Mitt Romney is under fire for comments he made at a fundraiser in May that were released in the form of a secret recording. The most criticized comment:

In one clip, Mr. Romney describes how his campaign would not try to appeal to “47 percent of the people” who will vote for Mr. Obama “no matter what.” They are, he says, “dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them.”

He says those people “pay no income tax,” and “so our message of low taxes doesn’t connect.” Mr. Romney adds: “My job is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

Romney defended his comments in a press conference last night.

On the international front, Romney weighed in on some of the issues that have flared in the Middle East lately, including his opinions on Israel, Palestinians, and Iran.

And finally the teacher strike in Chicago has all the appearances of getting real ugly, after a near deal unraveled over the weekend and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel threatened legal action with harsh criticism of the strike:

“I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union,” Emanuel said in a released statement.

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