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Rise and Shine

As Interior Secretary Sally Jewell looks on, President Barack Obama greets Jane Kurahara at the doorway of the Oval Office before he signed a proclamation on the establishment of the Honouliuli National Monument, Feb. 24, 2015. Kurahara is a retired school librarian who helped rediscover the site of the Honouliuli internment camp in 2002 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today (all times Eastern)

10:15: The President meets with immigration advocacy leaders to provide an update on the Administration’s immigration accountability executive actions, Oval Office

12:05: Departs the White House

12:20: Departs Joint Base Andrews

2:45: Arrives Miami, Florida

3:45: Participates in an immigration town hall, Florida International University

5:50: Departs Miami

7:20: Arrives Joint Base Andrews

7:35: Arrives the White House

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2:0 ET: Telling the Untold Stories of African Americans in STEM

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MoooOOOooorning!


133 Responses to “Rise and Shine”


  1. 1 amk for obama
    February 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

    FURST.

  2. 8 ourmanflint
    February 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Morning everyone

  3. 10 jackiegrumbacher
    February 25, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Can anyone from the Chicago area offer insight as to who will win the runoff between Rahm and Chuy Garcia? Garcia seems to have run a true grassroots campaign with support from the bottom up. What will be the impact on Chicago if Rahm loses???

    • 11 carolyn
      February 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

      Just a snide remark from a total outsider, but maybe Chicago public schools will have a chance if Rahm loses……..

      • 12 Roberta in MN
        February 25, 2015 at 9:35 am

        I have to agree with Carolyn, I don’t think Rahm has been particularly good for Chicago as a whole. He had his chance, mucked it up. DLC all the way and if he loses, he will work fir Hill & Bill again. My feelings only. I could ask one of my Nephews he lives on the NE side.

        • 13 arapaho415
          February 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

          Sounds about right to me (from someone with zero knowledge of the Midwest or Chi-town politics).

          He’ll be HRC’s enforcer, and about as effective as Mark Penn and Terry McCauliffe (not).

          After Chuy Garcia wins, he’ll have a friend in the WH, after President Obama’s gracious remarks for Emanuel.

    • 14 Vicki
      February 25, 2015 at 9:32 am

      jackie, this may be crazy but if Rahm is defeated, to me it will be the canary-in-the-coalmine for DLC and DINO’s nationwide.

      • 15 japa21
        February 25, 2015 at 9:35 am

        I wouldn’t go that far. Chicago is an entity onto itself and Chicago politics is looked at as an anomaly. It would take something more on a statewide level to send that kind of message.

        • 16 japa21
          February 25, 2015 at 9:37 am

          And as a side point. PBO campaigned for Rahm, yet even that didn’t push Rahm over the finish line. It could in the run off. Personally, I hope he doesn’t campaign for him again. I know Rahm will want him to. It is also ineteresting that the Rahm ads on TV outnumbered his opponents ads by about 10-1.

          • 17 japa21
            February 25, 2015 at 9:39 am

            And as another side note, yesterday should have been a wake up call to Rahm that his policies are not very well liked in Chicago. My fear, and I have to say I am a resident of the suburbs, not the city proper, is that if he wins with even 51-53% of the vote, or even 60% of the vote, he will view it as a mandate to continue what he has been doing.
            57 will probably be able to give better insight than I have.

            • 18 yardarm756
              February 25, 2015 at 11:17 am

              Rahm’s biggest mistakes were closing the schools and not acknowledging the Teachers Union and lack of humility.

