Top story: Today is a big one for Chicago politics. It's the first City Council meeting since the April runoffs. So what's on the agenda? Um...um....wait...um....nothin'? Affordable housing? No. Pushed off. Food trucks? No. That's old. Cleaning horse urine? Already done.
If the Republican-led House has its way, federal funds for all public broadcasters will soon end. The House Rules Committee recently voted 6-5 to defund NPR. The bill will now move to the floor for debate. At stake are hundreds of millions of dollars for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller stepped down on March 9. The move came in the wake of a video depicting an NPR fundraiser making disparaging remarks about members of the Tea Party. This personnel shake-up at NPR came at a particularly sensitive time for public broadcasting.
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said the political bickering over the federal budget isn't expected to end any time soon.Durbin said Friday he thinks Congress will have to approve another temporary budget to avoid a government shut down.
In "Part II" of his secretly recorded conversations with NPR fundraisers, conservative political activist James O'Keefe's accomplice presses for assurance that a $5 million gift to NPR from the fake group could be kept anonymous.In the 44-minute recording, NPR Senior Director of Institutional Giving
If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would guess that the recent uproar about NPR and today's startling news that Vivian Schiller has resigned was staged for pledge drive purposes. Nothing like a backlash against NPR and federal funding to get public radio lovers riled up.