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Attention and Action: The Connecticut Shootings vs. Drone Strikes

John V. Santore | Posted 02.19.2013 | Politics
John V. Santore

The administration has and will continue to pick and choose which issues, and which tragedies, it highlights -- which issues deserve public attention and action. Drones do not appear to be one of those issues.

Occupy Freedom School Aims to Offer a Free Alternative to CPS (VIDEO)

John V. Santore | Posted 02.06.2013 | Chicago
John V. Santore

One of the latest projects of Occupy Chicago, Occupy Freedom School aims to provide an alternative to the Chicago Public School system, as well as free classes to community members of any age.

Chicago Universities Not Yet on Board With National Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign (VIDEO)

John V. Santore | Posted 02.02.2013 | Chicago
John V. Santore

Climate change activist Bill McKibben has been touring the nation and promoting the idea that universities need to stop supporting fossil fuel companies. But officials at Chicago's leading universities are not yet willing to comment.

Lack of Voter Awareness, Plus Party Politics Reelected Smith

John V. Santore | Posted 01.12.2013 | Chicago
John V. Santore

Rep. Derreck Smith will rejoin his colleagues in the General Assembly for the time being. Under House rules they cannot boot him out a second time for the same offense. However, if he is convicted, the Illinois Constitution bars him from serving.

How Not to Ask an Important Question

John V. Santore | Posted 12.24.2012 | Politics
John V. Santore

On her end, Wasserman Schultz should now offer a public statement explaining the extent of her knowledge of the White House's drone program, and answering the more legitimate part of Rudkowski's question: Should Mitt Romney be trusted with this same power?

Drones: What Wasn't Asked at the Debate

John V. Santore | Posted 12.23.2012 | Politics
John V. Santore

Schieffer clearly missed an excellent opportunity to push Obama and Romney in a way that would have educated voters and revealed the candidates' thought process concerning a crucially important topic.

What's the Definition of a Crazy Question?

John V. Santore | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
John V. Santore

Within the context of illogic and paranoia that has at times defined Barack Obama's opponents, it is tempting to write off those who make the most strident claims against him. But we shouldn't be afraid to ask big, fundamental questions about the conduct of the administration and its officials.

Just What Is Ricardo Lugo Running for?

John V. Santore | Posted 05.26.2012 | Chicago
John V. Santore

The following audio report examines judicial elections in Chicago. The campaign of Ricardo Lugo, who is running for the judgeship in the Sixth Sub-Circuit, is used as a case study.

I Call These People Zombies: OWS Meets the Tea Party

John V. Santore | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
John V. Santore

This audio report examines the commonalities and fault lines between Iowa conservatives aligned with the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street supporters. ...

Democracy in Clinton, Iowa

John V. Santore | Posted 01.17.2012 | Politics
John V. Santore

(The following is an excerpt from an article I recently wrote on the nature of democratic participation in Clinton, Iowa, including the strength of th...

Gregory's Interview with DeMint Puts Politics Above Policy

John V. Santore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John V. Santore

In recent days, I've shared my thoughts concerning the flaws in the Delaware Senate debate between Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons, as well as a r...

Obama Must Demand Real Discourse in D.C.

John V. Santore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John V. Santore

"Leadership isn't just legislation," President Obama told 60 Minutes this week. "It's a matter of persuading people, and giving them confidence, and b...

AUDIO Report: Chicago Meet-up Against the Afghanistan War

John V. Santore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
John V. Santore

On August 4th, the day of President Obama's 49th birthday, a group of nine Chicago residents met in a small cafe to discuss what they referred to as "the Afghanistan problem."