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An Intruder Just Broke Into Their House And Watched Them Sleep For Over 10 Minutes

Are you paranoid about making sure that your windows and doors are securely locked at all times to prevent unwelcome strangers? Well, if you’re not already, you will be after you watch this video. It’s from a surveillance camera inside the Chicago home of Jordan Buranskas and her boyfriend, Jack Mackercher.

The footage shows a creepy man in a white hoodie standing at the top of the stairs, watching the couple while they slept on the couch. To say it’s unsettling would be an understatement.

He’s the ultimate creep.

(via Elite Daily)

The scariest part is that they only noticed this guy while reviewing the footage trying to figure out where Jordan’s purse went (which he did, in fact, steal). If he hadn’t taken anything, they would never have known that he was there.

Lady Gaga Went For A Swim In Chicago And Her Hair Froze

For charity!

Last Sunday, Lady Gaga sang at the Oscars, blowing everyone away with her beautiful performance of songs from The Sound of Music, while looking sublime.

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But this is what she looked like this Sunday, after taking a dip in the freezing waters of Lake Michigan in Chicago as part of the Polar Plunge, raising money for the Special Olympics.

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Before taking the plunge with fiancé Taylor Kinney, Gaga didn’t look too happy…

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Luckily, Taylor was there to give her a piggyback ride/take his shirt off.

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As the pair entered the water, Gaga could be seen holding her nose/regretting the decision.

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Time for some horseplay in the freezing waters…

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Bravo, Gaga. Now would somebody please get her a hot drink and a new wig?

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‘Never his fault!’ Can you guess who WH blames for Obama’s missing remarks?


In Chicago last night for a DNC fundraiser, President Obama told his audience what happened when he went back to his pre-White-House pad:

President Barack Obama had a chance to visit his house in Chicago, Illinois when he was in the city for a some campaign appearances on Monday and he was apparently greeted by a stack of “unpaid bills.”

“One of the nice things about being home is actually that it’s a little bit like a time capsule. Because Michelle and I and the kids, we left so quickly that there’s still junk on my desk, including some unpaid bills,” Obama said. “I think eventually they got paid — but they’re sort of stacked up. And messages, newspapers and all kinds of stuff.”

Obama’s comment about the “unpaid bills” was subsequently edited out of a copy of the speech distributed by the White House. However, the full quote was preserved by press pool reporters who covered the event. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider on Tuesday asking about the discrepancy.

Well, eventually the White House did respond to the inquiries — with this:


Is that so?


Oh, fer the love of …










There’s only one way the White House’s explanation can possibly be true:




It gets even better:


Good. Lord.


Apparently one way to stop a bad guy with 2 knives is with an unarmed 75-year-old Army veteran – twitchy.com

The feel good story of the night comes to us from Morton, Ill. and involves a 75-year-old Army veteran who fought off a crazed 19-year-old who threatened his class of chess studentswith two knives:

From the Tribune:

James Vernon was teaching a chess class with 16 children at Morton Public Library when authorities say 19-year-old Dustin Brown entered the room with two knives. According to a court affidavit, Brown told police afterward that he “failed in his mission to kill everyone.”

“He actually ran into the room yelling, ‘I’m going to kill some people!’ He was holding two knives,” Vernon told the Pekin Daily News. Vernon described the knives as “hunting types” with “fixed blades about 5 inches” long.

Vernon suffered “two cut arteries and a tendon” while defending the kids and credits the knife-fighting skills he learned in the Army for allowing him to delay Brown enough to get the kids to safety:

There were no more potential victims in the room. He focused on me. There was no more talking, but Vernon watched what Brown did with his knives and learned.

I knew he was right-handed. He was whittling on his left arm with the one in that hand, making small cuts. He was trying to scare me, and he did. But if Brown attacked, I knew which hand it was coming from.

Brown slashed from the right towards Vernon, who blocked the blade with his left hand. I should have hit his wrist. Thats how youre trained, but its been half a century, he said.

First rule of combat: Be fast and vigorous, said Vernon, who was trained but never served in combat. Vernons medium build was enough to overcome his smaller attacker.

