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Someone Had a ‘Meltdown’ at the White House. Pelosi and Trump Just Disagree on Who.

WASHINGTON — You know a White House meeting has gone off the rails when the president of the United States and the speaker of the House cannot agree over the precise insult one called the other.

According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Trump called her a “third-grade” politician during a combative meeting with congressional leaders of both parties on Wednesday about the worsening situation in northern Syria. The White House and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said Mr. Trump actually called Ms. Pelosi “third-rate.”

At one particularly tense moment, Ms. Pelosi informed the president that “all roads with you lead to Putin,” referring to Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president.

And so, on Day 1,000 of his presidency, that is where things stand between Mr. Trump and Ms. Pelosi, who have a fraught history of derailing meetings shortly after pledging to work together, including one in January, when the president abruptly stood up, said “bye bye,” and stormed out. A meeting in May basically ended before it began.

The roughly 20-minute meeting on Wednesday, the first since Democrats began an impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump, was a new low, according to the recollections of several Democratic officials who shared details of the meeting. The White House did not dispute their accounts.

Mr. Trump began the proceedings in the Cabinet Room by making it clear that he did not want to be there.

“They said you wanted this meeting,” Mr. Trump told the congressional leaders. “I didn’t want this meeting, but I’m doing it.”

Several lawmakers replied that the White House had reached out to them in efforts to brief them on the administration’s Syria policy.

Mr. Trump then began a speech about a “nasty” letter he had sent to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, which he said was proof that he had not given the Turkish leader a green light to advance Turkish forces into Syria. Mr. Trump then directed Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican minority leader, to pass copies of the letter around the table.

The letter to Mr. Erdogan, which began with the sentence “Let’s work out a good deal!” was dated Oct. 9, or three days after the two leaders discussed the departure of American forces from the area.

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Trump said he’d written the “very powerful” letter to warn the Turkish leader.

A short time later, Ms. Pelosi told the president that the House had passed a bipartisan resolution with overwhelming Republican support that condemned his acquiescence to a Turkish assault against the Kurds, who have been crucial American allies in the fight against ISIS.

Mr. Schumer, for his part, tried to appeal to Mr. Trump as a fellow New Yorker who lived through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I told the president, being from New York,” Mr. Schumer said to reporters shortly after the meeting, “we’re particularly aware of the problems that terrorism that an organization like ISIS can create. And the fact that someone no less than General Mattis has said that ISIS has been enhanced, that the danger of ISIS is so much greater, worries all of us.”

At Mr. Schumer’s mention of Gen. Jim Mattis — who quit last year as Mr. Trump’s secretary of defense to protest the president’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria — Mr. Trump began denigrating the retired four-star general’s approach to combating terrorism in the Middle East.

Mr. Mattis was “the world’s most overrated general,” Mr. Trump told the group. “You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.”

The conversation, several Democratic officials said, only devolved from there, and reached a fever pitch after Ms. Pelosi told the president that Russia, which has quickly stepped in to fill the void left by American troops in Syria, “has always wanted a foothold in the Middle East.” It was at this point that she told Mr. Trump that all roads with him led to Mr. Putin.

At another point, Mr. Trump told Ms. Pelosi that he cared more about defeating terrorism than she did.

“I hate ISIS more than you do,” the president declared.

“You don’t know that,” the speaker replied.

What happened next is now a matter of ammunition by both the Democrats and the White House.

“You’re just a politician,” Mr. Trump said to Ms. Pelosi.

“Sometimes I wish you were,” Ms. Pelosi shot back.

Mr. Schumer interjected, telling Mr. Trump that name-calling was not necessary.

“Is that a bad name, Chuck?” Mr. Trump asked, then turned to Ms. Pelosi. “You’re not a politician, you’re a third-grade politician.” (Or “third-rate,” depending on which politician was doing the retelling.)

Ms. Pelosi stood up to leave, but then sat back down. At this point Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House majority leader — who later said he was “deeply offended” by the president’s treatment of the speaker — said it was time to go.

“This is not useful,” Mr. Hoyer said as he and Ms. Pelosi made for the door.

“Goodbye,” the president responded. “We’ll see you at the polls.”

