U.S. vetoes U.N. draft condemning Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States on Friday vetoed a draft U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian land after the Palestinians refused a compromise offer from Washington. Full story on Reuters

HuffPost TV: WATCH: Howard Fineman Discusses Government Shutdown On ‘Hardball’

The Huffington Post’s Senior Political Editor Howard Fineman, along with Mother Jones’ David Corn, talked to Chris Matthews tonight on MSNBC’s “Hardball” about the looming possibility of a government shutdown. Fineman said that President Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner are both getting prepared to blame each other if a shutdown does occur. […]

California Republicans cool to Brown tax plan

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California Democratic Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to close the state’s huge budget gap is running into a wall of Republican opposition over a proposed referendum on extending tax increases. Full story on Reuters

Lawmaker seeks probe of White House secrecy pledge

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A key Republican lawmaker on Friday called for an independent probe of an Obama administration practice that prohibited outside groups from participating in early discussions on rental housing policy unless they pledged secrecy. Full story on Reuters

Rhymefest Could Emerge Victorious In 20th Ward

CHICAGO — The award-winning rapper who wants to be a Chicago alderman looked down the block and counted up the boarded houses in this slice of the city’s South Side. One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six. Seven. Eight. “How can you walk here and not feel something in your heart? We’re living in an urban […]

Chico Predicts A Runoff, Rahm Returns Jimmy John’s Donations

With an election just around the corner, the candidates will not be taking much time off this weekend. Campaign schedules are looking packed for Saturday, and for good reason. The latest polls show Rahm Emanuel with about 50 percent of the vote, and the other candidates are doing everything they can to make a runoff […]

Wisconsin Protests Set Up Delicate Dance Between Obama And Labor

WASHINGTON — The ongoing protests surrounding an anti-union measure in Wisconsin has placed the president and the Democratic Party in a yet another delicate dance with the labor community. Demonstrations against a bill that would effectively end collective bargaining for many unions would, on the surface, seem like a political lay-up for a Democratic administration. […]

The Media Consortium: Showdown in Madison: A Primer for the Wisconsin Protests

by Raquel Brown, Media Consortium blogger It’s been a tumultuous week in Madison, Wisconsin. Tens of thousands of state workers, teachers, and students have packed the state Capitol building to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to weaken public unions. In a move ostensibly aimed to balance the state budget, Walker proposed a bill on […]