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5 things to know about the Obama library, museum

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum — whether located on the South or West side of Chicago, Manhattan or Honolulu — must be a place that “nurtures thinkers, artists, activists and change agents” and “creates a space for investigation and experimentation.”

Obama guidance, press schedule Sept. 19, 2014 Campus sex assaults

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Friday, along with Vice President Joe Biden launch "“It’s On Us” campaign, a new public awareness and action campaign designed to prevent sexual assault at colleges and universities, change the culture on our campuses, and better engage men in this effort," according to the White House. Later, Obama speaks to the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum, a fundraising group, at a hotel here.

In 2002, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. On Thursday, Durbin he voted for a measure to train and equip “appropriately vetted” Syrian forces to battle the Islamic State group. | M. Spencer Green/AP

Why Durbin voted yes on funding Syrian rebels

Updated...WASHINGTON — On Oct. 11, 2002, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. That was a vote that has defined Durbin ever since. “. . . I remember my thinking on that October night 2002 that we should hold back, not get involved in Iraq. And I think I was right. I think history proved me right,” Durbin said. Durbin was explaining why he would be voting for a measure to train and equip Syrian forces to battle the Islamic State group.

Obama guidance, press schedule for Sept. 18, 2014 — Poroshenko

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday welcomes new ambassadors to the U.S., meets with President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and later headlines a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee at a hotel not far from the White House.

 

Michelle Obama: Malia is driving

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama disclosed on Wednesday that daughter Malia, who turned 16 on July 4, "just started driving."

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. (pictured in 2013), told the White House a few days ago that she would vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels. On Wednesday, she voted no. “Bottom line, I don’t trust these rebels,” Duckworth said. | Jeff Cagle/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to fund Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The House vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels to battle the Islamic State group — also known as ISIS or ISIL — was an agonizing decision for many war-weary Illinois Democrats, some undecided until just before the Wednesday roll call. “I changed by mind. I voted against it,” Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., told me as he was leaving the House chamber.