In the hours afterward, Democrats and the White House leapt to promote their side of the story and take shots at each other. Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said the president had been completely in control during the meeting with lawmakers.

“The president was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising,” Ms. Grisham said in a statement. “She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues. While democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country.’’

By early evening, Mr. Trump had posted on Twitter the official White House photos of the meeting. One showed Ms. Pelosi standing up to speak to him, which Mr. Trump characterized as an “unhinged meltdown.”

Ms. Pelosi used “meltdown” to describe Mr. Trump’s behavior as well.

Another photo of the session showed a close-up of Democratic lawmakers looking pained as the meeting went on.

“Do you think they like me?” Mr. Trump wrote.

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US jets destroy anti-ISIS coalition base in Syria after withdrawal, official says

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Two Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) F-15 jets destroyed a base that was the headquarters of the anti-ISIS coalition in northern Syria on Wednesday after it had been vacated, according to a military official.

OIR Spokesman Col. Myles Caggins III said the fighter jets “successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache and reduce the facility’s military usefulness.”

All coalition forces and equipment had been removed from the base, which was located between Kobanî and Ain Issa, Caggins said.

The move comes as nearly all U.S. troops withdraw from Syria amid a Turkish military offensive into the region that began last week.

Most U.S. troops in Syria have been removed and will be redeployed in the region in the coming weeks.

Caggins confirmed earlier Wednesday that the Coalition’s deliberate withdrawal continues, and the Lafarge Cement Factory in northern Syria, as well as the cities of Raqqa and Tabqah, had been vacated.

Caggins told Fox News on Tuesday that the cement factory was set on fire before it was vacated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

TURKISH-BACKED FORCES COME ‘VERY CLOSE’ TO US TROOPS IN SYRIA, OFFICIAL SAYS

“The location had been the headquarters of the de facto Defeat-ISIS coalition in Syria,” he said. “No U.S. forces or equipment were ever in jeopardy and remain within separate, secure facilities.”

“Our priority is protecting the remaining Coalition forces at the LCF as multiple forces converge in northeast Syria,” Caggins said at the time. “Coalition forces are executing a deliberate withdrawal from northeast Syria.”

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Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Someone Had a ‘Meltdown’ at the White House. Pelosi and Trump Just Disagree on Who.

WASHINGTON — You know a White House meeting has gone off the rails when the president of the United States and the speaker of the House cannot agree over the precise insult one called the other.

According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Trump called her a “third-grade” politician during a combative meeting with congressional leaders of both parties on Wednesday about the worsening situation in northern Syria. The White House and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said Mr. Trump actually called Ms. Pelosi “third-rate.”

At one particularly tense moment, Ms. Pelosi informed the president that “all roads with you lead to Putin,” referring to Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president.

And so, on Day 1,000 of his presidency, that is where things stand between Mr. Trump and Ms. Pelosi, who have a fraught history of derailing meetings shortly after pledging to work together, including one in January, when the president abruptly stood up, said “bye bye,” and stormed out. A meeting in May basically ended before it began.

The roughly 20-minute meeting on Wednesday, the first since Democrats began an impeachment inquiry of Mr. Trump, was a new low, according to the recollections of several Democratic officials who shared details of the meeting. The White House did not dispute their accounts.

Mr. Trump began the proceedings in the Cabinet Room by making it clear that he did not want to be there.

“They said you wanted this meeting,” Mr. Trump told the congressional leaders. “I didn’t want this meeting, but I’m doing it.”

Several lawmakers replied that the White House had reached out to them in efforts to brief them on the administration’s Syria policy.

Mr. Trump then began a speech about a “nasty” letter he had sent to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, which he said was proof that he had not given the Turkish leader a green light to advance Turkish forces into Syria. Mr. Trump then directed Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the Republican minority leader, to pass copies of the letter around the table.

The letter to Mr. Erdogan, which began with the sentence “Let’s work out a good deal!” was dated Oct. 9, or three days after the two leaders discussed the departure of American forces from the area.

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Trump said he’d written the “very powerful” letter to warn the Turkish leader.

A short time later, Ms. Pelosi told the president that the House had passed a bipartisan resolution with overwhelming Republican support that condemned his acquiescence to a Turkish assault against the Kurds, who have been crucial American allies in the fight against ISIS.

