The [Tuesday] Papers
Wow! Did Obama really say that?
CNN'S JOE JOHNS: The Nobel Prize-winning African-American author, Toni Morrison, famously observed about Bill Clinton, "This is our first black president, blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children's lifetime."
Do you think Bill Clinton was our first black president?
OBAMA: I have to say that, you know, I would have to, you know, investigate more of Bill's dancing abilities.
You know, and some of this other stuff before I accurately judge whether he was in fact a brother.
Yes, he did.
And he also explained Tony Rezko this way: "I was an associate at a law firm that represented a church group that had partnered with this individual to do a project and I did about five hours worth of work on this joint project."
A church group! This individual!
We all know there's just a smidgen more to the story.
Barack Obama got waxed last night - and not just by Hillary Clinton, but by John Edwards in the sidekick role as her Boy Wonder.
Catch up with the madness in our latest installment of Mystery Debate Theater 2008. Best Debate Ever?
This is also a story about botched police work and further fallout from the Jon Burge school of law enforcement.
Fool Him Twice
This is the same Wayne Andersen who "acknowledged in 2005 that he was disappointed in himself for 'having taken at face value' the city's claims that it was complying with the court order."
Wayne Andersen: The most naive judge on the federal bench.
"The city had agreed to keep politics out of most hiring decisions under a decades-old civil court decree named for lawyer Michael Shakman, who filed a civil lawsuit against patronage," the Tribune account notes.
"But in 2005, federal prosecutors uncovered a massive hiring fraud scheme that had operated for years out of the mayor's office in which Daley's allies were rewarded with jobs and promotions."
A massive hiring fraud scheme had operated for years out of the mayor's office in which Daley's allies were rewarded with jobs and promotions.
What more do you need to know?
Few if any other mayors in America survive such a scandal; none survive the entirety of Daley's scandalous reign. Endorsed by Obama!
Ironic, isn't it, that Obama's predecessor as U.S. Senator, Peter Fitzgerald, defied the political establishment in appointing an outsider as U.S. attorney here while Obama almost certainly would have considered doing no such thing if it had been his decision to make.
Doesn't this sort of seem like big news?
Yes, I read TidBytes so you don't have to.
Is it just me, or does that really suck?
Carol Marin persuasively puts Evanston Rep. Julie Hamos, a Democrat, and House Minority Leader Tom Cross, a Republican, in the winners' column.
Now that she's intimidated any would-be challengers from getting in the race, she won't be needing that money anymore.
There's still some unfinished business where Anne Burke is concerned, however.
"The Cubs want to sell the park to the Illinois State Facilities Authority to keep a new owner from moving the team," Paul Sullivan wrote on Monday.
Is this claim now assumed as fact? Sam Zell doesn't give a crap where the Cubs play; he wants to sell Wrigley to the state for a financial advantage. And no potential new owner has whispered a breath about moving the team. In fact, potential new owners are likely to want Wrigley for themselves.
This is the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen!
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Posted on January 22, 2008
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