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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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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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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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Durbin endorses Underwood in race against Hultgren at Oswego event

Author: Editor

Local Democrats were given a message of hope and cautious optimism Saturday afternoon during an event in Oswego where Sen. Dick Durbin endorsed Lauren Underwood, the Naperville nurse who is running for Congress against U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, in the Nov. 6 election.

Durbin spoke to a crowd of local Democrats outside of the Hunt Club subdivision clubhouse Saturday afternoon, July 28, and endorsed Underwood, who handily beat her fellow Democratic Party challengers in the spring primary election. Durbin had also held a town hall meeting earlier that day at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove.

During the event, the message given by party leaders was clear: victory is possible in the fall, but not without hard work.

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OPINION - Make Way for Young Democratic Leaders

Author: Editor

Whatever its larger meaning or impact, Representative Joseph Crowley’s stunning loss to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in last Tuesday’s primary election already has set off one tremor within the Democratic Party: It has thrown House leadership into chaos.

Mr. Crowley is chairman of the Democratic caucus, making him the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House. He also was the heir apparent to the minority leader, Nancy Pelosi. Ms. Pelosi, now 78, has herded Democratic cats for nearly 16 years and has made clear her desire to stay put if the party wins back the majority in November. But she’s expected to face a serious challenge to her rule after the election, whether or not the party reclaims the majority. A swelling segment of Ms. Pelosi’s caucus — especially younger lawmakers — feel it is time for a change, and at least 20 Democratic candidates have pledged not to support her for leader if they win their races or have called for a change in leadership.

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