Mr. Schumer, for his part, tried to appeal to Mr. Trump as a fellow New Yorker who lived through the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

“I told the president, being from New York,” Mr. Schumer said to reporters shortly after the meeting, “we’re particularly aware of the problems that terrorism that an organization like ISIS can create. And the fact that someone no less than General Mattis has said that ISIS has been enhanced, that the danger of ISIS is so much greater, worries all of us.”

At Mr. Schumer’s mention of Gen. Jim Mattis — who quit last year as Mr. Trump’s secretary of defense to protest the president’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria — Mr. Trump began denigrating the retired four-star general’s approach to combating terrorism in the Middle East.

Mr. Mattis was “the world’s most overrated general,” Mr. Trump told the group. “You know why? He wasn’t tough enough. I captured ISIS. Mattis said it would take two years. I captured them in one month.”

The conversation, several Democratic officials said, only devolved from there, and reached a fever pitch after Ms. Pelosi told the president that Russia, which has quickly stepped in to fill the void left by American troops in Syria, “has always wanted a foothold in the Middle East.” It was at this point that she told Mr. Trump that all roads with him led to Mr. Putin.

At another point, Mr. Trump told Ms. Pelosi that he cared more about defeating terrorism than she did.

“I hate ISIS more than you do,” the president declared.

“You don’t know that,” the speaker replied.

What happened next is now a matter of ammunition by both the Democrats and the White House.

“You’re just a politician,” Mr. Trump said to Ms. Pelosi.

“Sometimes I wish you were,” Ms. Pelosi shot back.

Mr. Schumer interjected, telling Mr. Trump that name-calling was not necessary.

“Is that a bad name, Chuck?” Mr. Trump asked, then turned to Ms. Pelosi. “You’re not a politician, you’re a third-grade politician.” (Or “third-rate,” depending on which politician was doing the retelling.)

Ms. Pelosi stood up to leave, but then sat back down. At this point Representative Steny Hoyer of Maryland, the House majority leader — who later said he was “deeply offended” by the president’s treatment of the speaker — said it was time to go.

“This is not useful,” Mr. Hoyer said as he and Ms. Pelosi made for the door.

“Goodbye,” the president responded. “We’ll see you at the polls.”

In the hours afterward, Democrats and the White House leapt to promote their side of the story and take shots at each other. Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said the president had been completely in control during the meeting with lawmakers.

“The president was measured, factual and decisive, while Speaker Pelosi’s decision to walk out was baffling, but not surprising,” Ms. Grisham said in a statement. “She had no intention of listening or contributing to an important meeting on national security issues. While democratic leadership chose to storm out and get in front of the cameras to whine, everyone else in the meeting chose to stay in the room and work on behalf of this country.’’

By early evening, Mr. Trump had posted on Twitter the official White House photos of the meeting. One showed Ms. Pelosi standing up to speak to him, which Mr. Trump characterized as an “unhinged meltdown.”

Ms. Pelosi used “meltdown” to describe Mr. Trump’s behavior as well.

Another photo of the session showed a close-up of Democratic lawmakers looking pained as the meeting went on.

“Do you think they like me?” Mr. Trump wrote.

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HGTV star Christina Anstead says son ‘will sometimes cry for hours straight’: ‘Newborn life is hard’

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Christina Anstead is letting everyone know just how tough life is with little ones in the house.

Just last month, the television host, 36, welcomed baby number three, Hudson, and on Wednesday, she took to Instagram to share her struggles.

The post began with a story about her 9-year-old daughter Taylor asking about paparazzi.

‘FLIP OR FLOP’ STAR CHRISTINA ANSTEAD ON BED REST FOLLOWING BIRTH OF SON

“I was dropping Tay off at school this morning with a screaming Hudson in the car (and I looked like a hot mess which is the norm the past 6 weeks) when she said something that really hit home,” the HGTV personality said. “She said mom, do paparazzi still follow you around. And I said no not lately. Why? She said well what if they got a photo of you looking like THAT.”

Anstead explained that she wouldn’t care about the paparazzi, that it’s the least of her concerns right now because “this is how new moms look.”

