WBEZ | State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/tags/state-union Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en State of the Union: Obama's foreign policy http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-21/state-union-obamas-foreign-policy-111429 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/obama speech.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In his State of the Union speech President Obama called on Congress to end the embargo on Cuba. He also said he&#39;d veto any new sanctions on Iran. We&#39;ll take a look at the future of U.S. foreign policy with the Atlantic&#39;s Steve Clemons.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-state-of-the-union-obama-s-foreign-polic/embed?header=none&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-state-of-the-union-obama-s-foreign-polic.js?header=none&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-state-of-the-union-obama-s-foreign-polic" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: State of the Union, Obama's foreign policy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-01-21/state-union-obamas-foreign-policy-111429 State of the Union primer: What President Obama proposed http://www.wbez.org/news/state-union-primer-what-president-obama-proposed-111426 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/sotu_wide-456588d57da3d41fbdf48da8113282bc3bbe242a-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Facing a Republican-controlled Congress in his sixth State of the Union speech, President Obama took credit Tuesday for an improving economy and focused on proposals aimed at advancing the middle class.</p><p>After years of recession and war, Obama claimed &quot;the shadow of crisis has passed.&quot; In its place, he asserted, is a future marked by &quot;a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production.&quot;</p><p>Here&#39;s what Obama proposed on the policy front:</p><p><strong>Economy</strong></p><p>For years, Obama has been wary of cheering too loudly about the nation&#39;s economic recovery for fear of seeming out of touch with hard-hit Americans or being caught short by another slowdown. It&#39;s happened before. But after what he called a &quot;breakthrough year,&quot; Obama is setting caution aside.</p><p>&quot;The shadow of crisis has passed,&quot; Obama said. &quot;Tonight, we turn the page.&quot;</p><p>The president has reason to celebrate. Last year saw the strongest job growth in 15 years. The unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent. Inflation was a non-issue. And with gasoline selling for just over $2 a gallon in many parts of the country, drivers are expected to save hundreds of dollars at the pump this year.</p><p>Polls show Americans&#39; attitudes about the economy are also improving &mdash; and that in turn has boosted the president&#39;s own poll numbers.</p><p>Wages remain stagnant, though.</p><p>The president has offered a variety of prescriptions to address that, and in his speech, he grouped those ideas together under a new label: &quot;Middle-Class Economics.&quot;</p><p><strong>Middle-Class Economics</strong></p><p>Obama&#39;s budget proposal will call for a number of new and expanded tax credits to help working families. He also wants Congress to require paid sick leave for the 43 million American workers who don&#39;t already have it. And because many jobs now require some form of higher education, Obama wants to let anyone attend community college for free, so long as they keep their grades up and graduate on time.</p><p>The president suggests paying for these proposals by raising the top tax rate on capital gains to 28 percent, and extending it to cover inherited wealth. The White House says 99 percent of the additional taxes would be paid by the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. The idea is almost certainly a nonstarter in the Republican-controlled Congress. But Democrats will use it as a rhetorical weapon to campaign on.</p><p><strong>Infrastructure</strong></p><p>The first bill the new Republican Senate took up this year would green-light the Keystone XL oil pipeline, carrying oil from the Canadian tar sands to the Gulf Coast of the United States. Obama has threatened to veto the measure, saying his administration needs more time to decide whether building the pipeline is in the national interest.</p><p>Critics say the pipeline would worsen the problem of climate change by encouraging development of the carbon-intensive tar sands. In his State of the Union address, Obama downplayed the pipeline controversy to focus on broader infrastructure needs, including modern ports, faster trains, and affordable broadband Internet.</p><p>&quot;Let&#39;s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline,&quot; Obama said. &quot;Let&#39;s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year and make this country stronger for decades to come.&quot;</p><p><strong>Trade</strong></p><p>One area where Obama may have gotten more applause from Republicans than from Democrats was his call for &quot;fast track&quot; authority to negotiate two big trade deals &mdash; one spanning the Pacific, the other the Atlantic.</p><p>Many members of the president&#39;s own party oppose the trade deals, and Obama openly acknowledged their skepticism. &quot;I&#39;m the first one to admit that past trade deals haven&#39;t always lived up to the hype,&quot; he said. &quot;But 95 percent of the world&#39;s customers live outside our borders, and we can&#39;t close ourselves off from those opportunities.&quot;</p><p>Republican congressional leaders like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner have identified trade as one of the few areas where they think they can find common ground with Obama.