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Rahm Emanuel Slammed by Chicago High School Students

Chicago's mayoral race front-runner claims the city's highest performing schools are charters. A group of students says he didn't do his homework.

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Rahm Emanuel is in hot water over recent remarks dissing the city's public schools. According to the Chicago mayoral race front-runner, "When you take out North Side, and you take out Walter Payton, the seven best-performing high schools are all charters." Now a group of students—who also happen to be fans of one of his opponents, Miguel Del Valle—have responded to the inference that the city's 400,000 regular public school kids are low-performing. To protest, they did what thousands of young people do every day—they made a video and put it to YouTube.

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Obama and Hu Talk (A Very Little Bit) About Energy and Climate

Before Hu Jintao's visit, it looked as if any conversations about energy and climate change were going to be pretty awkward. Seems like they were.

Before Hu Jintao's state visit to Washington, it looked as if any conversations about energy and climate change were going to be pretty awkward. The two nations have had some high profile stand-offs in the international climate negotiations in the past couple of years, famously staring each other down and calling each other out in the final hours of the Copenhagen talks. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has in recent months been calling China's rise to clean tech dominance a "Sputnik moment." Then, just last month, at the behest of the United Steelworkers, the U.S. filed a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization, accusing China of illegally subsidizing wind-power projects. And then last week, the president signed a law saying that the Pentagon must "buy American" solar panels, essentially snubbing the Chinese market.

But on Tuesday, a series of energy deals between U.S. and Chinese companies were announced, setting a more cooperative tone for Obama and Hu's meetings and highlighting the potential of working together.

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Food for Thinkers: In Tibet, An Edible Rebellion

High Peaks Pure Earth explains how tsampa and sweet tea are used as a tool of national identity and political resistance by Tibetans.

With Chinese President Hu Jintao in town today, and the State Department dancing in circles so as not to offend a country that owns nearly half our national debt, it seems like a good time to put up this Food for Thinkers post from High Peaks Pure Earth, which is pretty much the only place on the internet where you can read what Tibetans and Chinese people within the People's Republic of China are saying about Tibet, in translation.

For High Peaks Pure Earth (which operates anonymously, for obvious reasons), food is a tool of national identity and political resistance:

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