    • 19 japa21
      February 25, 2015 at 9:33 am

      I don’t see Rahm losing. He has so much money behind him. It will, ultimately, depend on turnout and how much the other candidates throw their support to Garcia.
      It will throw the city for a loop if Rahm loses. It would be one of the biggest upsets ever, I think. Only the win by Jane Byrne may outrank it, but she had the advantage of Bilandic’s having to deal with one of the worst snowstorms in Chicago’s history.
      I think the main thing Garcia can do in order to win is to work very hard to tie Rahm to the new governor, Rauner. They are close friends and have been seen sharing $1,000 bottles of wine. Rauner is already making himself personna non grata in the state, so if Garcia can make the relationship between Rauner and Rahm an issue, he might pull it off.
      BTW, when I said throw the city for a loop, no pun was intended. But there are a lot of companies around here that depend on Rahm to make a living. I think the biggest outcome would be more of the city contracts going to minority owned companies, which would probably be of benefit to they city.

      • 20 57andfemale
        February 25, 2015 at 9:57 am

        It will be interesting to see how he campaigns for the next 6 weeks. I’m expecting little imagination or introspection of any kind – just doubling down on the ads he did run. He will seriously court the AA vote (which he did before this election). The AA candidate that ran is a Rauner wannabe and a loon.

        Absolutely, it is a referendum on Rahm. But let’s be clear: had there not been 4 challengers, Rahm would have run easily. There is, however, a progressive undercurrent in Chicago. Although little changed in the 2014 primary for local and statewide offices, we received a ton of literature and absolutely every flyer was pushing progressive credentials. Yes, a lot of them were lying, but it showed how this is becoming important for better local government.

        As you said, japa, Chicago is complex and an anomaly. We still need a strong business presence to make the city run, or even more of the burden falls to the bungalow owners which is unsustainable. Charter schools are a sham; and it’s time for a competent school board in Chicago. Everyone, including the teacher’s union, needs to stop grandstanding and do something substantive.

        Under Daley, and continued under Rahm, was a disintegration of the library system. I have close friends working for the Chicago Public libraries and it has been a travesty. Much of Rahm’s “good” moves for kids fell on the overworked, underpaid staff at the libraries, with no compensation and frozen employment. These people are dedicated but taken advantage of.

        I never expected to love Rahm as mayor but I really believed that he would be a competent, if not great, administrator. He has been a major disappointment. He has been dismal at taking care of the nuts and bolts of city government. Closing schools but tons of city money for Soldier Field and Cubs stadium. I will never forgive him for being silent on ACA during the 2014 rollout. Effing SILENT. Perhaps PBO should be reminded of that traitorous act.

        Which brings me to Garcia. Tons of ideas, no specifics on how to pay for any of it. And when it came to his health care ideas, SILENT on ACA as well.

        No one will be looking into Rahm’s record the next 6 weeks, but a lot of people will be learning about Garcia. Me included.

        • 21 japa21
          February 25, 2015 at 10:03 am

          As you say, it should be a fun 6 weeks. As I mentioned in another comment above, I am sure Rahm will reach out to PBO to come in again and campaign for him, or at least do some ads. I really hope he doesn’t. You are right about Chuy. An unknown entity. My understanding of Wilson is that, even though he did endorse Rauner, he has already said he will not tell his supporters to vote for Rahm. He may not come out directly for Chuy, but many of his supporters will see it that way.

          And Chuy will get a lot of money coming his way, so his public exposure will increase.

          • 22 57andfemale
            February 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

            Rahm is not an idiot. If they tie him to Rauner, it may give him an opportunity to distance himself. I don’t think the Rahm/Rauner nexus is as strong as you think it is. But we are in uncharted territory, so who knows.

            I’m going to research as much as I can this weekend and if I’m relatively convinced I’ll send Chuy some bucks. Still not informed enough.

      • 23 yardarm756
        February 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

        We don’t give a rats ass about Rahm’s money….For too long the Dems have taken the Black community for granted……Ergo Rauner gets support and next will be Chuy…….Most of us don’t have anything anyway so what’s to lose………..They’ve taken everything but our dreams, now they want those too!

    • February 25, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Lifelong Chicagoan (outside of the times I left the city for college and graduate schools)

      Rahm’s arrogance knew no bounds.

      It wasn’t just the closing of 55 schools in BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS..

      it was turning around and giving the money – that they said wasn’t there to help improve the public schools..

      to Charter School scams.

