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[29 Feb 2016 | 3 Comments | ]

This is being posted on the eve of Super Tuesday, when 11 states have party primaries or caucuses. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are each favored to win 7 or 8 states in their respective party elections, which will tighten their grips on nomination.
Come March 15 another big batch of states–including Illinois–will vote. Barring extraordinary surprises, nominations likely will be then set in stone.
Early voting has begun in  Illinois, so I’ll remind first-time voters or those who forgot, that you cast your presidential vote two ways–one of which doesn’t really …

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[29 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

It is clear that politicians in Springfield don’t care about the students at Chicago State University.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan are derailing the dreams of 4,800 young people, the majority of them African-Americans, by blocking their college education.

With no historically black colleges and universities in Illinois, Chicago State is the closest we have to an HBCU. Chicagoans can’t afford to stand by and allow it to be shut down.
Across the country, state colleges and universities with majority black enrollments are regularly under siege. Whenever there’s …

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[28 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Nephew blew it.   It’s not what but whom you know. (Better not be what in these cases) A real estate venture created by President Barack Obama’s onetime boss and a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley squandered $68 million it was given to invest on behalf of pension plans for Chicago teachers, cops, … Continue reading Insiders Daley nephew, Obama pal blow pension funds in poor investments

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[28 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

The Daily Mail reports:Security guards hired to protect Jude Law when he visited the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp were reportedly targeted by rock-pelting migrants just moments after the actor boarded the coach home.The star made the journey to northern Franc…

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[28 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

* Rep. Ken Dunkin is boldly trying to turn several nasty lemons into campaign lemonade with four new radio ads aimed at the African-American community.
One of Rep. Dunkin’s spots features excerpts of President Obama’s recent address to the Illinois General Assembly. The President’s statement about how finding common ground doesn’t make him “a sellout” […]

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[28 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Not quite, how about scrambled mind. But “barren,” she says. Ingrid Rojas Contreras looks through “the barren island of [her] mind” and finds that “all good science fiction begins this way”: from the new edition of the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal. Something else in pursuit of her goal: I stand in front … Continue reading Empty mind? Write Science Fiction

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[28 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

The New York Times reports:

A few weeks after Senator Marco Rubio joined a bipartisan push for an immigration overhaul in 2013, he arrived alongside Senator Chuck Schumer at the executive dining room of News Corporation’s Manhattan headquarters for dinner.

Their mission was to persuade Rupert Murdoch, the owner of the media empire, and Roger Ailes, the chairman and chief executive of its Fox News division, to keep the network’s on-air personalities from savaging the legislation and give it a fighting chance at survival.

Mr. Murdoch, an advocate of immigration reform, and Mr. Ailes, his top lieutenant and the most powerful man in conservative television, agreed at the Jan. 17, 2013, meeting to give the senators some breathing room.

But the media executives, highly attuned to the intensifying anger in the Republican grass roots, warned that the senators also needed to make their case to Rush Limbaugh, the king of conservative talk radio, who held enormous sway with the party’s largely anti-immigrant base.

The plot to bring the Third World to you.

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[27 Feb 2016 | Comments Off | ]

Chicago State at 'Critical Mass,' Students, Pols Say at #SaveCSU Rally

“Black people are hurting the most in this budget impasse,” said a student at the South Side school.

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[27 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Rudeness in debates one thing. But while governing? Obama’s rude snub of Netanyahu – The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/obamas–rude-snu… The Washington Post Mar 18, 2015 – And besides, unlike other heads of state, Obama had his secretary of state make a call to congratulate Netanyahu, a deliberate insult. Report: Obama humiliated Netanyahu at the White House … Continue reading We’ve gotten used to rudeness in the White House