Carol Felsenthal
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3 years
ago

Chicagoans on the White House State Dinner Guest List

Wednesday night’s dinner, carrying the theme, “America’s Backyards,” was in honor of “The Right Honorable David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and his wife, Mrs. Samantha Cameron.” Here are the Chicago names I recognized, along with, in some cases, a bit of annotation…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Howard Dean on Ilya Sheyman, the Presidential Campaign, Iran, and More

He served as governor of Vermont from 1991 to 2003. He ran for the Democratic nomination in 2004 and became infamous for the scream that ended his presidential hopes. He pushed a 50-state strategy as head of the DNC that helped Barack Obama win the presidency. And he morphed from traditional Democrat to full-fledged Progressive. So it’s not surprising that Howard Dean, 63, is drawn to Ilya Sheyman…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

This Time, the Illinois Primary Matters

The Illinois primary has suddenly become interesting—in fact, it may be the “stopper” this year, putting away the race for Mitt Romney if he solidifies his momentum and does well. Plus: the brilliant Bears quarterback who gave Mitt his name.

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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Andrew Breitbart’s Right-Hand Man: Skokie-Bred Joel Pollak

In the wake of Breitbart’s sudden death today at the age of 43, Breitbart.com editor-in-chief and legal counsel Joel Pollak—Alan Dershowitz protégé and former opponent of Jan Schakowsky—says that his boss’s death was “out of the blue” and that his websites will go on “in a big way.”

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
ago

Rahm’s Role in Fumbling the Economy: Tidbits from a New Obama Book

With the campaign season heating up, the Obama books keep coming. The latest: The Escape Artists: How Obama’s Team Fumbled the Recovery, by The New Republic’s senior editor Noam Scheiber, published this week by Simon & Schuster. As is the case in most Obama-related books, one of the most entertaining characters is Rahm Emanuel…

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Dorothy Brown and Rick Muñoz Debate at 43rd Ward Forum

Exciting races in the upcoming March 20 primary are scarce, so the race for the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk between three-term incumbent Dorothy Brown and Ricardo Muñoz, alderman of the 22nd Ward since 1993 is, in relative terms, the Romney-Santorum fistfight of Cook County. Tuesday night, the two Dems appeared at a forum sponsored by the 43rd Ward Democrats and moderated by Andy Shaw…

Carol Felsenthal

3 years
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‘Hostage’ Sam LaHood—Will John McCain Negotiate His Release?

A source close to the senator told me this morning that McCain, who chairs the board of the International Republican Institute—Sam LaHood heads the Cairo office of that NGO—is “leading a congressional delegation” next week, visiting Egypt and other countries in the region. Will the Arizona senator emerge from the trip as a hero and statesman?…

Carol Felsenthal

3 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…

Carol Felsenthal

3 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.

Carol Felsenthal