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[ • 8 Aug 2016 • No Comment ]
Worrying over whether someone is a real Republican is hardly a new issue for the GOP in a Democratic-dominated city where some wards are nearly devoid of Republican voters, let alone anyone who can occupy a leadership role. Accordingly, committeemen spots have long been sought by opportunistic converts of questionable loyalty. But Christopher Cleveland, chairman of the Chicago Republican Party, said concern was heightened after the Democratic-controlled Legislature in one of its last acts under Gov....


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[ • 3 Aug 2016 • No Comment ]
The US Government paid $400 Million to Iran, which released US Prisoners at the same time the payment was received.  Here is some actual reporting via the WSJ and HotAir On the morning of Jan. 17, Iran released the four Americans: Three of them boarded a Swiss Air Force jet and flew off to Geneva, with the fourth returning to the U.S. on his own. In return, the U.S. freed seven Iranian citizens and dropped extradition requests for 14 others. U.S. and European officials wouldn’t disclose exactly...


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[ • 3 Aug 2016 • 2 Comments ]
The cable babblers, ever on the verbal prowl for a controversy to fill the 24-hour news cycle, fill hour after hour questioning whether enough disgruntled Sanders supporters will vote for Donald Trump, the Green Party’s Jill Stein or Libertarian Gary Johnson to defeat Hillary Clinton. They cite an early poll indicating perhaps 40 percent would not vote for her–or more recent ones suggesting about 20 percent will vote against her or stay home. If the last number is correct, some 2.8 million...


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[ • 1 Aug 2016 • No Comment ]
Fridays in the summer are a great day to dump news you don’t want scrutinized, as reporters will tell you. Today, we got a new financial report from the city, the actuarial reports for its police and firefighter pensions and news of a private offering by Chicago’s school district. The Report First, the city released a carefully written, glitzy, Annual Financial Analysis, linked here. At least they put it online this year, a departure from the past, but that’s probably because it’s...


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[ • 26 Jul 2016 • No Comment ]
People, I am greatly relieved. Ever since he got into the presidential race, (to plagiarize myself)  I wrote “this clown is dangerous.” I feared a Donald Trump victory, however unlikely, would lead us into a more xenophobic, racist, authoritarian society whose main beneficiaries would be the 1 percent, maybe even the .01 percent of which he claims to be a part. Little did I know that he–and he alone–can solve all our problems, domestic and international, right after taking...


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