FROM Joel Weisman
Chicago Teachers Strike Leaves 350,000 Students without School Marathon negotiations began last November, but they broke down yesterday and today some 26,000 teachers are on strike in Chicago. Classes have been cancelled for more than 350,000 students. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's former chief of staff, is the Mayor who hand-picked the school board. This is the first strike in America's third largest school system in 25 years. Joel Weisman is host of Chicago Week in Review on public television station WTTW, Channel 11.
Blagojevich Vows to Break Silence as Impeachment Process Begins As the state legislature considers impeachment, Rod Blagojevich today went out for a jog. Telling reporters less than he wanted to, the Illinois Governor said he was eager to tell his side of the story to the people of Chicago, but that there was "a time and place for everything." President-elect Barack Obama addressed speculation in the press, saying that he is "abiding by the request of the US attorneys office" adding that he expected to have answers available next week. Joel Weisman is host of the public TV program Chicago Tonight .
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Taken into Federal Custody Governor Ron Blogojevich was arrested this morning on federal corruption charges , including that he tried to sell his power to appoint Barack Obama's successor to the US Senate. US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said that, despite the charges against him, the Illinois Democratic still has the power to appoint Obama's successor. Joel Weisman hosts the public television program, Chicago Week in Review.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.