Gay marriage backers put the spotlight on Illinois

"We are a stable family, why shouldn't we have the same respect and the same rights as any other couple, as any other family?"


Gerda Lerner, pioneering scholar of women's, African-American history

Gerda Lerner, whose life went from Jewish radical activist in Austria to refugee from Nazism to prominent U.S. historian, passed away in Madison, Wisc., at the age of 92, this month.


GOP desperate to kill any further taxes on the rich

The Republicans are going even further, however, threatening that unless Social Security and Medicare are cut, the GOP might kill the entire economy.


Year ends with 7.8 percent jobless rate

The U.S. ended 2012 with a 7.8 percent jobless rate in December, unchanged from the month before and down 0.7 percent from the end of 2011.


No vote yet on Illinois marriage equality

According to Rep. Greg Harris, its chief sponsor in the House, "there is simply not enough time or votes."


Republicans force expiration of Violence Against Women Act

The reason? Republicans reject extending the law's protections for women who are undocumented immigrants, Native Americans, LGBT, or students.


Fiscal cliff deal seen as “breakthrough” on some issues

In an extraordinary session the House voted 257 to 167 to approve a Senate-crafted agreement to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" on New Years Day.

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