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[29 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

The Boston Globe reports:

A major donor has withdrawn a $100,000 gift to Westfield State University, saying he was “appalled at the lavish spending” by President Evan Dobelle, joining a growing backlash against the school after reports that Dobelle ran up big charges to the school’s private fundraising arm for luxury hotels, limousine rides, and other high-end purchases, including a trip to Asia.

John P. Walsh’s decision to revoke his donation is part of a larger reaction to Dobelle’s spending that is roiling the public university near Springfield just days before students return for the fall semester—a local radio station held a mock fundraiser to send Dobelle to Bangkok where he once spent more than $8,000 of Westfield State College Foundation money for a four-night hotel stay.

A long-awaited review of Dobelle’s spending habits, part of which was obtained by the Globe this week, shows that Dobelle freely mixed personal spending with official business in more than $180,209 in credit card charges billed to the Westfield State College Foundation over a 30-month period. Even after months of analysis, however, the accountant said it was impossible to tell which expenses were legitimate.

Their tax- empt lifestyle sure is greedy. You’ll not hear much about this from Barack Obama because he really likes the 1%.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer on how rich, elitists in Hollywood are trying to purchase a Senate seat far away from California.

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The Washington Post reports:

Several Republican-led states at the forefront of the campaign to undermine President Obama’s health-care law have come up with new ways to try to thwart it, refusing to enforce consumer protections, for example, and restricting federally funded workers hired to help people enroll in coverage.

And in at least one state, Missouri, local officials have been barred from doing anything to help put the law into place.

The actions have drawn less attention than congressional efforts to cut off funding for the law, or earlier state decisions to refuse to set up online insurance marketplaces or reject an expansion of Medicaid, which sharply limited the law’s reach.

But the moves could impede Obama’s most significant domestic accomplishment, which, despite having withstood a Supreme Court challenge and a presidential election, still faces doubts about its viability. And they could affect implementation at a crucial time, just as some of the major provisions of the law, also known as Obamacare, are set to go into effect.

Because ObamaCare isn’t popular everywhere.

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[28 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday for closing Chicago schools, saying he was not “walking the walk” Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders would have wanted.

“Shame on you,” Weingarten said.

Weingarten, chief of a union with 1.5 million members, talked about Emanuel and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nuter—who she also scorched for school closings—in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times in advance of her remarks at the Lincoln Memorial commemoration marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

“I have a big message for both Mayor Emanuel and for Mayor Nutter, which is, what my 11th graders used to tell me when I taught at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn, New York,” Weingarten said.
“They used to say, ‘Miss Weingarten, you can’t just talk the talk. You must walk the walk.’ Walking the walk means that you start investing in schools, not closing them, that you stabilize neighborhoods, not destabilize them.

The story MSNBC hopes you will not hear about.

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[28 Aug 2013 | One Comment | ]

King’s speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is one of the most enduring moments of the civil rights movement. As the 50th anniversary approaches—a demonstration commemorating the march will be held in Washington on Saturday—two of the men who helped organize its Chicago contingent, Black and longtime political activist Don Rose, 82, recall the powerful sense of unity it created, and argue that it’s time for another movement for racial and economic justice.

In the years leading up to the march, civil rights activists had fought segregation …

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[28 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

I told the cardinal I never believed for a moment that the pope was changing church policy toward gays, only setting a different tone that was missing from his own approach.

The cardinal expressed frustration that, in the current political climate, Catholics can’t express their opposition to same-sex marriage without being regarded as bigots.
“”When that becomes the criterion for accepting gay and lesbian people, then we’re in the bind we’re in now, which is a real bind,” he said.
Nobody really expects the Catholic Church to change, only to adapt.
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[28 Aug 2013 | No Comment | ]

Mayor Rahm Emanuel tours the new Jones College Prep High School last week—the same day he shut Alderman Robert Fioretti out of his press conference. Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times Media. During the 2011 mayoral campaign, I kept hearing a refrain from …