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Read Harold Henderson's blog, Daily Harold, at chicagoreader.com

[snip] Eminent domain for thee but not for me. Northwestern law professor David Dana points out in the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy (law.northwestern.edu/ journals/lawreview/) that most of the state laws passed in response to the Supreme Court's 2005 Kelo decision leave in place local governments' ability to condemn property declared "blighted." So the new laws protect middle-class areas but leave poor ones vulnerable. --Harold Henderson | hhenderson@chicagoreader.com

[snip] Not rocket science. "While high school science labs have been undergoing a slow but steady overhaul since the Vallas years, it's a lucky elementary school that has any lab space, let alone running water and gas for serious experiments," writes former Chicago Catalyst reporter Maureen Kelleher (district299.typepad.com). "Usually, science is considered a 'special,' like art or music or library. An elementary science teacher may see all 500 students in the course of a week. And schools may not offer all these specials, based on the personnel they have." --HH

[snip] "Has anyone noticed how much time the Bush cabinet secretaries have on their hands?" asks political scientist Brendan Nyhan at brendan-nyhan.com. "First Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez waited in line for an hour to get Doris Kearns Goodwin to sign his book, and now the Secretary of Education is on Jeopardy. Doesn't anyone have, you know, work to do?" --HH

[snip] Michael Moore's postcampaign promise to disgruntled conservatives: "Even though you have opposed environmental regulation, when we clean up our air and water, we, the Democratic majority, will let you, too, breathe the cleaner air and drink the purer water.... When women are finally paid what men make, we will pay conservative women that wage, too." More at michaelmoore.com. --HH

[snip] Thanks for nothing. John Nichols summarizes University of Wisconsin findings from the month before last month's election (the nation.com/blogs): "Local newscasts in seven Midwest markets aired 4 minutes, 24 seconds of paid political ads during the typical 30-minute broadcast while dedicating an average of 1 minute, 43 seconds to election news coverage"--and most of that was horse-race news. --HH

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