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President Barack Obama takes part in a briefing at U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) with the Commander of CENTCOM, General Lloyd Austin at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. | Getty Images

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks about ISIS strategy

President Barack Obama will speak to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, about his strategy to degrade and destroy Islamic State militants.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want any more signs like the one on the Trump International Hotel & Tower to pollute a riverfront that he wants to turn into Chicago's "next great public space." | Getty Images

Emanuel has last word in sign war with Donald Trump

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to turn the Chicago Riverfront into a “sign district” — with sharp limits on the size, placement and make-up of signs — to prevent an area he hopes to develop into Chicago’s “next great public space” from turning into a cheesy Midwest version of the Las Vegas strip.

Benghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way

WASHINGTON — A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.


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.

In this Nov. 27, 1996 file photo, U.S. Rep. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., left, shakes hands with Evan C. Hunziker of Tacoma, Washington, upon their arrival at Yokota Air Base on the outskirts of Tokyo. Hunziker, 26, who was jailed for three months in North Korea on spy charges was freed and arrived in Japan with Richardson who negotiated his release. Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, crossing a border that tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk. Whatever their reasons, Americans detained in North Korea, including the three currently there, are major complications for Washington, which must decide between letting a U.S. citizen languish and providing Pyongyang with a huge propaganda victory by sending a senior U.S. envoy to negotiate a release. | AP Photo/Katsumi Kasahara

Crossing into North Korea a strong temptation for some Americans

Time and again, Americans over the years have slipped illegally into poor, deeply suspicious, fervently anti-American North Korea, even as it has become increasingly easy to enter legally as a tourist. It's incomprehensible to many, especially since tens of thousands of desperate North Koreans have crossed in the opposite direction, at great risk.

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Americans to Obama: Get tougher on ISIS

The message to President Barack Obama is simple: Americans say he's too easy when it comes to dealing with the Islamic State threat. And as a result, his foreign policy approval rating has hit a new low.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey (right) said approximately half of Iraq's army is incapable of working with the U.S. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Dempsey: Half of Iraqi army incapable of partnering with U.S.

PARIS — About half of Iraq's army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group's territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

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.

Obama guidance & press schedule Sept. 17, 2014. CENTCOM visit

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday visits  the U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fl. for briefings on the battle against ISIL. CENTCOM is the military command center dealing with "20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria." Later, at the White House, Obama hosts a picnic for members of Congress.