Morning Briefing: Chicago Teachers On Strike

– Chicago’s teachers have gone on strike, after failing to reach an agreement with the district. Among other issues, the teachers want to keep their current level of health benefits and the school district wants to reduce them.

– Per student spending is down in most states this year, according to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, as Republicans continue to block the additional federal funding to the states:

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– The American Bankers Association voted to form a secret-money 501(c)(4) to run ads to elect candidates who do as they wish, OpenSecrets Blog reports.

– Gary Bauer, a right-wing evangelist and former president of the Family Research Council, explains that God doesn’t want to be mentioned in the Democratic Party’s platform.

– And Finally: Did Clint Eastwood kill Mitt Romney’s convention bounce?