‘Bloodbath?’ Huge Layoffs At Chicago Public Schools

The mayor of Chicago and the CEO of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers’ pension deadline.   WLS writes that teachers and parents plan to protest at City Hall.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came, writes ABC7 News in Chicago.

The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made.

Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs.

Supposedly very few teachers were laid off.

Funding for elementary sports teams was cut, and the facility maintenance budget was reduced 25 percent. Highs schools are starting 45 minutes later, writes ABC7. The mayor said schools will open on time in the fall and class sizes will not be affected.

“These cuts will hurt the most vulnerable students in the city of Chicago, who are the most vulnerable students in the state,” the Vice President of the Chicago Teachers Union Jesse Sharkey said, according to ABC7 News.

(Updated report)

http://abc7chicago.com/politics/cps-teachers-parents-to-protest-1400-layoffs-$200m-in-cuts/823307/

De Blasio Gives His Real Opinion, Gets Bullied By Hillary Campaign?


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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (a Democrat) said Sunday on Meet The Press that he would not back Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign until she clarifies her message for voters, according to The Hill magazine.

De Blasio was still confident that she would make a good candidate, and referred to her as “one of the most qualified out of everyone that had announced their bid for the Presidency.”

However, Hilary Rosen, a Democratic strategist and supporter of Mrs. Clinton, chastised Mr. de Blasio on Twitter, writing that Mrs. Clinton fought for the middle class and poor families long before the mayor “could even articulate any vision at all,” states the Wall Street Journal.

Ms. Rosen wrote that Mr. de Blasio’s “self-aggrandizing” won’t go unnoticed. Later, she wrote she meant no disrespect to the mayor but thought he should have been more sensitive on her announcement day.

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Bill de Blasio Says Indiana Anti-Gay Law Is ‘Doomed to Failure’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio discussed a controversial Indiana religious freedom law recently, telling reporters that it is “deeply disturbing” and “doomed to failure,” according to observer.com.

Following the lead of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mr. de Blasio also said he would ban non-essential city travel to Indiana.

“It’s a deeply disturbing reality right now in Indiana and I hope before it’s too late, they turn back,” said Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, at an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn.

He said that the law, which critics say will allow businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, will backfire on the Republican-led state.

“Absolutely, I will instruct all New York City agencies to prohibit any non-essential travel to the State of Indiana,” he continued.

“This proposal [in] Indiana really undercuts decades and decades of progress on human rights and civil rights in this country. The notion that a government would allow a version of discrimination undercuts so much of what we fought for.”

“I also know it’s doomed to failure,” he added.

More here:

http://observer.com/2015/03/bill-de-blasio-says-indiana-religious-law-doomed-to-failure/#ixzz3W1NVsY65

http://www.wsj.com/articles/new-yorks-cuomo-bans-state-funded-travel-to-indiana-1427849308

Groundhog Bites Mayor


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Jimmy, the official groundhog in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, bit the mayor’s ear during a Groundhog Day celebration on Monday.

During the celebration, Jimmy’s handler held the groundhog next to the face of Mayor Jonathan Freund and Jimmy promptly bit the mayor’s ear.

Councilors In Italy Pose As Prostitutes, Mayor ‘Busts’ Solicitors


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Italian councilors are posing roadside as prostitutes in an effort to entrap unsuspecting men in Castel Volturno, Italy. The stunt was orchestrated by Mayor Dimitri Russo who felt that the city’s prostitution laws weren’t being taken seriously enough and was tired of the damaging effect prostitution was having on his town. The mayor would approach the cars to talk to the unsuspecting “Johns.”

Video by The Lip TV with Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel.

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Mentions Paris Lawsuit

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly had strong words for Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo.

During an interview Tuesday with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Hidalgo announced she plans to sue Fox News after the network “insulted” the image of the city with a bogus report on non-Muslim “no-go zones.” Over the weekend, Fox News apologized four times for several unsubstantiated claims made on the air, but Hidalgo insisted that the city will “have to go to court in order to have these words removed.”

