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  • Obama to seek to increase spending limits by $74 billion

    WASHINGTON – Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress t ...
    Jan. 29, 2015 - 11:20 pm
  • Drone crashes at White House; hobbyist says it’s his

    WASHINGTON – A 2-foot-long drone apparently flown by a hobbyist crashed on the White House grounds Monday in an extraordinary, if unintended, breach t ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 11:51 pm
  • Ex-CIA officer convicted of leaking secrets to reporter

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former CIA officer was convicted Monday of leaking details of a covert mission to derail Iran's nuclear program in a case that, un ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 10:55 pm
  • Obama to seek wilderness designation for Alaska refuge

    JUNEAU, Alaska – President Barack Obama is proposing to designate the vast majority of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as a wilderness area, ...
    Jan. 26, 2015 - 12:18 am
  • Possible GOP candidates pitch ideas at conservative forum

    DES MOINES, Iowa – The robust Christian right in early-voting Iowa plays an outsize role in helping determine the Republican presidential nominee, a p ...
    Jan. 24, 2015 - 11:16 pm
  • U.S., Cuba end historic talks with more questions than answers

    HAVANA – After a euphoric month that left Americans dreaming of holidays in Havana and Cubans imagining U.S. products at their corner stores, the firs ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:59 pm
  • Effort to get Obama library draws Chicago-style suspicions

    CHICAGO – Chicago’s rush to secure space in a public park for Barack Obama’s presidential library has unleashed a tussle typical of the president’s ho ...
    Jan. 23, 2015 - 11:53 pm
  • After stumble, GOP pushes different abortion bill

    WASHINGTON – With thousands of abortion foes massing blocks away for their annual protest march, Republicans pushed legislation toward House passage T ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 10:29 am
  • Lew slams door on efforts to lower top individual tax rate

    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew dismissed efforts in Congress to overhaul the nation's tax laws by lowering the top income tax rate paid by ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 9:22 pm
  • McHenry County Board extends lobbyist contract

    WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Board again extended its contract with its Washington, D.C., lobbying firm over the objections of a minority questionin ...
    Jan. 22, 2015 - 12:16 am
  • State of the Union 2015: Obama pushes to tax wealthy, help middle class

    WASHINGTON – Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda ste ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 10:16 pm
  • McHenry County's reps react to 2015 State of the Union address

    A collection of responses to President Obama's State of the Union Address: "Unfortunately, the speec ...
    Jan. 21, 2015 - 12:08 am
  • Obamacare website quietly sharing consumers' personal data

    WASHINGTON – The government's health insurance website is quietly sending consumers' personal data to private companies that specialize in advertising ...
    Jan. 20, 2015 - 6:56 pm
  • 5 goals from Obama’s 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay?

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a “Year of Action,” and he can claim credit for accomplishing sev ...
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • GOP divided over using budget process on health care law

    WASHINGTON – Republicans running Congress have promised to use every weapon in their arsenal to take down President Barack Obama’s health care law.
    Jan. 19, 2015 - 10:58 pm
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