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Randolph County Herald Tribune - Chester, IL
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Updated at 2:10 PM

WASHINGTON -- Two big and passionate crowds have descended on Washington -- one thrilled by Donald Trump's inauguration, the other appalled. Never in my lifetime has a new president been anticipated with such raw enthusiasm on one side and such fear and loathing on the other.

Posted Jan 18, 2017 at 11:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Why is this inauguration different from any other?

Posted Jan 18, 2017 at 11:01 PM

Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 11:21 AM

‘America has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation… the other … is the power of inspiration.’ That statement by retired Marine Corps General James Mattis indicates a perspective that emphasizes...

Updated Jan 17, 2017 at 7:35 AM

WASHINGTON -- Kellyanne Conway is walking a Dangerfield line.

Posted Jan 16, 2017 at 11:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher; he practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family's chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the...

Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 11:31 AM

The world tests new presidents. John F. Kennedy was in office less than three months when he was blindsided by a CIA-led invasion of Cuba that ended in humiliating defeat at the Bay of Pigs. He and the CIA never trusted each other...

Updated Jan 16, 2017 at 7:36 AM

In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech during a march in Washington D.C. But for years before that speech, Shawnee, Okla., resident Dorothy Cooks had already been living that dream.

Updated Jan 15, 2017 at 7:18 PM

WASHINGTON -- Who is John Lewis that Donald Trump should be mindful of him?

Posted Jan 14, 2017 at 11:01 PM

WASHINGTON -- In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of "a building of dignity and importance" for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court will ponder during oral arguments this...

Posted Jan 13, 2017 at 11:01 PM

  WASHINGTON -- Hold on to one image from President Obama's farewell address: The president using his handkerchief to wipe a tear from his eye as he thanked Michelle Obama for her grace and forbearance.

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