</p><p><em>&mdash; Scott Horsley</em></p><p><strong>National Security</strong></p><p>&quot;Stopping ISIL&#39;s advance&quot; is how President Obama described the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State fighters in both Iraq and Syria, with the aim to &quot;degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.&quot; The president touted the U.S. leading &quot;a broad coalition&quot; including Arab nations &quot;instead of getting dragged into another ground war.&quot; Translation: The U.S. will keep fighting an air war while others battle at ground level.</p><p>The president&#39;s apparent resolve not to send in ground troops may help garner support from Congress for the new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) he called on lawmakers to pass. It may also draw opposition from hawks, including Senate Armed Services Committee chairman John McCain, who say U.S. ground forces are needed to push back the gains Islamic State fighters have made this year.</p><p>One other unresolved question about the AUMF: Who&#39;s going to draft (and thus own) the measure?</p><p>House Speaker John Boehner says he wants the White House to send such a proposal to the Hill; Obama simply says he has committed to both parties to working on a text for the AUMF. One thing all parties agree on is that the two AUMFs, from 2001 and 2002, currently being used to justify the air war against ISIS are obsolete and need to be replaced by a measure that has a clear expiration date.</p><p>The president departed from his prepared text in proclaiming, &quot;It&#39;s time to close Gitmo!&quot; &mdash; a task he set for himself at the beginning of his presidency. Obama said he has reduced the prison population at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by half &mdash; and that&#39;s true. What he did not say is that even he thinks there are several dozen detainees being held there who are too dangerous to be set free, but against whom there is insufficient evidence for a court conviction. He did not propose what their fate should be.</p><p><em>&mdash; David Welna</em></p><p><strong>Foreign Policy</strong></p><p>President Obama is defending his new approach to Cuba, saying he&#39;s ending a policy that is &quot;long past its expiration date.&quot; He used his State of the Union address to urge Congress to lift a decades-old embargo on Cuba. Knowing that is unlikely, he has already chipped away at the embargo, easing many travel and trade restrictions on Cuba and sending Roberta Jacobson, assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere, to Havana this week to begin talks on restoring diplomatic ties and reopening embassies.</p><p>Opponents of the president&#39;s new policy invited some Cuban dissidents to the chamber to remind Obama of the ongoing human rights abuses on the island. The White House guest list included Alan Gross, the U.S. government contractor who was freed in December after five years in a Cuban jail for trying to provide Internet services on the island; Gross&#39; release opened the door to these warming ties. He stood up to say &quot;thank you&quot; as the president spoke about his case.</p><p>On Iran, diplomats trying to resolve the nuclear issue have missed a couple of deadlines, but Obama says there is still a chance between now and the spring to negotiate a &quot;comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran.&quot;</p><p>&quot;There are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed,&quot; Obama said in his State of the Union, but he warned lawmakers that any new sanctions will &quot;all but guarantee that diplomacy fails.&quot;</p><p>Obama has made this case before, arguing that the sanctions under consideration would divide the U.S. and its partners. The Obama administration has been working with the U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China and has tried to keep up a united front. Lawmakers that support new sanctions argue that it took economic leverage to get Iran to the table in the first place.</p><p>As he outlined his broader foreign policy agenda, Obama said he plans to lead &quot;not with bluster, but with persistent, steady resolve.&quot; He touted his efforts to work with partners and not to get &quot;dragged into another ground war in the Middle East.&quot;</p><p>Obama says the U.S. is leading a broad coalition to stop the advances of the self-proclaimed Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, supporting Iraqi forces and the &quot;moderate opposition&quot; in Syria to help. However, in Syria, the situation is far more complex. The opposition and some U.S. partners are less focused on countering ISIS than on countering Bashar Assad&#39;s regime.</p><p><em>&mdash; Michele Kelemen</em></p><p><strong>Cybersecurity And Technology</strong></p><p>Obama called on Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation &mdash; something Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he&#39;s open to moving on (unlike immigration). So it&#39;s a good&nbsp;<em>political</em>&nbsp;move. But Obama may be missing the mark in terms of substance &mdash; maybe even making it easier for the private sector to pass the buck.</p><p>In this digital age, as companies throw people&#39;s data into the cloud, they have to treat that data like banks treat money &mdash; with real protections.</p><p>Obama wants more information sharing between the government and companies. But experts say that could give companies an excuse to just wait for federal dispatches or &quot;most wanted&quot; lists, and not vigilantly monitor their own networks for malicious software (malware) and other attacks.