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January 19, 2017 12:02 PM Nick Offerman Recites The Most Moving Poem About Firewood You'll Ever Hear

“Up and down, and up again, I swing my trusty ax..." Nick Offerman paid tribute to his “one true friend” of firewood on Wednesday’s broadcast of “The Tonight Show.” Sat next to a pile of logs, the “Parks and Recreation” star expressed his undying love for his woodpile. “Up and down, and up again, I swing my trusty ax,” goes one section of his poem. “Splitting 20

January 19, 2017 10:38 AM May Pitches Brexit U.K. as Global Cheerleader for Free Trade

Theresa May pitched post-Brexit Britain as a champion of globalization and free trade, saying she wants to defend the “rules-based international system.” “The U.K. will step up to a new leadership role as the strongest and most forceful advocate for business, free markets and free trade anywhere in the world,” the prime minister said in a speech to the World 17

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM Pudge shrugs off slim first-ballot Hall margin, and reason

ARLINGTON, Texas — Ivan Rodriguez said he barely slept for three days waiting to find out whether he would get enough votes for election to baseball’s Hall of Fame. Once Pudge was secure as just the second catcher behind Johnny Bench to get in on the first ballot, the 14-time AL All-Star said he wasn’t bothered by the slim margin. And Rodriguez shrugged 10

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM Watch: Pudge gets in a playful zinger, talks about his emotions during HOF news conference

So who could blame Pudge, who signed with the Rangers at age 16, for having a little fun during his news conference announcing his election to Cooperstown. Evan Grant (at right in the photo above), The Dallas Morning News' Rangers beat writer who baseball knowledge is exceeded only by his love for barbecue and other food delights, asked the 13-time Gold Glove 11

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM Ivan Rodriguez, Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell prove Hall of Fame does forgive

These three perennial All-Stars played during two of the worst scandals in Major League Baseball. Two of them played during the steroid era and were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. One played during baseball’s cocaine era, testifying during the Pittsburgh drug trial that he used the drug during games, keeping a vial in his uniform back pocket 15

January 19, 2017 3:35 AM With Hall of Fame election, deep wounds closing for Jeff Bagwell

As Jeff Bagwell exhales from the rigors of a seven-year wait and wraps his mind around his newfound Hall of Fame status, it's only natural for historians and fans to reflect upon the contributions that made him such a force in his prime. Bagwell's 449 home runs and .540 slugging percentage are testament to his value as a hitter. But he was also a superb 14

January 19, 2017 3:19 AM Tribune reporter gets last question at Obama’s last news conference

At President Barack Obama’s final White House news conference on Wednesday, the last question went to reporter Christi Parsons, who has covered Obama for the Chicago Tribune since he was an Illinois state senator in 1999. Parsons is now a White House reporter for the Washington bureau that serves the Tribune, the Los Angeles Times and their sister papers 11

January 19, 2017 2:36 AM Longtime Astros slugger Bagwell elected to Hall of Fame

HOUSTON (AP) Jeff Bagwell struggled to describe how he felt soon after being elected to the Hall of Fame in his seventh year on the ballot. ”I don’t even know what to say,” he said after Wednesday’s vote announcement. ”There’s no greater thing you can get personally than the Hall of Fame. You can do some stuff team-wise and all that kind of stuff, but personally 12

January 19, 2017 12:46 AM Overnight Defense: Obama defends Manning commutation after backlash

THE TOPLINE: President Obama defended his commutation of convicted former Army soldier Chelsea Manning's sentence on Wednesday as Republicans lined up to blast the move. During the final press conference of his presidency, Obama said "justice has been served" in Manning's case. "It has been my view given that she went to trial, that due process was carried 15

January 19, 2017 12:41 AM Trump Cabinet nominees meet growing ethical questions

Three of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks came under growing fire Wednesday on ethical issues, potentially jeopardizing their nominations. The most serious concerns surround personal investments by Trump’s health and human services nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), in health-care firms that benefited from legislation that he was pushing at the time. Additionally 5