      It was not being able to find TIFF monies for the Black and Brown neighborhoods …

      but, the ability to find $125 million dollars for a stadium for DEPAUL who hasn’t had a winning team since I was a child.

      It was closing 55 schools in Black neighborhoods..

      but finding 20 million dollars for an expansion annex for a public school in the richest part of town….

      it was his fundamental disrespect of Black people….

      it was the scam of the redlight cameras that he expanded…

      I could be with you here for hours discussing my rage everytime I drive by the one closest to my house and how utterly ridiculous they are.

      And, don’t get me started on Chicago Snow Etiquette. I have never seen the streets of Chicago look this bad after a snow in the post-Bilandic Age…

      and, I’m not just talking about the South Side….

      I’m talking about DOWNTOWN CHICAGO looking pitiful after a snowstorm.

      then, I could begin with you on the scam of the new paying system with the Chicago Transit Authority, when nothing was wrong with the old way we paid on the CTA, except for nobody was making money off of it.

      I honestly think the momentum is with Chuy.

      The polls last week had Rahm at 45%.

      That was what he got last night,

      He lost the undecideds. They went with Chuy.

      People underreport this, but not only is Rahm in a runoff..

      but FORTY PERCENT of the City Council is now in a runoff..

      Including 8 of the 9 largest $$$$ recipients from Rahm’s SuperPac.

      People are finished, and I believe folks just needed to believe that Rahm could be beat. There is a lot of resentment out there in those streets.

      Me….I’m looking for a Chuy button for my coat.

      • 25 Vicki
        February 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

        You got me convinced. You rikyrah and 57 on the same page.

        The charter school issue is a litmus test for me.

        DLC types—Rahm and Cuomo stand with corporate types who love to drain public school money into private hands.
        REAL democrats like Bill de Blasio want all the money and more to stay in the public school system.

        If you care about public education it is IMPOSSIBLE to support charter schools,
        The “dems” who support Charters lie and say Charters are for the public too. Except that the money goes into private pockets, the teachers are non-union and badly paid, and older experienced teachers are fired and replaced by the newest lowest paid personnel .

      • February 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

        Go Chuy!

        And so happy to hear you are on the mend.

      • 28 taiping1
        February 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm

        Welcome home! We all missed you. Hope you find ways of keeping the stress from getting you down. Forward!

  4. February 25, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Good morning, TODville.

    Susan Rice was stellar on Charlie Rose last night. It always takes them a while to post the video and I’ll bring it here when it’s available.

  5. 33 Don
    February 25, 2015 at 9:35 am

    What I don’t understand is why not use the same strategy that President Obama used to win the Presidency twice? It is ironic that Chuy Garcia used the very strategy that President Obama developed. It is almost inconceivable that Rahm finds himself in a runoff in Chicago of all places.

    • 34 57andfemale
      February 25, 2015 at 10:00 am

      4 challengers, so it’s not that inconceivable. Rahm was a “new” major after decades of Daley. Challengers were going to do better after one term. Yes, it’s a referendum on Rahm but I don’t think it’s as big as non-Chicagoans are making it out to be.

      That, and the fact that Rahm has been a major disappointment. But so was Daley, who kept getting elected over and over. It didn’t matter what he did, how corrupt he was, or what he neglected. Chicago is a strange place.

  6. 35 Vicki
    February 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Last night Bob explained that Bibi turned down Sen. Feinstein and Sen. Durbin’s invites to meet with senate dems by saying Bibi didn’t want to hear their objections to him.

    Now that we find out that Bibi is inviting heads of Arab states to his speech in front of Congress, the rejection of the private meeting with Sen Dems seems like something more ominous than Bibi simply avoiding a scolding.

    What is the maniac from the middle-east trying to cook up? An alliance with GOP and Arabian oil producers to go against PBO and the Democrats?

    This is a fool-hardy plan and I hope Bibi’s comeuppance is swift and strong. I trust PBO to put this bloated bully in his place.

