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October 31, 2012 | Stephen Markley
If this was not totally obvious to everyone who glances at this column from time to time, I'm endorsing Barack Obama for president. Now I will make you suffer through a column about why I will vote for a second Obama term and why you should too. First of all, voting for Obama over any Republican is a no-brainer simply because the Republican Party no longer has a foot left in anything resembling reality. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, their near-universal denialism regarding climate change is, by itself, disqualifying.
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October 13, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Barack Obama's presidency has largely been defined by crisis. He entered the White House following an unprecedented economic meltdown, and events such as the BP oil spill, Hurricane Sandy and Syria's use of chemical weapons will be mere footnotes in the range of political, economic and natural disasters that have landed on his plate. However, the crisis which has defined his presidency and which will almost certainly come to define at least the next decade of American politics is the crisis within the Republican Party.
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November 2, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
People say Barack Obama is a lot of things. Some are questionable, some are outrageous, others are true. One thing he definitely is, though, is the president--a multifaceted gig, to say the least. A new art exhibit presented by the Chicago Loop Alliance from artist Rick Valicenti emphasizes the many archetypal roles that Obama plays as president, from "The Coach" to "The Neighbor" to "The Heartthrob. " The Thirst/3st display features 50 hybrid images of the president's mug integrated with other faces that embody specific highlighted qualities.
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September 3, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
I find Martin Luther King Jr. an infuriating historical figure. Not because of anything the good doctor did in his lifetime, which was monumental and inspiring, but because of the way his mantle, image and aura have been appropriated so vapidly. Gun advocates cite him to further proliferate firearms. Advertisers employ his image to sell consumer goods. Pretty much everyone left, right and center appropriates his mantle to advocate whatever position they're hocking. Yet the uncomfortable truth about King is that he was a radical, widely reviled before his death for telling young black men, in his actual...
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December 15, 2011 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
The Millennials who helped President Obama get to the White House have doubts he will be successful in seeking a second term, according to results of a poll released Thursday. A poll by the Harvard's Institute of Politics found that regardless of which candidate adults under 30 support for president in 2012, 36 percent think Obama will lose re-election, 32 percent don't know and 30 percent say he'll win. The remaining 2 percent didn't answer. The survey of more than 2,000 adults ages 18 to 29 conducted between Nov. 23 and Dec. 3 has a margin of error of two percentage points.
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September 3, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
I find Martin Luther King Jr. an infuriating historical figure. Not because of anything the good doctor did in his lifetime, which was monumental and inspiring, but because of the way his mantle, image and aura have been appropriated so vapidly. Gun advocates cite him to further proliferate firearms. Advertisers employ his image to sell consumer goods. Pretty much everyone left, right and center appropriates his mantle to advocate whatever position they're hocking. Yet the uncomfortable truth about King is that he was a radical, widely reviled before his death for telling young...
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October 13, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Barack Obama's presidency has largely been defined by crisis. He entered the White House following an unprecedented economic meltdown, and events such as the BP oil spill, Hurricane Sandy and Syria's use of chemical weapons will be mere footnotes in the range of political, economic and natural disasters that have landed on his plate. However, the crisis which has defined his presidency and which will almost certainly come to define at least the next decade of American politics is the crisis within the Republican Party.
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January 3, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
In a span of four years, Christopher Ivan has gone from cautiously optimistic to downright pessimistic about the future of the country. The 26-year-old University of Chicago graduate student voted for Barack Obama and the idea of change in the 2008 presidential election. Since then, Ivan has criticized the president for not vigorously defending a major health care bill and appointing people who were affiliated with federal bailouts to various posts. Ivan also has joined the Occupy Chicago movement about economic inequality.
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June 25, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Have you ever been away on an extended trip? I'm not talking about months or year-long travel, just a vacation that's more than, say, ten days. Coming back home is like waking up from a minor coma. Here are six things I noticed when I finally got back to Chicago: 1) Stewart and Colbert did not suspend their shows. I have three weeks of Comedy Central fake news shows to catch up on, and if I could just make a quick quibble about the two best half-hours of comedy on TV: these guys always seem to go on vacation right when the rest of us are at our politico-escape...
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September 17, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Last week, Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose shed a much-publicized round of tears during the unveiling of his new Adidas shoe . On the mend from a season-ending knee injury, his return not scheduled until late in the 2012-13 NBA season, with know-nothing douche bags like me speculating that he will not be the same player, Rose said this during his highly emotional press conference: “It's truly a blessing. With all of the stuff that's going on in this city, a kid from Englewood has got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good.
