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by Ellyn Fortino
4:54pm
Mon Sep 23, 2013

Illinois Congressmen Say Government Shutdown Likely, Blast Republicans For 'Playing Politics'

The U.S. House's vote to fund the federal government on the condition that the Affordable Care Act be defunded is leading many lawmakers to believe that the likelihood of a government shutdown is becoming increasingly more probable.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL, 5) says he believes there will be at least a short-term closure of the federal government due to the latest spending battle in Congress.

"Normally I am an optimistic person," Quigley said at an unrelated Chicago press conference Monday. "I mean I'm a Cub(s) fan. Anybody can have a bad century. But this Congress is having a bad couple years. I think one of the problems that we're facing here is that Speaker Boehner doesn't have control of his caucus."

"It is a multi-headed monster, and I think that the tip of the dog's tail, not just the tail wagging the dog, it's the tip of the dog's tail wagging the body politic," the congressman continued. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:32pm
Fri Sep 20, 2013

U.S. Reps. Andrews, Van Hollen Slam Republicans Over Vote To Defund ObamaCare

With the threat of a government shut down just days away, U.S. Reps. Rob Andrews (D, NJ-1) and Chris Van Hollen (D, MD-8) blasted House Republicans on Friday for voting for a short-term spending bill that also defunds ObamaCare.

“There’s not a soul who thinks that the bill that passed today has any chance of becoming law,” Andrews said on a conference call with reporters. “Not Ted Cruz. Not John Boehner. Not Eric Cantor. No one. Every understands this was just an exercise in futility.”

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by Aricka Flowers
7:09pm
Thu Sep 19, 2013

Really, Koch Brothers? Agenda To Take Down Obamacare Hits A New Low (VIDEO)

Generation Opportunity, a youth advocacy group that is heavily bankrolled by the notorious Koch Brothers (Charles and David), launched an ad campaign Thursday meant to "to highlight alternatives to expensive and creepy Obamacare exchanges."

But what is creepy about the #OptOut campaign are the two new ads that feature a weird-looking Uncle Sam performing a pap smear and rectal exam. No joke.

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by Aricka Flowers
5:59pm
Thu Sep 19, 2013

Pope Francis: It's Time For The Catholic Church To Be More Inclusive

In an interview released Thursday, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church has gotten itself wrapped up in "small things, in small-minded rules", when it comes to the church's hard-line aversion to homosexuality, contraception and abortion. If the church does not change its ways, the Pope says, "the moral edifice of the Church is likely to fall like a house of cards."

"We cannot insist only on issues related to abortion, gay marriage and the use of contraceptive methods," the Pope added. “But when we speak about these issues, we have to talk about them in a context. The teaching of the church, for that matter, is clear and I am a son of the church, but it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.”

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by La Risa Lynch
5:37pm
Thu Sep 19, 2013

Hearing On The Pros & Cons Of Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods Sparks Intense Debate

Lourdes Garcia is resolute in her belief that genetically modified foods sickened her two small children.

“They had allergies, ADHD and the baby had a tumor,” said Garcia, a native of Brazil who has lived in Chicago for 20 years. “I had to just find out what the problem was, and that’s when I started doing research”

That research led her to genetically modified organisms or GMOs, which she believes contributed to her children’s poor health. So she changed the family’s diet, opting for more organic foods instead. Over time, her children’s health improved.

“All the health problems they had no longer exist,” Garcia said of her sons, now 14 and 19. “To me, food was food, and all the food was good. But I was wrong.”

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by Aricka Flowers
6:03pm
Wed Sep 18, 2013

House To Vote On Obamacare — Again, GOP Continues To Hold Federal Government Hostage

The U.S. House is moving forward with a plan to simultaneously fund the federal government and defund the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a Wednesday announcement by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8).

The Speaker says the most conservative members of his caucus have made it clear that they will not relent on their attempts to get rid of the health care reform bill, even if it results in a government shutdown.

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