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This Week In Crazy: Trump’s God-Given Mission To Nuke North Korea

Nuclear holy war, Chi-Raqi occupation, and Al Gore’s “big ugly ass.” Welcome to This Week In Crazy.

August 11, 2017
Immigration, Sanctuary Cities

A National Sanctuary Campaign Rises To Defy Trump’s Xenophobic Agenda

Trump’s decree targeting sanctuary cities comes amid concerns that already-existing sanctuary cities and towns were not doing enough to protect their residents under the Obama administration, which oversaw an unprecedented number of deportations and erected family immigrant detention centers that continue to imprison children with their mothers.

January 29, 2017
Loretta Lynch, Chicago

Loretta Lynch Slams Chicago Police Department After Releasing Damning DOJ Report

After a 13-month investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice released a 164-page report Friday detailing the abuse of force by the Chicago Police Department (CPD). According to their findings, officers’ brutality often goes unpunished — especially when its perpetrated in communities of color.

January 14, 2017
Obama, Race

Did We Expect Too Much From Obama On Race?

Obama’s real and lasting impact on race relations in America will be seen in less sensational policy decisions: who he brought to the federal benches, his efforts to protect the Voting Rights Act, measures to expand access to health care and quality schools.

January 9, 2017

Better Regulation Of Guns Would Reduce Senseless Violence

The single best weapon against this senseless violence would be the better regulation of firearms, a goal that shouldn’t be beyond our reach. Impossible, you say? Not if enough voters started to care about the lives of poor black people lost to street violence. Black lives certainly ought to matter, regardless of the way those lives are lost.

October 28, 2016
Ohio voters cast their votes at the polls for early voting in the 2012 U.S. presidential election in Medina Ohio

Chicago Officials: ‘Technology Means Voting Fraud Is Ancient History’

In the last 10 years, Chicago has had only 10 referrals of suspicious activity to the state’s attorney’s office with over nine million ballots cast during that same time period.

October 19, 2016
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during a news conference at Rikers Island jail in New York City, U.S. September 1, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid -

NYC Mayor Warns Trump: ‘Stop And Frisk’ Will Make Things Worse

“Donald Trump talks about stop and frisk like he knows the facts,” de Blasio said in an interview with CNN. “He has had no experience with policing, no experience with public safety. “He should really be careful because if we reinstitute stop and frisk all over this country, you would see a lot more tension between police and community.”

September 22, 2016
Republican nominee Donald Trump speaks at "Joni's Roast and Ride" in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., August 27, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Faces Flack For Politicizing Dwyane Wade Family Tragedy

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Saturday attempted to use the fatal shooting of NBA star Dwyane Wade’s cousin to forward his campaign and garner more African-American votes. In a tweet misspelling the Chicago Bulls player’s name, Trump said: “Dwayne Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”

August 28, 2016
oreo cookie

Souring Chicago’s Sweet Treat

Nabisco intends to move the iconic Oreo brand — and the jobs of 600 top-quality bakery workers — from Chicago to Mexico, where the minimum wage is a bit more than $4. Not per hour, but per day.

June 23, 2016
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel participates in a panel discussion on Reducing Violence and Strengthening Policy and Community Trust at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Chicago Mayor To Replace Police Review Board With More Independent Watchdog

The decision to abolish the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) comes a month after a task force released a scathing report recommending a new board to help mend strained relations between Chicago’s police force and the city’s minority communities. The task force report said IPRA was underfunded and staffed by former law enforcement officials whose findings were routinely reversed by the body’s leaders.

May 14, 2016
Donald Trump Chicago Protest

Who Were The “Brownshirts” Protesting Trump In Chicago?

Trump supporters’ airing of grievances is only the latest in a concerted effort from the right to dissociate itself with fascism.

March 18, 2016
Protesters interrupt U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking during a campaign rally in Kansas City

Trump Digs In After Weekend Violence, Threatens Sanders Rallies

The scenes in Chicago followed several weeks of violence at Trump rallies, in which protesters and journalists have been punched, tackled and hustled out of venues.

March 13, 2016
Demonstrators celebrate after Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump cancelled his rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Trump Cancels Ohio Rally, Security At Venue Cited: Media

A Trump rally in Chicago was called off on Friday after scuffles between Trump supporters and protesters.

March 12, 2016
Chicago gunfire political cartoon

Cartoon: Chicago Decides To Settle Its Gunfire Problem In The Time-Honored Way

(It’s about the mayor, Rahm Emanuel.)

January 19, 2016

Chicago Police Trained To Not Shoot Innocent People, But It Still Happens

In their training, Chicago police officers are presented with scenarios in which they’re confronted by dangerous individuals while other people are nearby. The goal is to eliminate the threat while keeping bystanders safe. Yet over the years, innocent victims have been shot by police.

December 31, 2015

Cartoon: Boots On The Ground

“Ever get homesick?”

December 29, 2015
Activist groups take over RandolphStreet as a protest, Justice for Laquan, marches as the city council meets, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Protesters Call For Chicago Mayor To Step Down

Long before Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel tackled police accountability in an unusual speech before the City Council on Wednesday, demonstrators made it clear there was nothing the embattled mayor could say to calm the situation.

December 9, 2015

Chicago Mayor Apologizes, Protesters Urge He Resign

Emanuel’s speech comes after two weeks of protests in Chicago, following the release of a 2014 police dashboard video of an officer shooting a black teenager.

December 9, 2015

Where’s The Indignation For What African Americans Do To Themselves?

For all the rage African Americans bear for what others do to us, we need to also spare some indignation for what we are doing to ourselves. Over half the murder victims in this country last year were black, an obscene number that cries out for black people — for all people of conscience — to stand up and give a damn.

December 9, 2015

Justice Department To Investigate Chicago Police: Source

The U.S. Justice Department will open an investigation into the Chicago Police Department after protests over how it handled the case of a black teenager shot by a white police officer, a person familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

December 6, 2015

Late Night Roundup: ‘Corruption Junction’

Larry Wilmore examined the news from Chicago on the shooting death last year of black teenager Laquan McDonald, and the long-running effort by the city to cover up information about it.

December 3, 2015

Cartoon: In Chicago, Mayor’s Staff Can’t Find The Key To The Handcuffs

Mayor Rahm has a little problem.

December 2, 2015

Chicago Police Chief Out, Inquiry Launched Over Black Teen’s Death

Chief ousted after mass protests over a white officer’s shooting of a black teenager 16 times, department’s refusal to release video for more than a year.

December 1, 2015

A ‘Kill-And-Cover-Up’ Police Culture?

When public officials refuse to release a video that shows alleged misconduct by a police officer, you should only expect the worst. That’s particularly true in Chicago.

November 30, 2015

Chicago Officer, Charged With Murdering Black Teen, Posts Bond

The police union president said union members were helping Van Dyke’s family raise the amount needed for Van Dyke to get out of jail.

November 30, 2015