Good morning, it’s Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2012. The depressing news today out of New York is that tens of thousands of health care workers there have refused to take the coronavirus vaccine — a stunning level of ignorance by people who should know better — leading to staffing shortages and a disaster emergency declaration by the state’s new governor.
In Chicago, 10 people were killed by gunfire over the weekend and 58 wounded. Included among the wounded were a police officer and a Chicago Fire Department paramedic who was shot at a hospital while administering medical care to another shooting victim. Among those killed was 18-year-old Melissa de la Garza, a budding artist who had just earned a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago. Melissa, who went by the nickname “Azul,” was sitting in her car in front of her house when she was shot several times, family members said. Her father, Jose, rushed out to her, but it was too late.
“He saw my sister sitting in the car,” said Melissa’s sister Isabel. “He was screaming her name and she wasn’t responding. My dad opened the door and just held her.”
“It is a nightmare,” her grandmother told a reporter in Spanish. “Who is going to fill this hole? It is unbelievable how this city is being consumed by violence.”
On that somber note, I’d point you to our front page, which aggregates, as it does each day, columns and stories spanning the political spectrum. We also offer a complement of original material from RCP reporters and contributors, including the following:
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Interview With Donald J. Trump. Part 1 of Tom Bevan’s sit-down with the former president focuses on his 2020 gains with Hispanic voters.
Trump Admits the Midterms Are About Him, Not the GOP. A.B. Stoddard finds the former president’s remarks about Stacey Abrams vs. Brian Kemp to be telling, as are his attacks on other Republicans who have opposed him.
Republicans Say Kerry Is Lobbying Against Slave Labor Bill. Phil Wegmann reports on a letter sent to the president asserting that the administration’s climate goals are overriding concern for human rights abuses in China.
Election Updates for the Week of Sept. 27. Todd Carney’s latest dispatch is at RealClearPolicy.
Biden Echoes the Fib About Corporations Paying No Taxes. RealClearMarkets editor John Tamny clarifies that corporation are owned by shareholders — people who pay taxes, and who invest their dollars in creating new businesses.
Default Silver Lining Would Be Scrapping of the Debt Limit. Also at RCMarkets, Steven Kamin sees little to gain by repeating this annual scenario of financial brinksmanship.
BernieCare in the Guise of Infrastructure. At RealClearHealth, Dr. Shella Farooki warns that the $3.5 trillion spending bill would threaten the employer-sponsored health insurance that hundreds of millions of American depend on.
New Ways to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Are Here. Also at RCH, Dr. Howard Fillit cites benefits from the discovery of biomarkers for the disease.
The Use and Abuse of Online Instruction. At RealClearEducation, Jonathan Pidluzny and Michael Poliakoff argue that the online classroom needs rules of engagement to protect free and open discussion.
New Face of the Moral Majority. At RealClearReligion, D.G. Hart considers assertions made by New York Times columnist Charles Blow about white evangelicals.
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Carl M. Cannon
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics