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  • Illinois governor tries novel approach in anti-union battle
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 7:37 pm
    It's the latest front in the continuing battle over organized labor's influence, but what's happening in Illinois looks nothing like the juggernaut unleashed in other Midwestern states where conservative statehouses have stripped power from unions with barely a second thought.
  • Obama chooses Chicago to host his presidential library
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 7:32 pm
    President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House.
  • House adopts compromise GOP budget targeting 'Obamacare'
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 5:33 pm
    The House Thursday adopted a compromise GOP budget that promises to speed repeal of the President Barack Obama's health care law while giving the Pentagon an additional $38 billion next year.
  • House rejects bid to let VA docs give advice on medical pot
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 5:14 pm
    The GOP-controlled House Thursday barely rejected a bid by supporters of medical marijuana to permit veterans to receive information about the drug from their government doctors.
  • TRICARE revamp rejected, other benefit changes backed
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 3:45 pm
    The White House has rejected a proposal to largely replace the military's TRICARE health care system, but has agreed to further study a proposal that would let service members participate in retirement savings plans like a 401(k).
  • Republican state Sen. Parson running for Missouri governor
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 3:40 pm
    State Sen. Mike Parson, who had endorsed Tom Schweich for Missouri governor before the auditor's suicide, announced Thursday that he will seek the office himself -- creating at least a three-way Republican primary for the state's top job.
  • Bush: I admire Baltimore mom who punished son joining riot
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 3:12 pm
    Jeb Bush says the Baltimore mother who chased her son away from a riot has a lot in common with his own mother, former first lady Barbara Bush.
  • Sixth-grader leads town hall, puts Obama through the paces
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 2:52 pm
    Put President Barack Obama in the hands of a precocious sixth-grader and you a get a fast-paced, revelatory Q&A specially tailored to an audience more concerned about homework assignments than homeland security.
  • Obama under pressure to beef up Democratic support for trade
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 2:28 pm
    Republican leaders say GOP votes alone won't pass trade legislation sought by President Barack Obama and are urging the White House to put more pressure on reluctant Democrats to lend their support.
  • Capitol Hill Buzz: Cruz discusses missing Lynch vote
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 2:04 pm
    Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a declared presidential candidate, has a new defense for missing Attorney General Loretta Lynch's confirmation vote last week. According to Cruz, not voting was the same as voting "no."
  • IG: IRS takes significant steps to stop tea party targeting
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 1:58 pm
    The IRS has taken "significant actions" to stop agents from targeting political groups based on their names and policy positions, according to a report issued Thursday by the government watchdog who disclosed the inappropriate activity two years ago.
  • Obama aide, Baltimore native says worst may be over
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 1:45 pm
    The leader of President Barack Obama's initiative for minority males says it has been painful to watch violence and looting unfold in his Baltimore hometown, but he feels optimistic that the worst is over.
  • White House: Facilitating ransom not the same as paying
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 1:44 pm
    Despite a U.S. ban on ransom payments to terrorists, the White House said Thursday that federal officials helping to facilitate a payment is not the same as actually paying a ransom.
  • Cruz ducks question about blacks panhandling
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 1:24 pm
    One day after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said Hispanics don't panhandle because it would be shameful for them, the Republican presidential contender is refusing to offer an opinion about African-Americans who beg for money on the street.
  • House defense bill _ at odds with Obama, Iraq, sage grouse
    Associated Press | April 30, 2015 1:12 pm
    A nearly $612 billion defense policy bill headed to the House floor is at odds with the White House, a Shiite cleric in Iraq, anyone who wants to bar lethal aid to Ukrainian forces fighting Russian-backed rebels -- and a bird known for its strutting.