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Emanuel on Chicago’s Teachers Strike: Get It Done ‘For Our Children’

Emanuel on Chicago’s Teachers Strike: Get It Done ‘For Our Children’

Scott Olson/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel today had a blunt message for negotiators involved in the ongoing teachers strike, the city’s first in a quarter of a century: “Stay at the table. Finish it for our children.&r…

Lawmaker Admits Fumble, NFL Players Do Have Free Speech

Lawmaker Admits Fumble, NFL Players Do Have Free Speech

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — After a testy exchange of scathing letters, Maryland state Delegate Emmett C. Burns has changed his mind and conceded that professional football players have First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.Last week Bu…

Obama Flubs His ‘Three Proud Words’

Obama Flubs His ‘Three Proud Words’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) — After bashing Mitt Romney’s “bad math” tax plan, President Obama also had some trouble adding things up.It’s a standard part of the president’s stump speech to tout his…

NFL Punter Goes on Tirade for Gay Marriage

NFL Punter Goes on Tirade for Gay Marriage

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is a professional at drop kicking footballs, and Friday he proved he could rhetorically do the same to a legislator who he said tried to trample the First Amendment rights of ano…

Jesse Jackson Jr. Returns Home After Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

Jesse Jackson Jr. Returns Home After Treatment for Bipolar Disorder

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Nearly three months after taking a medical leave from Congress, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., returned home to his family in Washington, D.C. Friday, according to one of his aides.Jackson has been undergo…

Jobs Report ‘Not Good Enough,’ President Obama Says

Jobs Report ‘Not Good Enough,’ President Obama Says

JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images(PORTSBOUTH, N.H.) — President Obama said Friday’s news that the economy added just 96,000 jobs last month was “not good enough” and that “we need to create more jobs faster” to recover from the…

Gabby Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at DNC

Gabby Giffords Leads Pledge of Allegiance at DNC

Alex Wong/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose political career was cut short when she was shot in the head by a gunman at a constituent event on Jan. 8, 2011, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention Thurs…

DNC Convention Hall Reaches Capacity, Hundreds Shut Out

DNC Convention Hall Reaches Capacity, Hundreds Shut Out

Mario Tama/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Nearly four hours before President Obama would accept the Democratic nomination for president, the gates outside the Time Warner Cable Arena were locked and hundreds of would-be attendees were turned away.At …

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Gives Pro-Life Prayer at DNC

Cardinal Timothy Dolan Gives Pro-Life Prayer at DNC

Alex Wong/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and a leading Catholic-American voice opposing abortion and President Obama’s health care reform law, inserted what some saw as an anti-abortion remark …

Secret Service Investigating Democratic Delegate

Secret Service Investigating Democratic Delegate

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — New York delegate Julia Rodriguez told a reporter on camera that if she bumped into Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, she “would like to kill him,” leading the U.S. Secret Service …

August Job Numbers: Last Ones Before Voting Begins

August Job Numbers: Last Ones Before Voting Begins

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Election Day isn’t until Nov. 6, which gives Democrats and Republicans three more monthly jobs reports to anticipate, right?Not exactly.  Although job numbers for August, September and October will be…

Temporary Lockdown of DNC Arena Leaves Attendees, Donors Stranded

Temporary Lockdown of DNC Arena Leaves Attendees, Donors Stranded

Alex Wong/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Talk about pressing the flesh. The Time Warner Cable Arena, which is hosting the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., went on lockdown Wednesday night, with close to 200 people outside the entran…

Dems Punt on Plan to Stage DNC Without Corporate Money

Dems Punt on Plan to Stage DNC Without Corporate Money

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — For more than a year, the Democratic National Committee touted its “unprecedented” plan to prohibit corporate and lobbyist funding of the 2012 convention in Charlotte, but it found it just couldn’t put o…

Obama, Clinton Fundraiser Appointed to National Security Panel

Obama, Clinton Fundraiser Appointed to National Security Panel

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — For one of President Obama’s top fundraisers, the appointment last year to an elite group of State Department security advisors appeared to be an odd fit.Rajiv Fernando, a Chicago securities trader, has never touted any internat…

National Debt Tops $16 Trillion, Says Treasury Department

National Debt Tops $16 Trillion, Says Treasury Department

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The national debt has reached an all-time high of $16 trillion, according to the Treasury Department.The new debt figures came out just hours before the three-day Democratic National Convention kicked off in Charlotte…

Obama Sand Sculpture on Display in Charlotte

Obama Sand Sculpture on Display in Charlotte

Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Myrtle Beach, S.C., has brought the beach to Charlotte, N.C., this week for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. A 15-ton sand sculpture of President Obama is on display outside Blackfin…

Unemployment Rates Showcased in Convention States

Unemployment Rates Showcased in Convention States

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As the Democratic National Convention kicks off today in Charlotte, N.C.,  President Obama must make his case for a second term against a backdrop of 8.3 percent national unemployment, and the rate in the stat…

Lawyer: Navy SEAL Author Did Not Violate Non-Disclosure Agreements

Lawyer: Navy SEAL Author Did Not Violate Non-Disclosure Agreements

John Moore/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — The attorney for the former Navy SEAL whose tell-all book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has led the Pentagon to consider taking legal action against him says the author did not violate non-disclosure a…

Lawyer: Navy SEAL Author Did Not Violate Non-Disclosure Agreements

Lawyer: Navy SEAL Author Did Not Violate Non-Disclosure Agreements

John Moore/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — The attorney for the former Navy SEAL whose tell-all book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has led the Pentagon to consider taking legal action against him says the author did not violate non-disclosure a…

Federal Court Blocks Controversial Texas Voter ID Law

Federal Court Blocks Controversial Texas Voter ID Law

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal court in Washington ruled on Thursday that a Texas Voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, effectively blocking the law from taking effect.
The unanimous three judge district court ruled, “T…

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