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The [Monday] Papers

News you can abuse.

1. "The U.S. government, led by the Pentagon and CIA, censored or withheld for reasons of national security the files that the public requested last year under the Freedom of Information Act more often than at any time since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press."

Four more years.

2. Three Democratic Myths Used To Demean The Rand Filibuster.

Just three?

3. Bill Keller Fact-Checked.

4. New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson can't handle the truth.

Read his whole Twitter feed to decide if he is more or less insufferable than Keller.

5. Transparency isn't about useless snowplows trackers.

6. George Cardenas is the Chuck Grassley of local tweeting pols.

7. "[Ald. Joe] Moore said a long waiting list at the Chicago Math and Science Academy in his ward means some parents feel the schools have been successful," the Tribune reports.

"Some parents also feel that the public school options available to them aren't sufficient, he said.

"Moore said he wants his residents - at all income levels - to have the opportunity to send their children to excellent schools. He said with more quality charter schools that could be more likely to happen.

"Who am I to say to a low-income family that: 'You know what, just wait, maybe someday the schools in my neighborhood will improve to the point where you feel comfortable sending your child there,'" Moore said. "Why shouldn't they have the same kind of options for their kids that middle income and upper income families have in my community?"

Or, and this is just blue-skying it, we could direct charter resources to public schools so everyone has the opportunity to get a great education. We could call it a "public" school system. Or, you know, you could build quasi-private schools called charters and compete against the public school system and tell parents that maybe they, too, will one day be able to send their kids to a charter . . .

8. "In anonymous assertions to The New York Times, current and former Obama administration officials seek to justify the killings of three U.S. citizens even as the administration fights hard to prevent any transparency or accountability for those killings in court," the ACLU and Center for Constitutional Rights say in a statement.

"This is the latest in a series of one-sided, selective disclosures that prevent meaningful public debate and legal or even political accountability for the government's killing program, including its use against citizens.

"Government officials have made serious allegations against Anwar al-Aulaqi, but allegations are not evidence, and the whole point of the Constitution's due process clause is that a court must distinguish between the two.

"If the government has evidence that Al-Aulaqi posed an imminent threat at the time it killed him, it should present that evidence to a court.

"Officials now also anonymously assert that Samir Khan's killing was unintended and that the killing of 16-year-old Abdulrahman al-Aulaqi was a mistake, even though in court filings the Obama administration refuses to acknowledge any role in those killings.

"In court filings made just last week, the government in essence argued, wrongly, that it has the authority to kill these three Americans without ever having to justify its actions under the Constitution in any courtroom."

9. "Dr. Incandela had wandered into science from the art world," the New York Times writes in Chasing The Higgs.

"Growing up in Chicago, he studied at its Art Institute, intending to be a sculptor. He got interested in science while studying the chemistry of ceramics, went on to get a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and then worked at CERN and Fermilab, where in 1995 he helped discover the top quark, the last missing matter particle in the Standard Model."

10. "A Tribune investigation finds that Chicago police have long ignored voluntary standards for polygraph exams, even as those methods and the examiners themselves have factored into cases costing the city millions of dollars in damages."

Who's administering these, Jerry Springer?

11. The Blackhawks' Secret Sauce.

It's not what the Wall Street Journal says it is.

12. The Peacekeepers of Polaris.

Chicago 7th-graders need your help.

13. Urban Grind, Ginseng TV & MSOBAMA.

In Local TV Notes.

14. The Weekend in Chicago Rock.

You shoulda been there.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Chasing dragons.


Posted on March 11, 2013

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