    • February 25, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Netanyahu was hoping he could manipulate Arab leaders into giving him a standing O at his speech and having the very public appearance of siding with him on Iran talks. This is all beyond the pale. I can’t imagine a more egregious act by a foreign leader than this entire fiasco. I am thoroughly disgusted.

      And to think that Dem leadership insist on going. What are they going to do? Stand and applaud him, too?

    • 37 57andfemale
      February 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

      What gives him the right to invite anyone to the U.S. Congress?!?!

      Gee, sure would be great if we had a DNC leader who cared about America and her party more than she cares about Israel. Because if we had some version of Reince,he would be crowing that the GOP was “inviting terrorists” to Congress, without the President’s approval, and calling the Speaker the traitor that he is.

      But now – DWS will stand with Boehner and Bibi against Feinstein, Durbin, her party, her country and any sense of decency.

      How do I go about starting a petition to fire her ass?

      FYI, for those of you who don’t know me – I’m a 64 year old American Jew. Bibi does not speak for me and is destroying Israel’s chance for any kind of lasting peace. He’s a menace.

    • 40 EricFive
      February 25, 2015 at 11:48 am

      It sounds like all theater and no substance. It is also a major misreading of the American public, which seems to siding with PBO and not a foreign leader. If you are worried about Bibi causing irrepairable harm to the “special relationship” between the two countries, I understand and agree with your concern. If you are worried about this increasingly stupid and desperate stunt harming PBO, I think you should relax. He will give his speech, the usual suspects will praise it and life will go on. PBO won’t be pressured by these clowns. This seems like a “please proceed governor” moment.

  7. 41 Nerdy Wonka
    February 25, 2015 at 9:43 am

    • 42 Linda
      February 25, 2015 at 9:48 am

      It is the : They all look alike white man syndrome…..

      oy

    • 44 amk for obama
      February 25, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Incompetence at every level and everything they do. Amazing voters fall for their crap all the time.

    • February 25, 2015 at 10:44 am

      All black Republicans look alike. Well at least it isn’t a picture of Herman Cain.

    • 46 Nena20409
      February 25, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      They have a hand full of African Americans in their C-PAC midst and they fail to differentiate Dr Carson…..full hair with beard and glasses to Sen West, bald, clean shaven and a tad heavier than Dr Carson?
      Wow…..where is Giuliani to tell C-PAC how much They LOVE African Americans?
      Wow…..this is beyond Insane.

    • 47 nospin
      February 25, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      what tha!!!!! hahahahahahahahahaaha

      So Nerdy, are you saying they do not all look alike? hahahahahahahahahahaha

  8. 48 kid kanga
    February 25, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I can’t wait for this whole Bibi/Boner speech thing to collapse like a cheap lawn chair beneath them. No plot those two tool bags can come up with will bear fruit against our president. Lets hope israel smartens up and dumps him in 2 weeks.

  9. 51 Vicki
    February 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Bravo to NY Gov. Cuomo and NYC Mayor de Blasio!!!
    Tipped workers see their pay rise from $5 an hour to $7.50.

  10. February 25, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Beauty break!

  11. 58 donna dem 4 obama
    February 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Today is George Harrison’s Birthday. I had such a crush on George as a young girl. If only I had kept and preserved all those old Beatles 45’s 😦

  12. 62 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

    This is an excellent read on Rahm (get past the first paragraph). It says a lot of what I feel at this point:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/02/25/1366688/-Reconsidering-Rahm

    • 63 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 25, 2015 at 10:36 am

      RAHM WILL HAVE TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES OF BEING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY…THEY ALWAYS FIND YOU. YOUR HEART MUST BE RIGHT OR I GUARANTEE…YOU WILL EVENTUALLY LOSE THE FIGHT!

    • 64 japa21
      February 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

      It is an excellent read. As you indicate above, however, we don’t know what we would get with Garcia. The writer does make the point about him being the floor leader for Periwinkle in the county so that will give us somewhere to start.

