Romney and Pawlenty Lead a Restive Republican Field
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Mitch Daniels is out and Tim Pawlenty is in as Republicans struggles to find a candidate to bridge party differences. Also, a tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri, and Chicago prepares for global warming.
Banner image: Declared Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney (L) and Tim Pawlenty (R)
Tornado Devastates Joplin, Missouri ()
People took refuge in bathrooms, hallways or wherever they could, including in a convenience store freezer as the City of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a tornado with winds up to 165mph. At least 90 people are dead, and bad weather is making the search for survivors a difficult and dangerous enterprise. Missy Shelton, news director at public radio station KSMU in Springfield, toured Joplin this morning.
- Missy Shelton: KSMU Public Radio
The GOP: Still Searching for Candidates ()
"If you feel that this was a non-courageous or unpatriotic decision, I understand and will not attempt to persuade you otherwise." That's what Mitch Daniels reportedly said late Saturday night after telling aides he would not be a candidate in the Republican presidential primaries. The Indiana Governor reportedly wanted to run for President, but his wife and four daughters said, "No." Today, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty officially threw his hat into the ring. Mitt Romney's campaign says that means "the field is set," but others contend it opens the way for some candidates most voters haven't yet heard of. Even so, the Obama White House says the country is so divided that the ultimate nominee will have an energized base, just by surviving the primary process. What's dividing the Republicans this year? Will opposition to Barack Obama be the only thing that unites them?
Other potential GOP candidates mentioned, include:
- Ron Brownstein: Atlantic Media, @RonBrownstein
- Michael Crowley: Time magazine, @CrowleyTIME
- Dan Schnur: USC's Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, @danschnur
- Michael Gerson: Washington Post
Chicago Out Front on Adapting to Climate Change ()
Due to the political ambivalence about global warming, city planners in many cities are discreet about "integrating preparedness into traditional planning." But the so-called Second City is "way out in front… in terms of adaptation." That's according to a recent article in the New York Times. Suzanne Malec-McKenna, outgoing commissioner of Chicago's Department of Environment, has more on how the city has adapted with new pavement for alleyways, Southern trees for landscaping and air-conditioning in the public schools.
- Suzanne Malec-McKenna: Chicago Department of Environment
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