Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Posted by Steve Bartin at 10:40 PM
The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
The historic vote on Wednesday to shutter 50 schools has served as a rallying point for the Chicago Teachers Union as its president vows to field a challenger against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2015 re-election. But while nine aldermen showed up at the Chicago Board of Education meeting to criticize the school closings, just one referred to Emanuel at all. CTU President Karen Lewis said redemption for Wednesday’s vote could come only at the ballot box. “Clearly, we have to change the political landscape in the city,” Lewis said. “We have to go back to old-style democracy.” The union announced that it’s hosting the first in a series of training sessions Thursday for volunteers to register 100,000 new voters.No word yet on when the liberal media will start doing stories on whether the Democrat party coalition can survive.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 10:24 PM
Illinois Policy Institute reports:
Just call it an Internet get-rich scheme that didn’t work out. Only this time it’s the people of Illinois who were left holding the bag. Two years ago, Illinois legislators passed the “Amazon tax,” a tax on Internet commerce designed to help fill state coffers. Instead, it has generated only a tiny fraction of the revenue once projected and it has resulted in jobs leaving the state. The Amazon tax requires online retailers to pay Illinois taxes even if they don't have a physical presence in the state.The greed the Illinois lawmakers on display.
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The Chicago Tribune reports on an important element of the Obama coalition.
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The L.A. Times reports:
Labor gambled and lost. Wendy Greuel drove away much of her own base. And it's done. After two years of campaigning and more than $30 million of spinning, the next mayor of Los Angeles will be Eric Garcetti, who doesn't exactly have what you'd call a mandate.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 6:04 PM
The Chicago Tribune reports:
After hearing from aldermen, angry parents and community members in a meeting interrupted several times by protesters, the Chicago Board of Education today approved a plan to close 49 elementary schools and one high school program.Chicago population decline in action.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 4:31 PM
The Washingtonian reports:
Because of nationwide shortages, Washington hospitals are rationing, hoarding, and bartering critical nutrients premature babies and other patients need to survive. Doctors are reporting conditions normally seen only in developing countries, and there have been deaths. How could this be allowed to happen?Great moments of government regulated health care.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 3:54 PM
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said embattled IRS official Lois Lerner waived her Fifth Amendment rights and will be hauled back to appear before his panel again. The California Republican said Lerner’s Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination was voided when she gave an opening statement this morning denying any wrongdoing and professing pride in her government service.
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The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Obama's job performance. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove. Today’s figures include 24% who Strongly Approve of the way Obama is performing as president and 41% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -17 (see trends). This is the worst approval index since September 26, 2012.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 10:30 AM
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The New York Post reports:
Thousands of New Yorkers who rent out their apartments on the popular traveler site Airbnb.com are breaking the law, a New York judge ruled — and they could be slapped with hefty fines. East Village condo owner Nigel Warren was hit with a $2,400 penalty Monday for subletting his pad to a Russian tourist in December for $100 a night. Judge Clive Morrick ruled that Warren broke a law passed in 2011 to stop landlords from turning their buildings into illegal hotels because he had rented to the woman for fewer than 30 days and wasn’t home when she was there. But Warren is hardly alone. As of yesterday, there were 22,704 rentals listed on the company’s Web site in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, ranging from furnished rooms in Harlem to luxury digs in Tribeca.
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The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Four Chicago Public Schools are no longer up for closing this year, a fifth wouldn’t close until next year and a sixth school would be spared from the staff reboot known as a turnaround, the Chicago Sun-Times learned Tuesday.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 9:50 AM
The Washington Post reports:
The controversy over the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attack last year began at a meeting over coffee on Capitol Hill three days after the assault. It was at this informal session with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the ranking Democrat asked David H. Petraeus, who was CIA director at the time, to ensure that committee members did not inadvertently disclose classified information when talking to the news media about the attack.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 9:20 AM
The New York Times reports:
Like some of the nation’s prominent chief executives, Apple’s Timothy D. Cook has a simple proposal to help spur the economy and encourage corporate tax compliance: give American companies a tax break to bring to the United States untaxed profits parked overseas. But much of that money is already home.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Gateway Pundit reports:
Tea Party members, Christians, pro-Constitution, Pro-Israel, and pro-Military groups gathered today outside IRS offices nationwide to protest the corruption, harassment and complete abuse of power by the Obama Administration against its political opponents. Events were held across the country.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 10:25 PM
New Geography reports:
In Chicago, oft cited as an exemplar of “the great inversion” of affluence from suburbs to cities, the city poverty rate stands at 22.5 percent, compared to 10 percent in the suburbs. In New York, roughly 20 percent of the city population lives in poverty, compared to only 9 percent in the suburbs.If you wanted to be confused with the facts: read this article.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 9:41 PM
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The Daily Caller reports:
California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer blamed the tornado that devastated Oklahoma on global warming during a Senate floor speech Tuesday, using the opportunity to push her own plan to tax carbon dioxide emissions.Cold weather, warm weather: Barbara Boxer wants to raise your taxes.
