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[9 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is probably having the worst time of his life.¬† Last week a series of Chicago Tribune polls showed him with a record-low job rating of 27 percent, 16 percent approval of his handling of crime and police, 18 percent approval of his near-bankrupt school system–which recently had to borrow millions at astronomical rates just to stay open through the school year–while 60 percent side with the Chicago Teachers Union.

All this, months before people know exactly how high their property taxes will rise because of the record-breaking …

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[2 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Apart from “Who’s gonna win…?” the most frequently asked question I get is about former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who, once again, is threatening to run for president as an independent candidate. This is the third such threat the multi-billionaire has made, which always gets attention because he is quite capable of investing a billion or more in his campaign.
His rationale is that Bernie Sanders could be the Democratic nominee and Donald Trump–or Ted Cruz– the Republican. This theoretically pits the extreme ends of both parties against each other, …

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[26 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

As the summer of Trump gave way to the autumn of Trump, then the winter of Trump/Cruz, in only a few days we will get the first actual result of actual people in the actual state of Iowa  actually casting ballots in their own arcane way.
The very idea unleashes a blizzard of bizarre, “who’da thunk” items swirling through what’s left of my brain. Prime among them is who’da thunk it would come down to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz? The Republican nomination has boiled down to a battle of Frankenstein …

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[19 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

Donald Trump and I agree on one thing: Sen. Ted Cruz needs a firm constitutional ruling on his eligibility to become president, despite the fact that it’s a long shot.
If you haven’t been following it, here’s the story: Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada of a Cuban father and a mother who was a US citizen. You are an American citizen regardless of where you are born so long as one parent is a US citizen. Cruz thus had dual Canadian US and citizenship from birth–though he surrendered his …

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[11 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

Forty-four years ago I managed the campaign that defeated the worst state’s attorney in Cook County history: Edward Hanrahan, whose personal police squad murdered two Black Panthers in their beds. Today I’m a volunteer advisor to Kim Foxx, who is running to unseat Anita Alvarez, perhaps the worst prosecutor since Hanrahan. I want this understood should I write further columns about the race.

Regular readers will recall I have been writing critical columns about Alvarez for several years now, long before her role in the coverup of Laquan McDonald’s horrendous murder.
Last …

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[5 Jan 2016 | 2 Comments | ]

If you believe the national commentators you’d think Rahm Emanuel will be forced to resign or otherwise removed any day now–“hanging on by his fingertips” as one put it. But they are dead wrong. The last thing this egomaniac would do is knuckle under even to massive demonstrations, nor will the proposed legislation to permit his recall go anywhere in Springfield.
I’m sure he was more than annoyed being named by GQ Magazine as one of the 28 worst people in the country–and equally so when a cable analyst, in enumerating …

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[30 Dec 2015 | 3 Comments | ]

Much has been made of Donald Trump’s vulgarities about normal bodily functions such as elimination and menstruation, his phallic Yiddishisms and pledge to “bomb the s–t” out of ISIS, so I am devoting this column to the “F” word about Trump: Fascist.

You don’t have to be a progressive to recognize that his rhetoric, including, but not limited to, his call to register Muslims in America and to deny any more Muslims further entry, is little more than the new American fascism. Numerous conservative Republicans are saying the same thing that …

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[22 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]

Last week I described Rahm Emanuel as a “slow learner.” Now he’s been totally outdone by Donald Trump, who is an absolute non-learner, having learned nothing about one of the most important issues any president must deal with: our aging nuclear arsenal.
The USA has three nuclear delivery systems: by air, by submarine and by land-based intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), together known as the “nuclear triad.” Whether you believe in nuclear disarmament, arms reduction or maintaining mutually assured destruction, the weaponry and delivery systems are of the utmost importance. If they …

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[15 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]

It seems that I and much of the world have misjudged Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The legend is that he is one very smart guy, but recent events call that into question.
I’m not saying he is dumb, but rather what we used to call a “slow learner.” He just doesn’t get things as quickly and easily as most folks. It’s also possible that he suffers from the fashionable malady called adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–though I’m not qualified to make a clinical diagnosis.

What leads me to these …

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[7 Dec 2015 | One Comment | ]

I seriously doubt that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will heed any of the calls for his resignation over the apparent cover-up of the police killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald–unless the feds somehow find him culpable as a coconspirator in the case. He has already been shamed into firing police chief Garry McCarthy, but it’s worth taking a hard look at his hiring of top city officials, which should only add fuel to the fire.

Like any other chief executive, Emanuel bears responsibility for his major personnel choices. It can be argued …