| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:17 PM
WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans' rejection Thursday of two key nominations by President Obama revived a battle over filibuster rules and opened a new partisan front just as congressional leaders and the White House are searching for a budget...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 6:23 PM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey, the last World War II veteran in the Senate and a stalwart Democrat who led congressional battles over three decades to toughen gun laws, ban smoking on planes and crack down on drunk driving,...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
WASHINGTON – Say what you will about Vice President Joe Biden – the man can deliver a eulogy. Just ask him.
“I’ve spoken at more eulogies than I’d like to remember,” he said Wednesday at a service for Frank R....
| Jul 11, 2013
| 7:02 AM
After the coffee. Before getting my Comic-Con costume ready.
The Skinny: Some folks are griping about the humidity here this week but having recently spent some time back East let me tell you we still have it pretty good. Thursday's headlines include...
| Jan 7, 2013
| 9:16 AM
††††††††††† Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., and Democratic wunderkind, is the headliner for the† Broward Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner.
†††††††††† Booker, 43, received rave reviews from Democrats after his speech last year to...
| Aug 25, 2011
| 2:55 PM
At noon on Sept. 11, Chicago will join other cities across the nation in marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. senators from Illinois said today.
Bells will ring and sirens will sound as people pause for a minute of reflection, Sen....
| Dec 18, 2012
| 6:04 AM
Adam Lanza blasted through the glass doors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School clutching a military-style Bushmaster rifle with 30 rounds in the clip and hundreds more at the ready.
When his chilling rampage was over minutes later, Lanza had used the...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 8:56 PM
WASHINGTON — Chemical companies would need to provide more health and safety information about their products and regulators would have more authority to force harmful substances off the market under legislation approved along party lines...
| Aug 4, 2012
| 5:00 AM
The gulf between the American left and right continues to widen against a backdrop of high unemployment, weak growth and high octane cultural battles.
I got to thinking about this growing divide in the aftermath of the Colorado movie theater shooting...
| May 23, 2012
| 4:55 AM
In New York state, lawmakers are moving to ban a cancer-causing flame retardant from children's products.
At the U.S. Capitol, more than 100 nurses, mothers and cancer survivors marched for tougher federal regulation of the chemicals. And in Washington...
| Jun 4, 2012
Last month, we read a powerful story about just how far one industry would go to protect its bottom line.
In a four-part exposť in the Chicago Tribune titled "Playing with Fire," we learned how big chemical companies — on a mission to sell more...