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[ • 20 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
From The Hill Ending Iran’s nuclear threat and bringing it into the international community of law-abiding nations is one of the most pressing U.S. foreign policy objectives.  And so I was relieved and grateful to watch President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry work tirelessly over the past several months to achieve a diplomatic agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. Regrettably, the Iran deal fails to meet these goals and raises the prospects for war. I cannot support a deal that reduces...


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[ • 19 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
The literalati of Chicago just had a bad day. An op-ed by the Tribune’s Kristen McQueary that called for something similar to Katrina to happen here understandably engorged people in New Orleans who didn’t like their tragedy becoming someone else’s metaphor, and, less understandably, readers here who believed she meant exactly what she said. Read more in the Chicago Reader Jim Bowman adds 1. Many of the objectors began overreacting as soon as they saw and read news accounts of...


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[ • 18 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
Dear Neighbor, Join me, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, and the Chicago Department of Public Health for an information session about hoarding next Thursday, August 20th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Public Library,6000 N Broadway. Free and open to all, this session is designed to help landlords, condominium associations, caregivers, and people who may recognize symptoms of hoarding in themselves. Read more at Ald Joe Moore ** image Pomegranates by Albert Joseph Moore
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[ • 18 Aug 2015 • One Comment ]
You may recall only a few months ago Chicago police officer Dante Servin was charged with “reckless” involuntary manslaughter because he fired five shots over his shoulder from inside his car, pointing toward four youths in a dark alley. He was purportedly aiming at a specific young man because the officer feared for his life–the usual excuse–but instead killed a totally innocent young woman accused of no misbehavior. The judge immediately threw the case out because State’s...


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[ • 17 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
Northwestern University football players cannot form a union, the National Labor Relations Board ruled, overturning a March 2014 decision and ending the players’ bid to change the college sports landscape. In its unanimous decision, the labor board skirted the issue of whether the players are employees and left open the door to other college athletes winning the right to unionize. The board cited the unique nature of college sports in saying it would foster instability to permit Northwestern...


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[ • 14 Aug 2015 • No Comment ]
The great myth surrounding U.S. presidential elections is that the “best and the brightest” invariably prevail. That’s nonsense. The candidate with the most stamina, most persistence and least personal flaws emerges as the winner. Happenstance — being the candidate of the right party, in the right year, with the right image — will dictate Barack Obama’s successor. The 2016 election is still 15 months away, and there are 17 Republicans and five Democrats in the...


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