[ • 15 Apr 2019 • No Comment]
Valerie Jarrett, a top adviser to former President Barack Obama, published a book that ranks dismally on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble, but was placed on The New York Times Best Seller list. Anomalies around the book’s sales figures in industry databases have some in the book business questioning whether Jarrett, who’s rumored to have received a million-dollar-plus advance, paid a company to game the numbers. Her book, which was published April 2, is number 1,030 on Amazon’s list of top sellers...

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[ • 11 Apr 2019 • No Comment]
Here is the link to the full text of the Indictment of Greg Craig, former counsel to the Obama Administration Read the full story »
[ • 11 Apr 2019 • No Comment]
Lori Lightfoot’s overwhelming Chicago mayoral victory and the recent rise to prominence of Mayor Pete Buttigieg as a presidential candidate has set me thinking that we may be in the midst of a new era for gay politicians–and yes, a gay president could be elected.    I’m not predicting it yet, and this is not an endorsement of Buttigieg, but an appraisal as I made earlier  of Kirsten Gillibrand–and will make of others in weeks and months to come. However, it is quite...

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[ • 11 Apr 2019 • No Comment ]
November 3 2008: Barack Obama Elected President November 3, 2008: Tom Balanoff negotiates sale of Senate seat with Rod Blagojevich Blagojevich met with a labor union official who said he was in contact with Obama and had suggested his adviser Valerie Jarrett be appointed to the Senate seat. December 1, 2008: Obama meets Blagojevich in Philadelphia     December 8, 2008: Emanuel called Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris again and later told the FBI that Obama said on Dec. 7 that he...


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[ • 31 Mar 2019 • No Comment ]
Chicago’s most unusual mayoral election is reaching an end that should surprise few by now: a gay, African American woman who seemingly came out of nowhere wins a lopsided victory over another African American woman who is the boss of the Cook County Democratic Party and recently re-elected to her third term as President of the Cook County Board.      Writing this on the Sunday before the April 2 runoff election it looks to me as if Lori Lightfoot will get something in the mid-to-high...


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[ • 29 Mar 2019 • No Comment ]
There’s always the possibility of federal charges will be pursued against Smollett for the alleged threatening letter to himself, in possible violation of federal laws. But that doesn’t right the wrong of the dismissal of the local charges against Smollett in the present case. What’s at stake is the integrity of Cook County and the state of Illinois criminal justice system So, is it too much to hope that the Smollett case has focused such a withering national and global spotlight...


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[ • 29 Mar 2019 • No Comment ]
Watching Kirsten Gillibrand’s performance at an MSNBC “town hall” in Iowa I said to myself if Hilary Clinton had been able to show the same empathy with regular people, she might have carried those lost “blue wall” states.  The whole hour was one terrific performance.    Then, Gillibrand’s declaration of candidacy speech Sunday  set me to thinking she may be the best performer of all the candidates thus far in the mix and maybe many to come. It could make...


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[ • 20 Mar 2019 • No Comment ]
November 3 2008: Barack Obama Elected President November 3, 2008: Tom Balanoff negotiates sale of Senate seat with Rod Blagojevich Blagojevich met with a labor union official who said he was in contact with Obama and had suggested his adviser Valerie Jarrett be appointed to the Senate seat. December 1, 2008: Obama meets Blagojevich in Philadelphia     December 8, 2008: Emanuel called Blagojevich Chief of Staff John Harris again and later told the FBI that Obama said on Dec. 7 that he...


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[ • 14 Mar 2019 • No Comment ]
Chicago’s 14-candidate free-for-all first round of mayoral voting saw every traditional voting bloc–ethnic or political–split asunder, except for the liberal-reform northside lakefront and wards just west. That’s why independent-progressive Lori Lightfoot, an African American, came in first. She captured most of the reformers citywide, including the gay vote. (Disclosure: I was and remain an unpaid advisor to her campaign.). It’s also the first Chicago mayoral in memory...


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