The Chicago City Council approved a measure on Wednesday that allows police to issue citations for those carrying small amounts of marijuana rather than make arrests. It's the latest follow through by U.S. officials to decrease penalties associated with the drug.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker's convincing win Tuesday in Wisconsin was not just a victory for the governor himself, but a major triumph for conservatives in the fight to curb public employee unions. For the country's sake, however, it will be far better if this struggle remains a fight rather than all-out war.
If Chicago were a company, it would be the classic big, successful incumbent that needs new management. Its finances are out of whack. Public education is awful; only 55% of ninth-graders graduate from high school. The homicide rate is much higher than in New York or Los Angeles. America's third-largest city, Chicago gained population in the '90s and then lost all those gains over the past decade. The city still thrives -- it's No. 7 in a recent PricewaterhouseCoopers ranking of world cities by competitiveness -- but the trends aren't great. Chicago got new management in May when Rahm Emanuel was inaugurated as mayor. He's the kind of insider-outsider who often succeeds in redirecting an enterprise. A Chicagoan born and raised who worked in the first campaign of his predecessor, Richard M. Daley, he knows the territory. But he owes nothing to Chicago's Democratic machine. Emanuel, 52, was an adviser in the Clinton White House, then represented a Chicago-area district in Congress for
Maggie Daley, the wife of a former Chicago mayor, died Thursday night after battling breast cancer.
A funeral is held for Maggie Daley, the wife of a former Chicago mayor, at Old St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Chicago.
With a short video on BarackObama.com, the sitting president of the United States has launched his bid for re-election.
Then Sen. Barack Obama announced his White House bid in February, 2007 before a crowd in chilly Springfield, Illinois.
Politics is serious business -- but not all the time.
The former White House Chief of Staff avoided an April runoff in the race to replace Richard M. Daley.
Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won the Chicago mayoral election over five other challengers Tuesday, topping the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff vote, CNN projects.
Politics is serious business -- but not all the time.
Rahm Emanuel reacts to the Illinois Supreme Court's decision that he met the requirement to run for Chicago mayor.
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel met residency requirements and that his name will stay on the mayoral ballot in Chicago.
The Illinois Supreme Court will take up a ruling that would keep Rahm Emanuel off the Chicago mayoral ballot, and the court has agreed to a motion for an expedited ruling.
Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is confident he can get his name on the ballot for Chicago mayor.
Against the horrific backdrop of the Tucson, Arizona, tragedy, new gun control proposals are on the way. Some of our legislators will be tempted to apply Rahm Emanuel's aphorism, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."
A proposed law would forbid doctors from asking whether parents have a gun in the home. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.
It's full steam ahead for Rahm Emanuel's Chicago mayoral bid.
Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance.
The first black woman to win a seat in the U.S. Senate has thrown her political hat back into the ring, beating Monday's deadline for hopeful candidates to turn in the required signatures needed to be placed on the mayoral ballot here.
Politics is serious business -- but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail, there's always something that gets a laugh. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
Pete Rouse was supposed to be the "interim" White House chief of staff, but an increasing number of senior Democrats inside and outside the White House are telling me it's looking more and more likely that he will stay on a more permanent basis -- maybe even through the 2012 election battle.
President Obama announces that Tom Donilon will replace retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones as national security adviser.
Editor's note: There are 26 days to go before voters cast ballots in the hotly contested midterm elections. In this special feature, CNN's political contributors share their quick thoughts on what's making news.
I was in the host's chair last year when Anita Dunn launched a White House assault on Rupert Murdoch's network, calling it an arm of the Republican Party. The flap dominated the news for weeks and probably just wound up boosting the Fox News Channel's visibility.
Veteran Illinois politician Rahm Emanuel -- long known as one of toughest men in American politics -- has stepped down from his powerful position as White House chief of staff, President Barack Obama officially announced Friday.
CNN's Ed Henry looks at Rahm Emanuel and his possible bid for mayor of Chicago.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is stepping down from his position, President Obama announced Friday.
President Obama is going from a chief of staff dubbed "Rahmbo" who once sent a dead fish to a political opponent to the exact opposite: a shy, self-effacing guy known for being a gentle boss and a cat lover.
It's laughable to watch political prognosticators on the various TV shows weigh in on Rahm Emanuel's chances of becoming the next mayor of Chicago, Illinois. If you trust any of them, you swear President Barack Obama's outgoing chief of staff sees the position as a birthright that he is about to assume now that Richard M. Daley is stepping down.
Here's something liberals and conservatives have in common: It may soon be the case that neither camp will have Rahm Emanuel to kick around anymore. Now it's time to give Chicago, Illinois, voters a chance to do some kicking of their own.
Rahm Emanuel may announce his Chicago mayoral run, by Friday, but he might not be able to move back into his old home.
