Former Gov. James Thompson, a giant of Illinois politics, dead at 84

Former Gov. James Thompson, shown here at a 2007 news conference, discussing a federal appeals court opinion that upheld Gov. George Ryan’s racketeering and fraud conviction. Thompson died Friday at 84. | AP file photo Early in his career Thompson helped put one Illinois governor in prison and toward his career’s end he worked tirelessly […]

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What Will a Virtual Convention Look Like?

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. When Tom Perez became chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2017, his slogan was “stop fretting, start fighting.” In recent months, at least, the fretting has never stopped. Since March, Mr. Perez has been tasked with reinventing the party’s national convention for […]

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Lakers! Notes on the team’s odd couple, plus the wait for an opponent

Hi, this is Tania Ganguli, Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, here with your Lakers newsletter. A few days ago, I saw LeBron James point up into the stands before a game and holler toward someone. That person was Kurt Rambis, a senior advisor for the Lakers. Several teams’ owners and executives have […]

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6 Stars Expertly Dancing In Bikinis: Vanessa Hudgens, Nicole Scherzinger & More

Nothing says ‘summer’ quite like dancing in a bikini by the pool. Here are 6 of our fave celebs busting a move in their swimsuits. Our favorite Hollywood A-listers are making the most of the summer while in quarantine. With bars, clubs and restaurants across the country closed, celebs are creating their own parties in […]

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Can We Learn to Live With Less? Covid-19 and the Debate on ‘Degrowing’ the Economy

This article was originally published by Grist, and is republished here as part of an ongoing collaboration.   In 1968, a small group of elite academics, industrialists, and government officials gathered at a Roman villa to discuss “the predicament of mankind.” They called themselves the Club of Rome, and, in a largely impenetrable document filled with […]

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What We Know About Kamala Harris’ Climate Record

This article was originally published by Grist and is republished here as part of an ongoing collaboration.  Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has picked Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate. Harris beat out a long list of qualified women for the spot — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former national […]

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The Digital V.P. Rollout

Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. Image The speculation drives headlines for months, with reporters tracking private flights and parsing every statement for the slightest inkling as to whom a candidate might select as a running mate. Meanwhile, the campaign carefully orchestrates a rollout — and tries to prevent […]

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In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not about to blink. The Democratic leader has been here before, negotiating a deal with the White House to save the U.S. economy, and lessons from the Great Recession are now punctuating the coronavirus talks. With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders believe they have the […]

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Takeaways from Clippers’ loss to Nets: Three-point defense needs to improve

Here are five things I learned while Andrew Greif reintroduced himself to his family after a few weeks in Orlando amid the Clippers’ 129-120 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday: 1. The Clippers’ three-point defense has been uneven in Orlando, and that didn’t change against an undermanned Brooklyn team that’s been one of the […]

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Luke Bryan Talks New Album, Prank Wars & More | Daily Pop | E! News

The "Knockin Boots" singer opens up about finally releasing his album "Born Here Live Here Die Here," getting his wife back for pranking him and more. Watch “Daily Pop” weekdays at 9:30am PT | 12:30pm ET. #LukeBryan #ENews #DailyPop Subscribe: http://bit.ly/enewssub Subscribe to Daily Pop The PODCAST: http://linktr.ee/dailypop About Daily Pop: Come for the Hollywood […]

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Joe Biden needs a safe choice for vice president

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, seen here talking with a fellow participant in a Juneteenth march in Chicago this year, could be Joe Biden’s best choice as a vice presidential running mate, writes Mona Charen. | Pat Nabong/Sun-Times Time for a closer look at Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Rep. Val Demings of Florida. Duckworth’s […]

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FBG Duck: 5 Things To Know About Chicago Rapper Gunned Down In Drive-By Shooting

FBG Duck was reportedly shot in his hometown of Chicago on Aug. 4 before he rushed to a nearby hospital. Here are five things you should know about the rapper. FBG Duck, 26, whose real name is Carlton D. Weekly, was reportedly one of three people who were shot in a drive-by shooting in Chicago’s […]

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Fauci Supports Birx’s Coronavirus Assessment After Trump Criticizes Her

Read our live Coronavirus Pandemic coverage here. Here’s what you need to know: Fauci defends Birx after she is criticized by Trump. Trump derides Democrats as lawmakers and administration officials try to break stimulus impasse. The deadline for 2020 census counting has been moved up by a month. As some students and teachers go back […]

