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Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

4 years
ago

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
ago

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

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…

4 years
ago

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…

5 years
ago

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…

5 years
ago

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…

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