Congress is on a break until the end of the month and Rep. Jan Schakowsky D-Ill. is in Tokyo for the Aspen Institute conference on "America’s Rebalance toward Asia: Trade, Security and Resource Interests in the Pacific."
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle on Tuesday host their 6th annual Passover seder at the White House and, as is their tradition, most of the guests are 2008 campaign workers who threw together a seder at a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania hotel during the heated 2008 Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Freshman Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill. raised $313,948 between January 1 and March 31 and has $1,088,252 cash on hand for her November contest against Republican rival Larry Kaifesh, a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
First Lady Michelle Obama, a graduate of Whitney Young High School, will meet with Chicago public high school students visiting Howard University in Washington D.C. on Thursday, juniors and seniors who will take part in a program called “Escape to the Mecca, " run by Howard's Chicago Peoples Union and "designed to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment," the White House said.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday meets with faith leaders to boost prospects for passing immigration reform (right now not very good), meets with Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel and then hosts his annual White House seder, with the core group of guests Obama 2008 campaign staffers who were in Harrisbug, Pa. battling Hillary Rodham Clinton in the brutal Pennsylvania Democratic primary on Passover 2008. The staffers put together a seder at a hotel on the campaign trail and Obama kept the tradition going when he reached the White House.
SHINGTON — As Passover begins on Monday evening with the first seder, Rep. Jan Schakowsky D-Ill. said the shootings at two Jewish community centers in Kansas — where three people were killed — was a "hate crime...probably meant to instill fear."
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and Rep. Henry Waxman D-Calif. on Monday stepped up their push for the Food and Drug Administration to regulate e-cigarettes to youths, a continuation of Durbin's long-running battle to reduce the use of tobacco products.
WASHINGTON — On Monday, President Barack Obama hosts an Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House.
U.S. Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, and Mark Kirk, R-Ill., speak at a joint news conference in Chicago last November. | M. Spencer Green/AP
A question about a Democratic pay equity bill that failed in the Senate last week triggered a tirade from Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., against Democratic trial lawyers while Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sitting next to him, silently stared at his hands, mute as a result of their non-aggression pact.
WASHINGTON — The South Siders in the White House—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle—took in a Broadway show on Friday, the revival of “Raisin’ in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s story of racial animosity a black family faced when they moved into a white South Side Chicago neighborhood.
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