  13. 65 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Good Morning BFF and TOD.

    • 66 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 25, 2015 at 10:41 am

      VERY AWESOME…I LOVE IT WHEN OUR ENERGIZER PRESIDENT RECEIVES THE LOVE AND ADMIRATION AND RESPECT HE DESERVES!…I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS…WILL BE WATCHING!

  14. 67 SUE DUVALL SMITH
    February 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

    THERE MUST BE EFFORTS INITIATED IN THIS COUNTRY TO PRESS FOR THE DELIVERANCE OF SAID TREASONOUS CONSEQUENCES TO THOSE WHO HOLD LEADERSHIP…AKA RUSTY…TURTLE AND CRONIES…THIS NEEDS TO STOP IN THIS COUNTRY AND IT IS UNFAIR TO THE CITIZENS WHO ARE HELD HOSTAGE!

  15. 69 donna dem 4 obama
    February 25, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Snow…Friggin Snow 😯

    • 70 SUE DUVALL SMITH
      February 25, 2015 at 10:45 am

      THERE ARE ALWAYS DUMMIES WHO WILL BUY IT!

      • 71 SUE DUVALL SMITH
        February 25, 2015 at 10:47 am

        THERE ARE ALSO CONSEQUENCES FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY ARE FOOLING THE MAJORITY…GOD’S JUSTICE ALWAYS PREVAILS NO MATTER WHO IS PULLING THE PLOW.HE ALWAYS..ALWAYS WINS!

    • 72 arapaho415
      February 25, 2015 at 11:26 am

      Wish we had transporter technology.

      Wouldn’t it be great for EVERYONE if we zap all that snow to our parched Sierra Nevada mountains?

      Californians and other westerners would be so grateful!

  16. 73 Linda
    February 25, 2015 at 10:53 am

    The veto era continues.

    Obama Threatens Veto Of GOP Bill To Fix No Child Left Behind

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/obama-no-child-left-behind-veto

    They are trying to turn it into a Grant Program……

  17. February 25, 2015 at 10:54 am

    LOL! Snow Days! 😀

    I know some Moms who feel EXACTLY the same way as this poor lady! Bless her heart! 😀

  18. February 25, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Good morning TOD folks! Looking forward to PBO’s Town Hall today. I really think J Boehner should be held to account in a town hall. He’s too much of a coward to face the people and explain his actions.

  19. 78 Dudette
    February 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

    This is AWESOME!

    • 79 vcprezofan2
      February 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

      GM, D-ette and thanks for this introduction! My basement could definitely use something like this. Maybe by the time I can afford to upgrade down there the price of one of these panels will be within reach.

      • 80 japa21
        February 25, 2015 at 11:24 am

        Wealth is not always determined by the amount of money you have but rather by the respect and admiration you receive from others. In those terms, you are wealthy enough to afford Windsor castle.

        • 81 vcprezofan2
          February 25, 2015 at 11:30 am

          True, very true, and thank you! 🙂 🙂

          Morning, Japa!
          psst! Since I don’t really want Windsor, or any other, castle, do you think I should try trading some of my wealth (as currently assessed) with Amk for a skylight panel or two?

          • 82 japa21
            February 25, 2015 at 11:33 am

            AMK? Hell, he would charge more than Windsor is worth for one panel.

            • 83 vcprezofan2
              February 25, 2015 at 11:37 am

              Sigh! I was thinking maybe he would consider a trade…… like in the good old days – a bit of my wealth as you described for two panels. Nothing monetary, you understand. /He *has* been calmer (and less mercenary) since his last trip. I’m guessing he missed us a lot. /

        • 85 SUE DUVALL SMITH
          February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm

          WELL SAID JAPA…NO GENUINE WEALTH COMES FROM THE POCKET..IT COMES FROM THE HEART!

    • 86 arapaho415
      February 25, 2015 at 11:28 am

      In return for the snow that the east and Midwest zaps to Cali (see response to DonnaDem upthread), we could zap some sunshine your way!

