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Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

6 years
ago

Vice President Mitch Daniels?

A conversation with his wife, Cheri, about whether he’d accept the nomination… and about the similarly grueling life choice of being a Cubs fan.

6 years
ago

Blago On the Hunt for Osama?

Did Rod Blagojevich seriously think he could track down the al-Qaeda mastermind? It’s not as farfetched as it sounds: it wouldn’t have been the first time the former governor had come face to face with a notorious villain on the world stage.

6 years
ago

Q & A: Joseph Epstein

One of my favorite writers answers questions about politicians, hypocrisy and himself.

6 years
ago

Blagojevich Lawyer Sheldon Sorosky Answers (Sort Of) the Questions Everyone’s Asking

After the prosecution rested its case in the Blagojevich retrial last week, I called Rod’s old friend and lawyer Sheldon Sorosky to ask him whom the defense was going to call as a witness today. Sorosky would not give me names, and he had not decided (as of last Friday) whether Blago would take the stand. But he dismissed rumors that Blago would be delivering…

6 years
ago

Gery Chico to Run for Office Again?

After Election Day, Gery Chico—who fell short of a runoff with Rahm Emanuel—stayed out of the spotlight for a while. The former Daley chief of staff, who once ran Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District, was the only opponent who had even a chance of beating Emanuel in this year’s race for mayor. Here, some highlights from our telephone conversation Tuesday, his first one-on-one interview with…

6 years
ago

The Blagojevich Sequel Drones On

If the first trial had a certain excitement and air of unpredictability, Monday’s edition of the retrial seemed just worn and wan—much like the defendant. Still, there was a special poignancy because while Blago II droned on at the federal courthouse on Jackson and Dearborn, some blocks east and north at Millennium Park, Rahm Emanuel—“that little [expletive]” in Blago’s taped words—was being inaugurated as mayor…

6 years
ago

Michael Daley, the Smartest Daley Brother You’ve Probably Never Heard of

As Rich Daley counts down his last days as mayor—awash in news coverage, mostly nostalgic—I thought it would be interesting to take a look at his brother, Michael, about whom surprisingly little has been written. While working on a profile of Bill Daley in 2004, I was told repeatedly that Michael was the most intelligent of the four Daley boys…

6 years
ago

In the Situation Room with Obama, Bill Daley Dressed for the Occasion

One powerful photo of a Sunday afternoon scene in the White House Situation Room dominated the news yesterday. Captured by White House photographer Pete Souza, the image shows the president, vice president, and Obama’s national security team gazing off-camera at video feed of the bloody mission to kill Osama bin Laden. But it was Obama’s Chief of Staff, Bill Daley, who…

6 years
ago

Bloomberg Says Send Immigrants to Detroit; Miguel Del Valle, ICIRR Respond

Sunday on Meet the Press, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a suggestion about how to revitalize the economy—let in all immigrants who want to come here but require that they live in Detroit for five to ten years. Bloomberg explained that dispatching immigrants directly to Detroit would solve two problems simultaneously: energize the economy and…

6 years
ago

Donald Trump and the Emanuel Brothers—What’s the Deal?

Trump’s campaign to vilify Obama is dominating headlines these days, so it’s worth a look to examine the real estate tycoon’s ties to two of the president’s most energetic backers: Rahm Emanuel and his younger brother, Ari.

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