…by Meg White
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I recently asked WBEZ’s Curious City a question. (If you’re not familiar with the program, Curious City is part of Chicago Public Radio’s attempts to get more crowd-sourced reporting to cover for all the bloggers and other staff they recently axed.) I have always wanted to know who pays for the biweekly fireworks displays at [...]

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Chicago has officially stripped every ounce of “dog person” from my soul. For those of you who don’t live in Chicago, you may not be aware that this place is absolutely teeming with dogs. Every trixie with a 300-square-foot sky-rise condo or family of seventeen living in a three-bedroom garden level feels the need to [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White When she heard about the boom chemicals being used to disperse oil from the sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico, the thoughts of Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) were far away. She was thinking about her hometown Santa Barbara in the late 1960s when Union Oil’s Platform A had [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White In the first of what will be an ongoing series of hearings on the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, leaders at BP, Transocean and Halliburton played an interesting form of the ever-popular corporate blame game. In news accounts previewing the hearing before the Senate Energy Committee [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White The collective giggle-fest over Vice President Joe Biden’s true but censorable comment at the president’s signing of healthcare reform struck me as pretty sophomoric. But then again, that’s not very fair to sophomores. Meanwhile, right in my own backyard, real sophomores (and other high schoolers) have successfully organized to [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As you may have seen in my piece from earlier today, I was impressed by the eloquence of the Anthem Blue Cross policy holders who testified before the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations today. I was significantly less impressed with the arguments offered by the second panel of [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White As Democrats scramble to assemble a slate of legislative and constitutional fixes to counter the effects of the Supreme Court decision, conservatives suggest Congress allow even more money to flow into campaigns. With the president’s budget proposal and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” occupying the time of C-SPAN crews in [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White In Cartagena, Colombia this week, hundreds of activists, government officials and international leaders will converge to participate in the second summit for a world free of anti-personnel landmines. The U.S. will be represented there, but only “as an observer,” according to the State Department. State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT by Meg White Though the stretch of South Wacker Drive is more Wall Street than it is Wild West, this week it is the scene of what is billed as a “Showdown in Chicago.” Monday morning, a large group of protesters crowded the block surrounding the downtown Chicago headquarters of Goldman Sachs. [...]