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Some Democrats issued statements of strong support for the vice president, others stayed mum, for now — with just weeks to go before the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Chicago on Aug. 19.
The decision comes after escalating pressure from Biden’s Democratic allies to step aside following the June 27 debate, in which the 81-year-old president trailed off, often gave nonsensical answers and failed to call out Donald Trump’s many falsehoods.
It wasn’t just one bad night but what that bad night represented.
The fundraiser will be at the home of a family friend on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The campaign has at least 10 other fundraising events over the last 10 days of July.
Donald Trump’s speech Thursday begs a comparison to the late radio show host’s famous 1978 “So God made a farmer” speech, which got new life in a 2013 Super Bowl ad.
A Lake County election judge calls out Salvi for implying at the RNC that votes weren’t counted in recent elections. Readers also weigh in on the RNC, the new health insurance law and electric stoves.
Five days after an assassination attempt, former President Donald Trump on Thursday accepted the Republican nomination.
Six more Democratic members of Congress called on Biden to drop out, making the total now 28.
In uncharacteristically hushed tones during a speech that later pivoted to his populist agenda, Trump gave an account of the shooting which he said “you will never hear from me a second time because it’s actually too painful to tell.”
“One hundred and 10 days away from this election, we don’t even know who President Trump and JD Vance is going to run against,” said Ohio U.S. Senate candidate Bernie Moreno. “We have no idea. It could be your governor.”
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In Vance’s book, “Hillbilly Elegy,” he famously describes the misery of the white working class in Appalachia and goes on to blame and sneer at those people for their plight.
There have been racist attacks against Usha Chilukuri Vance from the far-right elements within the Republican party since her husband, JD Vance, was named Donald Trump’s running mate. Meanwhile, many Indian Americans have been wondering what place a Brown woman has in a party that is steeped in racism and exclusion.
No one wants to live in a country where political candidates or leaders are targeted by snipers. But we don’t have to look far back in our history for evidence that political violence is as ritualized as a cup of coffee.
He has called Democrats “scum,” “vermin,” “animals” and “enemies of the people.” When U.S. Rep. Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband was bludgeoned with a hammer by a deranged man, Trump joked about it.
“I think this is going to put him in the White House,” says one man who describes himself as an Independent voter. “I just have a feeling that we will see Donald Trump in the White House.”
It’s not a priority in this year’s presidential election, but having government that works smarter and faster to solve problems is important to a stable, high-functioning democracy, a former Obama White House official writes.
Donald Trump isn’t campaigning on Project 2025, but Americans should expect Heritage Foundation ideas to matter greatly if he is re-elected.
Luntz said the impact of Sen. JD Vance as former President Donald Trump’s VP pick is “not that much” because those who like Vance “are already giving Trump a hearing.”
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The Illinois Republican had a lot going on at the convention because he wears a lot of hats. He’s a vice chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee — a House GOP political organization — and a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and the Intelligence Committee.
She helped lead federal efforts to protect women from domestic violence and recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. Her son Jason Lee is a top adviser to Mayor Brandon Johnson.
McClain, a longtime confidant of Madigan, is set to go on trial with him Oct. 8 on racketeering, bribery, fraud and attempted extortion charges, but his lawyers argue that Madigan’s apparent defense strategy involved blaming McClain.
El salario mínimo por propina de Chicago aumentará en 2024 después de que el Concejo Municipal aprobara una ordenanza para incrementar el salario mínimo por propina en un 8% cada año durante cinco años hasta que alcance la paridad con el salario mínimo estándar de la ciudad.
The city’s Bike Chicago program began in 2022 with the goal of handing out free bikes to residents with mobility challenges.
Organized by a well-known lobbyist and a construction executive once caught up in a fraud case, the fundraiser for Bob Berlin drew contributions from two companies banned from some government work.
The state’s super-minority Republicans are leaving the GOP National Convention energized, and with a lot of confidence.
By Thursday evening, the largest protest of the convention saw about a thousand people marching through downtown streets. Chicago is expecting a bigger presence.
Five lawsuits filed accuse the state police of having negligently approved Robert E. Crimo III’s gun ownership application in 2019 even though the Highland Park police issued a “clear and present danger” alert against him months earlier.
Vance went heavy on mentions of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio — and his humble Appalachian roots as documented in ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ — on the third night of the Republican National Convention.
Illinois National Republican Committeeman Richard Porter berated the scandal-plagued Florida congressman for trying to embarrass former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy during a television interview.
President experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ and is taking Paxlovid, White House says.
One of the city’s most visible encampments was cleared Wednesday, weeks before the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Most of the remaining residents were moved to a city shelter.
Mayor Brandon Johnson spent the weekend lobbying alderpersons to install Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th) as chair of the City Council’s powerful Zoning Committee. But with business leaders pushing back and Council opponents insisting that 34 votes were needed to consider the Council shake-up, Johnson called off the vote.
The settlement involves 12 women who were hired as paramedics, then flunked out of the fire academy by a “discriminatory,” post-hiring test so demanding and unrelated to the skills needed as a paramedic that four of the plaintiffs suffered “career-ending” hip and back injuries during the testing.
Los residentes de un refugio de la Milla Magnífica son desalojados para hacer lugar para los ocupantes de un campamento de tiendas de campaña que se está desalojando anticipándose a la Convención Nacional Demócrata.
Salvi, who officially becomes the face of the state party on Friday, called on Illinois Republicans to set aside differences “to usher in a new era of Republican victories here in Illinois.”
Community activists in Milwaukee sharply criticized the shooting, which happened at an encampment for unhoused people, calling it unjustified.
Former President Donald Trump took his seat inside the arena for the final two hours of the Republican National Convention program — still wearing a bandage on his right ear from Saturday’s assassination attempt at a Pennsylvania rally. He watched, and smiled often, as his former rivals pledged their support.
When Trump delivers his acceptance address Thursday night, it will become clear whether the failed assassination attempt in any way changed him.
The since-rescinded decision to remove the statue had nothing to do with the former president’s ownership of slaves, Mayor Brandon Johnson’s communications director said.