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Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

3 years
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Fred Karger—Gay, Jewish, Republican, and Running for President

Fred Karger, 61, has lived in and around Los Angeles since 1972—mostly now in Laguna Beach—but he grew up in Glencoe and graduated from New Trier. He’s about as likely to become president as I am—his campaign slogan is “Fred Who?”—but the pundits are beginning to notice the first openly gay candidate to run on a major party ticket, especially as the issue of gay marriage heats up…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Rahm Emanuel Wanted to Be First Jewish House Speaker—Will the Honor Go to Eric Cantor?

Center stage in the debt limit/government default drama now playing in Washington is House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Here in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel may be busy with the latest weekend tragedy of street gangs’ bullets missing their targets and hitting children, but he is surely keeping his eye on Capitol Hill, his old stomping ground. Were he still there, he’d be playing the Cantor role on the other side of the aisle…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Mitt Romney’s Chicago Connection

Willard Mitt Romney—most recently in the news for out-fundraising his fellow GOP presidential hopefuls candidates in the second quarter—was named after J. Willard Marriott, the famous hotelier (and fellow Mormon) who was also best friends with Mitt’s father, George. But the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president owes his middle name to George’s cousin, Milton “Mitt” Romney, who was a quarterback for…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Blago’s Brother Robert: Patrick Fitzgerald ‘Poisoned’ Jury Pool

On Monday, after jurors in the Blagojevich retrial delivered a nearly sweeping guilty verdict, I called the gov’s brother, Robert. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation, in which he accuses U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of “[poisoning] the jury pool and the media,” and says that the feds used him as a pawn…

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Expert Defense Lawyer: Blagojevich Has Grounds for Another Retrial

As jury deliberations continue in the Blagojevich retrial, one of the city’s prominent criminal defense attorneys provides insights on the case. He says that Judge Zagel has acted uncharacteristically “screwy” and unfair, leaving open the possibility of a retrial, and that Blagojevich did remarkably well on the stand…

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
ago

Investigation Shows Obama Bundlers Land Cushy Jobs

A must-read investigation shows President Obama is appointing top funders to prestigious posts at a rate greater than his predecessor. Missing from report: two former Chicagoans with the best jobs of all. Plus: startlingly low test numbers from the school system Jean-Claude Brizard most recently ran.

Carol Felsenthal

4 years
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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.

Carol Felsenthal
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