Oct 25, 2019

Chicago teacher strike to continue as district, union fail to reach deal

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Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach an agreement Thursday after a week-long strike, leaving classes canceled again Friday in the nation's 3rd largest school district, per the AP.

The big picture: Nearly 25,000 members of the union went on strike Oct. 17 over issues including class sizes and school staffing. Both sides say they've made progress, but have not yet reached a resolution.

  • Classes were cancelled for more than 300,000 students in the Chicago area, possibly rendering a slew of student athletes ineligible to compete in upcoming state competitions.

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DOJ to treat antifa involvement in protests as domestic terrorism

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Attorney General Bill Barr said in a statement Sunday that the Justice Department will use its network of 56 regional FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces to identify the "criminal organizers and instigators" of violence during the George Floyd protests, including antifa and similar groups.

Why it matters: Barr, President Trump and other members of the administration have pinned the blame for riots and looting over the past few days of protests against police brutality on antifa, a loosely defined far-left movement that uses violence and direct-action protest tactics.

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Trump and Zuckerberg share phone call amid social media furor

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In the week that President Trump took on social media, Axios has learned that he had a call Friday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that was described by both sides as productive.

Why it matters: With the White House and Twitter at war, Facebook has managed to keep diplomatic relations with the world's most powerful social-media devotee.

Twitter, Google lead chorus of brands backing George Floyd protests

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Twitter and Google are among the dozens of brands over the past 24 hours that have taken public stances in favor of Americans protesting racial equality. Some companies have changed their logos in solidarity with the movement, while others have pledged money in support of efforts to address social injustice.

Why it matters: The pressure that companies feel to speak out on issues has increased during the Trump era, as businesses have sought to fill a trust void left by the government. Now, some of the biggest companies are quickly taking a public stand on the protests, pressuring all other brands to do the same.