</p><p>Obama also wants consumers to be told, in 30 days, if their credit card number was stolen. But, critics say, the retailer Target sending customers a letter doesn&#39;t solve the problem of mangled internal practices.</p><p>And the president is throwing stones from a glass house. So far, government audits indicate that&nbsp;<a href="http://gao.gov/assets/670/662227.pdf" target="_blank">federal agencies are failing</a>&nbsp;to protect Americans&#39; data too, and tell us about it.</p><p>Another concern is that Obama&#39;s move to make tougher criminal justice laws, through changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, will be &quot;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2015/01/14/obamas-proposed-changes-to-the-computer-hacking-statute-a-deep-dive/" target="_blank">too severe</a>&quot; on low-level hackers (some of whom are in fact white hats &mdash; the good guys telling companies about flaws in systems we use).</p><p>It&#39;s unclear how Obama plans to partner with other countries to take down cybercriminal rings and build international norms. But that&#39;s key, given how the Internet works.</p><p>While the president laid out a cybersecurity platform of sorts, he talked about technology a lot more in terms of economic growth. Just like the manufacturing sector is creating new jobs, he said, &quot;there are also millions of Americans who work in jobs that didn&#39;t even exist 10 or 20 years ago &mdash; jobs at companies like Google, and eBay, and Tesla.&quot;</p><p>It&#39;s not clear what he&#39;ll expect from Silicon Valley in the coming year. Obama says businesses should connect with community colleges. But his plan has been&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/innovations/wp/2015/01/13/if-community-college-is-going-to-be-free-coding-boot-camps-should-be-free-too/" target="_blank">criticized</a>as an ineffective, indirect route to getting young people into tech when he could just support coding boot camps.</p><p><em>&mdash; Aarti Shahani</em></p><p><strong>Justice</strong></p><p>President Obama made only brief reference to ongoing policing controversies in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., perhaps because the deaths of two black men in police-involved incidents remain under federal investigation.</p><p>But he reiterated his call for criminal justice reform, an issue his attorney general and several GOP members of Congress have been advocating at least since 2013. States have been leading the way.</p><p>The president also urged lawmakers to update the 1965 Voting Rights Act, an issue he&#39;ll press in a March 7 visit to Selma, Ala. But voting legislation is all but moribund in the House, where Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte last week said he did not see that any fixes were &quot;necessary&quot; following a sharply divided Supreme Court ruling that gutted the decades-old system for requiring many mostly Southern states to get federal approval before making elections changes.</p><p><em>&mdash; Carrie Johnson</em></p></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/state-union-primer-what-president-obama-proposed-111426 Morning Shift: State of the Union reaction http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-21/morning-shift-state-union-reaction-111425 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BlatantWorld.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss reactions to the State of the Union address. We explore a new website dedicated to hidden Chicago architecture. Plus, our weekly preview of Reclaimed Soul.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-2016/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-2016.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-2016" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: State of the Union reaction" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-21/morning-shift-state-union-reaction-111425 State Of The Union: 5 things to watch http://www.wbez.org/news/state-union-5-things-watch-111419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/ap107344952338_custom-5a245bf3a994f32a35a8bf64bfc05290653e9088-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama&#39;s state of the union address is still the biggest audience he&#39;ll have all year. Historically, seventh-year state of the union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again &mdash; Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama &mdash; have all had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president&#39;s agenda slim to none.</p><p>But on Tuesday Obama will try to use his speech to frame the debates for the next two years and set the table for the 2016 election.</p><p>Here are 5 things to watch:<br /><br /><strong>1. How does the president talk about the economy?</strong><br /><br />We know he will make &quot;Middle Class Economics&quot; the centerpiece of his speech, with a tax plan that raises taxes on the wealthiest and the biggest banks in order to pay for tax breaks for working families. How will he convince the country that his policies have led to an economy that&#39;s growing fast enough that it&#39;s now time to move beyond the debate about deficits and stimulus?<br /><br /><strong>2. What tone will he take toward Congress?</strong><br /><br />The president&#39;s tax plan is a not-so-subtle populist challenge to the new Republican majority. Will they dare to defend tax breaks for inherited wealth &mdash; like what the White House is now calling the &quot;trust fund loophole?