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Dold vs. Schneider: In Illinois’ 10th District, the race to agree

WASHINGTON — Democrat Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican former Rep. Bob Dold — who will face off in a November rematch — agree that the GOP-run House should call a vote on a bill extending unemployment insurance that the Democratic-controlled Senate passed on Monday, another …

David Ortiz’s advertisement selfie at White House was low-class

WASHINGTON — From Boston proud to Boston crass. Boston Red Sox superstar slugger David Ortiz took a selfie with President Barack Obama on Tuesday, jumping in with his cellphone moments before the official White House photo op to honor the World Series champs. “What an …

Despite its sickly start, Obamacare is here to stay

WASHINGTON — After a very messy start, Obamacare is here to stay. That’s the main message President Barack Obama delivered Tuesday where he bragged about the 7,041,000 who enrolled in private health insurance plans by the Monday deadline. “There are still no death panels. Armageddon …

Obamacare politics, a look ahead

WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney could have been talking about a relationship that soured and then got better. “We were in a bad place in October and November,” he said at the Monday White House briefing. He was referring to the botched …

Hoping voters say Yes! to new state political map

Working quietly — trying to stay below the political radar as they toil in a brick-walled West Loop office, complete with a foosball table — a new group is running a massive petition drive across Illinois to change the way state lawmakers are elected. As …

Obama raising money here Wednesday

President Barack Obama hits Chicago on Wednesday for two jumbo-priced fundraisers to benefit the Democratic National Committee. Obama hosts a roundtable — I am told keyed toward business executives — at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse downtown where about 25 folks are expected; the tab is …

Kirk: No ‘partisan jihad’ vs. Durbin

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is ruling out campaigning for longshot GOP Illinois U.S. Senate nominee Jim Oberweis, saying Monday he would rather “protect” his relationship with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and not launch a “partisan jihad.” Kirk and Durbin are a very rare couple in …

Foundation unveils vision for Obama library

The foundation in charge of building President Barack Obama’s presidential museum and library — an institution sought by a variety of Chicago interests — on Thursday told potential bidders in broad terms what they needed to put on the table. The long-awaited “requests for qualifications” …

Durbin builds campaign as top Democrats map strategy for November ticket

Over coffee, juice, sweet rolls and a big serving of rare cooperation, the top Illinois Democrats — Sen. Dick Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn, Senate President John Cullerton and House Speaker/Democratic state party chair Mike Madigan — huddled Monday to map November strategy. “We are going to coordinate our efforts with the other candidates. I think working together we will present a strong message to the voters,” Durbin told me Tuesday at the primary election party he hosted at a River North restaurant.

Gutierrez Oval Office Visit: The inside story

Last Thursday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were about 15 minutes away from a vote on a resolution demanding President Barack Obama curb deportations when the Chicago lawmaker got a call from a White House staffer. Please hold …

Suburban rep could get boost from a losing effort

WASHINGTON—Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. by his side, took the lead Wednesday of a long-shot petition drive to force the GOP-controlled House to call a vote on extending long-term unemployment insurance — a boost for the freshman facing a …

U. of C. reaches out for partners in bid for Obama library

WASHINGTON — The University of Chicago, far from going it alone, is reaching out for partners in its quest to land the Obama presidential library and museum on the South Side, already taking steps to collaborate with potential rivals: the University of Hawaii, the University …

Pro-Obama group admits  it ‘fell short’ of standards

WASHINGTON — Organizing for Action, the Chicago-based organization spawned from the Obama for America presidential campaign, is recognizing it fell short of its own standards following stumbles involving potential donors. No one ended up getting a favor. And the OFA never took a tainted donation. …

Presidential delegation skipping Paralympics in Sochi

WASHINGTON — While the games will be played, a presidential delegation — led by Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. — will not be going to the upcoming Paralympics in Sochi because of Russian military aggression in Ukraine, a first small rebuke in a series of sanctions …

Kerry warns Russia: ‘There’s a huge price to pay’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Ukraine on Monday night to bolster the new government in Kiev while the top leaders of the G-7 put pressure on Russia Sunday by suspending planning for a summit in Sochi. Russia, the newest member of …

U.S. goal: slow down crisis

NEW YORK — With Russia sending soldiers to Ukraine, President Barack Obama and America’s European allies have a number of options to weigh, but the first thing is to try to slow down this quickly escalating military crisis while assisting the new Ukrainian government. The …

Seth Rogen wrongly razzes Kirk for exiting Alzheimer’s hearing

WASHINGTON — Actor Seth Rogen botched his latest role, as the “celebrity champion for National Alzheimer’s Association,” when, in an enormous sense of entitlement — or perhaps just political naiveté — he razzed Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., on Twitter for not sticking around a Senate …