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[ • 26 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
PARIS–Enjoying a respite here before the final run of primaries and caucuses confirm Hillary Clinton as most likely Democratic nominee and Donald Trump as the GOP choice–though it is still possible he will not gather enough votes to make it on the first ballot. If he fails, all goes up for grabs and the convention gets chaotic–anything from riots to walkouts. But no matter which party you favor or which candidate within that party, you have to admit that the process of selecting...


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[ • 21 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
From the Daily Signal Democratic lawmakers appointed to the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Select Investigative Panel on Planned Parenthood received more than $81,000 in campaign contributions from the organization since 1990, according to a study by the Media Research Center. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., was appointed as the committee’s ranking member.Reps. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.; Diana DeGette, D-Colo.; Jackie Speier, D-Calif.; Suzan DelBene, D-Wash.; and Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., were...


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[ • 21 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
An employee of the City of Chicago’s Inspector General’s office, which investigates if city workers improperly live outside the city’s boundaries, resigned after being caught living in suburban Naperville. Inspector General Joe Ferguson admitted in his quarterly report released Monday that one of his own employees had violated the city’s residency requirement by living in Naperville, which is more than 30 miles from Chicago. Read more in DNAinfo image Field training session...


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[ • 20 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
Remember the recession of 2011, or 2014, or 2015? Each of those years started out with either a contraction or anemic first quarter economic growth. But despite these slowdowns, the US economy didn’t fall into recession. Instead, it was just more Plow Horse growth. Since the end of the recession in mid-2009, real GDP has grown at a 2.1% annual rate. The average annualized growth rate across 2011, 2014, and 2015? You guessed it: 2.1%. In other words, first quarter weakness was meaningless. Keep...


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[ • 19 Apr 2016 • No Comment ]
From the Illinois Mirror Nearly two years ago, when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that the city had won the rights to the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. It came with promises that it would be self-funded and endowed by Lucas, that it would come at little-to-no cost to taxpayers. And the media ate it up. They buzzed about the prospect of a new museum on the lakefront. Then this Emanuel Wants $1.2 Billion in New Debt for Lucas Museum Really, what could possibly go wrong in the city taking...


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[ • 19 Apr 2016 • 2 Comments ]
As a New York Times editorial put it Friday, “No one even passingly familiar with the history of the Chicago Police Department can claim to be surprised by a new report showing that the department is plagued by systemic racism and operates with utter disregard for the lives of black citizens whom it batters, maims and kills.”   Anyone surprised? We’ve been reading about it for decades, long before Laquan McDonald, long before Fred Hampton, long before I even heard the term...


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