&quot; The president&#39;s tone is important. Will he reach out to his old golf buddy John Boehner in the spirit of compromise? Or will he treat the GOP leadership the way he did the Supreme Court in his state of the union address after the&nbsp;<em>Citizens United</em>&nbsp;ruling (the one that prompted much head shaking from Justice Samuel Alito)?<br /><br /><strong>3. Will Obama challenge his own party?</strong><br /><br />With his tax proposals, the president is finally giving Democrats the middle class economic agenda they&#39;ve been missing. Will he also challenge them on trade? Getting &quot;fast track authority &quot; through Congress is one area where there is potential for bipartisan action. But most Democrats are opposed. On Tuesday night the president can show he&#39;s willing to push his own party on this issue, or he can make it clear he&#39;d rather let Republicans do all the heavy lifting on trade votes.<br /><br /><strong>4. How does the president avoid looking like the &quot;small-ball&quot; president?</strong><br /><br />President Obama famously said he didn&#39;t want to play &quot;small-ball&quot; &mdash; referring to Bill Clinton&#39;s agenda of narrowly focused items like midnight basketball, or school uniforms. Now, though, the president has rolled out a series of bite size proposals and executive actions like expanded access to high speed broadband, mortgage relief, and free community college tuition. Can he wrap them all into a compelling agenda for the middle class that is bigger than the sum of its parts?<br /><br /><strong>5. How does he talk about Iran, ISIS, and the new terrorist threats?</strong><br /><br />This was going to be the year that Obama ended two wars and made a legacy-cementing deal with Iran on nuclear weapons. But the world isn&#39;t cooperating. Watch how the president talks about the attacks in France, the negotiations with Iran and the so far unsuccessful efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS in Syria and Iraq.</p><p><strong>NPR&#39;s reporters will be covering the speech, and here is some of our related coverage:</strong></p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/19/378289335/white-house-rolls-out-tax-proposals-before-state-of-the-union-address">White House Rolls Out Tax Proposals Before State Of The Union Address</a></p><p>&mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/18/378080969/obamas-trouble-articulating-the-economy">Obama&#39;s Trouble Articulating The State Of The Economy</a></p><p>&mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/17/378028524/obama-to-propose-tax-changes-in-state-of-the-union-address">Obama To Call For Tax Hike On The Wealthy In State Of The Union</a></p><p>&mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2015/01/20/377715976/working-3-jobs-in-a-time-of-recovery">Working 3 Jobs In A Time Of Recovery</a></p><p>&mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2015/01/16/377611438/iowas-sen-ernst-grabs-spotlight-thats-often-proven-too-hot">Iowa&#39;s Sen. Ernst Grabs Spotlight That&#39;s Often Proven Too Hot</a></p><p><em>-via <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2015/01/20/378486364/state-of-the-union-5-things-to-watch">NPR News</a></em></p></p> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 08:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/state-union-5-things-watch-111419 Morning Shift: Flying High http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-19/morning-shift-flying-high-105599 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-110.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-110" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #110: Flying High" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #110: Flying High</h1><h2>On Tuesday's Morning Shift, we talk to Representative Nekritz on gun hearings, Our Gun Series feature, WBEZ's Business Reporte on all things in the sky, WBEZ blogger on Fat Shaming and the melodic sound of Quartet Parapluie.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Tue, Feb 19 2013 07:23:01</p><div>Airport Express signJason McHuff</div><div><b>Illinois Gun Hearings with Representative&nbsp;Nekritz</b></div><div>The first of two state hearings on proposed Illinois gun legislation take place Tuesday allowing anyone with an opinion to let their voice be heard by a house committee. The hearings were House Speaker Michael Madigan’s idea, saying it’s “necessary to give a full vetting to proposed state legislation on this matter”. Morning Shift talke with State representative Elaine Nekritz about what we can expect at the hearings.</div><div>Gun safety hearing starts todayThe first of two Illinois House judiciary committee public hearings on gun safety start today in Springfield with another scheduled Frida...</div><div><b>Our Gun&nbsp;Series: hunters</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Alex Keefe puts on the hip waders and steps out of the blind to talk to hunters about their relationship with guns. They say it’s about &nbsp;family tradition, politics, and just plain fun.</div><div>Our GunsThe Morning Shift Radio M Sound Opinions The Afternoon Shift This American Life Wait Wait... Worldview Vocalo on WBEZ</div><div><b>Happenings in the sky: Boeing, mergers and O'Hare expansion</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Niala Boodhoo talks Bogus Boeing Batteries, airline mergers and O’Hare expansion, and the hacking of the BK twitter account (I guess you need to choose a tougher password than ‘Whopper’), which oddly enough, has gained them followers.