Submitted by Alyssa Figueroa on Tue, 2012-09-11 13:42
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 13:40
A 500-person poll conducted by the Chicago Sun Timesfound that 47 percent of Chicago’s registered voters support the Chicago Public Teachers strike. 39 percent oppose the strike, while 14 percent claimed they don’t know.
In another poll, the Timesasked: “How good a job has Mayor Rahm Emanuel done in dealing with CTU (Chicago Teachers’ Union)?”
Submitted by Alyssa Figueroa on Tue, 2012-09-11 12:50
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:45
Politicians did not speak at the 9/11 memorial service in New York City for the first time this year, after organizers decided they wanted to honor “the victims and their families in a way free of politics” — an aim that I don’t think can or should be done.
As the AP reported, politicians have been using the memorial service as a campaigning platform from the start, using certain TV ads and making sure they play a part in the ceremonies.
Eleven years after the fact, the key relevance of 9/11 to Campaign 2012 is that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has surrounded himself with neoconservative foreign policy advisers much as George W. Bush did in 2001, when the neocons let their ideological obsessions blind them to the threat from al-Qaeda.
Submitted by Sarah Lazare on Tue, 2012-09-11 09:57
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 09:24
After last year's much-commemorated tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, this year feels quiet and even meditative. Gawker's Neetan Zimmerman observed this morning that there's very little pomp and circumstance to detail, few large headlines even in New York's papers. Heck, authorities say there isn't even a big terrorist threat today.
Submitted by Sarah Lazare on Tue, 2012-09-11 09:04
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 08:17
School is out in Chicago for a second day, as public school teachers continue their first strike in 25 years. Almost 30,000 teachers and their support staff have walked out over reforms sought by the city’s powerful mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who is President Obama’s former chief of staff. On Monday, tens of thousands teachers, parents and students marched in the streets of President Obama’s adopted hometown. We go to Chicago to speak with Democracy Now! correspondent Jaisal Noor.
When people adopt a highly rationalized worldview designed to justify whatever it is that they want to do, there's no diverting them from their plan -- even in the face of evidence that suggests their plan will lead to disaster. Such was the case with President George W. Bush, according to author Kurt Eichenwald, in the days leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Submitted by Sarah Lazare on Tue, 2012-09-11 06:04
Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 05:52
Bishop Robert W. Finn of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (Missouri) was convicted Thursday of failing to report suspicions of child abuse that took place within his diocese. He is the highest-ranking American cleric to be convicted of a child abuse crime in the Catholic Church.