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Mark Bontempo: 5 Things To Know About JoJo Siwa’s New BF After She Confirms Relationship

JoJo Siwa has a brand new beau, confirming the exciting news in a recent TikTok! Here are five things you should know about JoJo’s boyfriend, Instagram and TikTok star Mark Bontempo! JoJo Siwa is off the market! The 17-year-old social media phenom revealed in a new TikTok post on August 1 that she is dating […]

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Dodgers let Padres get away late and come up short in loss

The Dodgers arrived here for the final leg of their longest road trip of this short, strange season to encounter the club thirsting to dethrone them in the National League West. For years, the San Diego Padres have been touted as a future contender. They’ve piled up prospects, whiffed on huge trades and signings, nailed […]

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TikTok says its ‘here for the long run’ after Trump floats ban over security fears

TikTok on Saturday said it’s “here for the long run” and “not planning on going anywhere” after President Trump said he intends to ban the popular video app over widespread concerns about data security. “We’re not planning on going anywhere,” U.S. General Manager Vanessa Pappas said in a video, thanking supporters for their backing. “We […]

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Celebrating Eid al-Adha Amid a Pandemic

[Race/Related is available as a newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox.] Celebrating Eid al-Adha Most countries observed Eid al-Adha on Friday, and so a belated Eid Mubarak to all who celebrated one of the holiest days in Islam. It is meant to remind Muslims of their faithfulness to Allah and […]

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Ken Yerro Ilio, one of the two first gay men to marry in Illinois, has died at 64

Ken Yerro Ilio, seen here, and his husband Ron Dorfman were the first gay men to get married in Illinois. | Vicki Quade He and Ron Dorfman got married in December 2013 in a ceremony that was expedited because of concerns about Dorfman’s health. Ken Ilio, one of the two first gay men to marry […]

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GLAAD Awards: Britney Spears, Halle Berry, Taylor Swift & More Best Dressed Of All-Time

The GLAAD Media Awards are here and we couldn’t be more excited! To celebrate we are taking a look back at some of the best dressed stars who have shown up and showed out at this fabulous gathering. One of the most stylish celebrations each year happens to be the GLAAD Media Awards, which honors […]

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Hallmark Christmas Movies 2020 Lineup: The Films & Stars Bringing The Holiday Cheer This Year

Christmastime will be here before you know it. Hallmark has revealed a list of new holiday movies that will premiere later this year. The lineup includes movies starring your Hallmark faves. Hallmark Channel’s Countdown to Christmas will premiere on Oct. 23 with 23-all-new original films. Celebrities like Candace Cameron Bure, Lacey Chabert, Janel Parrish, Sarah […]

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How Coronavirus Ravaged One Houston Family

We’re here at Houston Methodist Hospital. The number of new coronavirus patients just skyrocketed here through June and much of July. We’re hearing about these crazy numbers all over the country. Thousands of people getting sick with Covid, high numbers of people in the hospitals, and of course, the increasing death toll. So sometimes it […]

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Puerto Rico Is Battling a COVID-19 Surge on Top of a Drought

This article was originally published on Grist and is republished here as part of an ongoing collaboration.  Puerto Rico reversed its reopening last week after seeing a surge of new COVID-19 cases. While the rollbacks are similar to those in many parts of the U.S., one big factor compounds the risks faced by the island: […]

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Rhythm of basketball returns for everyone in the NBA bubble

Hi, this is Tania Ganguli, Lakers beat writer for the Los Angeles Times, here with your Lakers newsletter. I was released from quarantine on Sunday and allowed into the very limited space reporters get access to during these next few months. Those spaces do include practices and games, though. It’s been fun to hear the […]

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C. Shirock Captures A Longing For ‘Simpler Days’ On His New Hazy, Dreamy Track ‘Come Summer’

Summer is here, and with it comes hot nights, long days, and – with C. SHIROCK’s new entrancing song – a hoping for a moment of ‘stillness’ amidst all the ‘tumultuous’ goings-on in the world. One can practically feel the condensation aside their glass of lemonade while listening to “Come Summer,” the new track from […]

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Demi Lovato Wears White Mini-Dress On Date With Max Ehrich Before Announcing Engagement

Here comes the soon-to-be bride, all dressed in white. Just before Demi Lovato revealed to the world that Max Ehrich put a ring on it, she and her beau grabbed a bite to eat out in Malibu. Is a “pre-engagement dinner” a thing? It might be now, thanks to Demi Lovato. Before the 27-year-old “I […]

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