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Obama schedule, guidance Sept. 13, 14, 2014. Busy week ahead

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.

The Ready for Hillary bus, which was made in Iowa, was in New York in June as Hillary Clinton launched her book tour. | Getty Images

5 things to know as Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa

WASHINGTON — Hillary and Bill Clinton hit Iowa on Sunday, her first trip back since she came in third in the 2008 caucuses, triggering a frenzy of rising expectations that this means she is getting closer to a 2016 White House run.

A bid to place the Obama presidential library at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital will not make the cut when the finalists are announced next week, sources have told the Chicago Sun-Times. | File Photo

Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives

WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will be asked to submit a very detailed proposal for the library and museum.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Kirk fundraising off 'rumor' Michelle Obama will run for his seat

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is invoking first lady Michelle Obama as a possible 2016 opponent in a recent fundraising appeal, citing the “press and rumor mills” as his source — even though she has shown no interest in running for elected office. It’s even doubtful President Barack Obama and the first family will immediately return to Chicago after leaving the White House, since youngest daughter Sasha will still be in high school here in January 2017, when a new president is sworn in.

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and vice chairman of the Senate GOP political operation, said Jim Oberweis won't be getting much help in his bid to defeat Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin. | Photo by Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor

Oberweis no priority of the Senate GOP political shop: Portman

WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a vice chairman of the Senate GOP political operation, said Thursday he expected his organization will not be helping Illinois GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis because other races — with candidates who have a better chance of winning — have a priority. While he had nothing much to say about Oberweis, he gushed over Illinois GOP governor nominee Bruce Rauner, who he knows from their Dartmouth days.

President Barack Obama addresses the nation Wednesday night. | Getty Images

Obama: 'We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL'

WASHINGTON — In a major reversal, President Barack Obama ordered the United States into a broad military campaign Wednesday night to "degrade and ultimately destroy" Islamic State militants in two volatile Middle East nations authorizing airstrikes inside Syria for the first time as well as an expansion of strikes in Iraq.

Battling ISIL: White House strategy fact sheet

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a clear threat to the people of Iraq and Syria, and to the broader Middle East, as well as U.S. persons, allies and interests in the region.  Left unchecked, ISIL could pose a growing threat beyond the region, including to the U.S. homeland.