The “Flip or Flop” star then discusses her “tough” baby saying he’ll “sometimes cry for hours straight” and has “had trouble with sucking” — a problem solved by “tightly double swaddled in a dark cool room with very loud white noise.”

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The baby, Anstead said, makes it difficult to pay attention to her son Brayden, who is currently a “crazy 4-year-old running around who definitely needs attention as well as a 9-year-old girl who one-on-one time is her love language.”

The designer then offered “mad props” to stay-at-home mothers and mothers with more than two kids.

She then revealed that she’ll go back to work on “Christina on the Coast” in just two weeks, for which, her friend and fellow new mom, Shannon, will do Anstead’s hair and makeup, allowing them a “therapy/vent session” that Anstead calls “a luxury.”

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She wrapped up the post by reminding fans that even though she’ll look great on television, she likely had a “freaking crazy” morning before apologizing for the lengthy caption.

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“Is This Real?”: Trump Sends Third-Grade Reading-Level Letter to Erdoğan The president crosses the line from pretty crazy to clinically insane.

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Son of ‘Tarzan’ star Ron Ely killed by police after stabbing his mother to death, cops say

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An elderly woman was reportedly found dead at the California home of former “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely. USA TODAY

The son of former “Tarzan” actor Ron Ely fatally stabbed his mother at the couple’s California home, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Police responded to a family disturbance call Tuesday night and discovered Ely’s 62-year-old wife, Valerie Lundeen Ely, had been stabbed to death by their 30-year-old son Cameron, Public Information Officer Raquel Zick confirmed to USA TODAY.

Cameron, one of the Elys’ three children, was shot and killed by police after he threatened officers, the statement added. 

“Deputies searched the residence and surrounding area for Cameron Ely. During the search, the suspect was located outside the home,” Zick said. “He posed a threat and in response 4 deputies fired their service weapons at the suspect, fatally wounding him.”

Police are investigating the death as a homicide, according to the statement, adding that autopsies are being conducted for “both the victim and the suspect.”

Ely, 81, best known for his titular role in the NBC series “Tarzan,” was not injured during the incident. USA TODAY has reached out to Ely’s representative for comment. 

“Tarzan” debuted in 1966 and ran for two seasons. Ely’s most recent acting credit was in 2014, when he appeared in the Lifetime drama “Expecting Amish” opposite Jesse McCartney and Disney Channel alums Alyson Stoner and AJ Michalka, according to IMDb

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Ronan Farrow says Hillary Clinton staff ‘raised concerns’ about his Weinstein reporting, ‘attempted to withdraw’ from interview for separate book

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow said in a Fox News interview that Hillary Clinton’s staff attempted to withdraw her from an interview for a book of his on foreign policy over concerns about his Harvey Weinstein reporting.

Farrow, who worked for Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state, told Bret Baier Wednesday on “Special Report” he was trying to interview her as he had other top American diplomats for the book.

“Like everything else in the book, Bret, this is handled in a very measured way,” said Farrow, who is now promoting his newest work, “Catch and Kill.”

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Farrow, 31, who offered his Pulitzer Prize-winning report on the disgraced Hollywood mogul Weinstein to The New Yorker after it was nixed by NBC News, further explained the Clinton situation. “She attempted to withdraw from an interview that she had committed to for a foreign policy book that I was working on, for which I interviewed every other living secretary of state,” he said.

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“And, before doing so, her staff raised concerns about the fact that I was working on this story about one of her most significant donors — a big bundler of Hollywood money.”

That bundler was Harvey Weinstein.

Weinstein, the subject of numerous sexual misconduct allegations, in August pleading not guilty to an indictment that added two new charges of predatory sexual assault to his upcoming New York trial.

On “Special Report,” Farrow told Baier that when he reported on Weinstein, he initially had a story about which other journalists said, ‘This should get on air immediately.'”

“We had a recorded admission of guilt from Harvey Weinstein secured during a police sting operation,” he claimed. “There have been mischaracterizations and downplayings of what we had.”

About NBC, Farrow claimed the Weinstein matter was a “case where a news organization didn’t behave journalistically.”

