All posts by Tyler Koteskey

Chicago Teachers’ Walkout Leaves Kids and Fiscal Reality Behind

The Chicago Teachers Union conducted a walk-out across the city on April 1st. The strike shut down classrooms to protest what the union claims is inadequate state support for Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Besides Chicago’s students, the walk-out leaves behind the next-most-important thing—a sense of fiscal reality. CPS’ real problem isn’t revenue, it’s expenses. Expenses the Chicago Teachers Union helped drive.

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Marco Rubio is pretending the U.S. didn’t help topple Gaddafi

It was opposite day for Marco Rubio during the foreign policy section of Thursday’s CNN-Telemundo GOP debate.

Addressing the 2011 US and NATO intervention in Libya, Rubio made a startling claim:

“We didn’t topple Gaddafi, the Libyan people toppled Gaddafi.”

Rubio seems afflicted with a bad case of amnesia, because in 2011, he was a leading Republican voice calling for a Libyan intervention. That March, he went so far to say that “when an American president says the guy needs to go, you better make sure that it happens because your credibility and your stature in the world is on the line.”

Rubio’s right in a technical sense–the Libyan rebels, not the US Marines, physically deposed Gaddafi, but the Senator’s answer only makes sense if we’re willing to overlook some pretty glaring facts.

Namely, that as part of Operation Odyssey Dawn in March 2011, we fired approximately 124 Tomahawk cruise missiles and deployed B-2 stealth bombers, F-15 and F-16 fighters, A-10 air-to-ground fighters, and AC-130 gunships and a plethora of support ships and aircraft to to disable Libyan anti-air defenses and enforce a no-fly-zone to neutralize the Libyan air force. By the end of March, the no-fly-zone morphed into active air-strikes on Gaddafi’s ground forces under the next phase of the intervention, Operation Unified Protector, which continued until October 2011.

Read the rest on Rare, here.

This election isn’t about ideas—it’s about fear

In a state chock full of evangelical Republicans, a thrice-married, formerly pro-choice reality TV star who openly admits never asking God for forgiveness, has mused about dating his own daughter, and has been rebuked by multiple church heads, just won the GOP primary. What’s more, evangelicals ended up making the difference by throwing a plurality of their support behind Trump.

Trump’s Saturday victory in South Carolina carried 32.5 percent of the primary vote, a full 10 points ahead of the nearest challenger, Marco Rubio. Of South Carolina’s Republican primary voters, 72 percent described themselves as born-again Christians. That’s an even bigger portion than four years ago, when evangelicals made up 65 percent of South Carolina voters.

Ted Cruz should have been a serious contender in the Palmetto State, given how much his campaign depends on the religious right. But Trump beat Cruz among evangelicals 33 percent to 27 percent. Even Marco Rubio won a high enough 22 percent of the demographic to eke out a second place finish over Cruz, with support from more moderate voters near the coast and around the state capital of Columbia.

Read the rest on Rare, here.