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Lynn Sweet is the Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief. She writes a column, a blog and files on Twitter. Find and follow her at http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet …Read More

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Holder: race wasn't a factor in case involving Obama's pal

Federal investigators who pursued fraud charges against a Chicago couple were not biased against African-Americans, Attorney General Eric Holder told me Friday as he for the first time addressed allegations made last week by President Barack Obama’s friend Eric Whitaker. “I have no evidence that …

Sweet: Holder praises how Rose made his point

With the nation at another important moment in race relations, Attorney General Eric Holder said of the NBA stars wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts: “Derrick Rose wore it first.”

Sweet: Rauner ditches tough talk in D.C.

WASHINGTON — The metamorphosis of Bruce Rauner from business tycoon and Democrat-bashing candidate to governor-elect of Illinois continued Friday, when he found himself on a couch in the Oval Office in a meeting with President Barack Obama. Friday marked the second day of Rauner’s swing …

Rauner’s D.C. debut : Not for congressional term limits

WASHINGTON — Republican Bruce Rauner made his first visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday as the governor-elect of Illinois, a day ahead of a meeting with President Barack Obama with whom, he said, he shares some personal friends: Democrats Marty Nesbitt, Arne Duncan and Penny …

Emanuel, NYC mayor in high-stakes race for Obama library: Sweet

WASHINGTON — In a quest to land the Obama presidential library and museum, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mayor Bill de Blasio are putting the heft of their respective City Halls behind universities in Chicago and New York submitting bids next week. I caught up with …

Park District to be player in Obama library site

WASHINGTON — The three sites the University of Chicago is proposing for the Obama Presidential Library include Chicago Park District land, and board President Bryan Traubert, the husband of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, is recusing himself from the process because of his personal, philanthropic and …

Abner Mikva receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — It’s a story so good, it bears retelling, and President Barack Obama did on Monday as he awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abner Mikva, the Chicagoan who’s been a congressman, federal judge, Bill Clinton’s White House counsel, a law professor and …

Jarrett: Obama honored Boehner’s request to hold off on immigration

President Barack Obama honored a request from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to hold off making a “very public push” on immigration during the primary season, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told Lynn Sweet.

Obama heads to Chicago to make case for immigration initiative

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama heads to Chicago on Tuesday, part of a “very aggressive sales job” to sell the immigration executive orders he signed in Las Vegas on Friday shielding millions from deportation mainly through revised policies telling enforcement officials to leave long-term law …

Obama offers relief from deportation amid Republican fury: Sweet

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in announcing Thursday his unilateral actions to save up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, made humanitarian, economic and national security appeals as a certain slice of Republicans could not contain their outrage.

Obama to shield 5 million immigrants; Republicans ready to attack: Sweet

WASHINGTON — After much delay, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will go around Congress and order actions on immigration — which could shield 5 million people from being deported — as newly empowered and outraged Republicans are divided over their next move. Lawsuits? Impeachment? …

The inside stories on the Keystone pipeline vote

WASHINGTON — The election is not over for everyone. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Louisiana Democrat, is in a Dec. 6 runoff and may be defeated. That’s why the Senate leadership, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., threw her a lifeline and allowed a vote on her …

Probes linger for years at House Ethics Committee

The backlog means lawmakers are left with potentially damaging allegations hanging over them; that includes three from Illinois: Rep. Bobby Rush and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democrats, and Rep. Aaron Schock, a Republican.

Duckworth ponders challenging Kirk for Senate seat in 2016: Sweet

EXCLUSIVE: A member of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s team confirmed that she is “interested, open and curious” about a bid vs. U.S. Sen Mark Kirk.

Valerie Jarrett, facing criticism, suggests sexism at play: Sweet

In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Jarrett said, “I guess I would tell you when you break glass ceilings you're going to get scraped, minor scrapes by a shard or two from the glass."

House ethics panel probes Rush’s free office rent for 20 years

The House Ethics Committee released details Monday of its investigation of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., with the focus on whether he improperly received free rent for decades on a South Side office — something brought to light by a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation last December.

Former Rep. Phil Crane’s lasting legacy is his mark on the conservative movement

The former college professor turned politician provided the intellectual underpinnings that helped to steer the generations to come after him.