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Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

4 years
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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…

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

Within minutes of the White House’s release of Barack Obama’s Hawaii birth certificate yesterday, Donald Trump took the credit, saying, “I’m very proud of myself”—only he could get the president to do what he should have done a long time ago. 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…

Carol Felsenthal

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Expert Defense Lawyer Makes Predictions for Blagojevich Retrial

As round two of the Rod Blagojevich trial approached, I called one of the city’s most prominent criminal defense lawyers. I had published my conversations with him last summer, and reading his insights now confirms my trust in his instincts. Here’s his take on the second trial, which opens with jury selection today. This man has so many previous professional and personal ties to players in the case…

Carol Felsenthal

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Roland Burris: No Regrets on Accepting Senate Seat from Blagojevich

After a nightmarish two years in Washington, former U.S. Senator Roland Burris is settling back into life in Illinois, trying to rebuild his reputation and retire an $800,000 debt from a legal battle to keep his Senate seat. Still, he told me he does not regret accepting the position from former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose retrial on corruption charges…

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Lessons, Thoughts from the Aldermanic Runoffs

I tracked all 14 aldermanic runoff races closely most of the day and late into the evening on Tuesday. Sound boring? Not for me—not with a new mayor coming in and the possibility, slim as it might be, that aldermen under Mayor Emanuel may morph into something more lively than potted plants. Here, some lessons and thoughts I had along the way…

Carol Felsenthal

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Solis Announces Lead Pollution Ordinance on Day Before Election; Morfin Cries Foul

Alderman Danny Solis, in a runoff tomorrow for the 25th Ward seat, sent out a press release today announcing that he had drafted an anti-lead pollution ordinance requiring any “facility emitting lead at levels that are higher than… EPA standards… [to] cease operations immediately.” The release states that “new information” about “high lead levels” impacting a Pilsen elementary school prompted him to act…

Carol Felsenthal

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Toxic Lead in Pilsen—and Just Days Before the Solis-Morfin Runoff

The front-page story in the Chicago Tribune today about toxic lead found in Pilsen has to strike fear into the hearts of the neighborhood’s parents. And it can’t be good news for 25th Ward Alderman Danny Solis, either, as he is caught in a runoff with activist Cuahutémoc “Témoc” Morfin. Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne writes that a monitor placed…

Carol Felsenthal

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Danny Solis: The Establishment Candidate, but Campaigning like a Rookie

Danny Solis, 61, and a grandfather, is running in his fifth—and least fun—election for alderman. Appointed in the 25th Ward on the Near West Side by Mayor Daley in 1996, Solis finds himself in his first runoff—against a tenacious, much younger opponent, Cuahutémoc “Témoc” Morfin, 39. (For details on the race, see my interview with Morfin. Solis is a machine stalwart…

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Rush Limbaugh Mistakes Educator Eleanor Kaye Wilson for the Obamas’ Nanny

“‘The First Lady looked stunning, as always, as she stepped down the jet in a textured frock along with her husband and her two daughters,’ her mother, and the nanny,” Rush Limbaugh said Tuesday on his radio show, reading from an article he called “pathetic.” The words “her mother, and the nanny,” were added by the talk-show host—they were not in the story from which he quoted…

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