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Red State reports:
The left loves to remind everyone that the former IRS commissioner was a Bush appointee, because somehow this makes it OK that his IRS office abused power to criminally target conservatives. For a party that loves to blame Bush, they sure love signing off on everything Bush did and then maximizing it times eleventy. Shulman may have been a Bush appointee, but he was an Obama donor
Posted by Steve Bartin at 4:11 PM
The L.A. Times reports:
A top IRS official in the division that reviews nonprofit groups will invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions before a House committee investigating the agency’s improper screening of conservative nonprofit groups. Lois Lerner, the head of the exempt organizations division of the IRS, won’t answer questions about what she knew about the improper screening — or why she didn’t disclose it to Congress, according to a letter from her defense lawyer, William W. Taylor III. Lerner was scheduled to appear before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday.Lois' legal right to remain silent.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 3:55 PM
The Sacramento Bee reports:
The job market for California law school graduates remains brutal, even as law school tuition rises to new heights. About 16 percent of 2012 graduates from California law schools were unemployed and looking for work nine months after graduation, according to new data from the American Bar Association. Many others were underemployed. Only half of law school graduates held full-time jobs requiring a law degree, the data show.Barack Obama says federal taxpayers should subsidize more people to go to law school!
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The Chicago Tribune on the great moments of public education.
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The Chicago Sun-Times reports: she's back!
Posted by Steve Bartin at 7:01 AM
Is the new kind of real estate investor to blame for the falling home ownership rate? The current data on investor purchases, home ownership, and all cash purchases.
Dr. Housing Bubble reports:
Many of the modern day investors are big hedge funds. So you have one large entity owning 100, 500, 2000, or even more properties under one name.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 6:55 AM
The Daily Caller reports:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) demanded information about conservative groups’ college-aged interns, prompting outrage from one of the country’s top conservative activist organizations and leading one former intern to wonder whether his family’s pizza parlor would be endangered.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 6:51 AM
Even though overall moving activity is still below where it was in 2009-2010, the number of people moving for a new job or transfer is on the rise. Moves for those reasons totaled 3.5 million in 2011-2012, up from 2.8 million the prior year and the highest since 2006-2007, according to Census Bureau data. And the number of people moving because they had lost a job or were looking for work declined.
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The Hill reports:
Labor unions are breaking with President Obama on ObamaCare. Months after the president’s reelection, a variety of unions are publicly balking at how the administration plans to implement the landmark law. They warn that unless there are changes, the results could be catastrophic.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 6:29 AM
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The Hill reports:
President Obama believed that opposition to his healthcare reform law would fade after the 2010 election, according to former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). Obama courted Snowe’s support in an attempt to make the bill bipartisan. He assured her GOP opposition to the law would be short-lived, she said.Obama's fantasy.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 6:22 AM
The Wall Street Journal reports:
Lawmakers across the country are tussling over the Obama administration's plans to create a small army of assistants to guide millions of Americans as they sign up for new health-insurance options available this fall.Watch out for identity theft!
Posted by Steve Bartin at 6:18 AM
Monday, May 20, 2013
Bill Press reports:
One of many good things you can say about President Obama is that he is loyal to his friends. But sometimes, he is loyal to a fault, as is the case with Attorney General Eric Holder. Presidential buddy or not, it’s time for Holder to go.Just a reminder: no one can question Bill Press' commitment to the Democrat party.
Posted by Steve Bartin at 9:51 PM
Doug Ross has some essential information.
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Big Government reports:
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson. The DOJ IG said it found “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney.”An article well worth your time.
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The Chicago Tribune reports:
Bucking longstanding patterns in the United States, more poor people now live in the nation's suburbs than in urban areas, according to a new analysis. As poverty mounted throughout the nation over the past decade, the number of poor people living in suburbs surged 67% between 2000 and 2011 — a much bigger jump than in cities, researchers for the Brookings Institution said in a book published today. Suburbs still have a smaller percentage of their population living in poverty than cities do, but the sheer number of poor people scattered in the suburbs has jumped beyond that of cities.Not that surprising: more people live in suburbs than cities.
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