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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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State Dept. official says he heard Trump’s call about ‘investigations’

David Holmes, the political counsel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, said Trump was talking so loudly that Ambassador Gordon Sondland had to hold the phone from his ear.

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Trump impeachment hearings, Day 2: Takeaways on Yovanovitch testimony

Chicago Democrat Rep. Mike Quigley: "It’s the end of a really bad reality TV show brought to you by someone who knows a lot about that."

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Watch: Trump impeachment inquiry continues with Marie Yovanovich hearing

Watch hearing footage from the first two days of the Trump impeachment inquiry.

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In Chicago and across the Midwest, Trump’s EPA is inspecting polluters less, cutting staff

The number of people working in the federal environmental agency’s Chicago region has hit an all-time low. So has the number of inspections — down 60% since the president took office.

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Read the rough transcript of first Trump-Zelensky call in April

Read the summary transcript of President Trump’s April call with Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelensky, which the White House released during Marie Yovanovich’s hearing in the impeachment inquiry.

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Donald Trump Jr., Lee Child top Publishers Weekly best-sellers lists

The president’s son jumps to the top of the hardcover nonfiction list with ‘Triggered,’ while the bestselling novelist’s ‘Blue Moon’ again is the chart-topper for hardcover fiction.

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Impeachment: A boring train wreck well worth watching

The House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings won’t change anyone’s mind. They’re not supposed to.

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Trump impeachment inquiry sparks war of spin, disinformation online

As the first public hearings in the Trump impeachment inquiry began, watchers online launched influence and misinformation efforts across the internet.

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How Trump impeachment hearing is different than those against Clinton, Nixon

Even if the two most recent impeachment proceedings offer instructive clues about the path ahead, there are notable differences in the case surrounding Trump.

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The Navy told him he served long enough to get his kids free college. Its math was 6 days off.

His daughter’s GI Bill-covered tuition at DePaul was cut off. Now, she and her father, a vet who served 22 years and was honored for saving 2 lives in Afghanistan, have to repay more than $20,000.

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Trump fined $2 million over misuse of charity foundation

Among other things, the judge ruled that Trump improperly allowed his presidential campaign staff to work with the foundation in holding a fundraiser for veterans’ charities in the run-up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

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Congress passes bill expanding animal cruelty law

The Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act on Tuesday, two weeks after the House passed it on a voice vote.

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Judge rejects Trump administration’s religious objection rule that would have protected health care providers who refuse to perform abortions

The rule, which would have gone into effect this month, would have allowed health care providers to refuse to perform abortions, sterilizations and other procedures on religious or moral grounds.

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U.S. Rep. Visclosky retiring; has served NW Indiana district more than three decades

Visclosky hasn’t faced serious reelection challenges for many years and his decision will likely set off a scramble among Democrats.

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6 red-hot new books, including Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea’s revelatory memoir

There also are great reads by Jenny Slate, Lindy West, Carmen Maria Machado and Tom Brokaw, plus a new collection of Ansel Adams’ Yosemite photos.

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Citing deaths of 73 babies, Consumer Reports says feds’ move to ban inclined sleepers isn’t enough

"There is no reason to wait for more deaths or injuries," the advocacy group’s CEO writes. "Too many dangerous sleep products remain for sale and in use at homes and day care centers and continue to put infants at risk."

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House releases 2 transcripts of impeachment inquiry depositions

The depositions of Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley, a former senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, were taken behind closed doors, but the transcripts have now been released.

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Democrats push impeachment rules package through House

The vote was 232-196, with all Republicans against the resolution and two Democratic defectors joining them.

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Fact-check: Trump ‘dead wrong’ about the change in murders in Chicago

Trump claimed Chicago has lagged the nation in reducing murders over the last two years. The opposite is true: Chicago’s progress has contributed to and even outpaced the national decline.

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County needs Rx for more than half a billion dollars in unpaid charity health care down the road

The Cook County Health chief said for 2019, the system spent $1 million a day in expenses such as salaries, equipment and supplies linked to providing that charity care.

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In less than five hours, Trump slams Chicago crime, ridicules top cop, raises $4M — and sparks protests comparing him to Hitler

"There is one person who is not here today. Where is he? I want to talk to him," Trump said of Police Supt. Eddie Johnson. "In fact, more than anyone else, this person should be here because maybe he could learn something."

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CPD Supt. Johnson says Trump slams show ‘I’m doing the right thing’

‘Today, the same police officers the president criticized for their inability to protect this city spent all day protecting him,’ Johnson said.

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Trump doesn’t know Chicago, but Chicago knows Trump

With the president set to visit our city for the first time since being elected, this seems a good moment to welcome him with a healthy portion of the truth, served up by the people who live here.

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Fact-check: Durbin mostly right in claim about link between Illinois deportations and serious crime

Durbin said that in Illinois, less than 20% of immigrants who are deported "have been charged with any serious crime." Limited federal backs that up, but it comes with a few caveats.

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Carbon monoxide from portable generators is a killer. Has enough been done to stop it?

There are no mandatory safety standards, even though emissions have killed nearly 1,000 people nationwide since 2005, including a Morgan Park woman and a Merrillville, Indiana family.

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Chicago-area congressional candidate’s remarks about Jews, Israel spark questions

Rush Darwish’s main rivals are Rep. Dan Lipinski and Marie Newman. He’s running to be the first Palestinian-American and Muslim elected to Congress from Illinois. .

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County to offer citizens ballots in more languages to ensure ‘their voices be heard at the polls’

The pilot program will begin with the March primary, when ballots will be offered in Korean and Tagalog.

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Jesse Jackson Jr.’s D.C. home for sale again

The asking price for the federal style red-stone on O Street is $2.49 million. The home has been on and off the market since 2012, according to Zillow sales records which do not show any ownership changes through the years.

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Buttigieg says it’s ‘frustrating’ his campaign didn’t catch fundraiser’s ties to Laquan McDonald coverup

Buttigieg’s campaign on Friday said attorney Steve Patton’s money will be returned, and he "is no longer a co-host for the event and will not be attending." Patton led Chicago’s law department under former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Trump: ‘It was time’ for Energy Secretary Rick Perry to go

As recently as Wednesday, Perry denied his departure was imminent. But on Thursday, the president said he knew for months, saying he thought Perry "might go a bit sooner."

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White House withheld Ukraine aid partly over election probe

Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Trump did nothing improper because he was asking for help investigating a prior election, not seeking assistance with the 2020 contest. It’s illegal to seek or receive foreign help of value in a U.S. election.

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Presidential hopeful Cory Booker endorsing Marie Newman for Congress

Booker will unveil his endorsement at an 11 a.m. Friday event with Newman open to the public at Cocula Restaurant, 5241 S. Pulaski Rd.