WBEZ | State of the Union http://www.wbez.org/tags/state-union Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Victory Lap? Final State of the Union Speeches Reflect and Look Ahead http://www.wbez.org/news/victory-lap-final-state-union-speeches-reflect-and-look-ahead-114439 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/51541103_wide-7c312e451fe3c881cb6dd60d3daaf1f0f15c56e2-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="res462661565" previewtitle="President Dwight Eisenhower delivered his final State of the Union speech to a packed House in January 1960."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="President Dwight Eisenhower delivered his final State of the Union speech to a packed House in January 1960." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/11/ap_600107054_wide-4e1663adafb87a608eef33f330ef6afc40f60a81-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 349px; width: 620px;" title="President Dwight Eisenhower delivered his final State of the Union speech to a packed House in January 1960. (AP File Photo)" /></div><div><div><p>To deliver a presidential address to a joint session of Congress is surely a high privilege, but to do so to at the start of one&#39;s eighth and final year in that office is a rare occasion indeed.</p></div></div></div><p>The U.S. had 43 presidents before Barack Obama, but only five of them stood before the Congress as Obama will this Tuesday night &mdash; as twice-elected incumbents beginning their final year with a report on the state of the union.</p><p>Such reports in our time have become synonymous with speeches delivered before a packed House chamber, with the highest elected and appointed officials in Washington also on hand &mdash; from the cabinet and Joint Chiefs of Staff to the Supreme Court. They have been broadcast on radio since the early 1920s and on carried television since the late 1940s.</p><p>But for much of U.S. history, the &quot;State of the Union&quot; was a&nbsp;written&nbsp;report sent to Capitol Hill by a president who did not deign to deliver it in person.</p><p>It did not begin that way. The very first president, George Washington, began his final year in office in 1796 with a personal appearance before the assembled House and Senate.</p><p>In those days the Congress did not meet in Washington, where construction of the Capitol was underway. Instead, the Congress met in Congress Hall in Philadelphia, the city that gave birth to the Constitution. But even far from his home in Virginia and past his personal prime, the first president seemed quite at home creating a tradition.</p><p>Ever since, eighth-year reports on the state of the union have carried a special portent, because presidents saw in them a unique opportunity to address their own record and the future of the country.</p><p>Washington was a military man, surveyor and farmer, but not a speechmaker as a rule. He did not go out of his way to find speaking gigs. But he agreed to deliver his report on how the country was doing in person in Philadelphia in most of the years he was president, including at the beginning of the year he knew would be his last as the nation&#39;s leader. Much of his speech cataloged negotiations underway with various European powers and American Indian tribes.</p><p>Washington was not above using this personal appearance to lobby a bit for his priorities, a practice that his successors would make into a ritual. In 1796, Washington badly wanted Congress to start building a permanent navy, saying:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;To an active external commerce the protection of a naval force is indispensable. This is manifest with regard to wars in which a State is itself a party. But besides this, it is in our own experience that the most sincere neutrality is not a sufficient guard against the depredations of nations at war.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Washington argued that sea power might even be a deterrent to actual war, an early appearance of the &quot;peace through strength&quot; argument that has been popular ever since. He also wanted a military school to train army officers and a &quot;national university&quot; that would expand on the private seminaries and colleges that were springing up around the former colonies. In the end, Congress would start a Navy and start a military academy at West Point. And two out of three is not bad &mdash; especially considering how well presidential proposals have fared since.</p><p>The second president, John Adams, also delivered his SOTU reports in person. But after his four years in office, his successor, Thomas Jefferson, ended that practice. He apparently regarded it as a touch too imperial for his taste, and thereafter no president went to Capitol Hill to enunciate his message until Woodrow Wilson, who did not come along until 1912.</p><p>Wilson served eight years but was not in good enough health to address Congress by the end. The next president to have an eighth year in office was Franklin D. Roosevelt, but unlike all other U.S. presidents before and since, FDR spent his eighth year in office seeking (and winning) a third term. So when he spoke to Congress at the beginning of 1940 he didn&#39;t anticipate leaving any time soon.</p><div id="res462661669" previewtitle="President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing Congress in 1943. After Roosevelt made his eighth-year speech in 1940, he went on to win a third term."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing Congress in 1943. After Roosevelt made his eighth-year speech in 1940, he went on to win a third term." