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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis: Deal Ending Strike a Victory for Education

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    Chicago public school teachers are returning to the classroom today nine days after launching their first strike in a quarter century. On Tuesday, 800 delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union voted overwhelmingly to suspend the strike to put an agreement with the city before the entire membership. The deal calls for a double-digit salary increase over the next three years, including raises for cost of living, while maintaining other increases for experience and advanced education. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joins us to talk about the strike, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and what this means for education reform across the country. "We’ve been micromanaged into doing things that we know are harmful for children," Lewis says. [includes rush transcript]

  • Romney’s Dismissal of "Dependent" 47% in Line with Tax Policies Favoring the "Country Club" 1%

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    In a newly unearthed recording released by Mother Jones magazine, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tells a crowd of donors that he thinks 47 percent of Americans are "dependent" on government and see themselves as "victims." The video has ignited what could be the biggest political firestorm facing Romney’s campaign to date. We’re joined by Pulitzer-winning journalist and author David Cay Johnston, a former New York Times reporter and author of several books, including most recently, "The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use 'Plain English' to Rob You Blind." Johnston says Romney’s tax plan is "a plan for dynastic wealth. It is a plan to take care of the already rich. It is not a plan, as he claims, to help the strivers who want to get ahead." [includes rush transcript]