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Farrow has also alleged that disgraced NBC News anchor Matt Lauer had a physical reaction when Farrow revealed he was working on an investigative report about “sexual harassment in Hollywood,” and said he witnessed Lauer’s use of the infamous button locking his office door.

In a copy of his book “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” obtained by Fox News, Farrow recalled a conversation the two of them had in December 2016 in Lauer’s office, where the then-NBC star was inquiring about the stories Farrow was pursuing, suggesting his reporting could be featured on “Today.”

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky and Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Chicago teachers on strike Thursday: What you need to know about the CPS walkout

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The latest teacher strike in the U.S. is in Chicago after the teacher’s union wants CPS and the mayor’s office to commit to hiring more support staff. USA TODAY

CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools have canceled regular classes for Thursday because more than 32,000 public workers plan to go on strike in the nation’s third-largest city, affecting about 400,000 students and their families.

Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are set to strike after a failure to agree on a contract with Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Adding to the intensity: Members of the union that represents school support staff plan to walk out the same day – leaving the schools without many of the adults who could care for kids while teachers picket.

While about 2,500 Chicago Park District workers initially planned to join the strike, the bargaining unit reached an agreement with City Hall on Tuesday night. The union did not immediately offer specifics of the deal, but said its greatest wins were for wages and benefits for underpaid workers, many of whom are female, part-time workers or people of color.

The Chicago strike would follow a wave of teacher protests around the country since early 2018. Here’s what you need to know.

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Why did Chicago teachers vote to strike?

The union, which represents educators in the nation’s third-largest school district, wants CPS and the mayor’s office to commit to hiring more support staff – social workers, nurses, librarians. The union also wants enforceable limits on class sizes, which have swelled to the high 30s and mid-40s in some schools, teachers said. It’s pushing for higher salaries for lower-wage workers such as school secretaries and classroom aides.

Teachers want all of that in writing in their contract, not in the verbal commitments they’ve already gotten from the district. 

Yvonne McNutt, 62, a social sciences teacher of 16 years, said people who aren’t “in the trenches” may not understand the severity of understaffing and overcrowding in Chicago schools.

“I’ve had class sizes as large as 43 in my time teaching. That’s not an easy struggle when you have to meet the needs of every child,” said McNutt, who teaches at New Sullivan Elementary School in the South Chicago neighborhood. “I’m standing up for my kids.”

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The youngest of five children raised by a single parent, McNutt said CPS gave her the tools to attain several degrees.

“Don’t my children deserve the same thing that I was given?” McNutt asked, tearing up. “That’s my question to the mayor, to any mayor in any city. Don’t kids deserve the basics? I’m waiting for that answer, and I don’t believe that they’re hearing us.”

What is the district offering the teachers?

The CPS offer includes a 16% raise for teachers over five years, which officials said would bring the average Chicago teacher’s salary to nearly $100,000. The teachers’ union has contested that math, arguing that in five years, the average teacher would actually make closer to $85,000.

The city’s offer includes raises for support staff such as classroom aides, but not as high as the unions want. It would require a bump in the contribution that teachers would make toward their benefits – but an increase that’s less than what was recommended by an independent reviewer. The district promised not to privatize certain support staff positions and to provide relief for overcrowded classrooms. 

Will the two sides come to an agreement before Thursday?

Probably not. On Wednesday evening, the CTU’s bargaining team announced the union would go forward with the strike.

“While our pressure has worked to move the board in our direction, they simply have not moved far enough fast enough,” CTU President Jesse Sharkey said earlier in the week.

In anticipation of the strike, CPS leaders on Wednesday announced they would cancel classes Thursday.

Lightfoot said accepting CTU’s demands would be “completely irresponsible.” They would add another $2.5 billion per year to CPS’s annual budget, doubling the cost of the CTU contract, according to Lightfoot.

The union, she said, has signaled its intent to strike for a long time, and it’s “not a surprise that this day has come.”

Why are Chicago teachers striking over support staff and class sizes?

Union members have been pressing this point for weeks, including at a rally and march Monday afternoon.

Tyrone Hayes, 49, a security officer at John Marshall High School, has worked for CPS for 19 years. He said he hopes to see higher pay for bus aides, janitors and security officers, but the strike is driven by concern for students.

“It’s not for the money – it’s more for the kids,” Hayes said.

