| Nov 7, 2013
| 4:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Nov 11, 2013
In 1996, by a 50-49 vote, the U.S. Senate defeated a bill outlawing job discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Last week, in a step that dramatized how much attitudes have changed in recent years, the Senate approved a similar bill by a vote...
| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:16 PM
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would ban hiring and employment discrimination against LGBT individuals, will proceed in the Senate after 61 senators voted for a cloture motion that will lead to a final vote on the bill.
| Nov 5, 2013
| 2:14 PM
WASHINGTON — Speaking today on behalf of his "fellow broken people," Sen. Mark Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012, urged the Senate to ratify a United Nations treaty on the rights of the disabled.
Kirk, who is retired from the Navy Reserve,...
| Oct 3, 2013
President Barack Obama obviously has a lot on his mind.
His angry Democrats are fighting those angry Republicans over the so-called government shutdown. It's not really a shutdown, even though the rhetoric suggests that the sky is falling and the seas...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 4:51 PM
A U.S. Senate committee cleared the nomination of Zachary Fardon on Thursday as the next U.S. attorney in Chicago, sending it to the full Senate for a final vote.
The unanimous voice vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee comes more than 15 months after...
| Aug 19, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Monday sought to move past a controversy that flared over his call for mass arrests of gang members by pushing for new federal gang-apprehension initiatives to assist local law enforcement.
Earlier this year, Kirk had...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:47 PM
SPRINGFIELD -- Out-of-power Republicans rolled out four candidates for governor at an Illinois State Fair rally Thursday that focused on regaining relevance by taking back the state's top job.
The contenders come with resumes as varied as the flavors of...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column Emcee: Are you going to be on your best behavior? Crowd: No! This moment, from an NPR report on last weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, the traditional kickoff for political campaigns in Kentucky, was yet another illustration of......
| Jul 28, 2013
New polls tell us that the public's attitudes about race relations have taken a hit since President Barack Obama's historic election. Can we all get along? Obama's election to the White House was a marvelous measure of how far the nation has come in terms...
| Jun 23, 2013
Faced with public outrage and congressional pressure, the oil company BP vowed six years ago to develop cutting-edge technology that could sharply reduce toxic mercury discharged into Lake Michigan by its massive refinery about 20 miles southeast of...