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Why Rahm Emanuel Really Is Like The Jerk

Why Rahm Emanuel Really Is Like The Jerk

advertisement In the movie The Jerk , Steve Martin’s character Navin Johnson began his life story by saying, “It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child.” Apparently, Rahm Emanuel was, too.

AARP Illinois Applauds U.S. Senate for Preserving Access to Doctors for People in Medicare

AARP Illinois Applauds U.S. Senate for Preserving Access to Doctors for People in Medicare

    Calls on U.S. House to join Senate and stop Medicare doctor pay cut CHICAGO , Dec.

Founder of Harlem Children’s Zone calls on Chicagoans to take a stand against education failure

Founder of Harlem Children’s Zone calls on Chicagoans to take a stand against education failure

(Getty/Matt Carr) A crowd of about 1,000 people attended the Education Action Summit at Park Community Church on the Near North side, including  mayoral hopeful Illinois Senator James Meeks. Many were there to meet and listen to keynote speaker Geoffrey Canada, the president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and most recently a key figure in the documentary, “Waiting for Superman” about the state of the American education system.

Beck: Help us restore traditional American values

Beck: Help us restore traditional American values

WASHINGTON – Conservative commentator Glenn Beck and tea party champion Sarah Palin appealed Saturday to a vast, predominantly white crowd on the National Mall to help restore traditional American values and honor Martin Luther King’s message. Civil rights leaders who accused the group of hijacking King’s legacy held their own rally and march.

Tea Party rally at site of famed King speech raises hackles

Tea Party rally at site of famed King speech raises hackles

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Plans by the conservative Tea Party movement for a huge weekend rally at the site and on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech have drawn fire from the civil rights movement. Called “Restoring Honor,” the rally organized by right-wing talk show host Glenn Beck is set to take place Saturday in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the same location where King delivered his most stirring and best remembered address exactly 47 years earlier.

AP Exclusive: Japanese mayor defends dolphin hunts

AP Exclusive: Japanese mayor defends dolphin hunts

TAIJI, Japan – As children in inner tubes bob on the calm waters of this small ocean cove, a 550-pound (250-kilogram) dolphin zips through the crowd in pursuit of raw squid tossed out by a trainer. Niru, a Risso’s dolphin caught locally, seems unbothered by all the people and the squeals of surprise and delight.

Foxconn opens plant to reporters after suicides 
    (AP)

Foxconn opens plant to reporters after suicides (AP)

SHENZHEN, China – The head of Foxconn bowed deeply several times and apologized Wednesday for a spate of suicides at the factory that makes Apple iPods and iPhones, promising the electronics giant will try to stop more deaths. But the usually media-shy executive, Foxconn Technology Group Chairman Terry Gou, cautioned there was only so much his company could do.

Obama deflects tough calls to Senate      (Politico)

Obama deflects tough calls to Senate (Politico)

A day after highlighting the need for immigration reform at an Iowa town hall meeting, President Barack Obama last week raised doubts about whether Congress really had “an appetite immediately to dive into another controversial issue.”  Immigration activists were shocked, to say the least — “pissed” is how Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, described his reaction — and the remarks undercut the next day’s unveiling of an immigration reform framework, while providing Republicans more leeway to accuse Democrats of demagoguing on the issue.  Clarissa Martinez, the National Council of La Raza’s immigration and national campaign director, put the onus squarely on the president. “To me, what was an opportunity for his leadership to emerge strongly …

Activists ask cut off waterways to protect lakes from Asian carp

Activists ask cut off waterways to protect lakes from Asian carp

Permanently severing a man-made link between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River system is the only sure way to protect the lakes from voracious Asian carp, scientists and activists… Read more »

Walsh, local activists center stage at Tea Party event

Walsh, local activists center stage at Tea Party event

As he campaigned for the Republican nomination in the suburban 8th House District, Joe Walsh’s mantra was he was “a tea party conservative first and a Republican second.” That approach… Read more »

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