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/11/ap_4301070159_wide-27b6f06d7f0790a7eb03d15abf61d015563ec9eb-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="President Franklin D. Roosevelt addressing Congress in 1943. After Roosevelt made his eighth-year speech in 1940, he went on to win a third term. (William J. Smith/AP)" /></div><div><div><p>But in 1960, with the two-term tradition restored by an amendment to the Constitution, Dwight D. Eisenhower went before Congress for a final SOTU speech knowing full well he would not be back.</p></div></div></div><p>&quot;Ike,&quot; as he was known since his days as the hero general of World War II, gave a profoundly serious speech that year, befitting the parlous days of the Cold War. Confrontations with the Soviet Union and Communist China were the uppermost concerns of the time, and Communism was on the march in Latin America and Southeast Asia as well.</p><p>Eisenhower also found time in his speech to warn about bad labor-management relations leading to too many strikes (a recent stoppage in steel production had been especially worrisome) and about the debilitating effects of inflation.</p><p>Among the policy prescriptions he pushed was a government budget surplus &mdash; to be sought even at the expense of high taxes &mdash; so as to pay down a national debt Ike thought dangerously large. It was about $290 billion at the time, today it is about 60 times higher in nominal dollars (unadjusted for inflation).</p><p>Ike thought it was time to balance the budget, but not to cut defense or space spending.</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;I shall present to the Congress for 1961 a balanced budget. In the area of defense, expenditures continue at the record peace-time levels of the last several years. With a single exception, expenditures in every major category of Health, Education and Welfare will be equal or greater than last year. In Space expenditures the amounts are practically doubled.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Eisenhower also could not resist a shot at the Democrats who had stormed back into power in Congress during his tenure:</p><blockquote><div><p><em>&quot;I am not unique as a President in having worked with a Congress controlled by the opposition party&mdash;except that no other President ever did it for quite so long! Yet in both personal and official relationships we have weathered the storms of the past five years. For this I am grateful.&quot;</em></p></div></blockquote><p>Ike would give way in 1961 to John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1963. His successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, would have only a little over five years in office. He was followed by Richard M Nixon, who resigned midway through his second term, and Gerald R. Ford, who served out the remainder of that term. Jimmy Carter was elected in 1976 but defeated for re-election in 1980 by Ronald Reagan.</p><div id="res462662073" previewtitle="In 1988, President Ronald Reagan held up a 14-pound continuing resolution for the budget, part of a total package weighing 43-pounds."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="In 1988, President Ronald Reagan held up a 14-pound continuing resolution for the budget, part of a total package weighing 43-pounds." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/11/ap_360444244625_wide-083994687dc88a5014e37cfbad97f0bcfc52c99e-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="In 1988, President Ronald Reagan held up a 14-pound continuing resolution for the budget, part of a total package weighing 43-pounds. (Bob Daugherty /AP)" /></div><div><div><p>It was Reagan who brought some luster to the idea of a &quot;victory lap&quot; in the president&#39;s eighth-year State of the Union address. He felt quite sanguine about the judgment of history at the time, and reminded his hearers that inflation, high interest rates and unemployment had all been reduced during his two terms &mdash; in some cases dramatically:</p></div></div></div><blockquote><div><p>&quot;And as we have worked together to bring down spending, tax rates, and inflation, employment has climbed to record heights; America has created more jobs and better, higher paying jobs; family income has risen for 4 straight years, and America&#39;s poor climbed out of poverty at the fastest rate in more than 10 years.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>Reagan also praised the spirit of freedom that he said had advanced the cause of American interests and national security in foreign affairs &mdash; granting himself some of the credit by proxy.</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;In international relations, too, there&#39;s only one description for what, together, we have achieved: a complete turnabout, a revolution. Seven years ago, America was weak, and freedom everywhere was under siege. Today America is strong, and democracy is everywhere on the move.&quot;&nbsp;</p></div></blockquote><p>One of the achievements of Reagan&#39;s presidency was handing the White House over to his vice president, George H.W. Bush. Though Bush did not claim to have Reagan&#39;s gifts as a presenter, Bush gave four SOTU addresses that were generally well received. He did not fare as well with the voters in 1992, however, and did not have a second term.</p><div id="res462664010" previewtitle="President Bill Clinton's final state of the union set a record at one hour and 29 minutes. Clinton dwelt primarily on improvements made in the economy during his administration."