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Rep. Tammy Duckworth pregnant; girl due in December

President Barack Obama hugs Chris Harris, vice president of United Steel Workers Local 2-209, after being introduced at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park on Monday in Milwaukee. Obama renewed his call for an increase in the minimum wage. | Morry Gash/AP

Obama renews call for Congress to OK minimum wage increase

"By almost every measure the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office," President Barack Obama said Monday in Milwaukee, where he listed a string of improving economic indicators even while acknowledging that not all people are benefiting. 

A robot named "Fighting Pi", built by Team 1718 of the Academy of Arts & Sciences in Macomb County, Mich, crosses the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge Monday. | John L. Russell/AP Photo

Robot joins Michigan governor for annual Labor Day trek

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge and they were joined by one robot.

Obama notifies Congress of airstrikes in Iraq

Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week’s airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.

GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis at a news conference in June. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race

The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll. In a year that’s expected to tilt toward Republicans across the nation, Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is leading Oberweis, who is making his third run for the Senate, 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent, the survey commissioned by the Sun-Times’ political portal shows. 

Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis (left) visits Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, at his church office on Sunday. | Matt McKinney/Sun-Times Media

Bishop Larry Trotter backs Oberweis for U.S. Senate

Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, said Sunday he’s backing Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate, changing allegiance from longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Trotter leads the 8,000-member South Shore church, a frequent stop for political candidates campaigning in Chicago’s African-American community.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry walks over to talk to reporters after driving up in a Tesla Motors Type S electric car in Sacramento, Calif. in June. Perry is trying to persuade Tesla Motors, based in Palo Alto, to build a $5 billion battery plant in Texas. | AP file photo

Tesla Motors dealing as states play poker with subsidies

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury car-maker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.

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Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in' Congress

WASHINGTON — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

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