US politics: A crying shame:
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Municipal Bonds Regain Popularity
Regulators Probing How Goldman, Citi Allocated Bonds
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Check out Aldies discussing city borrowing. ttp://goo.gl/TVwmIb; to learn more check out:
The city of Chicago is not saving money on $130 million in refinancing. Alderman Burns is incorrect.
The key question on borrow is how much is taxable? Why borrow with taxable bonds? Because you are using it for things the IRS prohibits.
Ald. Burns incorrect to say that the GO bonds for infrastructure. How is taxable? A taxable borrowing is for operations.
Much of the money being borrowed will not do to infrastructure.
Joe Moore is wrong when he says the refunding will save money. $130M is scoop and toss.
Looks like I won’t be on Chicago Tonight after all. Just got bumped.
I’ll be appearing on Chicago Tonight at 7 pm with aldermen Waguespack and Fioretti to discuss city finances. Check it out.
More debt pushed onto future generations with little oversight by City Council
Emanuel seeks to borrow $900M to cover lawsuits, construction
The Economist | Free exchange: All men are created unequal
Ryan Lizza: Why won’t Obama rein in the N.S.A.? via
Check out the second part of our series on Chicago’s use of GO bonds. More TK:
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… Check out our latest effort dealing with financials of cultural institutionsin Chicago …
Check out latest effort examining risky financial deals by Chicago cultural institution.
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Finally reached the Blue line. NYC kids are ripping us as more pissed off people pack onto the bus. Can’t wait for those higher fares CTA.
12 high school kids from NYC mocking our public transit. Packed in like a piece o cattle & now have to listen to it. Way to rep the Chi CTA!
Turns out those two buses passed up passengers at multiple stops, from St Claire to Orleans. I est at least 100 people. Garbage service.
Those on westbound 65 bus tonight have no love for CTA. Two empty buses pass up dozens of passengers. People - including me - are pissed!
Amen, … (Mark Brown on leg failure to pass pension reform.)
Latest on pension reforms, . Catch 'BEZ's Afternoon Shift with Steve Edwards at 2 pm. We'll be talking pension reform.
Times-Picayune's 8-part series on Louisiana's $182M for-profit prison system h/t
Thanks to team for building badass site for all of our pension coverage during past 2 yrs
Thanks to for building a bad-ass site for pension coverage during the past two years,
Our latest effort on the pension front: State lawmakers set themselves up with sweet pension deals,
: Walking on Maxwell Street and listening to Duck Dunn. Two great losses ... Amen brother.
ah, the good ol'days. love jello defeding the beasties!
Mayor Emanuel breaks with past, pushes dramatic but necessary pension reforms, .
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Rahm Emanuel stepping up to pension reform at house hearing. Looking to pause COLA, increase retirement age and contributions. Huge.
Politics harms city pension funds, . .
How former Mayor Richard M. Daley boosted his city pension while saving $400K in contributions, .
Check out our investigation of Chicago's aldermanic pension plan, .
Haven't read this New Yorker story on the history of gun rights and the prevalence of guns in the U.S.? You should ...
.. Interesting take on the publishing, the Internet and content mills ...
Junot Díaz has a new story, "Miss Lora," in the magazine this week:
Number of blocks in Washington, D.C., that the city declared a "prostitution-free zone" for Obama's inauguration: 2 (Apr '09)
"Truth or Consequences" The story behind the story that ended Dan Rather’s career: (, new )
Africa's Forever Wars: Why the Continent's Conflicts Never End - By Jeffrey Gettleman | Foreign Policy:
Interesting article, research on income inequality in the US.
Number of TV game shows hosted by Mike Wallace before beginning his full-time journalism career: 7 (May '00)
Portion of the $62 million raised by major presidential Super PACs in 2011 that came from the top 22 givers: 1/2 (Apr ’12)
NYTimes: For Reservas, No Cellar Required ... Can't go wrong with a good Rioja reserva. Shout out to David Moreno!
Fascinating take on the Romney/Ryan alliance and its impact on the election,
Big news on the pension mess in IL ...
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Profit margins in corporate America are higher than at any time in the past 65 years
Amnesty International's report on the use of the death penalty in 2011 notes a worldwide trend towards abolition
NEWSWIRE: Man In Headlock Just Wanted To Party
In Vietnam the Communist Party is sticking to its principles and the economy is stalling
Kids who play football take hits to the head just as hard as any high school, college or NFL player.
NYTimes: The Roberts Court Defines Itself ... And we have to wait until June?
NYTimes: Nobel Laureate Elected in Myanmar, Her Party Says
Fugitive charged with leaving scene of fatal '09 hit-and-run vows to return from Mexico
Police: Man seeking business punched off-duty police officer at home
Estimated number of Haitians still living in displacement camps: 515,000 (Apr ’12, 2 of 2)
. In case you missed our series on pension abuses in IL and Chicago: .
Our story on lawmaker who 2x pension w 1 mon. work - - leads to reform bill that passed IL Hse, .
NYTimes: A Bailout by Another Name
The newly relaunched Chicagoan magazine hopes to help keep home-grown journalistic and literary talent in Chicago
:Are my being cheap again or is being unreasonable -- or does it all depend on whose shoes ur in?
Change is coming to Cuba as the country heads towards capitalism. The United States could do more to encourage it
"This American Lie" Fact-checking David Sedaris: (by , '07)
Deep recessions in U.S. may be the norm |
Social Security will not provide enough retirement income for most people. People need to save more
“: Newspapers are not only losing print advertisers faster, but gaining online ones more slowly ” Help us!
RT , . Most powerful take on Afghanistan massacre. "Sham is the only repsonse the rest of us are allowed."
Apple's cash pile exceeds the GDP of more than two-thirds of the world's countries.
The idea of pulling carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere is a beguiling one. Could it ever become real?
RT . What the hell? It was the warmest St Pats day in 141 years.
RT . And in Chicago, it's crazy hot for this time of year.
RT . Without condoning this tragedy, we all need to look hard at whether it's fair 1 pct of pop serves.
Steve Coll on Plan B in Afghanistan: In the wake of a massacre, is Obama chasing a mistake?
RT . Pensions and municipal bankruptcy in Cal.
Buffalo are coming back to the American prairie. In 14 years, APR will have the world's largest conservation herd
Adam Gopnik explains how the grandfather of “The Rum Diaries” was also the great uncle of & the :
Democratic Senators Warn About Use of Patriot Act
Suspect in Afghan killings didn't expect 4th deployment, lawyer says
NYTimes: Accused G.I. ‘Snapped’ Under Strain, Official Says
Cash-strapped state and local governments in America are halting restrictions on alcohol sales, gambling and fireworks
Union workers protest Quinn budget cuts
Investors are betting that high returns from equities will pay for decent pensions. They are kidding themselves
Chicago has become a hub for tech start-ups. Could it be the next Silicon Valley?