><div data-crop-type=""><img alt="President Bill Clinton's final state of the union set a record at one hour and 29 minutes. Clinton dwelt primarily on improvements made in the economy during his administration." src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2016/01/11/51541103_wide-7c312e451fe3c881cb6dd60d3daaf1f0f15c56e2-s800-c85.jpg" style="height: 348px; width: 620px;" title="President Bill Clinton's final state of the union set a record at one hour and 29 minutes. Clinton dwelt primarily on improvements made in the economy during his administration. (Stephen Jaffe/AFP/Getty Images)" /></div><div><div><p>Bill Clinton defeated Bush in 1992 and used his January addresses to joint sessions of Congress as showcases for his own communications skills. The eighth-year SOTU address was meant as a final showpiece in this series and set the record for such speeches at one hour and 29 minutes. Clinton, like Reagan and Eisenhower, dwelt primarily on improvements made in the economy during his administration, with an implicit sense of pride and even triumph in proclaiming the nation to be peaceful and prosperous:</p></div></div></div><blockquote><div><p>&quot;We are fortunate to be alive at this moment in history. Never before has our Nation enjoyed, at once, so much prosperity and social progress with so little internal crisis and so few external threats. Never before have we had such a blessed opportunity and, therefore, such a profound obligation to build the more perfect Union of our Founders&#39; dreams.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>Clinton expected his record in office to boost the prospects of his vice president, Albert Gore Jr., who was expected to be the Democratic nominee for president. He even lent his would-be successor one of his best metaphors:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;My fellow Americans, we have crossed the bridge we built to the 21st century. Now, we must shape a 21st century American revolution of opportunity, responsibility, and community. We must be now, as we were in the beginning, a new nation.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>Gore was reluctant to embrace the Clinton legacy, however, fearing he would be bogged down in Clinton&#39;s impeachment history and personal peccadilloes. He came close to winning the presidency in his own right, losing by the narrowest margin in Electoral College history to George W. Bush, the son of the man Clinton had defeated eight years earlier.</p><p>The history of the second President Bush would be longer but less happy than that of the first. By the time he became, in 2008, the fifth president to deliver an eight-and-final-year SOTU address, Bush&#39;s war against terrorism in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks had lost momentum in Afghanistan and Iraq. The latter war had proven especially frustrating, costly and counter-productive. Bush would spend much of his speech talking up the progress made in Iraq in the preceding year and promising more to come:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;Any further drawdown of U.S. troops will be based on conditions in Iraq and the recommendations of our commanders. General Petraeus has warned that too fast a drawdown could result in, quote, &quot;the disintegration of the Iraqi security forces, Al Qaida-Iraq regaining lost ground, and a marked increase in violence.&quot; Members of Congress, having come so far and achieved so much, we must not allow this to happen.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>That warning would prove prescient in the years to come, of course, as the goal of shoring up the regime in Baghdad proved elusive:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;In the coming year, we will work with Iraqi leaders as they build on the progress they&#39;re making toward political reconciliation. At the local level, Sunnis, Shi&#39;a, and Kurds are beginning to come together to reclaim their communities and rebuild their lives. Progress in the Provinces must be matched by progress in Baghdad. We&#39;re seeing some encouraging signs.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>Yet Bush devoted the early part of his 2008 speech to domestic priorities, including his unheeded calls for new immigration laws and restraints on the growth of long-term entitlement spending:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;There are two other pressing challenges that I&#39;ve raised repeatedly before this body and that this body has failed to address: entitlement spending and immigration. Every Member in this Chamber knows that spending on entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid is growing faster than we can afford. We all know the painful choices ahead if America stays on this path: massive tax increases, sudden and drastic cuts in benefits, or crippling deficits.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>At the time of his last SOTU report, Bush could still take pride in a robust economic recovery from the rough years of 2001 and 2002. But the markets had turned shaky in the preceding fall, and the first signs of massive problems with mortgage-backed securities were emerging.</p><p>Some defenders had urged him to make more of the economic good news from his administration in his final SOTU, but such talk ceased when investment banks and insurance companies began failing that spring, summer and fall. The struggle to bail out the financial sector with public funds helped cripple the Republican nominee that next November, ushering in the two-term presidency of Barack Obama.</p><p>This week, it will be Obama&#39;s turn to see how a final SOTU report can encapsulate a presidency or pave the way for greater success before a given presidency ends. His chief of staff says the speech will be &quot;a big optimistic generous view of the future.&quot;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/01/11/462613928/victory-lap-final-state-of-the-union-speeches-reflect-and-look-ahead?ft=nprml&amp;f=462613928" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 11:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/victory-lap-final-state-union-speeches-reflect-and-look-ahead-114439 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. 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