47 Percent of Chicago Voters Support Teachers’ Strike

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)?”

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 13:40

Stop Trying to Take the Politics Out of 9/11

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.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 12:45

Romney's Neocon Foreign Policy and the Legacy of 9/11


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.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 09:32

Five Reads for the Sept. 11 Anniversary

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.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 09:24

Thousands Rally in Chicago Teachers’ Strike, Pushing Back Against Corporate-Backed Education Reform

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.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 08:17

Fake GOP Spin Team Reacts to DNC Stealing Republican Thunder on God, Military

This new humorous video from the satirical group "Campaignful" imagines the reaction of GOP operatives to the PR success that was the Democratic National Convention.

It's not all about the candidates, though: watch out for references to the vagina costumes worn by Code Pink and fracking, and see how they get connected!

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 07:27

Neocons Convinced Bush to Ignore Al Qaeda Attack Warnings Leading Up to 9/11

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.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 07:36

Uh-Oh! New Poll Suggests Bachmann May Be In Tight Race


Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 06:29

Bishop Convicted in Child Abuse Scandal

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.

Date: Tue, 09/11/2012 - 05:52