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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

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. 

Obama guidance & press schedule Sept. 17, 2014. CENTCOM visit

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.

 

Obama guidance, press schedule, Sept. 16, 2014. ISIL, Ebola

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

Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library

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.