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Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, left, and his opponent, Republican state Sen., Jim Oberweis, squared off for a final time Wednesday night before next week's election | (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time

 
GOP senators' message to President Barack Obama on immigration legislation? Hold the phone. | Getty Images

GOP senators urge Obama wait on immigration legislation

WASHINGTON — The three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation, which remains stalled in Congress, on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to hold off on any steps to shield millions of people from deportation.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign event for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at the University of Illinois Chicago earlier this month. (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

How first lady, Rauner factor into their parties' House races

First lady Michelle Obama headlines a rally for Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Saturday — the last of a series of White House assists — as Republicans tell me the coattails of GOP governor hopeful Bruce Rauner will help two critical Downstate congressional races.

Exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington in 2013. File Photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

IRS’ blithe seizure of assets should terrify us

 The IRS, looking for tax cheats, has a rule where banks must flag cash deposits over $10,000. So in an attempt to avoid this scrutiny, drug dealers and other criminal types keep their deposits under $10,000. But legal small-business owners also make regular small cash deposits. You’d think the IRS would differentiate between running a drug ring and running a bakery. But they didn’t.

Arkansas candidate's 'American dream' includes sewage, stripping

John Burkhalter, Arkansas’ candidate for lieutenant governor, says he has "lived the American dream," which included time spent working as a male stripper, and a job that included bucketing "sewage out of the sewers with a five-gallon bucket on a ski rope with an ice scoop in my hand."

Michelle Obama will speak at two commencement speeches this year as part of two video contests. | AP

Michelle Obama wants to come to your graduation ceremony

WASHINGTON — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.

President Barack Obama follows through on a swing while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard in August. (AP File Photo/Steven Senne)

Michael Jordan's fact check: Obama is 'a s----- golfer'

President Barack Obama continually comes under assault from his critics for the number of vacations he takes — and the amount of golf he plays — but former Bulls great and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan says all of that time on the course isn't doing Obama much good.

Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino died Thursday. He was 71. | AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics to govern as Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71.

 
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