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Top of the TicketBig-city Democratic boss retires after 21 years, setting off a political succession scramble including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel....
Top of the TicketIn 1976, a Chicago newspaper columnist wrote that Jerry Brown would get "the moonbeam vote." The writer was Mike Royko, who then started referring to the then-38-year-old Brown as "Gov. Moonbeam." Royko was suggesting that Brown was attracting California'...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesDreams & Schemes: My Decade of Fun in the Sun Steve Lopez Camino Books: 309 pp., $17.95 paper At most newspapers the first-person singular pronoun, like the nuclear football, is entrusted to one person at a time. Usually cityside columns go to native...
The New Yorker, as J.D. Salinger's recent death served to remind us, has been a crucial outlet for writers for more than 80 years. A.J. Liebling, Lillian Ross, Joseph Mitchell, Calvin Trillin -- these are just a few of the voices the magazine has...
MARTIN F. NOLAN covered national politics for the Boston Globe for 40 years.IN 1972, Robert Redford played the title role in "The Candidate," a movie about a young California politician with an uneasy relationship with his father, a former governor played by Melvyn Douglas. Ever since, Jerry Brown has been a mirror and a...
Tags: Values, Jerry Brown, Elections, Primaries, Ronald Reagan
++++++++++++++++++++ || || ++++++++++++++++++++ Some people might think that it's way too early to begin planning for the 2010 race for governor, when term limits will force Arnold Schwarzenegger to step down and the seat will be open for the first time...
This column originally ran in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 21, 2011. Some years ago when I was new to Chicago, I spotted Roger Ebert in the frozen-foods aisle of a grocery store. He was famous by then, and I did what any normal person does at the sight...
Change of SubjectThose of you who are online-only readers may have missed this recent development, reported on this morning by TOC's Robert Feder: Of all the perks of winning the Pulitzer Prize last spring, the most visible for Mary Schmich may be......
Long before anybody (besides their parents) was paying attention to Chicago's Emanuel brothers, the city could boast of lots of other siblings who made good — or, at least, made headlines. Chicago can claim brothers of wide-ranging accomplishments...
Tags: Jim Belushi, Authors, Criminals, Wayne, Ellen Warren
Capitol IdeasGood Friday Morning, Fellow Seekers. So this is it. After more than seven years, roughly 7,280 posts (give or take a couple), at least two one-act plays, and more bad jokes than even I care to recall, it's time to......
One of the many bits of conventional wisdom about politicians is that they're all scoundrels in one way or another. This is especially true of those who run for president. Maybe they don't steal or lie or cheat on their spouse (although plenty do)....
The signs were there: The newspaper Chicago Today ceased publication on Sept. 13, 1974 (my birthday), and the Chicago Daily News published its final edition on March 4, 1978 (Chicago's birthday). You might think some of us would have taken these as...
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