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November 12, 2012 | Stephen Markley
I'm pissed that I did not write this column immediately after the election because now basically everyone on the internet has written it, but I'll try to add my unique take (which just means more potty words). I was never all that worried that Barack Obama would win re-election. Anyone who read Nate Silver's 538 blog for the New York Times could look at the polling averages and see that barring an improbable amount of statewide poll bias, Mitt Romney stood very little chance of winning.
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November 6, 2012 | Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley
RedEye columnist Stephen Markley sends thoughts, observations and musings from the rally in Chicago on election night. 11:07 p.m.:  We are now packed in even tighter, and I'm looking around hoping the Fire Marshall had his shit together when he was planning this. The body odor is especially acute because everyone has been jumping around, dancing and generally reveling. We await Mitt Romney's concession speech, mostly because we all want to hear Obama's speech and then go get drunk.
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November 2, 2012 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
People say Barack Obama is a lot of things. Some are questionable, some are outrageous, others are true. One thing he definitely is, though, is the president--a multifaceted gig, to say the least. A new art exhibit presented by the Chicago Loop Alliance from artist Rick Valicenti emphasizes the many archetypal roles that Obama plays as president, from "The Coach" to "The Neighbor" to "The Heartthrob. " The Thirst/3st display features 50 hybrid images of the president's mug integrated with other faces that embody specific highlighted qualities.
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October 31, 2012 | Stephen Markley
If this was not totally obvious to everyone who glances at this column from time to time, I'm endorsing Barack Obama for president. Now I will make you suffer through a column about why I will vote for a second Obama term and why you should too. First of all, voting for Obama over any Republican is a no-brainer simply because the Republican Party no longer has a foot left in anything resembling reality. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, their near-universal denialism regarding climate change is, by itself, disqualifying.
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October 3, 2012 | Stephen Markley
The presidential race has been turned upside down by a video “discovered” by the “journalists” at The Daily Caller, in which then-Senator Obama addresses a crowd in 2007 to speak about poverty in minority communities. Mitt Romney, you have your game-change moment. After you disregarded nearly half the country as parasites on the rumps of the wealthy in a secretly recorded video, the right-wing press managed to “unearth” this public speech by Obama made in front of thousands of students at Hampton University that totally reveals the president trying to incite a race war....
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September 17, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Last week, Bulls superstar point guard Derrick Rose shed a much-publicized round of tears during the unveiling of his new Adidas shoe . On the mend from a season-ending knee injury, his return not scheduled until late in the 2012-13 NBA season, with know-nothing douche bags like me speculating that he will not be the same player, Rose said this during his highly emotional press conference: “It's truly a blessing. With all of the stuff that's going on in this city, a kid from Englewood has got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good.
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October 3, 2012 | Stephen Markley
The presidential race has been turned upside down by a video “discovered” by the “journalists” at The Daily Caller, in which then-Senator Obama addresses a crowd in 2007 to speak about poverty in minority communities. Mitt Romney, you have your game-change moment. After you disregarded nearly half the country as parasites on the rumps of the wealthy in a secretly recorded video, the right-wing press managed to “unearth” this public speech by Obama made in front of thousands of students at Hampton University that totally reveals the president trying to incite a race war. Just read what...
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November 6, 2012 | Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley
RedEye columnist Stephen Markley sends thoughts, observations and musings from the rally in Chicago on election night. 11:07 p.m.:  We are now packed in even tighter, and I'm looking around hoping the Fire Marshall had his shit together when he was planning this. The body odor is especially acute because everyone has been jumping around, dancing and generally reveling. We await Mitt Romney's concession speech, mostly because we all want to hear Obama's speech and then go get drunk.
NEWS
June 25, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Have you ever been away on an extended trip? I'm not talking about months or year-long travel, just a vacation that's more than, say, ten days. Coming back home is like waking up from a minor coma. Here are six things I noticed when I finally got back to Chicago: 1) Stewart and Colbert did not suspend their shows. I have three weeks of Comedy Central fake news shows to catch up on, and if I could just make a quick quibble about the two best half-hours of comedy on TV: these guys always seem to go on vacation right when the rest of us are at our politico-escape craving zeniths, yet...
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June 8, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer and RedEye
Notorious potty-mouth and obscenity-mongerer Sarah Silverman is infamous for her role in urging people to elect her socialist idol Barack Obama in a 2008 video called “The Great Schlep,” but she's also chipped away at common American decency in her notably vile standup act and her propagandist Comedy Central show, “The Sarah Silverman Show.” This year, she'll further corrupt America's youth with the animated movie “Wreck-It Ralph” and...
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