WBEZ | Filibuster http://www.wbez.org/tags/filibuster Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hey, Toronto – take this http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/hey-toronto-%E2%80%93-take-105947 <p><p><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55289779@N00/8462456352/" target="_blank"><img alt="Downtown Toronto skyline, 2013" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/toronto%20flickr.jpg" style="float: right; height: 400px; width: 300px;" title="Downtown Toronto skyline, 2013" /></a><b>&#39;I&rsquo;D RATHER BE THE 500TH MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN CHICAGO THAN THE KING OF CANADA.&#39; </b><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/18676069-452/congratulations-toronto.html" target="_blank">Neil Steinberg reacts</a>&nbsp;in the <i>Sun-Times</i> to news&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thestar.com/news/city_hall/2013/03/05/torontos_population_overtakes_chicago.html" target="_blank">the population of <strong>Toronto</strong> is now larger than Chicago&#39;s</a>.<br />* Also in Chicago&#39;s favor:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-blackhawks-avalanche-20130306,0,4519812.story" target="_blank">We have the Blackhawks</a>.<br />* And <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-bike-swap-20130307,0,2863966.story" target="_blank">a citywide bike swap</a>.<br />* And&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/where-was-peter-sagal-25-105923" target="_blank">Peter Sagal</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/" target="_blank">Wait Wait...Don&#39;t Tell Me!</a>&quot; (but not <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/year25" target="_blank">when he was 25 years old</a>).<br />* And&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130304/near-west-side/photos-of-dead-bodies-be-posted-on-medical-examiners-site" target="_blank">dead body photos</a>.<br />* <i>The Onion: </i>&quot;Bostonians buzz about their daily routines in a delightful hubbub of excitement <a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/pretty-cute-watching-boston-residents-play-daily-g,31554/" target="_blank">as if they lived in a major American metropolis</a>.&quot;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>&#39;A LAWSUIT WAITING TO HAPPEN.&#39; </b>That&#39;s one community activist&#39;s response to a <em>Sun-Times</em> analysis that concludes <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18626817-761/black-students-far-more-likely-to-see-their-cps-school-closed-than-others-sun-times-analysis.html" target="_blank">9 in 10 of the Chicago Public School students potentially affected by school closings this year are black</a>.<br />* Commission report:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/notebook/2013/03/06/20866/school-utilization-commission-says-cps-can-handle-closing-80-schools" target="_blank">Chicago can sustain closure of 80 schools</a> &ndash; more than seven times the maximum yearly total so far.<br />* <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130306/uptown/residents-rally-outside-capplemans-office-protest-war-on-poor" target="_blank">Protesters gather outside Uptown alderman&#39;s office</a> to oppose &quot;War on the Poor.&quot;</span></p><hr /><div style="text-align: center;"><em><em><span style="color: #990000; font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif; font-size: large;"><span style="color: #990000; font-size: medium;">Fresh news quiz tomorrow. Missed last week&#39;s?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a></span>.</span></em></em><br /><hr style="text-align: start;" /><div style="text-align: start;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>THE FILIBUSTER THAT ATE WASHINGTON.&nbsp;The Atlantic&nbsp;</b>boils down almost 13 hours of Sen. Rand Paul&#39;s anti-drone monologue into&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/03/cliffs-notes-for-the-filibuster-rand-paul-in-his-own-words/273787/" target="_blank">a few key highlights</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Filibuster fueled in part by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mediaite.com/tv/rand-paul-filibuster-devolves-in-7th-hour-as-ted-cruz-starts-reading-directly-from-twitter/" target="_blank">tweets from fans</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Obama&#39;s food-based political strategy&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-invites-paul-ryan-to-lunch-158708.html" target="_blank">bringing Paul Ryan to lunch</a>.</span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><span style="text-align: center;">* Fact-checkers&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2013/03/obama-administration-sequester-claims-shot-down-by-158626.html" style="text-align: center;" target="_blank">singe presidential pants</a><span style="text-align: center;">.</span></span></div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><b>&#39;CHÁVEZ&nbsp;WAS TRYING TO EMBARRASS PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH. ... OR HE GENUINELY CARED ABOUT THE POOR PEOPLE OF CHICAGO.&#39; </b>T<i>he Reader</i>&#39;s Ben Joravsky recalls a time when Venezuela&#39;s president <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/03/06/that-time-the-cta-turned-down-free-gas-from-hugo-chavez" target="_blank">offered the CTA millions of dollars worth of free gasoline</a>.</span></div></div><div style="text-align: start;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* WBEZ&#39;s Achy Obejas translates 2011 speech in which <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas/2013-03/ch%C3%A1vez-dies-vp-accuses-us-poisoning-105932" target="_blank">Hugo&nbsp;Chávez discussed likelihood he&#39;d been poisoned by the U.S.</a></span></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;">* Is&nbsp;Chávez&#39;s&nbsp;chosen successor, his vice president, the real deal &ndash; or just a &quot;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/world/americas/a-leaders-cry-in-venezuela-i-am-chavez.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">Mini-Me</a>&quot;?</span></div><div style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><strong style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">ANGRY, BUT FREE. </strong><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">The original &quot;Angry Birds&quot; game is now </span><a href="http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/03/07/get-flinging-the-original-angry-birds-for-ios-is-now-free-for-the-first-time-ever/" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" target="_blank">available at no charge for the iPhone and other mobile devices</a><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;">* After 6 months, </span><a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130307/yahoo-ceo-marissa-mayer-gets-a-million-dollar-bonus-after-six-months-on-the-job/" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" target="_blank">Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gets bonus</a><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;"> for ... One. Million. Dollars.</span></div></div></div><hr /><p><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times New Roman, serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.</em></span></p></p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/hey-toronto-%E2%80%93-take-105947