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Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

4 years
ago

David Hoffman Takes a Breather, but He’ll Be Back

The former inspector general and public-service vet took a position at Sidley Austin, and a teaching gig at the University of Chicago, after losing to Alexi Giannoulias in 2010. But don’t count him out of public service for good.

5 years
ago

Mark Kirk’s Sudden Health Scare—Some Background from His Ex-Wife

With Senator Mark Kirk in recovery following a three-hour surgery resulting from a weekend stroke, his ex-wife—whose amicable divorce from Kirk was finalized in 2009—described the 52-year-old junior senator as being “into politics, 500 percent,” and rarely slowing down to take care of himself…

5 years
ago

What’s Really Bothering Michelle Obama?

I just finished reading Jodi Kantor’s The Obamas, and I think I’ve figured out why Michelle Obama is so steamed, why she groused to The Early Show’s Gayle King that she is tired of being portrayed as “some kind of angry black woman.” The First Lady recognizes that her husband will probably run against Mitt Romney, and thus, she herself will be stuck “running” against the warm, blonde, seemingly flawless Ann Romney…

5 years
ago

Bill Daley’s Battered Résumé

After resigning as Chief of Staff, Bill Daley’s D.C. record takes another hit as the president announces that Daley’s old department, Commerce, will be axed in the service of paring down the federal bureaucracy.

5 years
ago

Obama’s Shout-Out to Claire McCaskill—Will She Campaign with Him Again?

At a fundraiser in Chicago on Wednesday night, President Obama singled out the rookie Democrat from Missouri. “I just love her so whenever I have an excuse to see her I’m happy,” he gushed. McCaskill’s presence—and Obama’s shout-out—is a sure sign that he is making a slight but real comeback…

5 years
ago

Why Dorothy Brown Wants Another Term as Circuit Court Clerk

The incumbent’s race against 22nd Ward Alderman Rick Muñoz is the juiciest contest in the March 20 primary. Here, Brown talks about Muñoz, working for Arthur Andersen in the 1970s, her unsuccessful bid for Cook County Board president, and more…

5 years
ago

Republicans for Rahm? His Night at the Economic Club

Rahm sold out the Hilton Chicago Hotel’s International Ballroom Monday for a speech before the Economic Club. On the dais surrounded by such captains of industry as Lester Crown, Thomas Wilson, Gregory Wasson, Glenn Tilton, the newish mayor started out shaky, occasionally flubbing his lines, his voice rising to resemble his predecessor’s. His reception by the black-tie members of the club and their guests, was chilly at first…

5 years
ago

It’s Time to Revisit the Issue of Taxpayer-Financed Bodyguards

In the aftermath of Maggie Daley’s death on Thanksgiving night, the citizens of Chicago have shown just how much they valued and loved her. No doubt about that, but now is the time for Mayor Emanuel to revisit the dicey issue of taxpayer-funded bodyguards for political figures.

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