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The latest information on Illinois’ congressional delegation and how Washington politicians will affect your life, including insightful analysis from Sun-Times White House bureau chief Lynn Sweet.

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Esper says no military for protests as standby troops leave

Less than 48 hours after the president threatened to use the Insurrection Act of 1807 to contain protests if governors were not able to get a handle on unrest, Esper said it should be invoked in the United States "only in the most urgent and dire of situations."

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Rosenstein defends naming special counsel for Russia inquiry

Rosenstein was appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee at the first in a series of oversight hearings that coincide with accelerated election-year efforts to review the FBI’s Russia investigation.

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With residents desperate for prescriptions, Lightfoot, Duckworth push for looted pharmacies to reopen

"My idea was... to touch base with both Walgreens and CVS and make sure that they would really open those stores that are, that have been affected, as soon as possible," Sen. Duckworth told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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9 states, DC vote amid coronavirus pandemic, social unrest

In all, nine states and the District of Columbia were hosting elections, including four that delayed their April contests because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

After another night of violent protests, the 77-year-old Democrat was meeting with roughly a dozen local black leaders during an intimate meeting in his hometown ahead of a virtual meeting with mayors across the nation.

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Kim Foxx ‘disgusted’ by President Trump’s ‘ hateful and racist rhetoric’ about Minneapolis protests

In a statement, the county’s top prosecutor said she extends her "heartfelt condolences to the family and community of George Floyd" and also had strong words for the president.

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Twitter slaps warning on Trump’s tweet ‘glorifying’ violence against Minneapolis protesters

Trump has been railing against the company since earlier this week, when it for the first time applied fact checks to two of his tweets.

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Trump signs executive order to challenge social media liability protections

The order directs asks independent rule-making agencies such as the FCC and FTC to study whether they can place new regulations on the social media companies — though experts express doubts much can be done without an act of Congress.

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After decades fighting ‘to win’ for immigrants, advocate hangs up the gloves

Joshua Hoyt has spent his career fighting the good fight as one of the best community organizers in Chicago, a city that has long cultivated some of the top practitioners of that underappreciated profession.

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Trump stomps on his Twitter megaphone

The president’s assault on social media for daring to fact-check him is a reminder: He will take everything down with him.

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Trump preparing order targeting social media protections

Trump had threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering on Wednesday, lashing out at the new policy he believed interfered with his political messaging, but he alone can’t do that.

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Gov. Pritzker calls George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis ‘a call of action’ for all: ‘People deserve to breathe’

The Democratic governor said something must be done to "change that reality to make it so that men like George Floyd are not killed on a street corner gasping for air in broad daylight, one moment alive, and the next moment, gone."

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Congress weighs choice: ‘Go big’ on virus aid or hit ‘pause’

It’s a defining moment for the political parties heading toward the election and one that will affect the livelihoods of countless Americans suddenly dependent on the federal government.

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On Memorial Day, Rep. Lauren Underwood visits graves at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

Underwood told people from her district "who were either essential workers or at high risk, or maybe sick themselves," she would visit graves in their place on Memorial Day.

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“Finished, just finished”: Trump says he is done taking hydroxychloroquine

Donald Trump promoted as a treatment for the coronavirus despite warnings from his own U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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FBI director orders internal review of Michael Flynn investigation

FBI Director Christopher Wray has ordered an internal review into possible misconduct in the investigation of former Trump administration national security adviser

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Trump: ‘It looks like G7 will be on’

But he says the in-person event — which had been scrapped in March because of the coronavirus — will now take place "primarily at the White House," with "a piece of it" perhaps taking place at the nearby Camp David presidential retreat.

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Feds should do more to safeguard nursing homes from COVID-19, U. of C. expert tells Senate panel

Professor Tamara Konetzka told the Senate Special Subcommittee on Aging predominantly black nursing homes have had the worst coronavirus toll and need help.

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Senate panel approves subpoena in Hunter Biden probe

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted 8-6 to subpoena Blue Star Strategies, a lobbying firm that was a consultant to Burisma, a gas company in Ukraine that paid Hunter Biden to serve as a board member.

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‘Pro-Trump’ doctors sought to push rapid reopening of economy

Republican political operatives are recruiting sympathetic doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by public health experts to slow the spread of the new coronavirus

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Ford tour gives Trump another chance not to wear publicly required face mask

Ford requires everyone in its factories to wear face masks to prevent the coronavirus from spreading

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Fed’s Powell says new lending programs to launch by June 1

The chairman’s comments came before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, which held an oversight hearing on the $2 trillion federal relief package approved in late March.

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Trump taking anti-malaria drug in case he catches coronavirus

President Trump told reporters he has been taking the drug, hydroxychloroquine, and a zinc supplement daily "for about a week and a half now."

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Democrats push new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill through House

The package reveals Democratic economic and health-care priorities, but has no chance of becoming law as written, and likely will spark difficult negotiations with the White House and Senate Republicans.

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Work-from-home Congress: House OKs proxy voting for first time

Neither Civil War nor Great Depression nor any other national crisis has pushed the House to allow lawmakers to vote if not physically present in the Capitol.

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Trump still confident in Abbott Labs’ rapid COVID-19 test despite false negatives

‘Abbott is a great test; it’s a very quick test,’ the president said a day after the FDA said it’s investigating preliminary data suggesting the test can falsely clear infected patients.

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Sen. Durbin hits the ‘frontline’ of the county’s battle against COVID-19

The battle against the deadly coronavirus should include more money for testing, Durbin said, standing outside of tents that serve as walk-up and drive-thru testing sites for county health patients and employees on the hospital grounds.

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Fact-check: Downstate congressman’s claim about Chicago’s share of Illinois COVID-19 cases is 100% wrong

It’s common for residents outside of the Chicago area to refer to the significantly larger and more populous northeastern region collectively as "Chicago," according to state political experts. But they said the inaccuracy reinforces regional stereotypes.

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Burr steps aside as Senate intelligence chair

The FBI served a search warrant for Sen. Richard Burr’s phone Thursday as part of an ongoing insider-trading investigation tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Scott Turow’s ‘Last Trial,’ Curtis Sittenfeld’s ‘Rodham‘ and 7 more must-read new books

Also: Mike Lupica’s ‘Grudge Match,’ François Clemmons’ ‘Officer Clemmons,’ Tori Amos’ ‘Resistance,’ Christopher Moore’s ‘Shakespeare for Squirrels’ and more.

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Obama emerges as central figure in 2020 presidential race

For President Donald Trump, that means an opportunity to focus the spotlight on one of his favorite political foils.

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FBI cyber division warns against Chinese hackers

A joint statement says China’s efforts pose a "significant threat" to the health care, pharmaceutical and research sectors.