Well done, sir!

Education secretary’s final speech focuses on gun control

Arne Duncan delivered his final speech today as U.S. Secretary of Education after serving in the position for the past seven years. Part of Duncan’s speech was devoted to the ongoing need to keep children safe from gun violence, and he expressed his disappointment in Congress for failing to address the issue.

President Obama, who quietly commuted the sentences ofnearly 100 felons before taking off for his family vacation in Hawaii, has long conflated education and incarceration, suggesting that the money saved by releasing prisoners could be redirected to educational reforms.

You might remember back in July, when the president’s laser focus was trained on criminal justice reform. If nonviolent offenders were releasedfrom prison, he tweeted, the $80 billion saved could pay for universal pre-K, double the salary of every high school teacher, andeliminate tuition at every public college and university in America.

Duncan was obviously on board, repeating the president’s wish list on his way out the door.

Of course, “nonviolent” is the critical variable there, and Duncan also chose to speak on guns and gun control.

Education Week reports:

If young people “honestly don’t believe in their heart that they are going to live past 23, what does that do to their decision making?” he asked.

Duncan also chided Congress for failing to pass even basic gun-restriction legislationsaying that lawmakers’ are out of step with public opinion.

Even though the push to combat gun violence probably isn’t the policy Duncan will be best remembered for, it’s hardly a new area of interest for him. He’s been an outspoken advocate on this issue since his time as superintendent of Chicago Public schools. He was even named the most “anti-gun” member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet by the National Rifle Association.

Duncan even spoke briefly on the complementary nature of the Defense Department and the Education Department.

Finally, Duncan argued that opportunity is unevenly distributed in America. At least he didn’t blame climate change, although we suspect “unfettered” capitalism has a lot to do with it.

Not running for mayor of Chicago, then?

‘That’s why we’re doing it!’ See why Brad Thor is fleeing Chicago for Nashville


Author Brad Thor and family have decided on Nashville, Tennessee.


What prompted the move? Oh, this:


Flee destructive and dangerous liberal policies.


Twitter users feel his pain and offer best wishes to the author and his family.


Ding, ding, ding!




Sad truth.


This fan does express some worry about the move:


Ha! Why not both writing and a country music band?

And this Twitter user vows to carry on the good fight:


Thor then brings it home with the problem in a nutshell.


Bingo. Heck of a job, Dems!


Twitchy coverage of author Brad Thor

Michelle Obama on influence: ‘Write the biggest, fattest check’ you can


The first lady was headlining a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, so her instruction to “write the biggest, fattest check” possible was par for the course. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Mrs. Obama’s 20-minute speech covered obstructionist politics in Congress, campaign finance as well as health care, according to a pool report of the event.

Tickets for the fund-raiser started at $500 per person and ranged upwards to $10,000 and $20,000 per couple.

“It’s gotten so bad, they’re even trying to block the work that I do on childhood obesity and that’s really saying something,” Michelle Obama said, referring to Republicans. “I mean, for most folks in this country, making sure our kids get decent nutrition shouldn’t be that controversial.”

Michelle Obama encouraged the group to have a voice in politics. What was the best way to do that? “write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write.”

Aren’t liberals always advocating to get money out of politics?


Kasich unsure why conservatives hate Common Core so much

Tomorrow night, CNN will bring yet another GOP debate to our TV screens, while tonight, Fox News has devoted its programming to town halls with the remaining GOP candidates. Greta Van Susteren was up first, setting aside “On the Record” to spend an hour with Ohio Gov. John Kasich and a studio audience made up largely of university students.

Kasich made it clear he wouldn’t be promising free college, although he did advocate for community colleges as an inexpensive path towardhigher education. But K through 12?Kasich seemed stumped by a question on Common Core: Why are conservatives so opposed to it?

Or maybe they hate it because it got into their children’s classrooms and they’ve experienced it first-hand.

There’s a good way to find out if he does, and while we’re at it, we might as well subjectall the candidates.