Reports have surfaced that Rahm Emanuel will leave President Obama's staff to make a run for Chicago mayor.
Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's chief of staff, is known as a force of nature who efficiently navigates the back halls of Congress to get exactly what he wants.
Rahm Emanuel's experience dates back to fundraising for Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. CNN's Susan Roesgen reports.
Three Democratic sources close to Rahm Emanuel tell CNN that the White House chief of staff informed senior colleagues he is all but certain to run for mayor of Chicago, and will leave the White House to take the final exploratory steps.
There is now a good chance that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will step down from his post as early as October to focus on running for mayor of Chicago, according to two people close to Emanuel.
The smart money in Washington and Chicago, Illinois, says it's all but a certainty that within weeks Rahm Emanuel will throw his hat into the ring to replace retiring Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. So the parlor game over who will replace Emanuel as White House chief of staff has already kicked into high gear.
Is the toughest guy in the White House about to leave town?
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel may have gotten his get-out-of-jail card in just the nick of time.
President Obama delivers a speech in Wisconsin, where he says among other things the GOP talks "about me like a dog."
During the mortgage meltdown in 2008, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel quipped that you should "never allow a crisis to go to waste." He was referring to the Obama administration's policy goals, but it's not a bad maxim for investors.
In a strategy similar to the endgame on health care reform, President Barack Obama will convene top senators from both parties at the White House on Wednesday to try to reach a deal on an energy reform bill.
A top Democrat kept up the Joe Barton drumbeat Sunday, saying the Republican legislator's defense of BP last week was an example of GOP ideology that favors big business.
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) responds to a DNC ad about the oil spill and Rep. Barton's recent apology to BP.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will next meet with President Barack Obama in Washington on July 6 for talks originally planned for earlier this month, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
A posh weekend at an annual yacht race off the coast of England has embattled BP CEO Tony Hayward once again treading water in social media, and tweeting a defense.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel used former President Bill Clinton as an intermediary last year as part of a failed administration effort to dissuade Pennsylvania Rep. Joe Sestak from running for the U.S. Senate, according to a publicly released memorandum from the White House legal counsel's office.
The White House acknowledges it offered Joe Sestak a job if he stayed out of the PA senate race. CNN's Dana Bash reports.
When Rabbi Jack Moline recently confronted his friend Rahm Emanuel about mounting Jewish anxiety over the Obama administration's Mideast policy, he was surprised at the White House Chief of Staff's response: to invite Moline and more than a dozen other rabbis to the White House for a nearly two-hour conversation.
The party in power often suffers in midterm elections, but a recent survey suggests that "epic" discontent has created an angry and energized electorate.
America watched a career collapse this week, in a bizarre cloud of sex, scandal and stories of angry naked men that's overshadowing everything else in U.S. politics.
White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is accustomed to working in the shadows, but he now finds himself the subject of newspaper stories.
Sarah Palin's most ardent supporters in "real America" love to suggest that those of us who don't buy into her shtick fail to grasp why they love her, citing her realness, plain-spokenness and whatever else they can conjure up.
While political power in the nation's capital swings between parties, the power lunch remains the same.
While administrations come and go, and power in Congress teeters between political parties, one thing remains constant in the lives of Washington, D.C.'s, elite: the power lunch.
Regardless of the outcome of the health care reform effort, the difficult issue of cutting the federal budget deficit is likely to move front and center in 2010.
Usually, on the day before an election, the top story is how the candidates from each party are doing all they can to beat up the other side.
To: Interested parties From: John King, CNN chief national correspondent Re: Monday Memo
Wall Street needs to focus more on helping Main Street than self-enrichment, two of President Obama's top advisers said.
One of President Obama's top advisers said Sunday the Bush administration failed to ask critical questions about the war in Afghanistan, leaving the Obama administration starting from scratch -- and leaving the war "adrift."
Business isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Las Vegas, Nevada, or Orlando, Florida, but these two entertainment capitals are also the top business meeting and convention destinations in the United States.
Five days after the 2008 presidential election, Steve Kroft of "60 Minutes" did a profile on "Obama's brain trust," four political veterans that he reported were the president-elect's most important team members: David Plouffe, Robert Gibbs, David Axelrod and Anita Dunn.
As Democrats continue to splinter over President Obama's proposed health care reform plan, Republicans are taking the opportunity to home in on a key argument: A good bill deserves more time and deliberation.
There is a moment -- on every issue of consequence -- when a president has to step in and declare: I own this.
Back in March, when stocks were plunging to new, 12-year lows, you probably came down with a major case of PITS: plummeting-investment trauma syndrome. The symptoms: nausea and depression whenever you thought about your shrinking nest egg.
The Bush-era interrogation techniques that many view as torture may have yielded important information about terrorists, President Obama's national intelligence director said in an internal memo.