</div><div><b>Fat Shaming</b></div><div>Movie critic Rex Reed wrote a scathing review of Melissa McCarthy’s new film, and much of it was a personal attack on McCarthy’s plus size. WBEZ blogger Nico Lang has written an extensive and insightful post that not only reveals Reed to be an out-of-touch oaf, but discusses the larger culture of “fat shaming” in the media and in our society.</div><div><b>Quartet Parapluie</b></div><div>The Quartet Parapluie has performed in homes, at weddings and even the hipster bar Danny’s in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. &nbsp;Tonight, the classical string quartet performs music by Philip Glass, Arvo Part and Shostakovich at the Hideout in Chicago. &nbsp;They’ll open for musician Daniel Knox, who is doing a Tuesday night residency at the venue.</div></noscript></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-19/morning-shift-flying-high-105599 Morning Shift: All the President's men http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-18/morning-shift-all-presidents-men-105580 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-109.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-109" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #109: All the President's men" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #109: All the President's men</h1><h2>On Monday's Morning Shift, we talk to a former prosecutor on the Jacksons' charges, WBEZ education reporter school closings feature, Cook County Sheriff on prostitution, Picasso curator, President's Day Quiz and Dark Time Sunshine plays some live tunes.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Mon, Feb 18 2013 08:07:36</p><div>Presidential SealDave Newman (newmanchu)</div><div><b>Jesse Jackson Jr., wife face charges</b></div><div><div>Former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. has been charged with illegally spending campaign funds for personal use. Charges include conspiracy and mail and wire fraud. We talk with former prosecutor Patrick Deady about what could be next for Jackson and his wife, Sandi, who was charged with filing a false tax return.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><b>Philly School&nbsp;District sheds light on prososed CPS closings</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Becky Vevea traveled to Philadelphia to see what that city’s experience with closing school buildings can show Chicago.</div><div><b>End Demand re-examines how to&nbsp;deal with prostitution</b></div><div>We piggyback on Natalie Moore's feature about a campaign to alter how law enforcement and communities deal with prostitution. &nbsp;The campaign is called "End Demand" and the idea is to target johns as much (or more) as the prostitutes themselves. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is a fan of the plan, and joins us for more.</div><div><b>Picasso's connection with Chicago</b></div><div>As the Art Institute of&nbsp;Chicago prepares to open its first large-scale Picasso exhibition in 30 years, curator Stephanie D’Alessanndro breaks down the special relationship between Chicago and the man whose name is synonymous with modern art.</div><div><b>Presidents Day Quiz</b></div><div>“Who dumped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet?&nbsp; Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner?” Not one of our presidents.&nbsp; But History Blogger John R. Schmidt will give us actual trivia questions related to actual US presidents. And the first person to identify quote above will receive the Jason E. Marck Classic Comedy Award.</div><div><b>Dark Time Sunshine Live</b></div><div>The Pacific Northwest-meets-the straightup Midwest in hip hop duo Dark Time Sunshine.&nbsp;Their 2010 debut album Vessel received critical praise, and their latest effort ANX (rhymes with “thanks”) evolves the duo’s sprawling, innovative hip hop sounds.</div></noscript></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 10:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-18/morning-shift-all-presidents-men-105580 Morning Shift: As the legislation turns, Jordan turns 50 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-15/morning-shift-legislation-turns-jordan-turns-50 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-108-as-the-legislation-turns-jordan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-108-as-the-legislation-turns-jordan" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #108: As the legislation turns, Jordan turns 50" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #108: As the legislation turns, Jordan turns 50</h1><h2>On Friday's Morning Shift, we talk to WBEZ Southside reporter on POTUS visit, the only GOPer supporting voting yes on same sex marriage, assistant majority leader on truancy in Illinois, Chicago sports, Week in Review and live music from Ty Maxon. </h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Fri, Feb 15 2013 07:39:42</p><div>Barack Obama at his Chicago Homejurvetson</div><div><b>POTUS in Chicago today to address violence and jobs?</b></div><div>President Obama speaks at a Chicago South Side high school Friday about gun violence. WBEZ’s South Side bureau reporter Natalie Moore will cover the speech, and give us a preview of what neighborhood people want to hear from the President and why the visit is deemed important.<br></div><div><b>One and only Republican senator in support of gay marriage</b></div><div>State Sen. Jason Barickman (53rd) is the only GOP senator to vote yes. He tells us why he voted how he did.</div><div><b>Senator Lightford pushes for truancy in Illinois</b></div><div>When Colorado lowered the compulsory school age from 7 to&nbsp;5&nbsp;it helped raise attendance&nbsp;<i>and</i>&nbsp;third-grade test scores. Illinois is now looking to do something similar. Illinois State Senator Kimberly Lightford is sponsoring the bill and explains why she thinks the legislation is needed.