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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy trying again to sell aldermen on crime success story

Michael Jordan's fact check: Obama is 'a shi--y golfer'

President Barack Obama continually comes under assault from his critics for the number of vacations he takes — and the amount of golf he plays — but former Bulls great and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan says all of that time on the course isn't doing Obama much good.

Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino died Thursday. He was 71. | AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics to govern as Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71.

 
Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel doomed? | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Are Chicago's problems blowing up Rahm's political future?

In better times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's name had been floated out there as a presidential candidate — but after being dragged down by a number of issues, including underfunded pensions, crime rates and underperforming schools, a profile in Politico magazine asks one question. Are those problems — and the way Emanuel is tackling them —  blowing up his political future?

Democrats scrambling to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

WASHINGTON — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.

He may not like gay marriage, but Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, still loves his iPhone. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Ted Cruz after Tim Cook revealed he's gay: 'I love my iPhone'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a vocal opponent of gay marriage, was on CNBC Thursday morning and was asked about Apple CEO Tim Cook revealing he's gay in a Bloomberg Businessweek article.

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.

ormer Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a voting rally for state Republican candidates, in Castle Rock, Colo. on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Brennan Linsley

In potential 2016 preview, Jeb Bush takes shot at Hillary Clinton

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — Former Florida governor Jeb Bush took a swipe at Hillary Clinton on Wednesday evening as he stumped for Republican candidates in the vital swing state of Colorado.