Newsletter: Trump’s Approval Rating Falls
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Just 38% of voting-age Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to a poll out today from The Washington Post and ABC News. That’s down from a summer high of 44%.
The poll also found that six out of 10 Americans expect an economic recession within the year as concerns grow over Trump’s trade war with China that could result in higher prices for U.S. consumers. [Washington Post]
Meanwhile, Trump tweeted today that he fired national security adviser John Bolton, a hawkish proponent of American power. Bolton responded with a tweet saying he offered to resign last night and Trump told him, “Let's talk about it tomorrow.” Bolton was Trump’s third national security adviser. [NPR]
The number of people living in the U.S. without health insurance grew in 2018, the first time since President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law expanded coverage nearly a decade ago.
Figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau show an estimated 27.5 million people had no health insurance last year. That’s a significant increase compared to 2017, when 25.6 million people were uninsured.
The Census Bureau also reported that the poverty rate fell for its fourth straight year to 11.8%, its lowest point since 2001. But the pace of growth in household income remains sluggish, suggesting that the benefits of America’s historic economic expansion are not widespread. [AP]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge could significantly transform the decadeslong Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
That’s because Palestinians claim the West Bank as part of their independent state. Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967, but it has not annexed the region.
General elections in Israel are slated for next week. Polls suggest Netanyahu’s conservative Likud party is in a dead heat with the centrist Blue and White party. [BBC]
Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she will hold Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson personally responsible for clamping down on police overtime costs that skyrocketed within the first six months of the year.
The overtime costs come as the Chicago Police Department is at “a 10-year high in manpower and an all-time high in technology,” reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Lightfoot said reducing police overtime would not affect the city’s efforts to reduce violence. [Sun-Times]
As you know, the enormous police overtime bill comes as Lightfoot searches for ways to close an $838 million budget shortfall. A coalition of progressive groups and aldermen today pressed Lightfoot to consider freezing the Police Department’s budget.
The coalition, which includes the Chicago Teachers Union and Black Lives Matter Chicago, also wants Lightfoot to reinstate a corporate head tax that big businesses oppose, a local income tax on people making more $100,000 a year and a 3.5% tax on office leases, among other things. [Crain’s Chicago Business]
A community college in a northwest suburb offers a seven-course curriculum on weed.
Oakton Community College is the first and only school in Illinois to offer such a course to students, who get trained to work in the emerging recreational or medical marijuana industries. There are currently 100 students enrolled in Oakton’s program, and 20 students will graduate this semester, right before recreational pot becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1.
But as the Chicago Tribune reports, “stoners need not apply” because the course is serious business.
“This is pretty intense,” one student said. [Tribune]
Here's what else is happening
The NRA is suing San Francisco after city officials labeled the group a domestic terrorist organization. [NPR]
The Art Institute of Chicago is in for a makeover. [Chicago Tribune]
Chicago residents have a chance to digitize family photos and videos and donate them to the National Museum of African American History and Culture. [WBEZ]
RBG was in town. [WBEZ]
Oh, and one more thing …
November is going to be a TV-streaming bonanza.
Apple today announced it will launch its own streaming service, Apple TV+, on Nov. 1. The tech giant has reportedly spent more than $6 billion on original TV shows and movies, which will also be available on the Apple TV app on iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple TV boxes. The service will cost $4.99 per month for a family subscription.
Among Apple’s slate of original content is The Morning Show, a “dramedy” TV series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell.
Apple TV+ will go live just days before Disney launches its own streaming service, which costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 for a full year. [CNBC]
Tell me something good ...
WBEZ has a number of job openings, and that’s got me wondering, what is/was your favorite job?
Kate Adams writes:
“My favorite job was one winter break from college. I worked in the Visitor's Services at the Art Institute. Mainly I hung coats and checked bags, but I also got to walk through the museum by myself before it opened and after it closed. As a twenty-year-old from a small town, it was everything I had never been.
“The pristine halls of mysterious beauty once a cacophony of languages and international accents were draped in silence at the end of the night. I left from the loading dock exit and slipped out into the darkening cold, the lights and crowds of Michigan Avenue warming my hopeful walk.”
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