</div><div>Mandatory school age could fall from 7 to 5 in IllinoisIn a move aimed at countering Chicago's crisis in K-8 truancy and absenteeism, state Sen. Kimberly Lightford has introduced legislation t...</div><div><b>Michael Jordan turns the big 50 and 'da Bulls'</b></div><div>For Derrick Rose, returning from injury could be very tricky. Is it better to just sit out the entire season? &nbsp;And who makes that decision-the player, his handlers, the team, the doctors? &nbsp;In other news LA Lakers forward Antawn Jamison claimed this week that Michael Jordan, who turns 50 this Sunday, could suit up and play 15 minutes per game in the NBA and contribute double figures. &nbsp;Cheryl Raye Stout knows Rose and Jordan well, and gives her take on both stories.</div><div><b>Week in Review</b></div><div>Gary Younge, columnist for&nbsp;<i>The Guardian</i>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<i>The Nation</i>, and Maudlyn Ihejerika, urban affairs reporter and editor for the&nbsp;<i>Chicago&nbsp;</i><i>Sun</i><i>-</i><i>Times</i>, join us to talk about some of the biggest stories on their radar this week.</div><div>Pope&amp;#39;s resignation was not forced by health issues, spokesman says ...22 hours ago ... Pope Benedict XVI is not suffering from any specific disease that forced him to resign, his spokesman said Tuesday.</div><div><b>Ty Maxon live in studio</b></div><div>Don’t call him a folkie. Call him a storyteller. Songwriter Ty Maxon has been in Chicago since 2006, and he joins the Morning Shift to pour some of those stories out of his preverbal musical pitcher.</div></noscript></p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 09:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-15/morning-shift-legislation-turns-jordan-turns-50 Morning Shift: Politics behind it all http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-13/morning-shift-politics-behind-it-all-105496 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/MorningShift_CMS_tile_1200x900_4.png" alt="" /><p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-106.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-106" target="_blank">View the story "'Morning Shift' #106: Politics behind it all" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Morning Shift' #106: Politics behind it all</h1><h2>On Wednesday's Morning Shift, we talk with Democrat and Republican lawmakers on their State of the Union thoughts, public defenders with Angela Caputo from the Chicago Reporter, Theater Week and WBEZ Sound Opinions host on R.Kelly at Pitchfork Music Festival.</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ"></a>&middot; Tue, Feb 12 2013 14:19:37</p><div><b><u>(insert Dem here)</u>&nbsp;gives us their State of the Union thoughts</b></div><div>We get a reaction to President Obama’s State of the State address from a Democratic (or as some say, Democrat) lawmaker.</div><div><b>Congressman Aaron Schock tells us what he got out of the address</b></div><div>Republican Congressman Aaron Schock of the 18th District gives us his reaction to the State of the Union Address.</div><div><b>50th Anniversary of public&nbsp;defenders case</b></div><div>This year marks the 50th anniversary of a Supreme Court decision that made public defense a right for anyone facing criminal charges.&nbsp;<i>Chicago Reporter’s</i>&nbsp;Angela Caputo checks in on how the system is working in Cook County where public defenders carry the highest caseloads in the nation.</div><div><b>It's officially Chicago Theater Week</b></div><div>We’ve got a “week” for everything here-from fashion to food, improv to ideas. So how the heck can the center of the Known Theater Universe&nbsp;<i>not</i>&nbsp;have its own special week of programming?! Well, it does now. Theater week has just begun, and our intrepid theater mavens will join to crow all about it-and talk about how you can get in on it.</div><div>Chicago Theatre Week</div><div>Chicago Theatre Week, where have you been?Clothes have Fashion Week. Cheeseburgers have Restaurant Week. How is it that this town hasn't had a theater week? Consider the oversight...</div><div><b>Pitchfork doesn't hold R.Kelly's past against him&nbsp;</b></div><div>WBEZ’s Jim DeRogatis has been reporting on R. Kelly for years, documenting Kelly’s abuse of his “position of wealth and fame to pursue illegal sexual relationships with underage girls”. Despite Kelly’s acquittal of charges of making child pornography, neither Kelly nor anyone else has ever challenged Jim’s reportage or findings. So Jim finds it more than a bit odd that one of the premier music festivals in the country-Pitchfork-would choose Kelly to be a headliner at this summer’s fest.</div><div>Pitchfork Music Festival books R. KellyOn June 13, 2008, Robert Sylvester Kelly, the most successful pop star Chicago ever has produced and the dominant voice in R&amp;B for th...</div><div>R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian to Headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2013This year's Pitchfork Music Festival will take place July 19-21 in Chicago's Union Park. Today, we're excited to confirm that this year's...</div></noscript></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 08:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-02-13/morning-shift-politics-behind-it-all-105496 Marco Rubio's sip of water sets Twitter afire http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/marco-rubios-sip-water-sets-twitter-afire-105493 <p><p><a href="http://youtu.be/NLmZbBh83-I" target="_blank"><img alt="Marco Rubio's rebuttal speech" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-13%20at%205.56.47%20AM.png" style="height: 202px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Marco Rubio's furtive sip of water" /></a></p><p><strong>AN UNBOTTLED REBUTTAL.