked to the National Mall to see Obama take the oath of office. This time, District of Columbia officials expect between 600,000 and 800,000 people.

  • 2016 politics on display as Congress ends term Jan 3, 2013 9:30 AM
    While the next presidential primary voting is still three years away, the political implications of the actions and whereabouts of the potential field of 2016 candidates hung over extraordinary year-end Washington drama. The fiscal cliff vote forced those in Congress who are eyeing presidential runs to stake out early positions which signal how they may be aligning themselves — and which could come back to haunt them should they move forward.

  • Government releases once-secret Watergate files Nov 30, 2012 4:32 PM
    The files showed Judge John J. Sirica at times discussing the case with special prosecutors and justifying his attempts to learn new facts in the case. The documents stem from the prosecution of five defendants arrested during the June 1972 Watergate break-in and two men, E. Howard Hunt and G. Gordon Liddy, who were charged as the burglary team's supervisors.

  • Obama adviser says Ryan pick was a surprise Nov 26, 2012 9:44 PM
    A top adviser to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign says one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 election was Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate. Speaking to students at the University of Chicago Monday, senior strategist David Axelrod said by choosing Congressman Paul Ryan, Romney played to his base at a time when he needed to be broadening his appeal.

  • Women overrule moody male voters Nov 24, 2012 8:17 PM
    For the first time in research dating to 1952, a presidential candidate whom men chose decisively — Republican Mitt Romney — lost. More women voted for the other guy.

  • Romney: Obama won with ‘gifts’ to certain voters Nov 14, 2012 7:28 PM
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is telling top donors that President Barack Obama won re-election because of the "gifts" he had already provided to blacks, Hispanics and young voters and because of the president's effort to paint Romney as anti-immigrant. "The president's campaign, if you will, focused on giving targeted groups a big gift," Romney said in a call to donors on Wednesday.

  • Obama photo is snapshot of modern, equal marriage Nov 11, 2012 7:14 AM
    President Barack Obama's Twitter posting, which read "Four more years" and featured a picture of him hugging his wife, Michelle, became the most retweeted post on Twitter. Unlike many images of political marriage in which the man lays claim to his wife through a symbolically possessive gesture, the embrace between these two people seems mutual and symbolic of a healthy society.

  • Sasha and Malia get four more years as First Daughters Nov 11, 2012 6:14 AM
    When her father's second term as president is up, Malia Obama will be 18 years old and entering adulthood. She and her younger sister, Sasha, will have spent their formative years in the White House, a place that their parents have attempted to shape into something resembling a normal home.

  • Nation’s political divide is deepening Nov 11, 2012 7:03 AM
    Contrary to what President Barack Obama famously declared when he came to prominence in 2004, and which he echoed in his victory speech, there really does seem to be a Red America and a Blue America, each seeing a markedly different reality. That's why seven in 10 Democrats say the economy is getting better, while nearly six in 10 Republicans say it's getting worse, according to exit polls.

  • Florida win gives Obama 332 to Romney’s 206 Nov 10, 2012 6:54 PM
    The Florida Secretary of State's Office said that with almost 100 percent of the vote counted, Obama led Republican challenger Mitt Romney 50 percent to 49.1 percent, a difference of about 74,000 votes. That was over the half-percent margin where a computer recount would have been automatically ordered unless Romney had waived it.

  • Changing times: Politicians’ tears more common now Nov 9, 2012 9:53 AM
    It seems out of place: The president of the United States breaking down in tears as he thanked campaign workers for their tireless work for his re-election. But Barack Obama isn't the only world leader unashamed to be seen crying in public — or simply unable to avoid it. Attitudes seem to have changed since the early 1970s, when an alleged crying incident during the presidential primary season went a long way toward derailing the candidacy of a Maine senator.

  • Obama, GOP leaders lay down markers on budget deal Nov 8, 2012 9:52 AM
    Taking little time to celebrate, President Barack Obama is setting out to leverage his re-election into legislative success in an upcoming showdown with congressional Republicans over taxes, deficits and the impending "fiscal cliff." House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans are willing to consider some form of higher tax revenue as part of the solution — but only "under the right conditions."

  • GOP tries to regroup after suburbs go for Obama again Nov 8, 2012 12:01 AM
    Once might be considered a fluke, but twice is a trend. President Barack Obama's continued election successes in suburbs once fortified by Republicans have many area GOP leaders concerned. Obama carried Cook County and four of the collar counties. “We did put out a strong effort getting information out to people, but it's tough,” said state Rep. Randy Ramey of Carol Stream.

  • Fiscal cliff: Impasse on tax rates is big hurdle Nov 8, 2012 7:29 PM
    House Republicans' hard line against higher tax rates for upper-income earners leaves re-elected President Barack Obama with a tough, core decision: Does he pick a fight and risk falling off a "fiscal cliff" or does he rush to compromise and risk alienating liberal Democrats?

  • Change coming to Obama’s team, just not right away Nov 8, 2012 7:25 PM
    Big changes are coming to President Barack Obama's administration — just not right away.

  • GOP groups taking stock after $380 million loss Nov 8, 2012 7:02 PM
    Republican-leaning independent groups were supposed to be a key to victory for Mitt Romney. But they ended up being among the big losers of the presidential race, spending an eye-popping $380 million on ads to oust President Barack Obama only to come up woefully short.

  • End of world? Nirvana? Time to let political anger go Nov 8, 2012 5:32 AM
    As Facebook returns to adorable cat photos, inspirational posters and endless updates on fantastic offspring and progress in exercise regimes, what do we do with all that leftover hate and bile? Can you become buddies again with that friend you unfriended because of all those offensive political postings?

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