Former President Barack Obama will make his first post-presidential public appearance on Monday, heading to the University of Chicago to discuss civic engagement and community organizing. Obama’s talk at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th St., at 11 a.m. Chicago time will be a “conversation,” as he is flanked by six younger activists — from Kenwood Academy High School to college students and a bit older, Obama spokesman Kevin Lewis told the Chicago Sun-Times. This event is part of Obama’s commitment to “engage the next generation of leaders,” Lewis said. It’s an invitation-only audience event, with many
At the risk of tooting my own horn, I called him The Student Council President in 2008 or ´09.
Most of us probably remember the type - intolerable suckups to principals and teachers who, inexplicably, ate it up.
The Eddie Haskell types would hold meetings, seminars, speeches and retreats on ´leadership´ despite never leading anything or, more often, being elected to offices nobody else wanted and assuming it gave them special status.
Obama and his ilk never stop talking about leadership, vision, planning, oversight, etc. but that´s all it is - talk.
Interesting that his audience will be by invitation only.
Conservatives are not his types of black-masked, rock throwing, fire-bomb tossing ´activists´ he has attempted to justify in the past so most likely he will be allowed to speak without incident.
While he is engaging his "next generation of leaders", wonder if he will be encouraging them to defend both progressive and conservative campus ´free speech´ using Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter as examples.
Nine people were killed and at least 54 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago between Friday evening and Monday morning. Seven people were shot, one fatally, during a single mass shooting incident about 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. The group was in the parking lot of a banquet hall in the 11900 block of South Loomis when a male in a black SUV opened fire, according to Chicago Police. The SUV then sped away. Kolby Craig, 33, was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 2:35 a.m.,
President Trump received a commemorative Super Bowl ring from longtime friend and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft after the team visited the White House in April. A spokesman for the Patriots, Stacey James, told USA Today that Trump told Kraft during their White House visit how he was honored the Patriots were the first team to visit during his presidency. The team gifted Trump a jersey and a helmet during the April trip, but Kraft wanted to do more. James said Trump´s customized ring is the same as what the Patriots players and staff received for winning the Super Bowl.
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Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Monday that Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was gravely wounded in a shooting this summer, will walk again. “He’s gonna walk but he’s gonna have to re-learn how to do it,” Ryan said during a CNN town hall in Racine, Wis., after Scalise joined a conference call with his GOP colleagues earlier in the day. “He sounded great. He sounded strong. He sounded like Steve-o.” Ryan described the recess conference call as “really emotional” for lawmakers. The Speaker has visited Scalise in the hospital countless times, but most of his colleagues have not heard
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The ancient pagan astrologers regarded solar eclipses as bad omens. So, too, did the rabbis of the Talmud, who warned in Tractate Sukkah, page 29a, that solar eclipses forecast ill fortune. But by that time, eclipses could be predicted. That raised a fundamental question about free will: how can eclipses be bad signs if we can predict them? The question the rabbis wrestled with was also familiar to St. Augustine, as well as other Christian philosophers. The rabbis’ answer was that Jews who kept God’s commandments did not have to worry about celestial omens. But many rabbis, especially the Kabbalists,
Sen. Susan Collins said Monday that it´s not clear to her if Trump will win the Republican nomination in 2020. "It´s far too early to tell now," Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said on MSNBC. "There is a long ways between now and that point." It´s almost unthinkable in modern American politics for an incumbent president to fail to secure his party´s nomination; there hasn´t been a serious primary challenge against a sitting president since 1976, when Ronald Reagan ran against Gerald Ford. But Trump is also unpopular nationwide, and has frustrated congressional Republicans with his political leadership. Collins faulted him,
The National Science Foundation is spending nearly $200,000 on an "implicit bias" conference. The conference will gather "leading experts on racism and prejudice" to write a report on how to make unconscious bias training, which assumes that "everyone is a little bit racist or sexist," more effective. "This project brings together experts on prejudice and discrimination to have a deep discussion and write up a report to understand what various measures of bias represent and best ways to measure implicit bias," according to the grant for the project. "During the past century, racial attitudes in America have been radically transformed.
President Trump will address the nation tonight from the Oval Office to announce his strategy for Afghanistan. Details are being withheld, but it is expected the president will announce an increase in American troops to counter recent gains by the Taliban and the growing strength of ISIS. Politico: The move comes after the dismissal Friday of chief strategist Steve Bannon, who voiced skepticism about an increased military footprint in the region and preferred outsourcing some of the duties to private contractors. Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser H.R. McMaster were said to have encouraged Trump to accept his
Two members of the Kennedy family were arrested for disorderly conduct near the family’s famed compound on Cape Cod, according to police. Max Kennedy, the 52-year-old son of Robert F. Kennedy, was taken into custody for disorderly conduct and a noise violation around 1 a.m. Sunday morning after reports of loud partying, Barnstable Police told the Boston Herald. His daughter Caroline, a 22-year-old California resident, was also arrested at a home a short walk from the main Kennedy compound. (Snip) The arrests come after a brush with the law for another of RFK’s grandchildren, Conor Kennedy, who
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