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  • Smarter spending at the Pentagon would satisfy defense and deficit hawks

    Smarter spending at the Pentagon would satisfy defense and deficit hawks
    The Pentagon wants more money. But the politics of Pentagon spending have gotten so contorted that it's hard to know who the important players are, much less how much money the department is likely to get when this year's budget wrangling is finally over. The final number will probably have less to do with partisan divisions than with resolving the split on the issue that exists inside the Republican Party.
  • Democrats reintroduce 'Frack Pack' oil and gas regulations

    A group of bills called the "Frack Pack" announced Thursday by four Democratic congressmen would impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on a domestic petroleum industry lately suffering from its own success amid a persistent downturn in...

    Evanston mayor's 'Good Wife' tweet goes global

    Evanston mayor's 'Good Wife' tweet goes global
    A relative newcomer to the Twitter universe, Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl is making up ground fast. The mayor, who acknowledged she has grappled with mastering social media, made a splash when she took to Twitter earlier this week after learning...

    Congressmen are not paid to protest

    I was not surprised to see that Illinois Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierrez, along with a few other members of Congress, boycotted Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before a special joint session of Congress. In 2013, Schakowsky and Gutierrez...

    Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu 'condescension'

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi politely stood and clapped when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered the House chamber for his long-awaited, and highly controversial, speech to Congress. The longer he spoke, the less enthusiastic she...