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Senate leader vows Jan. vote on jobless benefits

12/19/2013 11:56am
The Senate's top Democrat promised Thursday that the chamber would vote in early January on extending jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.

US Rep. Kingston criticized for school lunch idea

12/19/2013 3:10pm
U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston is defending comments he made suggesting that poor students who are part of the nation's school lunch program should sweep cafeteria floors.

Senate to vote on Yellen for Fed chair in January

12/19/2013 8:24pm
The Senate will vote on the nomination of Janet Yellen to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve in January.

For Illinois senators, an odd public friendship

12/19/2013 11:33pm
On Capitol Hill, where the partisan divide runs so deep it has shut down the government, it can be unusual for members of opposing parties to publicly join together for much of anything _ much less birthday cake.