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Tim Taliaferro

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New Damage Estimate Shows Haiti Needs More Help

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 11:02 AM

Like many Americans, I watched the apocalyptic footage coming out of Haiti last month and wondered what I could do. I texted my $10 pledge to 'HAITI' and felt satisfied that I had done my part. After all, the American Red Cross had raised at that time $20 million, just...

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Republicans Giving Women 'Back Of The Hand Treatment': Wasserman-Schultz

(859) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 1:23 PM

The Republicans who shouted down and continuously interrupted female members of the House testifying in favor of the health care bill on Saturday were giving women what amounted to the "back of the hand treatment," Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) said Monday.

The abortion-rights champion and senior Democrat criticized House...

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David Hoffman Meets With David Axelrod At White House

(5) Comments | Posted October 29, 2009 | 1:25 PM

President Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod sat down on Thursday for a strategy session with one of the four Democrats running for the president's former U.S. Senate seat, the second such meeting this month.

Axelrod met with former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman at the White House to discuss ways...

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Students Denied By Mother's Bar Allege Racism And Demand Change; Group Threatens Lawsuit

(11) Comments | Posted October 26, 2009 | 5:26 PM

Two weeks after six black students from Washington University in St. Louis were denied entry into the Original Mother's Chicago bar, the student body wants to make an example of Mother's -- and wants the bar's help to do it.

At a two-hour campus forum Monday night, more than 400...

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House Oversight Committee Launches Investigation Into Subprime Mortgages

(24) Comments | Posted October 23, 2009 | 8:26 AM

The House oversight committee is launching an investigation into deceptive and predatory lending practices that contributed to the economic recession, Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) announced Friday.

After months of disagreement between Republicans, who wanted an investigation into Countywide Financial's "VIP lending" program, and Democrats, who were reluctant to get involved,...

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GOP Senate Candidate Caught Overplaying Mike Ditka's Endorsement

(29) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 5:42 PM

In a single day, a longshot Republican Senate candidate got caught trumpeting an endorsement he didn't have, then landing the endorsement after all.

In a bizarre political mix-up, former Bears coach Mike Ditka denied having endorsed Patrick Hughes, the Hinsdale developer running for President Obama's former Senate seat, or...

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Quigley Ready To Break Ranks With Party Over Dodd, Conrad Subpoenas

(218) Comments | Posted October 22, 2009 | 5:03 PM

Seniority, party loyalty and congressional etiquette don't seem to get in the way of Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.).

The freshman lawmaker is ready to break with his fellow Democrats by supporting a proposal to subpoena documents that may reveal unpleasant details about two prominent Democratic senators and their involvement in...

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House Oversight Dems Change Lock On Hearing Room Door After GOP Video

(286) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 5:05 PM

After GOP members of the House oversight committee shot footage for a "campaign style video" in the committee room, Democrats responded by changing the lock on a private door leading in from the Republican suite of offices.

Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) ordered the lock changed after complaining that Rep....

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Chicago's Handgun Ban Has Little To Do With Gun Violence

(116) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 12:18 PM

It's enticing to think that the Supreme Court agreeing late last month to settle once and for all the legality of Chicago's handgun ban will have some major effect on crime in Chicago, but in all likelihood it won't.

The court's decision to finally weigh in comes at...

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