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Paul Lewis, along with 51 other Americans, was taken hostage Nov. 4, 1979 in Tehran. | Sun-Times Library

Unfinished business for former Iran hostage

WASHINGTON — He was my hostage. I was his reporter. After 444 days as one of 52 hostages held captive in Tehran, seized by Iranian militants, Marine Sgt. Paul Lewis was released on Jan. 20, 1981. Lewis was soon back in Homer, the small Illinois town about 20 miles east of Champaign-Urbana where he was raised. The day after the town threw Lewis a parade, I interviewed him in his parents’ living room about his ordeal.

Transcript: Obama warns Russia after Malaysian Air MH17 shot down

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Friday had strong words for Russia after Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down, Obama said, with a "surface-to-air missile that was launched from an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine." Transcript below.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., sounded off on skyscrapers on Thursday. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

What 'pisses off' Sen. Mark Kirk

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., made a rare speech from the Senate floor on Thursday, during a debate about terrorism insurance, where he said what "pisses me off" is that the world's tallest building is not in Chicago or anywhere in the U.S.

U.S. Reps. Danny Davis (left) and Bobby Rush (pictured in 2012) are encouraging Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to launch a bid for mayor of Chicago. | Sun-Times file photo

Reps. Rush, Davis encourage Karen Lewis to run for mayor

“I’ve had conversations with her and I just indicated that I think she has a great deal of what the City of Chicago can make use of,” said Rep. Danny Davis, who ran for mayor in 1991. And Rep. Bobby Rush said: “Anytime you have healthy opposition, it is healthy for the city. . . .  If she is serious about running, then I would encourage her to run.” Rush  made a bid for mayor in 1999.

Obama guidance & press schedule July 16, 2014. Hispanic Caucus

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama's meetings on Wednesday are with House Democrats, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and appointees to his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Climate Task Force on Preparedness and Resilience.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Durbin dwarfs Oberweis in fundraising: $6.5 million in war chest

WASHINGTON—Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. has $6,511,761.53 cash-on-hand for his November re-election bid, dwarfing rival state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) with $862,132.90 in his war chest, according to new reports filed with the Senate.