</strong> If you went to bed right after President Obama&#39;s State of the Union address last night, you missed one of the night&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://blog.twitter.com/2013/02/2013-state-of-union.html" target="_blank">most tweetable moments</a>: Sen. Marco Rubio&#39;s furtive sip of water during his rebuttal on behalf of the Republican Party. <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/marco-rubio-state-union-response-drink-gifs/62084/" target="_blank"><em>The Atlantic</em> deconstructs it, frame by frame.</a><br />* Rubio followed up on Twitter with <a href="https://twitter.com/marcorubio/status/301541052949614593" target="_blank">this</a>.<br />* ... But&nbsp;<a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57569101-93/poland-spring-blows-rubio-watergate-moment-fails-twitter-101/" target="_blank">Poland Spring blew its moment in the Twitter spotlight</a>.</p><p><strong>OBAMA&#39;S &#39;MOST IMPORTANT PROPOSAL&#39;?</strong>&nbsp;<em>New Republic</em>&#39;s Jonathan Cohn says it&#39;s the call for <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112403/state-union-2013-obamas-universal-pre-kindergarten-plan#" target="_blank">universal pre-kindergarten</a>.<br />* Worth noting:&nbsp;<em>Tea Party Nation</em> blogger predicted beforehand Obama speech would be &quot;<a href="http://www.teapartynation.net/state_of_the_union_liberals_are_the_new_nazis" target="_blank">a Hitlerian screed</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>HOW COPS CRACKED THE HADIYA CASE. </strong>A source tells the <em>Tribune</em> <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-hadiya-pendleton-investigation-20130213,0,6296139.story" target="_blank">the break in the murder of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton</a> came Saturday, from a Cook County Jail inmate.<br />* Obama&#39;s emotional finish: <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/9866814/State-of-the-Union-2013-President-Obama-makes-emotional-gun-control-pledge.html" target="_blank">Gun violence victims &quot;deserve a vote&quot; on legislation</a>.</p><p><strong>CHARTER SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL.</strong> A little more than a week after the <em>Sun-Times</em> revealed charter school operator United Neighborhood Organization paid state money to companies owned by two of his brothers, UNO senior vice president <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18187719-761/uno-exec-quits-after-grant-payments-to-relatives-revealed.html" target="_blank">Miguel d&#39;Escoto is quitting</a>.<br />* School-closings panel faces <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18181397-761/school-closings-panel-has-conflicts-of-interest-group-charges.html" target="_blank">conflict-of-interest charge</a>.</p><p><strong>NICE WORK IF YOU CAN COMMIT PLAGIARISM TO GET IT.</strong> The Knight Foundation <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/204005/jonah-lehrer-talks-about-plagiarism-at-knight-lunch/" target="_blank">paid disgraced reporter Jonah Lehrer $20,000</a>,&nbsp;presumably in non-counterfeit money, to discuss his journalistic sins.<br />* And he did it as <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/02/jonah-lehrer-apologizes-surrounded-tweets-still-calling-him-plagiarist/62055/" target="_blank">critical tweets appeared on a screen behind him</a>.<br />* Parody website <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/02/12/sarah-palins-when-politics-and-celebrity-meet/?wprss=rss_she-the-people" target="_blank">fools <em>Washington Post</em></a> into <a href="http://www.mediaite.com/online/parody-website-fools-the-washington-post-into-thinking-sarah-palin-heading-to-al-jazeera/" target="_blank">reporting Sarah Palin joining Al Jazeera</a>.</p><p><strong>DEAD AIR. </strong>Someone hacked into TV stations&#39; Emergency Alert System to issue <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-zombie-montanabre91b1ia-20130212,0,5723490.story" target="_blank">a bogus warning of a zombie apocalypse</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130212/BLOGS08/130219926/comcast-to-buy-remainder-of-nbcuniversal-report" target="_blank">Comcast gobbling up rest of NBCUniversal</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;MEET ME HALFWAY. <a href="http://books.google.com/books?id=745p7-X1WtQC&amp;pg=PA21&amp;dq=%22meet+me+halfway.+buy+a+ticket%22+benkin&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=KQgbUc--IIaOyAH1-YAg&amp;ved=0CDoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&amp;q=%22meet%20me%20halfway.%20buy%20a%20ticket%22%20benkin&amp;f=false" target="_blank">BUY A TICKET</a>.&#39; </strong>An Off-Broadway hit, &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/theaterloop/chi-old-jews-to-tell-jokes-in-chicago-20130212,0,5450195.column" target="_blank">Old Jews Telling Jokes</a>,&quot; is headed to Chicago. Guess what <a href="http://oldjewstellingjokesonstage.com/chicago/home/" target="_blank">it&#39;s about</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130212/NEWS07/130219931/steppenwolf-theatre-moving-ahead-with-expansion-plan" target="_blank">Steppenwolf Theatre expanding</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;PRIDE AND CONNECTIONS AND WE&#39;RE NEVER CHANGING THE NAME SO GO F--- YOURSELF.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Deadspin</em>&#39;s translation of the Washington Redskins&#39; defense of the team nickname &quot;<a href="http://deadspin.com/5983475/washington-redskins-proudly-defend-their-name-in-the-dumbest-way-possible?tag=Media-Meltdowns" target="_blank">in the dumbest way possible</a>.