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Sep

2018

How Trump Betrays ‘Forgotten’ Americans

Author: Editor

Donald Trump promotes himself as a friend of “forgotten” workers, but in ways large and small his administration has undermined what has traditionally been the biggest champion of workers: labor unions. 

Most recently, he used his authority as president to deliver a harsh Labor Day message to the 2.1 million people who work for him, canceling pay raises for the civilian employees of the federal government. In May, he issued three executive orders to weaken federal employees’ unions by, among other things, limiting the subjects they can bargain over. (On Aug. 25, a judge ruled that this move violated federal law.) In March 2017, Mr. Trump signed a law repealing an executive order signed by President Obama that sought to keep the federal government from awarding contracts to companies that violate laws protecting workers’ right to unionize, as well as wage and job safety laws.

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Aug

2018

Lauren Underwood embraces progressive label in faceoff against U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren

Author: Editor

Democrat Lauren Underwood is embracing the progressive label in her first run for Congress as she campaigns in the traditionally GOP-leaning far northwestern and western suburban district now held by veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.

Underwood, a 31-year-old nurse and Naperville native who is a former adviser in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama, sparred with Hultgren on Friday during an appearance before the Chicago Tribune Editorial Board, showcasing their starkly different views on health care, taxes, immigration and the role of government.

Races for Congress across the country are being defined in large part by voters’ feelings about President Donald Trump. But Underwood said she’s trying to put health care at the center of the race, while Hultgren is focusing on taxes and the economy.

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Aug

2018

Revoke my security clearance, too, Mr. President

Author: Editor

William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Dear Mr. President:

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

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Aug

2018

Editorial: In midst of assaults, we must defend principles of First Amendment

Author: Editor

Today, the Daily Herald editorial board joins more than 200 similar boards at newspapers across the country in a cause we've been championing for years -- the protection of America's free press against an unprecedented assault from the highest office of the nation's government.

Consider this description from one of our first editorials on the topic in December 2016: "Why we're saying (that the press is under assault) -- why it needs to be said, why it needs to be shouted unapologetically -- is because it's dangerous.

"It undermines our democracy. 

"It allows those in power to say, 'Ignore the facts no matter what the facts may be.'

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Aug

2018

Underwood responds to Hultgren's Facebook attacks, asks to attend his town hall meeting

Author: Editor

As congressman Randy Hultgren prepares to host a series of town-hall meetings in the 14th Congressional District this week, his most prominent Democratic constituent and challenger, Lauren Underwood, is trying to take the fight to him in hopes of sparking at least one public debate.

Underwood signed up for a chance to be in his town hall audience and ask her own questions.

Hultgren coasted to re-election victories in every race since taking the seat from Democrat Bill Foster in 2010. Without even having to debate any of his Democratic rivals, Hultgren consistently received about 60 percent of the votes cast come election time.

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