Former Gov. George Ryan visited Cuba in 1999 and met with then-President Fidel Castro. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
Former Gov. George Ryan visited Cuba in 1999 and met with then-President Fidel Castro. It was the first visit by a U.S. governor to Cuba since Castro's 1959 revolution.
Russian President Vladimir Putin still has the support of his country, even with a declining Ruble. | Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin is leading a country that has seen the value of its ruble tank, losing more than half its value. And his aggression in Ukraine has turned Russia into an international pariah.
Former President Jimmy Carter says President Barack Obama's move with Cuba shows wisdom and political courage. | AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Former President Jimmy Carter has President Barack Obama's back on Cuba.
WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama meets with advisors on Thursday. He departs on a holiday trip to Hawaii tomorrow.
WASHINGTON — Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers.
If you've been waiting for that picture of President Barack Obama wearing Cuban military fatigues and smoking a cigar, you're in luck.
WASHINGTON — Opponents of President Barack Obama's sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress.
Alan Gross takes a selfie with his wife, Judy Gross, on board a government plane headed back to the United States from Cuba on Dec. 17, 2014. | Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson
Sen. Dick Durbin, who has worked for years to secure Alan Gross’ freedom, said establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and relaxing sanctions was “long overdue.” Sen. Mark Kirk said getting Gross out of prison was a “welcome relief” but the deal amounted to “appeasement” because it included a related prisoner swap. A statement from Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., echoed Kirk’s concerns.
David Vitale, president of the Chicago Board of Education, talks with Andrea L. Zopp, a board member, at the Board of Education meeting in their new headquarters at 42 W. Madison in Chicago on December 17, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media
At the Chicago Board of Education’s first meeting in new Chicago Public School facilities at State and Madison, where smells of fresh paint lingered, board President David Vitale opened the proceedings with a welcome and a reminder: “After 20-plus years at 125 S. Clark, our new home here definitely has a new look and feel,” Vitale told the crowd in smaller new board chambers.
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.
A federal jury deliberated for more than five hours before finding Leon Dingle Jr., 77, and Karin Dingle, 75, guilty on counts of conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering. The Dingles could face dozens of years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and forfeitures when they are sentenced April 9.
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