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Seating Burris is an Embarrassment to the State of Illinois

Jan
07

I'm sorry but you cannot separate the person who got the seat from the utterly corrupt and probably criminal process that led him to getting it.

The fact that Burris accepted this is all you need to know about his moral character.

And if anyone is hoping to forget this, don't worry: we'll be reminded of it incessantly through the months and years of Blago's criminal trial.

This is an embarrassment to the State of Illinois.

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Letter to the Editor of 'The American Prospect'

Jan
03

Hi Mark,

Love the mention of me in the Jan/Feb 2009 edition of The American Prospect (p. 4):

"And on tapped, the Prospect's staff blog, commenter Leo wrote, "I didn't even have to know the guy's background to know he was a vegetarian." Sorry to disappoint, but Adler is, in fact, a meat-eater."

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The 'Lost Decade': 2008 and Beyond

Jan
01

It's hard to imagine anyone looking back at 2008 and feeling nostalgic. In fact, it's hard to imagine anyone looking back at this entire decade and feeling nostalgic. Talk about 'Lost Generation'? This one practically qualifies as a 'Lost Decade'.

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Obamamania Sweeps Walgreens (Chicago)

Dec
26

Even retailers are finding Obamamania irresistible if this section featuring Obama paraphernalia in the Walgreens on State and Walton is any indication. The sign says, "New Item: Obama Tshirts/Sweatshirts" and in addition to the hats and badges, you can also pick up a copy of Obama's autobiography and various "special editions" devoted to the incoming President.

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Pride in the Hometown Guy

Nov
16

Banners draped the lamp-posts all around Chicago's City Hall. The fine print read: "Paid for by the Richard M. Daley Campaign Committee".

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Question of Priorities

Nov
05



What's wrong with this picture?

On Election Day 2008, this was the front page of the Tribune's knockoff tabloid called the 'RedEye'. It sported the none-too-original headline 'It's in Your Hands' with five hands in front of an American flag, each hand showing one of the following issues:

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Obama in Grant Park

Nov
05



I was in Berlin when the Wall came down and in New York during 9/11. One event was exceedingly good; the other was atrociously bad. I think I now have a third one that appears to be affecting me in a significant way, this one again on the good side -- namely, the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States.

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Liberal Opens Arms to Chicago Tribune

Oct
17

ChicagoTribune_logo.gif The editorial page of the Chicago Tribune this afternoon endorsed Barack Obama for president, the first time in the newspaper's 161-year history that it has backed the Democratic Party nominee for president. [Christi Parsons, Obama wins Chi. Tribune endorsement, The Swamp, 10/17/2008]

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Will the Trib Endorse Obama?

Sep
28

"First Democratic Endorsement in 72 Years!" reads the recommended Diary on Kos. It was about the Stockton Record endorsing a Democrat for President for the first time in 72 years.

The Editorial presents an overview of the two candidates in what has pretty much become public knowledge. On McCain, the paper is pretty damning:

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