WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama disclosed on Wednesday that daughter Malia, who turned 16 on July 4, "just started driving."
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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
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.
WASHINGTON — Here is how Illinois House members voted on Wednesday on a measure to train and equip Syrian rebels to battle ISIS, also known as ISIL, which passed the House on a 273-156 roll call.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday visits the U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fl. for briefings on the battle against ISIL. CENTCOM is the military command center dealing with "20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria." Later, at the White House, Obama hosts a picnic for members of Congress.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday gets a briefing on efforts to form an international coalition to fight ISIL, then heads to Atlanta to visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa" and "receive an update on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest," including Illinois.
President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Sept. 10, vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist." On Monday, the finalists for the Obama library and museum were announced: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. | Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images
WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, in naming the final four, also released an 18-page bid document called a “Request for Proposal” that sheds light, for the first time, on the gigantic financial commitment the bidders must make — in perpetuity.
WASHINGTON — The Barack Obama Foundation on Monday announced the finalists for President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum: the University of Chicago; the University of Illinois at Chicago; Columbia University and the University of Hawaii.
WASHINGTON — The Chicago Council on Global Affairs tested U.S. opinion on foreign policy in its new survey, "Foreign Policy in the Age of Retrenchment," released here on Monday.
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, the former Chicago Public Schools chief, awards Medals of Honor to military heroes and headlines a fundraiser for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama has no official events on Saturday and Sunday, with a busy week ahead, including a visit to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where on Tuesday he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and on the respiratory illness outbreak in several states, including the Chicago area.
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