Chicago cops back off, Laquan McDonald protesters hit streets

Protesters in Chicago took to the streets Wednesday after Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for the shooting death ofLaquan McDonald, which happened last year but sparked demonstrations when a court order forced the release of police dash-cam video showing McDonald being shot 16 times.

Flights to Chicago diverted after fire at FAA facility shuts down O’Hare


Breaking NOW: A fire response at the FAA radar facility in Aurora has grounded all flights in and out of O'Hare and Midway Airports.

— WWMT-TV (@wwmtnews) September 26, 2014

If you're flying today, check for delays at #OHare. There's a ground stop right now due to a fire at an #FAA building. #flightdelays

— Melinda Davenport (@WISN_Melinda) September 26, 2014

A fire at an FAA facility near Chicago has caused a ground stop at O’Hare and Midway airports:

O'Hare and Midway Flights Delayed After Fire at Chicago-Area FAA Facility | NBC Chicago http://t.co/PccNKpwdzC via @nbcchicago

— Collin Ruane (@CollinRuaneTV) September 26, 2014

JUST IN: Flights grounded at both Chicago airports after fire at air traffic control center http://t.co/nyEv7E2MAV pic.twitter.com/usShB8QKZe

— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 26, 2014

The Chicago Center stoppage includes all airports and airspace in the green area, with contraints in the yellow… pic.twitter.com/segIFr4fW1

— NYCAviation (@NYCAviation) September 26, 2014

Great day to try to fly through Chicago…Not. RT @abc7chicago: Ground stop at O'Hare, Midway due to fire activity at Aurora FAA facility

— Kate Washut (@kwashut) September 26, 2014

The O’Hare and Midway shutdowns have caused the inevitable “ripple effect”:

After being diverted to Grand Rapids, being told delays at #O'Hare now estimated to be at least three hours.

— Bob Dutton (@TNT_Mariners) September 26, 2014

Diverted to Cleveland on my way to Chicago, because the damn control room caught fire #WTF #ImInOhio #meh

— Saul Bosquez (@MeesterSaul30) September 26, 2014

@bobbyfal I made it as far as Detroit before they diverted us…#hoorayfoeearlyflights #shouldhavestayedoutlater

— Kevin Kavanagh (@KevinKavanagh) September 26, 2014

#Diverted with no snacks….this is the worst!

— Randall Lorin Sawyer (@RandallSawyer) September 26, 2014

Shoutout to the fire in Chicago O'Hare tower that shut down the airspace and made my commuting flight divert to Detroit! #WorkFlow

— Neil (@NeilJustin) September 26, 2014

Yea… We just got diverted to Ohio. FML http://t.co/sszmaQTXCa

— Matthew Scott (@m4ttscott) September 26, 2014

AIRPORT ALERT: Fire call at an FAA facility near Chicago has forced a Wichita flight to Chicago to be diverted to St. Louis.

— KAKE News (@KAKEnews) September 26, 2014

Flights to #Chicago's @Fly2Ohare diverted to several #airports including #Cleveland for this @United flight. pic.twitter.com/bhhxEAIN5D

— Peter Harders (@PeterHarders) September 26, 2014

Ugh this is causing me to be stuck in MKE…Delays at O'Hare due to reports of smoke at air traffic – FOX Chicago http://t.co/cRc2jUxSay

— Priya Patel (@priyachica) September 26, 2014

I can only apologise. Chicago's air traffic control is on fire. My plane clearly never leaving. Very tired. #elloprofiles

— emily bell (@emilybell) September 26, 2014

.@emilybell In same boat. You at least stuck in NYC? I am in Columbus.

— Kathleen Kingsbury (@katiekings) September 26, 2014

.@emilybell should say was diverted to Columbus.

— Kathleen Kingsbury (@katiekings) September 26, 2014

Plane returned to gate. @united @fly2ohare any update on ATC fire?

— Joe Brady (@JoeBrady3) September 26, 2014

@JoeBrady3 @united @fly2ohare stuck on ground at LGA due to this fire. Any more info?

— barbara raab (@bbabbo1) September 26, 2014