[ • 18 Jan 2017 • No Comment]
Former Demcoratic New Jersey Governor and Senator, Jon Corzine has settled civil claims against him and his firm MF Global for misuse of customer funds.  Corzine will pay a $5 Million fine and be permanently banned from trading in Commodity Futures Trading Commission regulated products.  Corzine was not charged with criminal wrongdoing, and the five-year statute of limitations has run out on criminal charges for Wire and Financial Fraud. Corzine has been a long time favorite of the Chicago Daily...

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[ • 17 Jan 2017 • No Comment]
The most important statement in the Justice Department’s damning report on the Chicago Police Department has nothing to do with police behavior. Released on Friday, the report found the Chicago police guilty of a “pattern or practice” of unconstitutional force. But it turns out that the Justice Department has no standard for what constitutes a “pattern or practice” (the phrase comes from a 1994 federal statute) of unconstitutional police conduct. “Statistical evidence is not required”...

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[ • 17 Jan 2017 • No Comment]
While we’re waiting to learn what part(s) of Donald Trump’s Russian “dossier” scandal–if any–turns out to be true, I’ve reached the conclusion that his raucously cheered attacks on “political correctness” is fundamentally an assault on liberalism. Time was, calling someone “liberal” in certain circles could kill off a candidacy or demean a speaker’s ideas. But over time, just as calling someone a “commie” is outdated,...

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[ • 11 Jan 2017 • No Comment ]
However, responsible fatherhood only goes so far in a world plagued by institutionalized oppression. For black children, the presence of fathers would not alter racist drug laws, prosecutorial protection of police officers who kill, mass school closures or the poisoning of their water. By focusing on the supposed absence of black fathers, we allow ourselves to pretend this oppression is not real, while also further scapegoating black men for America’s societal ills. (T)here are other problems...


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[ • 10 Jan 2017 • No Comment ]
Still trying to figure out why the president-elect is so allergic to the idea that Russia hacked aspects of our recent election–especially the idea that it was done to help him or hurt Hillary Clinton? A bizarre allergy that puts him at odds with every US intelligence agency?     There are two possible answers and both may apply.      The obvious one is that any suggestion he did not win his electoral-college victory all by himself–let alone with help from a foreign power–is...


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[ • 5 Jan 2017 • No Comment ]
A week after the election, noting Trump’s surprising performance among college-educated voters, The New Republic’s Eric Sasson declared that these Americans might be “the most deplorable of them all.” The educated had absolutely no excuse for opposing Hillary Clinton, he wrote: “They’re not suffering or desperate, and have no concrete reason to hate the status quo or to feel like they are in decline.” There it is, folks. You’re either an ignorant hillbilly, or you had no sane reason...


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[ • 4 Jan 2017 • No Comment ]
Trying to make political (i.e.,Trumpian) predictions at this point is a fool’s errand. But, fool that I am, I succumb to (a) the tradition of would-be pundits doing so for the New Year and (b) the blandishments of those who bait me for not coming up with answers to the unanswerable. Among the numerous problems lie the internal contradictions of Trump’s own campaign promises, the conflict between many of those promises and the avowed policies of the Republican Congress and, finally, conflicts...


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[ • 3 Jan 2017 • One Comment ]
President Obama plans a farewell speech next week in Chicago, and perhaps he’ll notice that while he’s been in Washington his hometown has become the nation’s murder capital and largest gang war zone. Worth reflecting on is the city’s upswell in violence last year that followed political protests against law enforcement and a pullback in policing. The Chicago Police Department reported 762 homicides in 2016, the most in two decades and more than in the cities of New York and Los Angeles...


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[ • 29 Dec 2016 • No Comment ]
Illinoisans have no cause to be modest. The state’s legislators are unquestionably the best that money can buy, and Bruce Rauner, Mike Madigan and John Cullerton spent a combined $100 million to purchase them in 2016. The second most underreported Springfield political story of 2016 is that the governor got more bang for his bucks while the speaker got his proverbial clock cleaned, losing his precious House super majority. Madigan’s Democratic majority dropped from 71-47 to 67-51. The...


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