A funny thing is happening in Illinois' politics this year. Labor unions, typically big supporters of Democrats in the state, have been using a lot of their energy in the Republican primary race. That vote is tomorrow. The GOP in Illinois sees a chance to take back the governor's mansion for the first time in a decade. It's a four-way race on the Republican side, and labor unions want to make sure one candidate in particular does not make it to the general election. Amanda Vinicky from member station WUIS in Springfield reports.
Monday, 105 lawmakers from both parties sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, urging him to change a relatively obscure uniform requirement for the U.S. armed forces that some argue infringes on religious beliefs.
People who observe religions that require specific hair or dress traditions have to seek an accommodation from a superior to break the Defense Department's uniform requirements.
The bipartisan agreement in the Senate over a five-month extension of federal unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless may seem like a breakthrough.
But for Sister Marge Clark, senior lobbyist for NETWORK — a national Catholic social justice lobby that welcomes the news, the fact that the agreement is seen as a progress shows just how far the political situation in Washington has deteriorated.
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Latinos subsequently turned out to vote in record numbers that fall. More than 70 percent marked their ballots for Obama — helping him win the popular vote and triumph in key battleground states.