Chicago Teachers strike
by Beth Carlson
The Chicago Public School Teachers Union made small steps towards going back to school this past week, after 25,000 teachers have been on strike since last Thursday. Over 300,000 Chicago children are out of school until a deal can be made on the basis of smaller class sizes and adding staff. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot stated on Wednesday that meeting the requests may not be possible. The union has met with officials to discuss a deal, but stated they had not come to an agreement on the top priorities of the union, including class size caps. The group continued negotiations with officials in hopes of returning to school on Monday.
by Ellen Yandel
The Trump administration’s main argument that he did not pressure Ukrainian officials to investigate the Biden family was undermined on Tuesday by the testimony of William Taylor, the head diplomat to Ukraine. Describing a Sept. 1 phone call with Tim Morrison, a National Security Council aide, Taylor claimed Morrison described a conversation between ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, and an aide to Ukranian President Volodymr Zelenskyy. In that conversation, Sondland had apparently told the aide, Andriy Yermak, that the financial aid from the US would not come before a public investigation into the Bidens -- all of this occurring before the aid was restored.
The timeline directly opposes the idea that Ukranian officials did not connect the investigation request with the aid withdrawal, as Trump has suggested. Taylor’s testimony also reinforced the role of Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal lawyer, in interactions with Ukraine, and revealed more about that of Attorney General William Barr.
For an in-depth look into the impeachment inquiry, read our breakdown of events here.
by Ellen Yandel
The British House of Commons voted Tuesday to approve Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill but rejected the timetable, which would have put it on a fast-track through Parliament in just three days. The decision means that it is unlikely Britain will make the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, though Mr. Johnson has maintained that they will leave with the approved bill on that date regardless of Parliament’s decision.
Meanwhile, President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted that he will advise the European Union to grant Britain the extension they requested last week to agree on a Brexit deal until January 31, 2020.
Sticking points on previously proposed Brexit legislation have mainly centered on how Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK but shares a border with the Republic of Ireland, would be affected by leaving the European Union. Northern Ireland policymakers have said they will resist the current legislation unless it is changed to be economically favorable to them -- Unionist politicians being especially interested preventing any sort of border separating the region from the rest of the U.K., something that Johnson's plan has been accused of doing. This concern, along with those such as worker’s rights without EU regulations, mean that there is no certain way forward with the current Brexit deal. Leaving without a deal, however, would have significant economic consequences for the UK, with some of the most pressing including possible food and medicine supply shortages.