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Carol Felsenthal
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2 years
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Chicago’s Heartland Institute, the Group Behind the Unabomber Billboard

In early May, Chicagoans driving the inbound Eisenhower Expressway saw a digital billboard comparing people who believe in manmade global warming to Ted Kaczynski. Next to a photo of the Unabomber, the sign reads: “I still believe in global warming. Do you?” Bannering the bottom of the ad is the Heartland Institute’s website address. The billboard was paid for and created by the 28-year-old Chicago-based nonprofit…

Carol Felsenthal

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Rahm’s Role on Obama’s National Security Team—Who Knew?

In a new book that offers dramatic details on Rahm’s time as Barack Obama’s chief of staff, our mayor comes off as more of a heavyweight on national security issues than I ever imagined. So much so that one could credit him with a key role in killing Osama bin Laden, not to mention in promoting the drone strikes that have been eliminating top al-Qaeda’s terrorists at a steady clip…

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
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Linda Hirshman, Author of ‘Victory: The Triumphant Gay Revolution,’ on Obama, Hillary, and the Lawsuit Against Cook County

The issue of gay marriage has made local and national headlines for the past few weeks, with President Obama declaring his support last month, and with two gay rights groups filing a lawsuit against the clerk of Cook County last week. Good timing for a new work by former Chicagoan Linda Hirshman, whose third book, Victory: The Triumphant Gay

Carol Felsenthal

2 years
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Obama’s Former Doc on the President, Health Care, and Ed Klein’s New Book

Barack Obama’s physician of 22 years, who in the new anti-Obama book, The Amateur, described his former patient as “distant” and “lacking passion and feeling,” is sorry he agreed to talk to the author, Ed Klein. In an interview Thursday at his Hyde Park office, 73-year-old Chicago physician David Scheiner told me that he feels “betrayed” by Klein, who uses the doc as…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Where Was Rahm During NATO Weekend?

Until late yesterday afternoon, when he summed up the success of the NATO summit in a press conference at the Office of Emergency Management, Rahm Emanuel was mostly missing from headlines. Instead, it was his Ravenswood house in the spotlight—after demonstrators protested outside the apparently unoccupied residence on Saturday, and news spread of a plot to firebomb it with a Molotov cocktail…

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Joe Ricketts, His Children, and Their Political Ties

Good thing President Obama is a White Sox fan. This morning’s New York Times carries a front-page story about Omaha billionaire and TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts, whose money bought his family the Cubs in 2009, allegedly funding a new advertising campaign aimed at defeating Obama…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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In ‘The Amateur,’ Ed Klein Talks to Jeremiah Wright, Unloads on Obama

In The Amateur, a decidedly anti-Obama book released this week by conservative publisher Regnery, author Ed Klein claims to have conducted more than 200 interviews. Barack, Michelle, and the people closest to them in and out of the White House would not talk, but Klein’s interviews with the Obamas’ former pastor, the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, and with the Reverend Jesse Jackson were on the record, and they emerge as two of the more interesting figures in the book…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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‘Nothing to Lose’: Tammy Duckworth on Her Quest to Go to Congress

Representative Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth are scheduled to face off tonight in their first debate in the battle for the 8th District. The race, which pits Tea Party favorite Walsh against the Democrat and Iraq war vet Duckworth, is expected to be one of the most watched of the congressional races this year. I sat down with Duckworth last week for a wide-ranging interview…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Will Rahm Ever Buy His Boutique Jeans from This Store Again?

The Sun-Times’ Mark Konkol has a full-page story that reveals Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s expensive taste in jeans. Konkol’s source is Emanuel’s “denim advisor,” David Shelist, owner of The Denim Lounge in Roscoe Village and on Oak Street. After reading the story, I wondered if Rahm might object to being featured in the Sun-Times story buying such pricey jeans…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Scrubbing Pots and Pans—Blagojevich Comes Full Circle

Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, behind bars for almost six weeks now, is washing pots and pans six days a week at the Englewood Federal Correctional Center in Colorado, according to Fox News’s Larry Yellin, who interviewed Blago’s former lawyers at the prison gate Sunday. After 90 days of pots and pans detail, Yellin reports, Blago will be teaching…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Nicolas Sarkozy and Rahm Emanuel: Separated at Birth?

If Nicolas Sarkozy survives the first-round vote this Sunday, and if he wins the runoff election on May 6th, we could see him standing together with Rahm Emanuel at the NATO summit in Chicago, one month from today. It’s interesting to observe the strong personality similarities between Sarkozy, the son of a Hungarian immigrant and former mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine, and Emanuel, the son of an Israeli immigrant…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Tim Johnson Quits Congress with Parting Shots at Eric Cantor and the Chicago Tribune

After reading the Tribune’s blast at 15th District Congressman Tim Johnson in Monday’s editorial, “I really must be going,” I called the quirky 65-year-old Urbana Republican for a response. I first interviewed Johnson a couple of years ago when The Hill named him one of the hardest workers in Congress. The legislator, whose best friend in the House is Ron Paul, announced earlier this month that he was leaving Congress…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Bill Daley in David Corn’s New Washington Insider Book

Because the White House remains “Chicago on the Potomac,”—although less so now with the exit of Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod—it’s always fascinating to see how the latest Washington insider book portrays Chicagoans in the corridors of the West Wing. The latest of the genre is David Corn’s Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back Against Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Will Guzzardi on His Plans for the Recount (and After)

Will Guzzardi, the 24-year-old, Ivy League-educated former Huffington Post Chicago editor, announced Monday that he would pursue a recount in the March 20th primary for the 39th District State Representative. When I spoke to the Brown University graduate on Monday night, he was trailing by 125 votes to five-term incumbent Toni Berrios, the daughter of Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. Guzzardi said he plans to file…

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