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Chicago in the national news: 10/7

Obama's all over the news as he descends upon Chicago to promote Alexi Giannoulias in the Senate race. Bloomberg reports that the president's visit is an attempt to bring attention back to the Senate race, which has been overshadowed by Chicago's mayoral race. The New York Times writes how most voters are either undecided or unimpressed with the candidates and are planning on skipping the polls altogether this year. The AP notes that despite Obama's low ratings around the country, Chicagoans for the most part remain loyal to the president. Despite expectations of change that haven't come to light, locals are more understanding about his limitations, recognizing that expectations may have simply been too high. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal speculates how Green Party candidate LeAlan Jones may affect votes, as democrats are worried that if he garners enough votes, Republicans could be the ultimate winners. CNN's Political Ticker notes that the president will be back at least one more time before the November elections and that Michelle Obama will be in Chicago next week. And speaking of the first lady, Forbes magazine gave her first place among the world's most powerful women (others topping the list include Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey, Lady Gaga and Hillary Clinton). The Washington Post wonders if the top rating was an effort on the magazine's part to get back into the White House's good graces. CBS News notes that even though Americans may be frustrated with her husband, Mrs. Obama currently has a 66 percent approval rating. The Christian Science Monitor created a "most powerful first ladies ever" list of their own, dropping the Michelle Obama to fifth place. It's official. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is‚  out of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers says Reuters. Cutler, who is still recovering from last week's Bears/Giants game, will be replaced by veteran Todd Collins. The LA Times says Collins is "ready to go and looking forward to it." USA Today says NFL rules around concussions means that Cutler must pass a battery of tests AND be evaluated by an independent doctor before getting cleared to play again. ESPN's NFL Blog has an interesting post on the NFL policy, which is actually a set of recommended guidelines that gives‚  teams the final say in how to deal with concussed players. They view the Bears' choice to keep concussed players on the bench until cleared as more of an exception than a rule in the NFL.

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