Jesse McAdoo, 32, teaches a split first and second grade classroom. He said two of his students are supposed to have one-on-one assistants but do not.

“When I have 30 kids in the classroom, a lot of them 6- or 7-year-olds, 14 with IEPs (individual education plans to address their disabilities), it’s very hard to give them my best when I’m playing whack-a-mole with trying to keep their attention,” McAdoo said. “Anybody that babysits kids, try babysitting five kids. I have multiples of that right now. It’s a struggle.”

CPS social worker Mary Difino, 27, who works at two schools on the city’s west side, said her students desperately need more support staff. Several people have been shot near Difino’s school in Lawndale.

“Those kids cannot come to school after seeing shootings and only have a nurse or social worker once a week,” she said. “Those schools need a social worker five days a week.”

Difino said she had no reservations about going on strike, but some teachers are more hesitant – even if they think it’s the right step to take.

“I don’t want to strike, because I’m really afraid of a break in instruction for our students,” said Winnie Williams Hall, an eighth-grade special education teacher who works at a school of almost 500 students in Englewood, a high-poverty neighborhood. She said she lost her classroom aide this year.  

What do Chicago Public Schools leaders say?

That the offer is generous.And that they have met the union half-way.

“The deal that we put on the table is the best in the Chicago Teachers Union’s history,” Lightfoot said Wednesday. “Since Friday, we’ve discussed a framework that puts enforceable targets on class sizes in high-poverty schools and staffing level supports for personnel in the contract. The union said that these were its two most important issues. They wanted us to put it in writing, and that’s exactly what we did.”

“All-in-all, our 72-page counteroffer provides more than 80 proposed changes to the collective bargaining agreement on issues requested by the CTU. Everything we’ve put on the table is grounded in our fundamental respect for the dignity of teachers and school staff,” Lightfoot said in a video message Monday morning.

Both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times have run editorials encouraging teachers to take the deal, citing salary raises and concern for students who would miss class during the strike.

What’s at stake as Chicago teachers weigh a strike?

Sharkey said this is the best opportunity the union has had in a generation to improve the quality of schools.

Unlike many recent teacher strikes around the country, which have mainly brought renewed attention to low teacher pay, the potential Chicago teachers’ strike is not centrally focused on educator salaries.

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Union leaders are using this moment to press for more resources for underserved Chicago children – such as more wraparound services and even more affordable housing, considering about 17,000 CPS students are homeless, according to the teachers union. Historically, labor law confines unions to bargaining over pay and benefits.

The tactic of “bargaining for the public good” is gaining steam nationwide. It was on display this year when teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District went on strike. Teachers accepted the wage increase that had been negotiated before the walkout – a 6% raise – but they got management to agree to add nurses and librarians and to lower class sizes.

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CPS and mayor’s office leaders have signaled they are sympathetic to the cause of teachers and the students they serve. Lightfoot campaigned on improving education in Chicago, a school system that predominantly serves low-income children who are black and brown. She endorsed some of the same issues that CTU has pushed for years. CEO Jackson has worked for years as a teacher and leader in Chicago’s schools.

If Chicago teachers strike, where will students go?

CPS leaders said that if a strike happens, all buildings will remain open and students can attend their normal school or any other school that’s age-appropriate. They said administrators, principalsand non-union staff will watch the students. District transportation will not be available. Regular instruction will not occur, but breakfast, lunch and supper will be served in the school buildings, CPS CEO Janice Jackson said Wednesday.

CPS will also make contract nurses available to students, as needed, Jackson said.

Will a strike get teachers what they want?

To be determined. 

Around the country, some teacher strikes have “won” by pressuring state legislatures to put more money into schools and, by extension, teacher pay. In others, the show of force and unity brought more resources to classrooms.

There could be other tangential benefits. In Los Angeles this year, the strike boosted morale in the union, and it helped to unify and publicize the union’s pushback against charter schools.

Will the public support a teachers strike in Chicago?

According to a Chicago Sun-Times/ABC7 Chicago poll conducted by phone Friday and Saturday, 49% of voters either strongly or somewhat support a walkout, and 38% are opposed. About 35% say they would hold CPS or city officials responsible if a strike happens, and 12% say they would blame Lightfoot.

