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  •  Sen.-elect Deb Fischer is a conservative Republican from Nebraska who’ll take her seat in January.

    Fewer moderates will make deals harder in new Congress Nov 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer Tea Party-backed House Republicans from the Cass of 2010 who sought a second term. Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties.

     
  • Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Democrats want to endorse candidate for Jackson’s seat Nov 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    Cook County Democratic leaders say they’ll slate a candidate for the primary election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. The Chicago Democrat resigned days ago, citing his health and acknowledging that he’s under a federal investigation.

     
  •  Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs in combat before turning to politics, arrives for a group photo on the East steps of the Capitol in Washington. Veterans groups say the influx of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Congress is welcome because it comes at a time when the overall number of veterans in Congress is on a steep and steady decline. In the mid-1970s, the vast majority of lawmakers tended to be veterans.

    9 more Iraq, Afghan war veterans joining Congress Nov 24, 2012 12:00 AM
    As the highest-ranking double amputee in the ward, Maj. Tammy Duckworth became the go-to person for soldiers complaining of substandard care and bureaucratic ambivalence. Soon, she was pleading their cases to federal lawmakers, including her state's two U.S. senators at the time — Democrats Dick Durbin and Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama arranged for her to testify at congressional hearings. Durbin encouraged her to run for office.

     
  •  Speaker of the House John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters after the House Republicans voted for their leadership for the next session of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington. He is flanked by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, left, and Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a Kansas Republican, right. Cantor is a key proponent of the STEM Act.

    House to consider limited GOP immigration bill Nov 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    House Republicans still smarting from their poor showing among Hispanics in the presidential election are planning a vote next week on immigration legislation that would both expand visas for foreign science and technology students and make it easier for those with green cards to bring their immediate families to the U.S.

     
  • Rep. Davis: Jackson resignation ‘huge loss’ Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Congressman Danny Davis says the resignation of fellow Illinois Democrat Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is a huge loss. Davis says Jackson was effective as a congressman and well served to serve constituents as a senior member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.

     
  • Cook County clerk wants Jackson election earlier Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Election officials in Cook County say they may seek court permission to schedule a special election to fill Jesse Jackson Jr.'s congressional seat sooner rather than later.

     
  • Gov. Quinn will call for special election Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has five days to determine when he'll set a special election to replace Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Jackson resigned Wednesday. Quinn was informed in the afternoon.

     
  • Voters who supported Jackson agree with resignation Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Voters who have supported Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. for 17 years are now saying they agree with his decision to resign. Jackson announced Wednesday that he is leaving office, citing health problems and an ongoing federal investigation.

     
  • Attorneys: Jackson cooperating in investigation Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    Attorneys for resigning Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. say he is cooperating in a federal investigation, negotiating a resolution and it could take months. That's according to a statement from partners at law firms in Chicago and Washington on Wednesday, the same day Jackson announced his resignation from Congress.

     
  • Excerpts from Jackson resignation letter Nov 21, 2012 12:00 AM
    U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress on Wednesday. Here are excerpts from his letter to House Speaker John Boehner.

     
  • Associated Press/June 7, 2012 U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice listens during a news conference at the UN.

    Dozen House women defend Rice over Libya comments Nov 16, 2012 12:00 AM
    In unusually personal terms, the Democratic women lashed out at Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham who earlier this week called Rice unqualified and untrustworthy and promised to scuttle her nomination if President Barack Obama nominates her to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

     
  •  Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, waves to the crowd as she walks on stage to declare victory over challenger Rep. Todd Akin in the Missouri Senate race in St. Louis on Tuesday. McCaskill will be one of a record 20 women in the next Senate, 17 of them Democrats.

    Election won’t end abortion/contraception debate Nov 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Democrats and liberal advocacy groups have declared victory in what they called a Republican "war on women" and are celebrating the pivotal defeats of some GOP candidates who took rigid stands against abortion. However, the issues in dispute — notably access to contraception and abortion — are far from settled.

     
  • Charles Darwin

    Darwin gets 4,000 write-in votes against Georgia congressman Nov 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Charles Darwin earned almost 4,000 write-in votes against a Georgia congressman who denounced evolution and other scientific theories as "lies straight from the pit of hell."

     
  •  Eighth District Republican Congressman Joe Walsh speaks to supporters after conceding to Democrat Tammy Duckworth during his election night rally at the Medinah Shrine Center in Addison.

    Joe Walsh for governor in 2014? Nov 7, 2012 12:00 AM
    Less than 12 hours after his concession speech to Democrat Tammy Duckworth, Congressman Joe Walsh is not ruling out a future bid for governor or U.S. Senate. Describing a "dearth" of Republican leadership in Illinois, Walsh said someone needs to step up. And the McHenry Tea Partyer, known for his charismatic candor and caustic rhetoric, said it just might be him. In a candid interview, he addresses his future, as well as mistakes he made in his own campaign for re-election in the 8th Congressional District.

     
  • Democrats take all three targeted House seats; GOP eyes governor’s race Nov 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Democrats picked up all three targeted seats in the suburbs on Tuesday, unseating three Republican members of Congress — two freshmen and one seven-term veteran. Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates won in the 8th Congressional District, Naperville Democrat Bill Foster won in the 11th District and Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider won in the 10th District.

     
  • Democrat Joe Donnelly celebrates with his wife Jill after winning the U.S. Senate seat over Republican Richard Mourdock at an election night celebration in Indianapolis.

    Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win HouseNov 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly authorized second term, will face the same divided Congress in 2013 that has bedeviled efforts to enact his major legislation.

     
  • Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Jackson Jr. ‘humbled’ by voter support Nov 6, 2012 12:00 AM
    Many voters in Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s district say they're supporting the Chicago Democrat even though he hasn't campaigned in months and remains hospitalized. Jackson is at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic being treated for bipolar disorder. Construction worker Rasheed Saunders voted for Jackson Tuesday and said being ill doesn't have anything to do with the job.

     
  •  In Missouri, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, left, was deserted by the Republican establishment after he remarked in August that women’s bodies have ways of avoiding pregnancy in cases of what he called “legitimate rape.” He has fallen behind Sen. Claire McCaskill, who had been considered the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent in the Senate.

    Americans face prospect of status quo Congress Nov 5, 2012 12:00 AM
    A barrage of negative ads, more than $2 billion in spending and endless campaign stops all come down to this: Americans likely will elect a Congress as divided as the one they've been ranting about for two years.

     
  • Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, right, and challenger Democrat Tammy Duckworth before a televised debate at the WTTW studios Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    On eve of election, Walsh, Duckworth working feverishlyNov 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Republican Congressman Joe Walsh wraps up his campaign for re-election in the 8th Congressional District with a supporters rally and several suburban stops Saturday while Democrat Tammy Duckworth stops by a Palatine craft fair and several of her volunteer headquarters.

     
  •  President Barack Obama holds up a doll bearing his resemblance, which was given to him Saturday by a supporter, at a campaign event at Washington Park in Dubuque, Iowa.

    Stakes high for White House, control of Congress Nov 3, 2012 12:00 AM
    Apart from the candidates, divided government — perhaps a politically correct term for dysfunctional government — is on the ballot after a two-year stretch that produced gridlock on many issues and record-low congressional approval ratings.

     
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