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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed to a politically risky runoff election in April after conceding he won't reach the 50 percent benchmark he needs on Tuesday night. "We have come a long way and we have a little further to go," Emanuel told supporters at a union hall. Emanuel said he's moved the city in the right direction. "But we have to be honest. We have a lot more work to do." With 83.7 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel had 45.5 percent to 33.9 percent for challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, a Cook County commissioner. The two will now campaign for six more weeks and Chicago voters will get their final say on April 7. "So, nobody thought we'd be here tonight," Garcia told supporters. "They wrote us off, they said we didn't have a chance. They said we didn't have any money while they spent millions attacking us. Well, we're still standing. We're still running. And we're gonna win."


Monday, February 23, 2015

New York Times Editorial Board: Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects -- an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Obama has said multiple times that "we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards," as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down. read more


Mr. Obama has said multiple times that "we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards," as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down. read more


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Citing the "tragic attacks in Ottawa, Sydney and Paris," the White House on Wednesday is convening a summit on violent extremism. Its goal is admirable and ambitious: neutralizing terrorism's root causes by stopping people from radicalizing in the first place. Yet the causes of violent extremism are poorly understood, and programs are often targeted at the wrong audiences. So to help the world leaders at the summit do more good than harm, let's dispel some of the biggest myths. read more


Last November, voters elected Republican majorities to both chambers of Congress. So if the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shuts down over a budget impasse between the House and Senate, it will be the fault of … Senate Democrats?

That's what House Speaker John Boehner said, with a straight face, after the Senate failed three times to advance a House gotcha bill that would tie Homeland Security funding to the reversal of President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. read more


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