Sunday, Nov 19


New Zimbabwe leader could be enforcer known as the 'Crocodile'

Emmerson Mnangagwa, elected Sunday as the new leader of Zimbabwe's ruling political party and positioned to take over as the country's leader, has engineered a remarkable comeback using skills he no doubt learned from his longtime mentor,…

White House budget director open to removing Obamacare mandate repeal from tax overhaul bill

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White House budget director Mick Mulvaney speaks during a press briefing July 20, 2017, at the White House. Mulvaney said on Nov. 19 that the administration is open to removing a provision in the Senate version of the tax overhaul bill…


David Cassidy, the 1970s teen superstar, is in critical condition and 'surrounded by family'

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David Cassidy, the “Partridge Family” star and 1970s teen heartthrob who in recent years lived in Fort Lauderdale, was in critical condition in an unspecified Florida hospital and “surrounded by family,” according to his publicist.


As 'SNL' host, Chance the Rapper's a natural

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De-Von-Tré (Chance the Rapper, Kenan Thompson, Chris Redd) wishes President Barack Obama would come back. Nina MetzContact ReporterChicago Tribune. Every so often “Saturday Night Live” lands on an idea so distinctive and zeitgeisty, it…


Mar-a-Lago's new winter season: The Red Cross Ball is out, and 'Trumpettes USA' are in

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Toni Holt Kramer, a Mar-a-Lago member who calls herself the leader of the Trumpettes, at her home in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Photo for The Washington Post by Scott McIntyre). David A. Fahrenthold, Lori Rozsa, Drew HarwellWashington Post. In…


What will Schumer do? Franken's troubles test his bond with the Senate minority leader

It's difficult to overstate how much Al Franken means to Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. From Washington, Schumer oversaw the Minnesota Democrat's first campaign in 2008. When Franken was finally declared the winner in the…

Saturday, Nov 18


A Navy pilot drew a penis in the sky. It's not the 1st time something like this has been investigated.

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Residents of Washington state turned their eyes to a clear blue sky Thursday and found themselves staring at a cartoonish rendering of male genitalia, sketched in smoke by at least one Navy EA-18G Growler jet flying out of Naval Air…

Gabby Douglas apologizes for criticizing Aly Raisman's stance on sexual assault

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U.S. gymnast Gabrielle Douglas sits on the beam during the qualifying for the women's Beam event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 7, 2016. (Emmanuel Dunand / AFP…


Notoriously brutal 'boss of bosses' of Italian mafia, born in Corleone, dies in prison

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Cosa Nostra's "boss of bosses," who was serving 26 life sentences as the convicted mastermind of dozens of murders of rivals for power on his Sicilian turf as well as prominent anti-Mafia heroes, died Friday in an Italian hospital prison…


Director of Puerto Rico power company resigns amid blackouts, controversial contract

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An employee of the New York company Con Edison works to restore electricity knocked out by Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 16, 2017. (Thais Llorca / EPA). Danica CotoAssociated Press. The director of Puerto Rico's power…


Trump often condemns Democrats, defends Republicans on harassment allegations

President Donald Trump has been largely silent about Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore but hasn't hesitated to skewer Democratic Sen. Al Franken in relation to allegations of sexual misconduct. (Evan Vucci / AP).


Zimbabweans say Mugabe must quit now, but more talks planned

Giddy with joy and finally free to speak out, vast throngs of demonstrators turned Zimbabwe's capital into a carnival ground on Saturday in a peaceful outpouring of disdain for President Robert Mugabe and calls for him to quit immediately.…


Abuse allegations have revived scrutiny of Bill Clinton — and divided Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand at a campaign rally for the now New York senator in 2006. (JIM MCKNIGHT / AP). Karen Tumulty and Katie MettlerWashington Post. A torrent of sexual abuse allegations against powerful…


What's behind that Al Franken photo?