&quot;<br />* <strong>[CORRECTED] </strong>Blackhawks suffer &quot;heartbreaking&quot; <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/18194215-419/ducks-tie-late-and-top-blackhawks-in-shootout-3-2.html" target="_blank"><strike>end to</strike>&nbsp;loss as streak without regulation losses reaches 13 games</a>.<br />* Bears <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/18188354-419/bears-cut-rehabbing-receiver-johnny-knox-after-lost-season.html" target="_blank">cut Johnny Knox</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Get this blog by email. Sign up, free, <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">here</a>.<br />* Next WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz: Friday morning. Try your hand at previous quizzes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/results?s=%22meyerson%20WBEZ%20news%20quiz%22" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/marco-rubios-sip-water-sets-twitter-afire-105493 Obama to stress jobs, Afghan war troop withdrawal in State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-stress-jobs-afghan-war-troop-withdrawal-state-union-105479 <p><p>WASHINGTON &mdash; Still hampered by the vulnerable economy, President Barack Obama is using his State of the Union address to appeal for new spending to create jobs while also pledging to cut the federal deficit, in part by raising taxes &mdash; issues Republicans are likely to oppose.</p><p>Speaking before a divided Congress Tuesday night, Obama also will announce a major reduction in U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, withdrawing 34,000 troops within a year, half the total deployed there. And he&#39;ll sharply rebuke North Korea for defying the international community and launching a nuclear test hours before Obama&#39;s remarks.</p><p>But it&#39;s the economy at center stage, as it has been each time Obama has stood before lawmakers and a national TV audience for the annual address. Despite marked improvements since he took office four years ago, the unemployment rate is still hovering around 8 percent and consumer confidence has slipped.</p><p>White House officials said Obama would offer the public an outline for job creation, though much of his blueprint will include elements Americans have heard before, including spending more money to boost manufacturing and improve infrastructure. Getting that new spending through Congress appears unlikely, given that it would require support from Republicans who blocked similar measures during Obama&#39;s first term.</p><p>The president is expected to be uncompromising in his calls for lawmakers to offset across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to begin March 1 with a mix of tax increases and targeted budget cuts.</p><p>The president hasn&#39;t detailed where he wants lawmakers to take action, though he and his aides often mention as examples of unnecessary tax breaks a benefit for owners of private jets and tax subsidies for oil and gas companies. Such measures are modest, however. Ending the corporate plane and oil and gas breaks would generate about $43 billion in revenue over 10 years.</p><p>That appeal for new revenue is getting stiff-armed by Republicans, who reluctantly agreed at the start of the year to increase tax rates on the wealthiest Americans in exchange for extending Bush-era tax rates for the rest of taxpayers.</p><p>&quot;He&#39;s gotten all the revenue he&#39;s going to get,&quot; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said. &quot;Been there, done that.&quot;</p><p>Still, buoyed by re-election, the president and his top aides are confident that Americans back their vision for the economy. Immediately following his speech, Obama will hold a conference call with supporters to urge them to pressure lawmakers to back his agenda. He&#39;ll also seek to rally public support with trips this week to North Carolina, Georgia and Illinois.</p><p>Also Tuesday night:</p><p>&mdash; The president will press Congress to overhaul immigration laws and tackle climate change.</p><p>&mdash; His wish-list will include expanding early childhood education and making it easier for voters to cast ballots in elections.</p><p>&mdash; Obama is expected to make an impassioned plea for stricter gun laws, including universal background checks and a ban on assault weapons.</p><p>First lady Michelle Obama will sit with the parents of a Chicago teenager shot and killed just days after she performed at the president&#39;s inauguration. Twenty-two House members have invited people affected by gun violence, according to Rep. Jim Langevin, D-R.I., who helped with the effort. And Republican Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas says he&#39;s invited rocker Ted Nugent, a long-time gun control opponent who last year said he would end up &quot;dead or in jail&quot; if Obama won re-election.</p><p>Though Obama is devoting less time to foreign policy this year, his announcement on the drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan is highly anticipated and puts the nation on pace to formally finish the protracted war by the end of 2014.</p><p>On North Korea, the White House said Obama would make the case that the impoverished nation&#39;s nuclear program has only further isolated it from the international community. North Korea said Tuesday that it successfully detonated a nuclear device in defiance of U.N. warnings.</p></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/obama-stress-jobs-afghan-war-troop-withdrawal-state-union-105479