When did Chicago teachers last strike?

In 2012. The mayor was Rahm Emanuel, who was combative with the union’s leader, Karen Lewis. Teachers were upset over a new evaluation system. The district’s budget was precarious. School closings were part of the discussion. The conditions now are much different.

CTU almost went on strike in 2016, during negotiations on the mostly expired contract, but it agreed to a deal hours before the strike was to take place. 

Education coverage at USA TODAY is made possible in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation does not provide editorial input.

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Boxer Patrick Day dies after suffering traumatic brain injury in super welterweight fight

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Boxer Patrick Day died Wednesday after suffering a traumatic brain injury Saturday night during a bout in Chicago. He was 27.

Day was hospitalized and in “extremely critical condition” Saturday night after he was knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round of their USBA super welterweight title fight. Day was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and underwent emergency surgery. He lapsed into a coma and never regained consciousness. 

His promoter, Lou DiBella, announced Day’s death in a statement Wednesday afternoon, saying the boxer was surrounded by his family, friends and members of his boxing team.

The statement read: “Patrick Day didn’t need to box. He came from a good family, he was smart, educated, had good values and had other avenues available to him to earn a living. He chose to box, knowing the inherent risks that every fighter faces when he or she walks into a boxing ring. Boxing is what Pat loved to do. It’s how he inspired people and it was something that made him feel alive.”

According to news reports of the fight, Day went down in the fourth and eighth rounds before being knocked unconscious by a left hook in the 10th. ESPN reported that Day suffered a seizure on the way to the hospital. 

Day, a native of Freeport, New York, was 17-4-1 with six knockouts. He was a New York Golden Gloves winner in 2012 and made his professional debut the following year.

News of Day’s hospitalization left the Long Island boxing community in shock.

“I’m sick over it,” Chris Algieri, a former WBO junior welterweight champion, told Newsday. “I’ve known Patrick since he was a teenage amateur training at the Freeport PAL. Patrick grew into a very disciplined and gritty professional. Whether in the gym or in the ring you could always expect 100 percent effort out of Pat … and at the end of it all, a smile. One of the true nice guys in the sport who stood out as a consummate gentleman warrior.”

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In Bipartisan Rebuke, House Majority Condemns Trump for Syria Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday dealt a stinging bipartisan rebuke to President Trump for his decision to withdraw American forces just inside Syria’s border, registering overwhelming opposition in Congress to a move that has thrown the region into bloody chaos and unraveled Middle East policy.

In a rare break with a president they are normally unwilling to criticize, two-thirds of House Republicans, including all of the party’s elected leaders, joined Democrats in approving a resolution that opposed Mr. Trump’s acquiescence to the Turkish assault against the Kurds, who have been crucial American allies in the fight against the Islamic State. The measure passed, 354 to 60, in the most significant bipartisan repudiation of Mr. Trump since he took office.

It enraged the president, who lashed out at Democratic congressional leaders at the White House shortly afterward at a meeting called to discuss the incursion, which devolved into a bitter confrontation in which he hurled insults at Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she pointedly mentioned the devastating vote tally.

“He was shaken up by it,” Ms. Pelosi said of the resounding support, including by Republicans, for the resolution.

The vote unfolded only hours before Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were to travel to Ankara, Turkey, to call for a cease-fire in a battle the president appears to have greenlit.

“At President Trump’s hands, American leadership has been laid low, and American foreign policy has become nothing more than a tool to advance his own interests,” said Representative Eliot L. Engel, Democrat of New York and the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who introduced the measure. “Today we make clear that the Congress is a coequal branch of government and we want nothing to do with this disastrous policy.”

The measure, which was largely symbolic, upbraided the withdrawal as “beneficial to adversaries of the United States government” including Russia, Syria and Iran, and called on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to immediately end unilateral military action in northern Syria. A companion measure in the Senate, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Todd Young, Republican of Indiana, was introduced on Tuesday.

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Trump said he’d written the “very powerful” letter to warn the Turkish leader.

Even as Mr. Trump defended his decision to pull American troops out of northern Syria, telling reporters at the White House that the battle there had “nothing to do with us,” Republicans and Democrats lined up on the House floor to denounce his action.