Here’s what I see when I look at that Al Franken photo: I see a guy marking his territory. I see a guy making sure we know this woman doesn’t belong here, not really. I see a guy playing to other guys, who do belong. I see a guy with a…

Friday, Nov 17


Entercom shakes up Chicago airwaves with CBS Radio acquisition, flips WJMK-FM 104.3 to classic hip-hop

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Philadelphia-based Entercom didn’t waste any time shaking up the Chicago airwaves. Hours after closing on its $2.4 billion acquisition of CBS Radio on Friday, Entercom flipped WJMK-FM 104.3 from classic hits to a new format: classic hip…

Bears vs. Lions: Can the defense stifle Lions QB Matthew Stafford?

Key matchups, players to watch, predictions and more for Sunday's Bears-Lions game at Soldier Field (noon, FOX-32). Trubisky’s trials: Bears rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky found positives and negatives in his fifth start Sunday against…


Sarah Silverman on Louis C.K.: 'Can you love someone who did bad things?'

On her Hulu show "I Love You, America" on Thursday, comedian Sarah Silverman bluntly asked: "Can you love someone who did bad things?" She was speaking of Louis C.K., a fellow comedian who last week confirmed allegations of sexual…

Rush University Medical Center owes federal government $10.2 million, audit says

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The federal government says Rush University Medical Center owes it $10.2 million because of billing errors — a claim the hospital denies. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General conducted a review of…

Sen. Franken planned to introduce a Minnesota rape survivor's bill. Now she wants a new sponsor.

It was on a November evening in 2014, after a tailgate party on her University of Minnesota campus, that Abby Honold was brutally raped by a fellow student. Despite going to the hospital in an ambulance with bruises and bite marks, despite…


Walmart, gaining on Amazon, says its online sales grew 50 percent

The showdown between Walmart and Amazon is heating up - just in time for the holidays. Walmart, which has worked hard to shed its image as an old-school retailer, on Thursday offered proof that its efforts are working: Online sales rose 50…


Iraqi forces retake the country's last town held by Islamic State

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Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq's territory, the Defense…


20 injured in massive fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

Firefighters battle a blaze at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pa. on Nov. 16, 2017. (Pete Bannan / AP). Associated Press. A massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania injured at least 20 people…


Jennifer Hudson, fiance David Otunga split

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South Side singer-turned-actress Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga attend the "The Color Purple" Broadway opening night after-party with their son David Otunga Jr. (left) on Dec. 10, 2015 in New York City. (Mark Sagliocco / Getty Images).


Bears coach John Fox mum on tight end Dion Sims’ mystery illness

The Bears will be looking to get back on track after last Sunday’s loss to the Packers when the Lions visit Soldier Field on Sunday. Here’s what we learned Thursday at Halas Hall. Dion Sims (mystery illness) is still out of action. The…

Sexual misconduct claims divide GOP women as Roy Moore refuses to quit Alabama Senate race

Standing on the white marble steps of Alabama's Capitol, Kayla Moore surrounded herself with two dozen other women to defend husband Roy Moore against accusations of sexual misconduct that are dividing Republicans, and women in particular.…


Wide receiver Dontrelle Inman calls Bears debut a 'building block'

Dontrelle Inman said he can sense it in a quarterback’s eyes when confidence is starting to build in a receiver, and he thought he saw that in Mitch Trubisky against the Packers on Sunday. The timing was off the first time Trubisky…

Sen. Franken faces ethics probe after radio anchor says he forcibly kissed, groped her

Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. He is the first member of Congress…


NPR changes leadership as sexual harassment issues linger

National Public Radio elected new leadership on its board of directors on Thursday as the organizations deals with sex harassment issues that led to its top news executive recently being ousted. NPR said Paul Haaga, retired chairman of the…


The House just passed its big tax bill. Here's what is in it and what deductions vanish.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., left, leads applause for House Ways and Means Chair Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, along with Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., during a news conference following a vote on…

Thursday, Nov 16


Bulls find offensive flow in 123-120 victory over Hornets

The resistible force met the moveable object Friday. So something had to give when the Bulls and Hornets faced off at the United Center. Both squads emerged from their slumbers Friday morning losers of five consecutive games, the Bulls'…