Monday marked the conclusion of a three-day series of protests by Chicago teachers, parents, and community members against the closure of up to 54 of the city's public schools. The Chicago Board of Education will decide the fate of those "underutilized" schools on Wednesday in what could be the biggest round of closings ever for a single American school district. read more
The All In with Chris Hayes team puts out a daily call to the Twitter and Facebook communities for the “awesomest things” they encountered on the Internet.
1. Toronto's mayor has been accused of smoking crack. While the video has not been released, that has not stopped animators from making their own interpretation.
2. The latest scandal in the spate of scandal-gates? President Obama's umbrellas. Yes, really.
3. Army Lt. Col surprises daughter by posing as the catcher when she throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Watch it here. Warning: it's a tearjerker.
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The Republican-controlled House Agriculture Committee on Thursday approved a version of the 2013 farm bill that cuts more than $20 billion in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over 10 years.
A handful of House Democrats have vowed to oppose the legislation until some of the SNAP funding is restored, as George Zornick reported in The Nation.
“The $20.5 billion cut in SNAP is a poison pill," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., at a Thursday press conference. "It means that we shouldn’t be supporting the farm bill." read more