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Trump impeachment: Vulnerable Illinois Democrats Lipinski, Underwood reviewing articles as historic vote looms

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‘American Dharma’: Steve Bannon gets a pass in Errol Morris’ tame profile

Kid-glove treatment of the former Donald Trump advisor is surprising coming from the hard-hitting interviewer of Robert McNamara and Donald Rumsfeld.

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‘Mel Brooks Unwrapped’ a hilarious showcase for the director’s blazing talent

HBO special a treasure trove of Brooks’ stories, antics and film clips.

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Will UK election hint at USA’s future, again?

Can the British election be considered augury? Johnson’s victory bodes well for Trump

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With GOP anti-Semite running for House seat, Democrat Marie Newman calls for ‘peace forums’ in district

"Art Jones is proof that we need to work harder, not as Democrats and Republicans, but as neighbors on the Southwest Side, to root out and address hate in our community," Newman said.

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Green Bay, Lambeau Field and all that’s right about the Bears-Packers rivalry

A massive 81,441-seat stadium plopped in the middle of a neighborhood of regular folks. It’s absolutely wonderful.

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I’m asking Santa this year to give America more thoughtful consumers of information

When histories of the decline and fall of American democracy are written, they’re apt to begin by examining Donald Trump’s Twitter feed. But he really got started much earlier, by endorsing the "birther" conspiracy about Barack Obama.

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United States blocks a probe of crimes against humanity in North Korea

Trump appears to believe that his personal relationship with Kim Jong Un can overcome the fundamental facts about the North Korean regime — that it rules by terror at home and maneuvers by terror abroad.

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Amy Klobuchar hits Chicago, Glencoe for fundraisers on Monday

Klobuchar is gaining strength as the 2020 Democratic presidential field gets smaller

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‘Richard Jewell’ a study, not a diatribe, about runaway media and FBI agents victimizing an innocent man

Paul Walter Hauser commands the screen as the security guard falsely accused of the 1996 Olympics bombing in Atlanta.

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Impeaching Trump could happen more than once

Just as we’re wrapping up this seemingly never-ending news cycle, it’s not all that hard to imagine the whole thing happening again, before November 2020. There are a few reasons why.

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‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ reunites the video game avatars for rousing, sometimes confusing adventure

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are joined by Danny DeVito and Awkwafina for a story of frenetic action and shifting identities.

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Can Chicago grow to 3 million people again? Sure — and here’s how

Reversing black flight is what has to happen for Mayor Lightfoot’s vision to become reality.

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Trump’s defenders deny reality

While the president’s motives in seeking Ukrainian investigations are a matter of dispute, his actions are clear from the public record.

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Underwood on Trump impeachment: In Illinois, folks are ‘familiar with political corruption. It’s not a foreign concept’

With the new trade deal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is showing the nation Democrats can get things done while pursuing President Trump’s impeachment.

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Cubs’ Kris Bryant has replaced Joe Maddon as head of the dead-man-walking department

Theo Epstein and the Cubs are trying to trade Bryant. He probably won’t be a Cub for long. If he’s back with the team in 2020, great; it’ll be his swan song on the North Side, his lame-duck waddle. Epstein and the Cubs are bent on getting out of the Bryant business.

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When hucksters hijack your telephone number

It ticks me off to think I might someday hesitate answering the phone because some telemarketing firm has stolen a caller ID number.

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‘Die Hard?’ Humbug! Here’s the real Christmas action movie: ‘Lethal Weapon’

If you’re getting too old for this nonsense about John McClane, check out all the holiday imagery and themes surrounding Riggs and Murtaugh.

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Ohio leads USA in presidents, cruel abortion laws

House Bill 413 would force doctors to attempt to re-implant ectopic pregnancies or be charged with a new crime: "abortion murder."

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Democrats: Need to impeach Trump now to stop hijacking-in-progress of the 2020 election

At the House Judiciary Committee Trump impeachment hearing, Republicans punched — successfully at times — at a case the Democrats have been saying is airtight.

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President Trump’s war on the poor

The economy continues to generate jobs that won’t support a family. That’s why so-called poverty programs — from CHIP to food stamps to public housing to low income heating assistance to Medicaid — are so necessary.

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3 big games and a chance for the Bears’ Mitch Trubisky to change a certain columnist’s mind for good

I promise that if Trubisky runs and throws his way through this Great Wall of quality opponents, my unbelief will turn to belief.

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Roeper: The Golden Globes’ most shameful snub this year? Women filmmakers

Though women directed ‘The Farewell,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Queen & Slim’ and other top-tier films, not a single one was nominated.

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Anti-violence groups join forces to save lives

Before, most social service professionals and organizations worked in isolation, divided by race, class and geography.

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Faith and reason fighting a battle over the so-so Bears, and it’s not pretty

Some fans are wired for total belief. You can’t convince them that the 7-6 Bears, who have won four of their past five games, will be sitting out the playoffs this season. They only see an arrow pointing up.

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Deal with it, Ohio State fans — committee got it right by giving No. 1 ranking to LSU

No, the Buckeyes never wavered all season. But the Tigers had the best regular-season win — 46-41 at Alabama — by any team. They won the best division in college football, the SEC West. And they blew out the toughest opponent any conference winner faced, Georgia, on Championship Saturday.

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Rahm Emanuel swings at Michael Bloomberg at Gridiron Club dinner

"It’s insane, it’s crazy to think that America is looking for a short, Jewish president. Really? Because if they were, I’d be running," zinged former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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As their rights vanish, women hit exercise bike maker

The stir over a tone-deaf Peloton exercise bike commercial makes you wonder if we’d be better off exerting that outrage elsewhere.

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This You Gotta See: AFC slugfests, Bulls-Clippers and college football’s playoff selections

Here’s one guess: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Utah in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta, and No. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. Because sending the Western semifinalist to the South and the Southern semifinalists to the West would just be so totally college football.

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R. Kelly’s girlfriends say so long to Trump Tower — and singer’s toe infection has healed up

It’s unclear where the two women will live after leaving Kelly’s upscale digs.

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Lightfoot’s police purge list follows Eddie’s ouster

Sneed hears the list includes at least six names, including a college buddy of the fired top cop.

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Mike Madigan and Chuy Garcia, the odd couple of Illinois politics, team up again

House Speaker is backing congressman’s protege for Statehouse seat.

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About that $150,000 campaign donation to Ald. Carrie Austin’s ward organization

It could have paid a lot of legal fees, if it was real.

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A collective cry of the souls of black folk

This book is a literary collection of one man’s reflections on living while black in America.

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Here’s betting that Mitch Trubisky will be the Bears’ starting quarterback in 2020. Should he be? No.

The team will bring in lesser competition, and Trubisky still will be standing when the dust settles.