Tuesday, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly hit back, calling the threat of legal action “ridiculous” and an “attention-getter,” and he went out of his way to call the Parisian mayor a socialist.

“I didn’t have anything to do with this, but I will point out that the mayor is a socialist, that Fox News isn’t even seen in France, because they block it there,” he said.

He did not talk about the reasons that Fox News is blocked in France.

“So this is just an attention-getter, another playing to the left, that’s what this is. Suit’s going nowhere. It’s ridiculous.”

Commentator Bernie Goldberg pushed back, stating that “if any news organization has to apologize as many times as Fox has over this one issue, something is wrong.” O’Reilly then attempted to shift the blame to Steven Emerson, the Fox News guest who made the initial “no-go zones” remark about Birmingham, England.

“It was the Birmingham, England, thing. It was different. It was a different issue there,” O’Reilly said, adding that Fox News hadn’t insulted Paris. “He doesn’t work for Fox News. It was a commentator that they put on.”

Below is Steven Emerson’s exchange with Fox’s Jeanine Pirro.


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Hilarious: Mayor Of Paris Says They Will Sue Fox News Over ‘No-Go Zone’ Misinformation

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Mayor Anne Hidalgo tells CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that Paris will sue Fox News after it was “insulted” and “prejudiced.”

Giuliani Offers Bad Political Advice

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) said Thursday that If failed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney decides to run again, he needs to focus more on issues like the Benghazi attack.

“He’s going to have to convince them that he’s going to run a different kind of campaign this time,” Giuliani said on “Fox and Friends.”

The former mayor said Romney needs to show that “he’s not going to back away from topics like Benghazi.”

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Reactions Of Political Leaders To Shooting of Police In New York

There have been reactions to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The shooting was roundly condemned by mayor Bill de Blasio, President Obama, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, and others.

Police said Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, walked up to a police car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn at 2:47 p.m. and shot officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos through the passenger side window, fatally striking both in the head. Brinsley then ran to a nearby subway station where he turned the gun on himself, police said.

Police said Brinsley — who has an extensive criminal record — is suspected of shooting and wounding an ex-girlfriend in a Baltimore suburb earlier Saturday before he traveled to New York and ambushed the officers.

While Baltimore County Police sent a fax warning that Brinsley was a suspect in that shooting and might be in New York, that message came in just as Brinsley was carrying out the attack, according to Bratton.

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killings of two New York City police officers shot by a man who then killed himself on Saturday.

Mr Obama said the officers would not be going home to their loved ones “and for that, there is no justification”.

Here are some reactions from different leaders:

“We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil. They are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked, it is an attack on the very concept of decency.”

 – Mayor Bill de Blasio

“I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City.”

Also:  “The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day — and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”

– President Barack Obama

“They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe.”

 – New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton

“This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty,” Mr. Holder said in a statement.

“There is blood on many hands, from those that incited violence under the guise of protest to try to tear down what police officers do every day. That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.”

– Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch

“As we continue to investigate these senseless acts of violence against two of our city’s heroes, we pray for peace, support the men and women who bravely patrol our streets every day, and mourn for the loss of these two police officers who gave their lives to keep us safe.”

– Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson

“These brave officers, along with the over 34,000 other uniformed men and women of the New York Police Department, put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. They run toward danger when all of our instincts tell us to run away.

– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown.’

– Rev. Al Sharpton

“Gun violence continues to plague our city and we remain committed to working with both members of the community and law enforcement to address it in a nonviolent, peaceful, and productive way.”

 – Brooklyn NAACP

, expressed her condolences to the families of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

“I know what they’re going through–to lose a loved one right before the holidays,” she said, asking that protestors rally in non-violent ways.” “My husband was not a violent person…”

– Eric Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner.

“I’m standing here in sorrow,”

“These two police officers lost their lives senselessly,”

– Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr