Carol Felsenthal
On Politics

3 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

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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

3 years
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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…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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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…

Carol Felsenthal

3 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…

Carol Felsenthal