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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (left) jokes about getting only one page of paper for notes before his debate with his challenger, Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, during Wednesday night's debate. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

At Durbin debate, Oberweis flips, says he now backs gay marriage

Via screenshot's EZ form not so easy for legal immigrants

WASHINGTON —'s new EZ application for coverage can't be used by legal immigrants or naturalized U.S. citizens, prompting concern that many Hispanics and Asians will go right back into long enrollment queues this year.

Secret Service respond on the North Lawn of the White House after a man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

White House fence jumper charged with assaulting police dogs

WASHINGTON — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has publicly declared his continued support for the state constitution's ban on gay marriage. | AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File

3 states refuse to allow same-sex marriage, despite court rulings

WASHINGTON — The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Early Vote Rally on Wednesday in Vernon Hills. | AP Photo/Daily Herald, Gilbert R. Boucher II

Biden on midterm election: Lives depend on outcome

Vice President Joe Biden pressed Illinois voters Wednesday to rally behind Democrats during the approaching election, calling each vote crucial to advancing the party's progress in health care, education and women's rights.

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.

Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are all tied up. | AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

New poll again shows Quinn, Rauner in dead heat

With less than two weeks until voters cast their ballots in the Illinois governor's race, a new poll again shows it's a dead heat between Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.