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  • NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program

    WASHINGTON – The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree ...
    May 24, 2015 - 12:01 am
  • McHenry County, military surplus and police militarization: A tale of two MRAPs

    McHenry County Sheriff’s Sgt. Eric Ellis and the rest of his SWAT team were on edge as they surrounded the Holiday Hills home of Scott Peters.
    May 24, 2015 - 11:33 pm
  • Democrats see skimpy insurance as the next health care issue

    WASHINGTON – A different health care issue has emerged for Democrats, in sync with the party's pitch to workers and middle-class voters ahead of next ...
    May 23, 2015 - 8:00 am
  • Senate clears White House-backed trade bill

    WASHINGTON – In a victory for President Barack Obama, the Senate passed bipartisan legislation Friday night to strengthen the administration's hand in ...
    May 22, 2015 - 11:46 pm
  • Obama restricts police military gear, says it can alienate

    CAMDEN, N.J. – President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt ...
    May 19, 2015 - 12:11 am
  • States saying ‘no’ to cities seeking to regulate businesses

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something abo ...
    May 17, 2015 - 11:58 pm
  • Insurers pass tax along to the states

    There’s more than a touch of absurdity in the way an industry fee in President Barack Obama’s health care law is being passed along to state taxpayers ...
    May 16, 2015 - 11:17 pm
  • White House denies Obama's Gulf overtures are unraveling

    WASHINGTON – The White House on Monday raced to dispel the notion that President Barack Obama's efforts to reassure anxious Persian Gulf nations about ...
    May 11, 2015 - 10:59 pm
  • Obama Library organizers to reveal site decision in Chicago

    CHICAGO – The Barack Obama Foundation will hold a news conference in Chicago to announce where the president’s library will be built – the strongest c ...
    May 11, 2015 - 10:56 pm
  • Senate OKs bill giving Congress review of Iran nuclear deal

    WASHINGTON – The Senate muscled its way into President Barack Obama’s talks to curb Iran’s nuclear program, overwhelmingly backing legislation Thursda ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Rubio tax plan shows challenge of GOP wage-stagnation fight

    DENVER – In the traffic jam that is the Republican presidential race, Sen. Marco Rubio stands out – and not just for his youth and blue-collar, Cuban- ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:09 pm
  • Florida congressman flipped shares in IPO despite U.S. law

    WASHINGTON – A multimillionaire, first-term Florida congressman flipped shares in a solar company the same day he acquired them in an initial public o ...
    May 7, 2015 - 11:06 pm
  • State official: Hillary Clinton's email practices 'not acceptable'

    WASHINGTON – A high-ranking State Department official said Wednesday it's "not acceptable" for any agency employee to conduct government business on a ...
    May 6, 2015 - 8:39 pm
  • McHenry County employers on paid sick leave amid Healthy Families Act

    If your job doesn’t offer paid time off for being sick, you’re far from alone. About 40 percent of t ...
    May 5, 2015 - 11:23 am
  • In Congress, income inequality comes with breakfast, lunch

    WASHINGTON – Income inequality is more than a political sound bite to workers in the Capitol. It’s their life.
    May 3, 2015 - 11:46 pm
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