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Biden administration to tout vaccine milestone amid rising cases

Biden administration to tout vaccine milestone amid rising cases

The White House will tout a series of positive milestones for the administration’s pandemic response Tuesday as the nation experiences rising Covid-19 cases and concerns about the new Omicron variant. It comes as the US is experiencing rising cases — the highest case count since September — with nearly 60,000 people currently hospitalized in the…MORE

Mark Meadows to halt cooperation with January 6 committee

Mark Meadows to halt cooperation with January 6 committee

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6 insurrection, according to a letter from his attorney to the panel, which was obtained by CNN on Tuesday. “We agreed to provide thousands of pages of responsive documents and Mr. Meadows was willing to appear…MORE

Biden administration considering options for possibly evacuating US citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades

Biden administration considering options for possibly evacuating US citizens from Ukraine if Russia invades

The Biden administration is exploring options for a potential evacuation of US citizens from Ukraine if Russia were to invade the country and create a dire security situation, half a dozen sources tell CNN. The contingency planning is being led by the Pentagon, the sources said, and comes as the administration briefs Congress on how…MORE

Bannon seeks to delay contempt of Congress trial until October

Bannon seeks to delay contempt of Congress trial until October

The Justice Department and Steve Bannon, ex-adviser to former President Donald Trump, are heading into court Tuesday to discuss Bannon’s desires to make evidence public and not to schedule a trial until October. In court filings and his legal team’s previous appearances before Judge Carl Nichols, Bannon has signaled a desire to drag the proceedings…MORE

Trump’s blood oxygen levels were at a ‘dangerously low level’ during 2020 Covid-19 diagnosis, ex-chief of staff says

Trump’s blood oxygen levels were at a ‘dangerously low level’ during 2020 Covid-19 diagnosis, ex-chief of staff says

Then-President Donald Trump’s blood oxygen level dipped down to a “dangerously low level” hours after he announced back in October 2020 that he tested positive for Covid-19, according to his former chief of staff Mark Meadows. In a new book about his time working in the White House, Meadows says that on the morning of…MORE

Bidens visit WWII memorial on 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor
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Bidens visit WWII memorial on 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC, early Tuesday morning to pay their respects on the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Bidens observed a moment of silence standing in front of a wreath at the center of the memorial. The President…MORE

How a Bannon lawyer with civil rights creds became a Trump world go-to
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How a Bannon lawyer with civil rights creds became a Trump world go-to

David Schoen has stepped forward to represent conservative firebrand Steve Bannon in his contempt of Congress case after two previous stints defending self-proclaimed “dirty trickster” Roger Stone, and even former President Donald Trump. But Schoen insists politics is not playing into his decision. Instead, Schoen says his three-decade-long career as a civil rights attorney made…MORE

Harris marks Maternal Health Day of Action at White House summit
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Harris marks Maternal Health Day of Action at White House summit

Vice President Kamala Harris officially marked the White House’s first ever Maternal Health Day of Action on Tuesday when she hosts a summit with lawmakers, Cabinet secretaries and celebrities, a White House official said Harris issued a nationwide call to action to the private and public sectors and announce a series of federal reports and…MORE

Biden and Putin speak at a critical moment for Ukraine
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Biden and Putin speak at a critical moment for Ukraine

President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin are speaking over a secure video call on Tuesday in what is expected to be a highly consequential meeting for the two leaders amid escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine. During the last several months, Russia has erected supply lines, including medical units and fuel, that could…MORE

Mitch McConnell moves to cut deal on debt ceiling but faces GOP resistance
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Mitch McConnell moves to cut deal on debt ceiling but faces GOP resistance

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is quietly moving to concoct a plan that would allow the nation’s borrowing limit to be raised and force Democrats to ultimately cast the decisive and politically toxic vote — but he’ll first have to sell it to Republicans. To accomplish his plan, Republicans will first need to cooperate under…MORE

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Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…