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Mayor Rahm Emanuel gives encouragement to Nicole Perez, a Benito Juarez High School student, at Malcolm X College in Chicago on Dec. 10, 2012. Emanuel plans to guarantee free tuition at a City College to Chicago Public School students who graduate from high school with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

CPS students with good GPA might get free ride to City Colleges

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson greets chairman of the House Oversight Committee U.S. Rep Darrel Issa, R-CA, (center) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) before she testifies to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday. | Getty Images

Democrat on Secret Service head: 'I think this lady has to go'

A day after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was grilled before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, called for Pierson's resignation — then quickly backtracked on Twitter.

 

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

Fashion guru Tim Gunn joins design experts for a forum on first ladies and fashion, looking at the first ladies’ style and their influence in the fashion world, at the National Archives in Washington on Tuesday. With Gunn are (L-R) designer Tracy Reese, who has designed for First Lady Michelle Obama, Valerie Steele, Director and Chief Curator, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Lisa Kathleen Graddy, Deputy Chair and Chief Curator of Political History and the First Ladies Collection, Smithsonian National Museum of American History. | AP Photo/Molly Riley

Michelle Obama wins Tim Gunn's fashion critique

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama went under Tim Gunn's fashion microscope and got an approving nod, but not all first ladies fared as well — Hillary Rodham Clinton among them.

President Barack Obama’s escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama seeks traction on economy amid foreign tests

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's escalating military campaign in Iraq and Syria has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans. But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign, forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages.

Airstrikes against ISIS launched amid intelligence gaps

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon is grappling with significant intelligence gaps as it bombs Iraq and Syria, and it is operating under less restrictive targeting rules than those President Barack Obama imposed on the CIA drone campaign in Pakistan and Yemen, according to current and former U.S. officials.

What if Supreme Court rejects gay marriage cases?

WASHINGTON — The fastest and surest path to marriage for same-sex couples in some parts of the United States would be for the Supreme Court to surprise everyone and decline to get involved in the issue right now.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

Michelle Obama in new ad: 'Barack and I' are voting for Quinn

WASHINGTON — A new radio spot for Gov. Pat Quinn, released Wednesday, features First Lady Michelle Obama who plugs Quinn, saying, "Barack and I Are Casting Our Votes for Pat Quinn." The ad comes out the day before President Barack Obama headlines a fundraiser for Quinn in Chicago and appears with him at Northwestern University in Evanston, where Obama will deliver a speech on the economy. Mrs. Obama will underscore her message next week, when she rallies Democrats for Quinn in Chicago on Oct. 7.