March 16, 2016 |
In a land that's known as freedom how can such a thing be fair Won't you please come to Chicago for the help that we can bring We can change the world Rearrange the world It's dying. - Graham Nash, "Chicago" OF COURSE, it was Chicago. It had to be. And I'm not even talking about the tumultuous events that Graham Nash is referencing in 1971 hit, "Chicago" - the police riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention, the 1969 "Days of Rage," or the trail of the Chicago 8 (then 7)
July 11, 2013 |
Copies of This Town , my friend and former Post colleague Mark Leibovich's soon-to-be released book about Washington culture, have begun to dribble out, and people in the capital are reacting by sorting out who came out worst. There's presidential friend and White House aide Valerie Jarrett, whose colleagues felt compelled to draft a memo, "The Magic of Valerie," defending her reputation. It included the bullet point "Valerie is someone here who other people inside the building know they can trust.
July 31, 2012 |
YOU KNOW we're in the summer doldrums when a Chicken War is hatched to take center stage. After the president of the Chick-fil-A chain stated he opposes gay marriage based on what the Bible says, he was blasted in the media, which is OK, while a few elected officials said they planned to ban his restaurants, which is not OK. The sanctimonious mayors of Deep Blue Boston and Chicago fumed that Dan Cathy's words were discriminatory and discrimination can't...
July 3, 2012 |
THEY SAY KEEP your friends close and your enemies even closer; politics makes for strange bedfellows; you better bet on the right horse. Obviously, Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts didn't read the most recent edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. " Or check out the political landscape in Chicago. Chicago, the same city in which President Obama resided before moving into his new house and where one of his best friends, Rahm Emanuel, is the mayor. No matter where your politics lie, there are certain political situations you do not want to get embroiled in. If you are a Republican in Chicago, you stay low; and if you are a Democrat in Texas, you choose your words wisely when discussing the Bush family.
January 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama returns home to Chicago on Wednesday for an infusion of campaign cash and, perhaps, a dose of the enthusiasm he hopes to reignite in his bid for reelection. The president's tour of his hometown will include three fund-raisers for wealthy supporters and younger voters alike. He is expected to raise more than $2 million with help from some longtime backers. The trip comes as his approval ratings have improved modestly after a tough year but are still hovering between 40 percent and 45 percent.
August 7, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama's performance in the debt-ceiling drama may help him position himself as a centrist for the 2012 campaign, but it has strained his already fragile relations with Congress. "He comes out of this the way he wanted to: a reasonable guy, a compromiser who doesn't see things in red and blue," said Ross Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. But those same traits aren't what many lawmakers are seeking from a president: They're accustomed to strong direction and leadership from the White House.
August 7, 2011 |
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a well-known bioethicist who has worked at the National Institutes of Health and until recently was special health-policy adviser to the White House Office of Management and Budget's director, will join the University of Pennsylvania faculty on Sept. 1. Emanuel will have a slew of titles. Among them: Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy university professor, vice provost for global initiatives, and chair of the new department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine.
August 5, 2011 |
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a well known bioethicist who has worked at the National Institutes of Health and served as a special adviser for health policy to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget between February 2009 and January 2011, will join the University of Pennsylvania faculty on Sept. 1. Emanuel will have a slew of titles. Among them: Diane v.S. Levy and Robert M. Levy University professor, vice provost for global initiatives and chair of the new department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine.
April 6, 2011 |
IT SEEMED LIKE a done deal, almost from the start. Chicago newspapers began reporting rumors early last month that Philadelphia's top cop, Charles Ramsey, was going to be a prime candidate to run Chicago's Police Department under Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. It took just a few days for Emanuel to say publicly that Ramsey would be a good fit - no, a great fit - and for Ramsey to admit that he was intrigued by the idea of going home, of bringing his storied career full circle.