While the jury's out on President Obama's decision to sub Fritz Henderson for Rick Wagoner as CEO of GM, the shift doesn't matter because the bailout is suspect. The reason? Of all the models the federal government could have picked for restructuring the automaker, it picked Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel dismissed questions about whether President Obama is being overexposed with his recent media blitz, saying Tuesday that the American people want to hear what Obama is doing about a struggling economy.
The Obama administration is abandoning a controversial plan to charge private insurers for treatment of veterans' service-connected ailments.
The U.S. Senate began tackling a $410 billion emergency spending bill Monday aimed at keeping the federal government operating for the remainder of fiscal year 2009, which ends September 30.
Obviously, President Obama has a lot on his plate: two wars, an ailing economy, the mortgage crisis and more. But that doesn't relieve him of the obligation to serve up his plan for immigration reform.
The big news in New York politics is not that Caroline Kennedy, a deeply private person, preferred to be in private life.
The Illinois state Senate on Monday began its impeachment trial against Gov. Rod Blagojevich without the governor present.
Congressman Rahm Emanuel used to be a ballet dancer – and his brother helped inspire Entourage's Ari Gold
CNN's Jessica Yellin says Rep. Rahm Emanuel has been chosen as Obama's chief of staff.
U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel will bring a "tough-minded" and "pragmatic" approach to the White House when he becomes President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, according to people who know the Chicago, Illinois, native.
President-elect Barack Obama's first major appointment received mixed reaction from Democrats and Republicans.
Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Congressman who will be President-elect Barack Obama's White House chief of staff, is "dangerous, absolutely relentless when he's got a political kill in sight," according to an admiring Republican colleague, Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole. Emanuel is also, President Clinton once told Fortune, "one of the top political minds in Washington," a former ballet dancer who "favors the counterattack over the attack."
President Bush on Saturday sought to reassure Americans about the cost and scope of the nation's financial bailout plan
President Bush on Wednesday called for halting the growth of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 and said Congress -- not judges or regulators -- should take the lead role in grappling with global warming.
CNN's Jessica Yellin reports on the failed effort by Congressional Democrats to pass a kids' health insurance bill.
House Democrats on Thursday failed to override President Bush's veto of a children's health insurance bill that opponents said was too expensive.
When Philip D. Murphy, formerly global co-head of Goldman Sachs's investment management division, became the Democratic National Committee's national finance chairman last year (and yet another Goldman alum to enter politics), he knew he'd be stepping into the middle of a donkey fight - one that pitted DNC chair Howard Dean against Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Rahm Emanuel.
Defying a veto threat, House Dems push ahead with a kids' health insurance bill. CNN's Jessica Yellin reports.
Approval of spy bill urged
Back in power, the Democrats are discovering that role reversal in the House isn't all it's cracked up to be
The No. 2 official at the Justice Department, Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty, submitted his resignation to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, the Justice Department announced Monday.
A House panel granted immunity Wednesday to a former Justice Department aide in its probe of the firings of eight U.S. attorneys, while senators authorized a subpoena for the White House's political director.
The Senate Thursday passed the Iraq war spending bill that included language that will increase the federal minimum wage for the first time in 10 years.
The head of the House Democrats' campaign committee, Rep. Rahm Emanuel, had heard of former Rep. Mark Foley's inappropriate e-mails to a former male page a year before they became public, a campaign committee aide told CNN.
(Time.com) -- This was a big deal. Certainly, it was the end of George W. Bush's radical experiment in partisan governance. It might have been even bigger than that: the end of the conservative pendulum swing that began with Ronald Reagan's revolution.
On a wretchedly hot August day outside the Caterpillar tractor plant in Montgomery, Ill., President Bush and the state's congressional delegation gather for the signing of the massive transportatio...
Part of a classified intelligence report that says the war in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism has fueled calls by congressional Democrats for a new direction in the nation's war on terrorism.
The pack of Barclays emerges ten minutes into our conversation, and John Boehner - plastics entrepreneur turned U.S. Congressman turned House majority leader - is unapologetic about a habit he hasn't bothered to try kicking in 20 years.
On a wretchedly hot August day outside the Caterpillar tractor plant in Montgomery, Ill., President Bush and the state's congressional delegation gather for the signing of the massive transportation bill. This is 2005, the calm before the Katrina storm, and a rigorous mountain-biking schedule has the President in top shape.
I'd like to make it clear to the people who run the Democratic Party that I will not support Hillary Clinton for president.
There's no denying both political parties in Congress are now owned lock, stock and barrel by corporate interests. Our nation's elected officials in Washington have formed a partnership with the corporate supremacists and special interest groups in an effort to drive profits to the bottom line of U.S. multinationals at the expense of hard-working Americans.