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City’s inspector general takes on Ald. Burke over worker’s comp

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter fspielman@suntimes.com July 26, 2012 10:14AM Inspector General Joe Ferguson has already gone toe-to-toe with former Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Now, he’s taking on the City Council’s most powerful alderman. Ferguson went public Thursday with a jurisdictional dispute that’s been simmering …

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House passes Ron Paul’s Fed audit measure

Bernanke opposes ‘nightmare’ By Stephen Dinan The Washington Times In a move that serves as a capstone to Rep. Ron Paul’s colorful career, the House on Wednesday voted to have Congress‘ chief investigators conduct a full audit of the Federal Reserve’s shrouded decision-making process. The overwhelming 327-98 vote sends the …

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“Do Not Track” Internet spat risks legislative crackdown

By Jasmin Melvin | Reuters – Mon, 23 Jul, 2012 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House wants a “Do Not Track” option put on websites to give consumers greater control of their personal information online but Internet companies and privacy groups are at odds on how tight the controls should …

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Ice-T Defends Gun Rights: “The Last Form Of Defense Against Tyranny”

Ice-T: Well, I’ll give up my gun when everybody does. Doesn’t that make sense? If there were guns here, would you want to be the only person without one? Krishnan Guru-Murthy, anchor, Channel 4 News: So do you carry guns routinely at home? Ice-T: Yeah, it’s legal in the United …

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‘Dark Knight’ Shooting To Be Exploited For Political Grist

Second amendment, ‘conspiracy theorists’ to be blamed for incident Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com Friday, July 20, 2012 Within hours of the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colorado at a screening of the new Batman movie, the political machine is already gearing up to exploit the incident as a tool to demonize …

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Tourism official: City must curtail crime wave

By Kathy Bergen Tribune staff reporter 6:03 p.m. CDT, July 11, 2012 Chicago’s extensive efforts to reinvigorate its convention and tourism industries could be damaged unless the city quickly defuses the violent crime wave that has exploded in its neighborhoods and nicked the downtown, the city’s top convention and tourism …

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As homicides spike, Chicago mayor defends tactics

By DON BABWIN | Associated Press – 11 hrs ago CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent publicly defended their new gang-fighting strategy Monday amid growing criticism that the changes are failing and a big reason why the city’s homicide rate has soared this year. After weeks of media …

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Right-Wing Judges Seek to Close the Courthouse Doors to Public Interest Claims

Imagine if, prior to arguing Brown v. Board of Education on behalf of the NAACP, future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall instead had been forced by pro-Jim Crow judges to pay substantial penalties for “grossly abusing the judicial process” by asserting what they deemed to be frivolous arguments. Had that …

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Save the Peaks: Federal Court of Appeals Attacks Public Interest Litigants

Save the Peaks: Federal Court of Appeals Attacks Public Interest Litigants By Stephen Brittle, President, Don’t Waste Arizona June 26, 2012 The message from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was clear: if you are concerned about the environment; if you want to protect Native American sacred areas; or even …

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Nearly 90 Percent of Teachers Authorize Strike

Nearly 90 percent of union-represented Chicago Public Schools teachers voted to authorize a strike, the Chicago Teachers Union said Monday. The vote not only exceeded the 75 percent required by state law, but some school networks voted 100 percent to authorize a strike, the union said. The strike authorization vote …

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