“Because of this decision and inaction that led up to this decision, we have let our friends down, we have hurt our national security and we have ceded leadership in the region to Russia and Iran,” said Representative Will Hurd, Republican of Texas and a former C.I.A. officer who is retiring. “I hope we can change our course, but I fear it may be too late.”

The resolution drew support from 129 Republicans including all three of the party’s House leaders, while 60 opposed it and three — Representatives Chip Roy of Texas, Jody B. Hice of Georgia and Bob Gibbs of Ohio — voted present. Representative Justin Amash, independent of Michigan, also voted present.

The resolution was not the first bipartisan rebuke by Congress of Mr. Trump’s mercurial approach to foreign policy. The president’s allies on Capitol Hill have shown they are most comfortable criticizing him on matters of international affairs, and have previously joined Democrats to denounce his administration’s unflagging support of Saudi Arabia after the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist. And they declared their disapproval this year of attempts to withdraw American forces from Syria in a bipartisan effort led by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader.

But Mr. Trump’s decision last week to essentially clear the way for a Turkish military operation against America’s Kurdish allies in northern Syria has provoked the strongest response yet from Republicans, including many of the president’s most reliable allies.

Mr. McConnell opened his weekly news conference on Wednesday by expressing his “gratitude to the Kurds,” and added, “I’m sorry that we are where we are.”

After Mr. Trump said Wednesday that Turkey’s invasion into Syria had nothing to do with us” and that the Kurds “are no angels,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, called it “an astonishing statement which I completely and totally reject.”

Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 Republican, wrote on Twitter that it is “Impossible to understand why @realDonaldTrump is leaving America’s allies to be slaughtered and enabling the return of ISIS.”

Hawkish lawmakers like Ms. Cheney and Mr. Graham, as well as Democratic leaders in the House, are preparing additional legislative action to punish the Turks’ incursion. Mr. Graham introduced a sanctions package with Senator Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland, last week, that would impose harsher sanctions on Turkey than the White House has enacted, including the prohibition of American military assistance and the freezing of the American assets of Mr. Erdogan and other Turkish leaders.

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The surprise American withdrawal from parts of northern Syria reshuffled old alliances and touched off a new stage of the eight-year war.

A small handful of libertarian-minded Republicans on Capitol Hill, including Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, have defended Mr. Trump’s decision as being consistent with the president’s campaign promise to end America’s intractable military conflicts.

“If we can save one American soldier from losing their life or limbs in another senseless middle eastern war, it is worthwhile,” Mr. Paul wrote on Twitter. “@realDonaldTrump knows this.”

It is unclear exactly how far congressional Republicans will go in their objections to Mr. Trump’s latest decision. Some of the president’s defenders who immediately vented their ire at the Syria withdrawal, including Mr. Graham, have since cooled their tone.

Mr. Graham, for example, released a long statement on Monday after meeting with Mr. Trump at the White House and joining a call with Mr. Erdogan.

“The president’s team has a plan and I intend to support them as strongly as possible, and to give them reasonable time and space to achieve our mutual goals,” Mr. Graham said.

Representative Michael Waltz, Republican of Florida, who had sharply criticized the withdrawal, emerged from a meeting with the White House on Tuesday sounding reassured.

“It was useful to see a lot of the promises that Erdogan made the president and to understand how forcefully the president, Secretary Esper, told the Turks across the board not to do this,” Mr. Waltz said in a brief interview, referring to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper. Mr. Waltz added that the White House was “livid” with Mr. Erdogan.

Mr. Pence and Mr. Pompeo are to meet on Thursday with the Turkish president to relay Mr. Trump’s demand that Mr. Erdogan negotiate a cease-fire, and to reiterate the president’s threat to impose economic sanctions if he does not.

Mr. Trump is also set to meet with Mr. Erdogan in November at the White House. But lawmakers on Wednesday called for the president to cancel the talks.

“Erdogan’s attack on our Kurdish partners has served to liberate ISIS prisoners, bolster the Assad regime, and strengthen Russia,” said Senator Marsha Blackburn, Republican of Tennessee. “His invitation to the White House should be revoked.”

Emily Cochrane contributed reporting.

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