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Obama urges end to “poisonous political climate” in Illinois

He came home to a place that launched his political career - the Illinois state capitol - and addressed lawmakers on creating a "better kind of politics."

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Minority voters must focus on what, not who

We've learned that a rising tide doesn't raise all boats. Some boats are buoyant yachts, others small row boats and some are stuck at the bottom. 

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With Scalia’s death, 4-4 split means uncertain outcomes in major cases

The sudden injection of a Supreme Court nomination battle into the midst of the presidential primaries hugely raises the stakes for November.

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Sanders’ “political revolution” wins in New Hampshire primary

"The American people are showing that they will no longer accept a political system bought and paid for by the billionaire class," Sanders said in his victory speech.

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Illinois campuses erupt in protests over budget crisis

College campuses across the state are erupting with protests as Illinois enters its eighth month without a budget. 

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Kasich: like other right wingers, but with a smile

John Kasich demonstrated the difference between himself and other, more boisterous Republican presidential nominee contenders; the difference? Other than the smile, there is none.

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Billionaires for Bernie? Third Way would have you think so

At the core of Third Way's political practice has always been the idea that the rich already pay too much in taxes, so we've got to stop asking them to pony up more cash. 

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Immigration battle heats up in context of the elections

There is no immediate possibility of getting a humane immigration reform bill through the Republican-controlled Congress. 

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Author Junot Díaz talks immigration, white supremacy, and science fiction

Themes of his literature include the celebration of the Latin American/Caribbean diaspora, and the broken promises of immigration in America.

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GOP-created “toxic wind” blows through Illinois

Bruce Rauner is a billionaire who made his money the old-fashioned way: by lying, stealing, and cheating.

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