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by Ellyn Fortino
2:35pm
Fri Jan 9

Maryland Gov. O'Malley Talks Possible 2016 Presidential Run, Progressive Values In Chicago (VIDEO)

Outgoing Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is "seriously considering" a 2016 bid for the White House, the Democrat told an audience at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Thursday night.

"I'm very seriously considering running in 2016," O'Malley said at the packed discussion focused on "progressive politics in a post-Obama world."

"Right now, my primary responsibility is to move my family back to Baltimore, which I will do in another week," added O'Malley, who leaves office January 21. "So I am going to be taking some time over the next couple of months to get my family re-situated and make us well and get us back to the city where we all feel comfortable, but I'm very seriously looking at it is what I would say."

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by Ellyn Fortino
1:18pm
Fri Jul 25, 2014

Foster To DoD: Let DREAMers Serve In Military

As President Barack Obama weighs executive actions on immigration issues, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) is calling on the Department of Defense to allow young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers to serve in the military.

In 2012, Obama set up the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants a two-year protection against deportation for DREAMers, or immigrants who came to the United States as young children prior to June of 2007. The program lets the immigrants work in the country legally, for example, but it does not provide them with a pathway to citizenship or allow them to join the U.S. Armed Forces.

"To qualify for a DACA exemption, applicants must undergo background checks and finish high school," Foster said at a press conference Friday morning in Washington, D.C. "It is simply bad policy to turn away these young men and women while we struggle to find qualified Americans who are able and willing to serve. And it is morally reprehensible to deny these patriotic young men and women the opportunity to serve the country they love."

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by Ellyn Fortino
4:12pm
Mon Jan 13, 2014

Chicago Activists Mark Guantanamo’s 12th Anniversary, Urge Obama To Close Detention Camp

    On the eve of the 12th anniversary since the first detainees arrived at the U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, activists in Chicago demanded that the federal government close the facility and end indefinite detentions.

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