4:56 PM, May 22nd, 2012

Obama Talks Afghanistan Loss of Life at NATO Summit But Silent on Chicago Gun Violence

Twelve year-old Nazia Banks was in his last 90 minutes of life when Air Force One landed at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Saturday night.

As President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted on the tarmac by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his wife, Nazia was on the opposite end of the city, playing with other youngsters outside his family’s two-story brick home on South Brandon Avenue. The president and the mayor stood chatting for a few moments, seeming just as close as when Emanuel served Obama as White House chief of staff. They then boarded the presidential helicopter with their wives and flew to Solider Field on the city’s lakefront. A motorcade waited to take the Obamas to the hotel where they would be staying during the NATO summit.

Just down Lake Shore Drive, Nazia Banks’s father called for the youngster to come in for the night. Nazia was starting toward the cement steps leading up to his front door when two men appeared with handguns and began to fire for reasons that are not yet clear. The boy fell mortally wounded with a bullet in his head.

Continue reading Michael Daly’s piece on Obama’s silence on gun violence in Chicago during the NATO Summit

12:55 PM, May 21st, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, May 21st

  1. Obama’s Super PAC Slumps: Priorities USA Action, the largest pro-Obama super PAC, is trailing GOP political action committees as the two sides prepare for the first general election in which they are likely to play a major role. Priorities USA Action raised $1.6 million in April, $3 million less than what Restore Our Future, a PAC that supports presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, drew in over the same period.
  2. Protesters to Hit Chicago: Chicago police clashed with demonstrators Sunday, but protesters say they’ll be back on the streets Monday as leaders from the 28 NATO countries meet. At least 45 people were arrested Sunday, and four officers were taken to the hospital, including one who was stabbed in the leg, according to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
  3. Probe Targets DSK Rape AllegationsThoroughly disgraced French politician Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have been involved in rape, said a French prosecutor who’s opening a preliminary investigation into the allegations. The prosecutor is responding to requests by judges in Lille, France, to look more closely into allegations of sexual crimes after probing a prostitution ring in the city.
  4. Bombing in Yemen Kills 90A suicide bomber reportedly disguised as a soldier struck in Yemen on Monday, killing at least 90 and perhaps as many as 100 people. A group with ties to al Qaeda has climb responsibility for the bombing that struck a group of soldiers gathered near the presidential palace in the capital.
  5. Facebook Shares DiveAfter a tepid reception last week, the blue-and-white juggernaut continued to make a disappointing showing on the market Monday, diving 12 percent in the first half hour of trading. 

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Photo of the Day: May 20, 2012

Gay Group Leader Beaten in Ukraine

Unidentified men beat Svyatoslav Sheremet, head of the advocacy group Gay Forum of Ukraine, as he met with members of the media in Kiev to announce that a scheduled gay-pride parade was cancelled. The attackers ran off when they realized members of the media were documenting the attack.


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2:28 PM, April 16th, 2012

Frontpage: Monday, April 16th

  1. Lawyers: Open Zimmerman File: Media outlets including NBC and The New York Times filed Monday to have the court records unsealed in the case against George Zimmerman, who has been charged with second-degree murder after shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Court files are normally considered public records in the Sunshine State, but a judge sealed Zimmerman’s file last week. 
  2. Obama, DNC Net $53M in March: More supporters of President Obama are preparing to let their money do the talking for them as his reelection campaign goes into gear. Obama and the Democratic National Committee scooped up $53 million in March, the two announced in a video Monday, a $9 million increase over February and a nearly $14 million jump from January.
  3. Breivik Claims Self-Defense: Anders Behring Breivik, the man accused of killing 77 people in Norway last summer, claimed he did so in self-defense. “I acknowledge the acts but do not plead guilty, and I claim I was doing it in self-defense.” Breivik’s trial moved forward after an expert found him sane, overruling an earlier diagnosis. 
  4. Karzai Faults NATO for AttacksAfghan President Hamid Karzai pointed a finger at NATO for attacks by militants in Kabul and elsewhere in the country Sunday that left 51 people dead. “The terrorists’ infiltration in Kabul and other provinces is an intelligence failure for us and especially for NATO and should be seriously investigated,” Karzai told reporters Monday. 
  5. Scorching Temperatures at Boston MarathonThis isn’t a good sign: because of scorching weather in Boston, organizers of the city’s marathon asked participants to consider sitting it out. The 27,000 runners had low-70s temperatures as the race began, but forecasts call for temperatures to hit the mid-80s by the race’s end.

Photo: Orthodox Christians take part in the Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City. (Nir Elias / Reuters-Landov)

10:58 AM, April 25th, 2011
The message that was sent by NATO in the early hours of this morning was sent to the wrong address.
Mussa Ibrahim, a Libyan government spokesperson, who denies NATO’s bombing of Gaddafi’s compound killed Libya’s defiant leader.

(Source: CNN)

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