| Sep 25, 2012
| 2:07 AM
WASHINGTON — At a July fundraiser in the elegant Mandarin Oriental hotel near Washington's Tidal Basin, President Obama met with some of his most steadfast supporters — two dozen political and business leaders eager to write sizable checks...
| Nov 18, 2012
| 5:00 AM
Presidential second terms have a bad name. The traditional view is that presidents are stuck with first-term leftovers on their plates and a calendar that calls on them to get any legislation through Congress in the first 18 to 24 months. After that,...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 7:59 PM
The White House faced mounting political complications as a second top fundraiser for President Obama was linked to a federal loan guarantee program that backed a now-bankrupt Silicon Valley solar energy company, and as two California lawmakers called for...
| Apr 17, 2011
| 5:36 PM
Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel were once very public allies, pushing prescription drug programs and school reform together as North Side Democrats whose careers were on the rise.
Now the former governor is fighting to stay out of federal prison. And...
| Feb 28, 2012
| 9:32 PM
When is an apology in order? When you answer “yes” to the following two questions: 1. Did you or those who represent or answer to you do or say something that caused discomfort, or worse, to others? 2. Would you......
| Jan 21, 2011
| 9:50 PM
The Department of Housing and Urban Development unveiled a series of proposed rules on Thursday designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from discrimination when applying for federal housing assistance. The HUD proposal marks...
| May 30, 2012
| 9:21 AM
"You will be our president when you read this note," George Herbert Walker Bush wrote to Bill Clinton, the man who defeated him in the 1992 campaign, denying Mr. Bush the provisional vindication that reelection provides until history has its chance to...
| Mar 15, 2012
| 4:33 AM
Chicago -- Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrived at a Colorado federal prison Thursday to begin serving a 14-year sentence on a corruption conviction.
"This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do," he told a crowd of sign-wielding supporters...
| Nov 8, 2008
Candidates for president are often criticized for "measuring the drapes" before being elected. When Barack and Michelle Obama head for the White House on Monday, they will get a tour and can even bring along a tape measure, if they like.
The future first...
| Dec 11, 2008
As President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday joined a chorus of political leaders urging the resignation of Gov. Rod Blagojevich, his staff remained tight-lipped about the growing federal probe into a scandal that has broken the momentum of his...
| Dec 13, 2008
Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be White House chief of staff, had conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration about who would replace Obama in the U.S. Senate, the Tribune has learned.
The revelation does not suggest...