      (It’s blindingly bright today, not a cloud in the sky. 😦 )

      • 87 carolyn
        February 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

        It’s my strong belief, that if we can build pipelines that will carry toxic oil all over the country, surely we can build pipelines to carry water from those areas with too much, to those areas with not enough. Water is going to be the gold and oil of the next fifty years, and we need to get started now. AND…..water won’t pollute the aquafers or ground if the pipeline breaks.

  20. 90 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 11:07 am

  21. 91 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 11:11 am

  22. 92 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Gee, Durbin is “disappointed” that Bibi would diss those who have supported Israel for decades.

    I am so sick of tepid words like “disappointed”. Will Democrats ever learn?

  23. 95 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    TJ MAXX, MARSHALLS TO FOLLOW WAL-MART IN RAISING PAY

    The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour. … The announcement by TJX Cos. comes a week after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would increase wages for its employees and is a sign that more competitors may follow suit. Low-paying retailers are having a harder time retaining workers as the job market improves. … More here: http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/02/25/tj-maxx-marshalls-to-follow-wal-mart-in-raising-pay/

  24. 97 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 12:06 pm

  25. 98 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 12:18 pm

  26. 102 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 12:22 pm

  27. 103 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm

  28. 104 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    ✈ LIVE NOW ✈ President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews for Miami – http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  29. 105 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm

  30. 106 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 12:31 pm

  31. February 25, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    In Mayoral Runoff, Rahm Emanuel’s Corrupt Governance Has Finally Caught Up With Him
    It’s become increasingly clear to Chicagoans that Rahm Emanuel is out for himself and his rich friends, not for us.
    BY RICK PERLSTEIN

    ……………………………

    Indeed, the mayor faced a drumbeat of outstanding journalistic exposes all throughout the campaign. The Chicago Sun-Times reported on Deborah Quazzo, an Emanuel school board appointee who runs an investment fund for companies that privatize school functions. They discovered that five companies in which she had an ownership stake have more than tripled their business with the Chicago Public Schools since she joined the board, many of them for contracts drawn up in the suspicious amount of $24,999—one dollar below the amount that required central office approval. (Chicago is the only municipality in Illinois whose school board is appointed by a mayor. But activists succeeded—in an arduous accomplishment against the obstruction attempts of Emanuel backers on the city council—to get an advisory referendum on the ballot in a majority of the city’s wards calling for an elected representative school board. Approximately 90 percent of the voters who could vote for the measure did.)

    The Chicago Tribune reported that of Emanuel’s top 106 contributors, 60 of them received favors from the city. Another in-depth investigation discovered that City Hall had lied repeatedly about a signature initiative of the Emanuel years, automated cameras that issue tickets for the running of red lights. The administration insisted the cameras led to a 47 percent decline in “T-bone” crashes, when the true number was 15 percent—and they also caused a corresponding 22 percent increase in rear-end collisions. That reinforced suspicions that the cameras weren’t installed for the safety of “the children,” as Emanuel sanctimoniously insists, but are a revenue grab, a regressive tax that falls disproportionately on the poor.

    The International Business Tribune discovered that Emanuel was evading his own, much-trumpeted executive order banning campaign contributions from city contractors by shoveling $38 million in city resources to his donors via “direct voucher payments,” a sketchy loophole that lets businesses get city money without bids or contracts—without, in fact, any way of documenting what the money is used for.

    And a join investigation between public radio station WBEZ and the magazine Catalyst Chicago demonstrated that the Chicago Public Schools CEO Emanuel hired, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, was able to juke the statistics on high school graduation rates—which supposedly went from 70 to 85 percent over the lat decade—by contracting with for-profit online education companies that demanded very little work from students, while still allowing them to receive diplomas from the last school they attended.

    http://inthesetimes.com/article/17681/rahm_emanuel_chuy_garcia_runoff

    • 108 57andfemale
      February 25, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      And yet Rahm’s corruption pales in comparison to what Daley got away with. Chicago is an entity unto itself. We’ll see what happens. It’s going to be interesting, the next six weeks.

