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The Weekend Desk Report

Programming Note: I'll be out most of the day on Monday, but I'll do some posting upon my return.

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"The rowdy, boisterous events that have come to define and propel Trump's presidential campaign are usually not the ones he holds in early voting states such as Iowa or New Hampshire," the Washington Post reports.

"Instead, he is increasingly defined by the rallies held in cities that rarely see presidential candidates this early in the process, if ever. They are also often places that are struggling: Mobile, Ala., where the unemployment rate is still higher than the national and state rates; Springfield, Ill., where the manufacturing industry has yet to recover from the recession; and Beaumont, Tex., which is worrying over the effects of low gas prices."

I've got news for Springfield: immigrants didn't send those factory jobs overseas.

But the problem for America is this: Democrats and Republicans did. Together.

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"Trump will toss local references into his rally speeches - talking cars in Michigan, tractors in Illinois, oil in Texas and Tom Brady in Massachusetts - but he mostly gives the same sort of speech, no matter which state he is in. Although Trump has ping-ponged across the country for these rallies, the concerns of the audience members from one city to the next are nearly uniform.

"There's the 47-year-old guy in Springfield who manufactures Ferris wheels, which he says feels like the last thing that's still made in America."

No. Hate is still made here too.

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I wonder if he's actually referring to the Eli Bridge Company in Jacksonville, Illinois, which is about 45 minutes from Springfield.

Barack Trump
"President Obama once said this about his administration's deportation priorities: 'We'll keep focusing enforcement resources on actual threats to our security. That means felons, not families. That means criminals, not children. It means gang members, not moms who are trying to put food on the table for their kids,'" the New York Times editorial page notes.

Encouraging words, a year ago. But a new year has dawned upon an appalling campaign of home raids by the Department of Homeland Security to find and deport hundreds of would-be refugees back to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The targets are those who arrived in a recent surge of people fleeing shockingly high levels of gang and drug violence, hunger and poverty and who offered themselves at the border to the mercy of the United States, but ultimately lost their cases in immigration court.

Since New Year's, the administration has been sending agents into homes to make an example of the offenders and to defend the principle of a secure border. A president who spoke so movingly about the violent gun deaths of children here has taken on the job of sending mothers and children on one-way trips to the deadliest countries in our hemisphere. Mothers and children who pose no threat, actual or imaginable, to our security.

Those raids are occurring all over the country, including Chicago ("Immigration Raids Send Chill Through Little Village").

See more from impacted Chicagoans at Tell President Obama To Stop Deporting Refugees.

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The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #84: Chicago Mayor Had A Good Week
So did his butler. Plus: Crow and the Breadman; Jay Cutler's Minivan Is Back; White Sox Whiff; and The Chicago Fire Are About To Do Something.

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The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "English producer and engineer Glyn Johns has been behind the board for classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Clash. He joins hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot for a candid conversation about being re-worked by Phil Spector, trying to infuse The Eagles with the blues, and more from his storied career."

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Weekend BeachBook

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On $2 billion of annual profits.

Posted by The Beachwood Reporter on Friday, January 8, 2016

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The Weekend Desk Tip Line: El Whammo.



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Posted on January 9, 2016


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