Rahm Emanuel

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Dems: RNC Bombed, Bring on Charlotte
 Dems: RNC 
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Dems: RNC Bombed, Bring on Charlotte

Democrats get ready for convention opening Tuesday

(Newser) - As the Republicans came off their convention week with very little bounce , Democrats descended on the Sunday talk shows today to drum up their own soiree in Charlotte, which kicks off Tuesday. "I think the race is exactly where it was before they walked in [to Tampa], and now...

Chicago Energy Firm Has 'Direct Line' to White House

Company co-founded by Rahm Emanuel enjoyed much access

(Newser) - In Chicago, Exelon Corporation powered Barack Obama's neighborhood. Now, in Washington, Obama's administration is powering Exelon. The company has a plethora of ties to the administration—it was co-founded by Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod used to consult for it, among others—so it's had easy access...

Chicago Cops Sue City, Say Mayor Rahm Played Politics

They were booted from his security detail, replaced by supporters

(Newser) - Eleven Chicago cops have sued the city, accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of playing politics with his security detail. They say they were removed from the detail and replaced by officers who worked on Emanuel's campaign in some fashion, reports the Chicago Tribune . The officers, all of whom are Hispanic...

Protesters Spoil Chick-fil-A Opening

Meanwhile Chicago franchise owner urges Rahm to eat there

(Newser) - Fast food lovers had camped out all night for the grand opening of a Chick-fil-A in Laguna Hills, California, but their plans were foiled this morning as gay rights protesters descended on the restaurant, and company management made everyone disperse, NBC San Diego reports. The chicken chain has suddenly become...

Chicago Girl, 7, Shot Dead at Mom's Candy Stand

Mayor slams gangs after Heaven Sutton murder

(Newser) - The latest victim of Chicago's surge in gang violence is just seven years old. Heaven Sutton died after being shot in the back at a candy stand her mom set up two weeks ago to help keep neighborhood kids close to home and away from gang crossfire, reports the...

Chicago Cops Won't Arrest You Over a Little Weed

But you'll get still get a ticket under new marijuana policy

(Newser) - Expect to smell some celebratory puffs in Chicago. The city council voted today to approve a policy allowing police to ticket, rather than arrest, anyone found with 15 grams of marijuana or less, NBC Chicago reports. The policy, which is backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel among others, passed by a...

Chicago Kicks Off St. Pat's by Dyeing River Green

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears at St. Patrick's Day ritual

(Newser) - The city of Chicago has dyed its river green in a much-beloved yearly St. Patrick's Day ritual that brought thousands of revelers to downtown. Cheers erupted this morning as a motor boat sped around in a circle and a man on board dumped the secret dye mixture that in...

Chicago the US Corruption Capital

Study shows more convictions there than any other federal jurisdiction

(Newser) - Chicago really is the cesspit of corruption you think it is, according to a new study from the University of Illinois. It found that the Windy City and its environs had had more corruption convictions than any other federal jurisdiction in the last 36 years, with 1,531. Illinois had...

Michelle Obama: An &#39;Unrecognized Force&#39;
 Michelle Obama: An 
 'Unrecognized Force' 
new book

Michelle Obama: An 'Unrecognized Force'

First lady has been a powerful player in her husband's White House: Book

(Newser) - A new (unauthorized) book by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor depicts Michelle Obama as an "unrecognized force" in her husband's administration, according to an adaptation of The Obamas in the Times . Though initially reluctant to be a meddling first lady, she began voicing concerns when she felt...

Rahm Wants Gay Marriage in Illinois

Calls New York's gay marriage law 'very important'

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel hopes that the land of Lincoln will follow New York's lead on gay marriage, reports Politico . “I would hope that the state would move in that direction,” said Emanuel. “Tremendous progress has been made across the country on a value statement. And...

Emanuel's Blago Trial Testimony: Quick, Terse

Mayor takes the stand for all of three minutes

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel took the stand for the defense in Rod Blagojevich’s trial today, but he didn’t stay there long, offering some mono-syllabic answers to a few simple questions in an exchange that lasted just three minutes, the Chicago Tribune reports. Things kicked off with some pleasantries: Blagojevich’s...

Rahm Emanuel Sworn In as Chicago Mayor
 Chicago Swears In Emanuel 

Chicago Swears In Emanuel

New mayor calls for change, sacrifice to address city's woes

(Newser) - It was a departure of sorts for Rahm Emanuel today, a swearing in, as opposed to the swearing at he's famously used to. The potty-mouthed former White House chief of staff today became Chicago's first new mayor in two decades, taking the oath of office and officially marking...

Time's Most Influential List: Julian Assange, Justin Bieber, Michele Bachmann, Oprah
 Time Unveils Influential List 

Time Unveils Influential List

A look at some of the more interesting entries from this year's list

(Newser) - Time has just released its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world, and there are some perennial favorites (Barack Obama, Oprah), some recent newsmakers (Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg), some villains (Anwar al-Awlaki, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, Kim Jong Un, all of whom get very brief write-ups), some...

Meet Rahm Emanuel's Fake Tweeter

Foulmouthed page garnered 39K followers

(Newser) - The potty-mouthed scribe behind the hugely popular—and fake— @MayorEmanuel has outed himself after months of secrecy , reports Mediaite . A lengthy profile in The Atlantic reveals Dan Sinker to be the man behind the Twitter feed, which garnered 39,000 followers as a flamboyant, vulgar narrative of the new Chicago...

Why Rahm Might Be a One-Termer

Challenges facing Chicago require painful solutions

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel won the Chicago mayor’s race—but will he be able to keep the job for more than one term? The Sun-Times , the Tribune , and the New York Times take a look at the many, many challenges facing him:
  • Financial crisis: Chicago is on the brink of bankruptcy.

Rahm Emanuel Wins in Chicago, Avoids Runoff

He easily triumphs in city's race for mayor

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel has been elected mayor of Chicago, and he won't even need a runoff. With 86% of the precincts reporting, Emanuel was trouncing five opponents with 55% of the vote. Emanuel needed more than 50% of the vote to win outright. The other major candidates—former Chicago schools president...

Chicago Votes Today: Rahm Smells Like the Winner

So the big question is: Will he win now, or after a run-off?

(Newser) - After a campaign fraught with uncertainty , Rahm Emanuel now seems poised to win today’s election and become Chicago’s next mayor—but the only lingering question is whether or not he'll actually win today. If he can’t take more than 50% of the vote, he’ll face a...

Rahm Has a Potty-Mouthed Twitter Impersonator

And the feed is way more popular than the real thing

(Newser) - A fake Twitter feed that has fun with Rahm Emanuel's fluency in f-bombs is taking off. The feed @MayorEmanuel has more than 26,000 followers, triple the number of the Chicago candidate's real feed . Even Emanuel says he checks in, and the tweets usually make him smile, notes the Huffington...

Tea Party Backs Rahm Rival
 Tea Party Backs Rahm Rival 

Tea Party Backs Rahm Rival

But Chicago mayoral candidate Gery Chico is far from party line

(Newser) - A Tea Party revolution may be brewing in Barack Obama's very Democratic backyard. The local branch of the upstart party is backing a rival of former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel in the fight to be Chicago mayor. But another mayoral candidate sees the endorsement of Democrat Gery...

Court: Rahm Emanuel Can Run for Mayor

State's high court keeps him on the ballot in Chicago

(Newser) - The Illinois Supreme Court put Rahm Emanuel back on the ballot for Chicago mayor today, reviving his campaign to lead the country's third-largest city. In the unanimous ruling, the justices called the appeals court's basis for deciding that Emanuel could not be on the ballot "without any foundation in...

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