  32. 109 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 12:39 pm

  33. 110 Vicki
    February 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    PBO will be joined by George Bush in Selma on March 7.
    What?
    Yes, it is true.
    GWB signed the last VRA legislation in 2006. So on this issue he is a good guy.

  34. 111 Nena20409
    February 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm

  35. 113 Nena20409
    February 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm

  36. 114 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 12:46 pm

  37. 115 Nena20409
    February 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

  38. 116 Nena20409
    February 25, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Fine Post, Chips.
    Congrats on FURST, Amk……with the Golden ⭐
    Congrats to Gold ⭐ winners, 3 posts back.
    Happy Wednesday TODville.

  39. 117 Nena20409
    February 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Better News each week.
    Awesome.

  40. February 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm

  41. February 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    “Jewish-American support for Israel is strong, but not strong enough to overcome a determined administration. Never has been. And the majority of Jewish Americans are unhappy with some or most of the current Israeli government’s policies.

    If all that were not enough, Netanyahu’s determination to address Congress has all but destroyed any chance the Hill’s passing new sanctions and overriding a presidential veto. The deal will therefore go ahead. Will Israel respond to what on its face is indeed a bad deal with Iran by launching a strike against Tehran’s nuclear facilities? And if it does, given the atmosphere that Netanyahu has generated in Washington, can it seriously expect American support of any kind?

    How long would it take for Iran to recover from a strike and obtain a nuclear weapon? Five years? Ten years? Without American support, how safe would Israelis be in a decade’s time?

    These are not comfortable questions. But the source of that discomfort is Netanyahu. He is right to oppose a deal that he views as bad for his
    country. But he is wrong to put the Israeli-American relationship at risk. He still has time to change his mind and stay home.”

    #TrustBarack

    • 121 Vicki
      February 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Bibi must hear the shark getting closer and closer—Jaws reference, obviously.

    • 122 EricFive
      February 25, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing this article Bob. It echoes many of my opinions (except for the “bad deal” nonsense). The only country hurt by this stunt will be Bibi’s.

    • 123 nospin
      February 25, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      “Israel, it has depended on the Obama administration in particular to block United Nations recognition of Palestine as a sovereign state. Israel needs ongoing American support in the International Court of Justice to prevent Palestinian efforts to brand its leaders and military officials as war criminals. It needs American military equipment. It needs American dollars to buy that equipment. The list goes on. And on. Mr. Netanyahu is putting all of this in jeopardy.”

      How needy. I need your signature, your military, your equipment, and your money.

      What exactly is America’s return on this investment of US Tax Payer dollars? Bibi’ trying to break bad on our President.

      not only no but HELL no. US Taxpayers should not fund Bibi’s wars.

  42. 124 Nena20409
    February 25, 2015 at 12:57 pm

  43. 125 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 1:02 pm

  44. 126 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm

  45. February 25, 2015 at 1:12 pm

  46. 128 donna dem 4 obama
    February 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm

  47. 129 57andfemale
    February 25, 2015 at 1:17 pm

  48. 131 JER
    February 25, 2015 at 1:28 pm

  49. 132 Linda
    February 25, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Bibi against the WORLD !!!!!!

    Israel’s Netanyahu Slams World Powers Over Iran Nuclear Talks

    JERUSALEM (AP) — In his sharpest criticism yet, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that world powers “have given up” on stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons in ongoing negotiations.

    Netanyahu’s comments, at a meeting of his Likud Party outside of Jerusalem, come as he plans to address the U.S. Congress on the nuclear negotiations.

    The West fears Iran could build an atomic bomb with its nuclear program. Iran says its program is for peaceful purposes. The Islamic Republic is now negotiating a final deal with the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany, with hopes of on a preliminary deal in March and a follow-up pact in June.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/25/netanyahu-iran-nuclear-talks_n_6752872.html

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