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Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

4 years
ago

Blago’s GOP Flirtations and Other Juicy Stories in New Book ‘Golden’

In their upcoming book on Rod Blagojevich, Chicago Tribune reporters Jeff Coen and John Chase write that the former gov once threatened to fire an aide if he revealed a secret: that Blago had voted for George H.W. Bush. “If you ever repeat this, first I’ll deny it, secondly I’ll wait a little bit, then I’ll fire you,” Rod had told the aide…

4 years
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Fred Eychaner and Ken Griffin, Chicagoans on Top Donors Lists

Lists just out from Politico ranking donors to the two presidential candidates show that, on the Democratic side, Chicagoan Fred Eychaner ranks number one. On the GOP side, at number nine with $2.3 million for Mitt Romney and other Republican PACs and candidates, is Chicago hedge fund billionaire Kenneth Griffin…

4 years
ago

No Successor Planned for Sun-Times’s Stella Foster

After announcing on Friday that her last column would run on August 6, the Sun-Times’s Stella Foster, who has been writing “Stella’s Column” (the successor to the legendary “Kup’s Column”) since December 2003, told me in a telephone interview Monday that it was her decision to retire…

4 years
ago

J Street, Progressive Alternative to AIPAC, Backs Area Congressional Candidates

The Tribune reported last week that Tammy Duckworth, the Democratic challenger in the race for the 8th District, outraised the tea party-backed freshman, Joe Walsh, in the second quarter. Duckworth’s $888,790 total take included almost $50,000 “steered” to her by J Street, a D.C.-based PAC that is finding a stronghold here in Chicago…

4 years
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A Look at Romney’s Foreign Policy Adviser, Chicagoan Richard Williamson

At a GOP fundraiser Thursday night, former Vice President Dick Cheney said that Mitt Romney is the best to lead the country in international crises. Shaping that foreign policy in the coming months will be Chicago attorney Richard Williamson, one of Romney’s advisers charged with persuading voters that Mitt, who has zero experience in international matters, would do better than President Obama…

4 years
ago

Rev. Jeremiah Wright Preaches from a Pulpit—in D.C.

We haven’t heard much from the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, the man who married the Obamas and baptized his children. Rev. Wright preached last Sunday morning, not from the pulpit here at Trinity United Church of Christ, where he is pastor emeritus—he retired on May 31, 2008—but from the pulpit of Washington’s historic Florida Avenue Baptist Church…

4 years
ago

U. of C. Prof. Charles Lipson on the Obama Library

As soon as I saw the Sun-Times’s headline last week, “U. of C. prof wants to shelve Obama library idea,” I knew the story was about Charles Lipson. In the article, by Abdon Pallasch, the political science professor objects to housing the Obama complex because…

4 years
ago

The Definitive Rahm Dead Fish Tale, ‘Barry Obama,’ and More

Chris Sautter, who describes himself as Obama’s “first media consultant,” was in town this week. Our meeting came after Sautter’s name recently surfaced in one of the juicier parts of a new book I wrote about earlier this month…

4 years
ago

Is Jesse Jackson Jr. Resting at Ron Burkle’s Home in Beverly Hills?

Monday’s news that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., the subject of a congressional ethics investigation related to the Blago corruption case and the alleged sale of President Obama’s senate seat, is suffering from “exhaustion” and resting at an undisclosed location, caught political reporters by surprise…

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