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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Boy shot in the head makes remarkable recovery | VIDEO
A 7-year-old boy from northwest Indiana was in critical condition for several weeks after being shot in the head. Doctors say his progress has been amazing.

Derrick Rose to be on GQ cover | VIDEO
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will be featured on the cover of GQ magazine's May issue.
Mental health activists fight plan to close clinics | VIDEO
Protests are escalating as demonstrators fight to keep mental health facilities open, despite city plans to close them.
Report: Secret Service seeking bids on NATO rentals
The Secret Service has reportedly submitted a request for bids on equipment they will need to rent to protect the president and dignitaries at McCormick Place as well as other locations around the city.
Aurora businessman stranded in Antarctic
A west suburban businessman is one of 73 passengers stranded on a ship in the Antarctic.
Man charged with killing girlfriend's toddler
A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl left in his care by her mother.


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Space shuttle Discovery lands at new home Space shuttle Discovery has landed at Washington Dulles International Airport, where its wheels will stop for the last time at the Smithsonian.

PHOTOS: Discovery takes flight on 747
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Chicago Chef's Table cookbook More than 50 of Chicago's top chefs are featuring some of their best recipes in the new cookbook, The Chicago Chef's Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the Windy City.

Tortilla Soup with Shredded Chicken and Avocado Relish
Mojo Marinated Pork Cubano (Lechon Asado)
Spring Squash Taquitos


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Cynthia Tucker: What Hilary Rosen Meant To Say

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Romney's experience of motherhood is significantly different from that of moms around the country whose family incomes hover at the median of $50,000 a year. And even I understand that my status as a longtime salaried professional has enabled me to escape the harried life of moms who rouse their children early for the ride to the day care center; who can't attend PTA meetings unless they can pay for a baby sitter; who do all the cooking, housecleaning and shopping in addition to wiping dirty noses. READ MORE

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The Federal Communications Commission announced Friday it is slapping a fine on Google for deliberately impeding an investigation into the collection of sensitive wireless network data as part of the search giant's Street View mapping project. The amount of the fine: $25,000.

That figure is, of course, barely a rounding error for the company. Google made $2.89 billion last quarter, or $25,000 in profits every 68 seconds. In fact, Google will have recouped the fine in less than the time it takes you to read this article. READ MORE

A recently unearthed video promises to erode Mitt Romney's moral high ground on the "working moms" controversy. While campaigning in New Hampshire last January, he said "even if you have a child two years of age, you have to go to work."

That speech wasn't the only time Romney has slammed stay-at-home moms. In his autobiography, the former Massachusetts governor insists that children of "nonworking parents" will be conditioned to lead "an indolent and unproductive life." READ MORE

Late last week, a little-known trader at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in London, Bruno Iksil, awoke to find his life changed forever.

In an instant, Iksil had become famous as the guy who infuriated some of his bank's counterparts so much that they complained he was skewing the credit-derivatives markets with his outsized bets, one of which they said may be as large as $100 billion. Worse yet, the world learned Iksil had earned two unforgettable nicknames: (1) The London Whale, and (2) Voldemort, after the Harry Potter villain. READ MORE

The headline on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reads like good news: "Child Protection Audits Find Nearly All Dioceses Compliant."

What they were complying with, as the accompanying press release explained, was a set of zero-tolerance policies the bishops conference put in place a decade ago.

The view from Kansas City is far less consoling. In September, its local bishop will stand trial in criminal court for failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. READ MORE

With a defiant closed-fist salute, a far-right fanatic admitted Monday to a bomb-and-shooting massacre that killed 77 people in Norway but pleaded not guilty to criminal charges, saying he acted in self-defense. READ MORE
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President Obama Is Right

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The Republican Party leadership no longer seems to understand the very concept of fairness that is so central to the American way. We urge you to consider this message from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about how you can help to stop the GOP's tax-cut bonanza for the favored few.

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President Obama is calling on Congress to pass the Buffett Rule, which would finally put an end to special tax breaks for millionaires.

Republicans in Congress and right-wing pundits are attacking President Obama's plan, which would ensure the wealthy pay their fair share. Will you stand behind President Obama's plan for tax fairness?

Help us reach 100,000 signatures in the next 24 hours supporting President Obama's plan to ensure millionaires pay their fair share >>

As President Obama said in his State of the Union:
"Tax reform should follow the Buffett rule: If you make more than $1 million a year, you should not pay less than 30 percent in taxes... In fact, if you're earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn't get special tax subsidies or deductions...

Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense."
We can move America forward and stop the Republicans' assault on the middle class -- but only if we have the support of each and every one of you. Add your name today to show your support for the Buffett Rule:




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Tuesday's Daily Brief: Senate Blocks Buffett Rule, HuffPost Wins Pulitzer, Apple Rumors

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
HuffPost Wins 1st Pulitzer Prize
Breivik Defends Norway Massacre: 'I Would Have Done It Again'
Romney Ducks Ledbetter Act Question
Zimmerman Asks For New Judge After CNN Conflict Revealed
The Past Week's Biggest Apple Rumors
Rep. Jackie Speier: unEqual Pay Day
There is cruel irony in having Equal Pay Day fall on Tax Day. Women and men share the responsibility of paying taxes, but there is no sharing when it comes to receiving equal pay for comparable work.
Dylan Ratigan: Is the Federal Reserve Coming Clean?
Since the Fed wants to turn over a new leaf, why not ask for the transcripts of the meetings from 2007-2010? Let's just accelerate the timetable, and let everyone know what really went down at those meetings during the crisis of 2007 and 2008. And we got them. And we'll show you just what we got.
Dr. Peggy Drexler: Mom Is All Right: Redefining the Modern-Day Mom
For decades, women have been told that when it comes to our children's achievements -- or shortcomings-- we hold all the cards.
Mike Lux: Most Conservative Congress in How Long?
There is a new study out by a pair of political scientists saying that the current Republican caucuses in Congress are the most conservative in a hundred years. I think they are underestimating.
Agapi Stassinopoulos: Warm Heartedness: The Key To Inner Peace
"Exiled from my country for 50 years, I had to develop more experiences and practice compassion because compassion is enhanced when you are facing challenging situations."