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[22 Aug 2018 | No Comment | ]

An indictment was returned today charging Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar, 38, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Majid Ghorbani, 59, an Iranian citizen and resident of California, with allegedly acting on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran by conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, and collecting identifying information about American citizens and U.S. nationals who are members of the group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK).
The charges were announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, U.S. Attorney Jessie K. Liu for the District …

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[14 Aug 2018 | 3 Comments | ]

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, a native of New York and a former auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese, has been named the 2016 recipient of Catholic Extension’s Spirit of Francis Award.
He will be honored at an Oct. 27 dinner event at the Metropolitan Club of New York in Manhattan. Honorary co-chairs are Loretta Brennan Glucksman and bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark.

Bestowed upon the archbishop emeritus of Washington who has also served in New Jersey as archbishop of Newark and as founding bishop of Metuchen, the award recognizes Cardinal McCarrick’s efforts of …

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[13 Aug 2018 | No Comment | ]

From the Chicago Tribune

From Twitter Stephen Miller

So much anti-hate @brianstelter. https://t.co/KX81FSCDS7
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 13, 2018

What happened to those reporters was anti-hate https://t.co/tf9X5spJMi
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 13, 2018

Feature, not a bug https://t.co/gd8KL7h07R pic.twitter.com/pJGbTggabg
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 13, 2018

One is labeled a hate movement, the other labeled anti-hate. Maybe Alex Jones isn’t the problem with media credibility today. pic.twitter.com/rb2zA6T4Qq
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 12, 2018

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[6 Aug 2018 | No Comment | ]

Rahm made his traveling circus of exempt crime fighters hold a press conference to re-assure everyone that they were on top of shit. Waller turned out to be the sacrificial lamb:

“I promise this city that we won’t be defeated,” Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said during a news conference held Sunday afternoon at police headquarters. “We won’t be overrun by that small element that’s committing these reckless acts.”

Waller said much of the violence is being traced back to gangs. […] Waller said the uptick in violence cannot be …

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[25 Jul 2018 | One Comment | ]

From City Lab
While the university is not actively involved in the development of the OPC, it did help spearhead the bid process that brought it to the South Side and is a major donor. For Malone, the hotel and student housing complex “confirmed suspicions that this wasn’t an altruistic move by the university, but is an attempt to leverage the legacy of the first black president of the United States to continue to beef up the university’s endowment.”

The former president’s rhetoric has not helped build trust, either. At a community …

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[29 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Confirmed by Voice Vote: Exec. Cal. #929 Ronald Gidwitz to be Ambassador of the U.S. to the Kingdom of Belgium @StateDept
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) June 28, 2018

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[14 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Wilmette, a village in New Trier Township, will be voting whether or not to opt into Cook County’s new minimum wage hike, which will take effect on June 26. However, this decision from the village has been met with a great deal of disagreement from the township given the potential that wage hike has to disrupt wages for even small companies with four or more employees.

If Wilmette opts in, the minimum wage in 2018 would increase to $11. In 2019, it would go up to $12, and in 2020, it …

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[4 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

From 1001 Iraqi Thoughts
It is hard not to receive the latest United Nations casualty figures for the month of May (at least 95 killed and 163 wounded) in a very favourable light. This outlook makes more sense when those numbers are compared to UN figures from May 2017 (354 killed, 470 wounded) and May 2016 (867 killed, 1,459 wounded). Iraq is currently experiencing its lowest levels of violence for nearly a decade, with security and intelligence forces working tirelessly to maintain this new status quo.

Low levels of violence over the last …

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[2 Jun 2018 | 5 Comments | ]

From Chicago City Wire
An armed security guard associated with staunch anti-gun and nationally known social activist, Father Michael Pfleger, was arrested on May 27 outside St. Sabina’s Roman Catholic Church on the South Side where Pfleger is a senior pastor.
The Chicago Police (CPD) charged Henry Eugene Hale, 35, with possessing a firearm without a valid Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. He was released on $150 bond.

A spokesperson for the CPD told Chicago City Wire that police officers approached Hale at the church, which  is at 1200 W. 78th Place, when “they saw him …

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[1 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

Illinois Democrats rally around accused sexual harasser Representative Lou Lang (D-Skokie).

Before letting the process play out, before any of the accuser’s claims have been vetted, and after they all wore black in support of #metoo a few months ago, they jump to his side. Kind-of like Cullerton giving $100K to Silverstein in the primary. Not serious. https://t.co/UULZa118f4
— Kristen McQueary (@StatehouseChick) May 31, 2018