US Ambassador Killed in Libya; Chicago Teachers' Strike
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US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed last night when an armed mob attacked and burned the American consulate in Benghazi. It's the first such incident of its kind in 20 years. Also, the Chicago school strike is into its third day, a struggle between education reformers and unionized teachers. We look at the national implications and the possible consequences for the November election.
Banner image: Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the US embassy in Cairo September 11, 2012, during a protest over what they said was a film being produced in the United States that insulted Prophet Mohammed. Photo by Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters
US Ambassador Killed in Libya, 11 Years after September 11 ()
Ambassador Chris Stevens was considered a hero who helped liberate Libya from Moammar Gadhafi, but he died last night in an armed attack in Benghazi, the first such incident of its kind in 20 years. Three others were killed along with him. The US embassy in Cairo was also beset by protesters after a film, ridiculing the Prophet Mohammed, appeared on YouTube with Arabic subtitles. The film was produced in the US by a man claiming to be a developer in Los Angeles with dual US and Israeli citizenship. He's told the Associated Press that 100 Jewish donors provided $5 million. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton have condemned the incidents, but Mitt Romney is criticizing the Administration for its response.
- Carol Lee: Wall Street Journal, @carol_e_lee
- Major Garrett: National Journal, @MajoratNJ
- Robin Wright: US Institute of Peace, @wrightr
- Sarah Posner: Religion Dispatches, @sarahposner
Chicago School Strike ()
The Chicago school strike is into its third day, a struggle between education reformers and unionized teachers. The issues will look familiar in other cities around the country. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken the side of schools reformers against a teachers' union he accuses of being resistant to change. We look at the national implications and the possible consequences for the November election.
- Diane Ravitch: New York University, @DianeRavitch
- Tim Knowles: University of Chicago, @UchicagoUEI
- Juan Jose Gonzalez: Stand for Children Illinois
- Rick Perlstein: author and historian, @rickperlstein
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