I've been so busy lately with family matters (upcoming wedding, busy school schedule, etc.) that I haven't been able to keep up with the news. Not sure whether I'll have time to catch up today, but here's a fun rumor that caught my eye: the Obamas are buying a house in Hawaii. I don't know whether it's true but it's consistent with my prediction that Michelle and Barack will never, ever, live in Chicago again. Why would they? Obama doesn't need Chicago anymore, and it may be more of a liability to him at this point than an asset (see below). Besides, it's way too cold and not nearly glamorous enough. They'll end up in Hawaii, with secondary residences in Los Angeles and New York.
Hat tip to Backyard Conservative. See Anne for all the news on the Chicago teachers strike. This Karen Lewis video is, well, a little disturbing (though she is right about Harvard). See Michelle Malkin for more on the thug-tastic Ms. Lewis.
This is good: Paul Ryan: We stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel against the Chicago teachers’ union
If you turned on the TV this morning or sometime today, you probably saw something about the Chicago teacher’s union strike. I’d like to make a couple of comments about that because it does matter. I’ve known Rahm Emanuel for years. He’s a former colleague of mine. Rahm and I have not agreed on every issue or on a lot of issues, but Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher’s union strike is unnecessary and wrong. We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.Talk about a political third rail. Obama can't touch this issue with a ten-foot pole. We know he stands with the unions but the uglier it gets, the harder it is for him to support them publicly. Is it possible the toxic teachers will turn on him as they have on his minions and force him to take some kind of a stand? Stay tuned.
We stand with the children and we stand with the families and the parents of Chicago because education reform, that’s a bipartisan issue. This does not have to divide the two parties. And so, we were going to ask, where does President Obama stand? Does he stand with his former Chief of Staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with the children and the parents, or does he stand with the union? On issues like this, we need to speak out and be really clear. In a Romney-Ryan administration we will not be ambiguous, we will stand with education reform, we will champion bipartisan education reforms. This is a critical linchpin to the future of our country, to our economy, to make sure that our children go to the best possible school, and that education reforms revolve around the parents and the child, not the special interest group. This is something that’s critical for all of us.
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