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Lynn Sweet is the Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief. She writes a column, a blog and files on Twitter. Find and follow her at http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet …Read More

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The inside stories on the Keystone pipeline vote

WASHINGTON — The election is not over for everyone. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Louisiana Democrat, is in a Dec. 6 runoff and may be defeated. That’s why the Senate leadership, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., threw her a lifeline and allowed a vote on her …

  • Probes linger for years at House Ethics Committee

    The backlog means lawmakers are left with potentially damaging allegations hanging over them; that includes three from Illinois: Rep. Bobby Rush and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democrats, and Rep. Aaron Schock, a Republican.

  • Duckworth ponders challenging Kirk for Senate seat in 2016: Sweet

    EXCLUSIVE: A member of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s team confirmed that she is “interested, open and curious” about a bid vs. U.S. Sen Mark Kirk.

  • Valerie Jarrett, facing criticism, suggests sexism at play: Sweet

    In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Jarrett said, “I guess I would tell you when you break glass ceilings you're going to get scraped, minor scrapes by a shard or two from the glass."

  • House ethics panel probes Rush’s free office rent for 20 years

    The House Ethics Committee released details Monday of its investigation of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., with the focus on whether he improperly received free rent for decades on a South Side office — something brought to light by a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation last December.

    Former Rep. Phil Crane’s lasting legacy is his mark on the conservative movement

    The former college professor turned politician provided the intellectual underpinnings that helped to steer the generations to come after him.

    Hail to the champs: Jackie Robinson West team visits White House

    WASHINGTON — When Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team visited the White House on Thursday, second baseman and pitcher Marquis Jackson was ready with his question for President Barack Obama. “I know he’s a really good basketball player,” Jackson said, so he asked him for a …

    Obama, McConnell heading toward collision over immigration

    The day after Republicans won control of the Senate, President Barack Obama and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — who will become the top Senate leader — talked about cooperation even as they are heading toward a collision course over immigration. Some Wednesday thoughts after voters …

  • Sen. Dick Durbin ran race of his life to defeat Oberweis

    Bittersweet, perhaps. Sen. Dick Durbin’s win Tuesday over GOP challenger Jim Oberweis was never in doubt once it was clear that Oberweis was running a weak campaign, grasping for a strategy to defeat Durbin, who ran the race of his life even though it turned …Read More

  • Rauner, Oberweis not making Obama an issue

    Unlike Republicans in other states, Bruce Rauner and Jim Oberweis are ending their campaigns without launching an aggressive attack against President Barack Obama, even though the White House went all out for their Democratic rivals, Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin. While Democrats in …Read More

  • 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 …Read More

  • Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time

    Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill., and GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis clashed Wednesday in their last joint forum before the election over raising the minimum wage, whether Durbin is a bully and whether Oberweis supports the tea party. The stakes were higher for Oberweis at the …

    Schneider, Dold fighting for the Jewish vote

    When it comes to supporting Israel, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and his rival, former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., hold positions so similar they are slices off the same loaf of challah.

    What’s next for Rep. Aaron Schock?

    WASHINGTON — This Election Day may determine which of several paths the ambitious millennial, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., may follow. We’re talking on Saturday by phone; Schock is in a car en route to Macomb from Peoria, where he lives. In the course of our …

    Biden, Boehner are players in Dold-Schneider House race

    WASHINGTON — With early voting in Illinois starting next Monday, the already sizzling rematch battle between Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., for the north suburban 10th Congressional District seat got hotter on Monday on several fronts.

    Rep. Mike Quigley has become major player in Dem fundraising

    Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., a hockey fanatic, is stepping up his drive to raise money to help elect Democratic House members with Democratic National Committee chairman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., headlining a Chicago fundraiser on Monday for Quigley’s political action committee Puck PAC.

    Obama helps Quinn raise campaign cash, touts economic progress

    President Barack Obama raised more than $1 million for Gov. Pat Quinn’s campaign Thursday at a $50,000-a-head Chicago fundraiser, then he helicoptered to Evanston, where he told Northwestern University MBA prospects with the economy brightening on his watch, you can’t call him anti-business.