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January 24, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Many have noted the unabashed liberalness of Obama's second inauguration speech, while conservatives are sending death threats to poor John Dickerson of Slate for suggesting that Obama must now go to war with Republicans if he wants any hope of advancing an ambitious second term agenda that supposedly includes gun control, climate change, and immigration reform. The fundamental problem being that the House Republicans have no interest in any of these issues and the Democrats do not have a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate anyway.
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December 2, 2013 | Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Anjanette Albert doesn't walk on the stretch of 111th Street where her son was murdered on his way home from Fenger Academy High School in 2009. It's just too hard. Four years have passed since 16-year-old sophomore Derrion Albert was bludgeoned to death, kicked and hit with fists and wooden planks. Video posted online captured each horrific blow he suffered in that street fight. The brutality stunned the whole nation. “It's been bad. It's been real bad,” she said, fighting back tears.
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October 30, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Some might think Hollywood is one vast stretch of liberal-leaning actors, singers and power-brokers. But RedEye turned up a few names of celebs who've supported conservative policies, parties or candidates to add to GOP mainstays such as Stephen Baldwin, Ben Stein - and, of course, former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Angie Harmon: The "Rizzoli and Isles" actress talked to talk show host Chelsea Handler last year about being Republican and having gay friends. Dennis Miller: Last month on his program, the comedian and radio host lent his support to Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.
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December 7, 2011 | By John Giokaris, For RedEye
Imagine if national politics were a Bears game. The Democratic Senate is the elusive running back, the Republican House of Representatives is the loud and brash wide receiver and President Obama is the quarterback who makes it all come together. They may not all get along in the locker room, but they're on the same team. And don't look now, but it's late in the fourth quarter and the home team is down by a touchdown. You thought the Bears had a hard time scoring 7 against Kansas City on Sunday?
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January 20, 2012 | By Ruthie Kott, RedEye special contributor
It was two days before DB Burkeman's sticker-history exhibit was set to debut, and there was still a lot to do. Burkeman, a London-born DJ, and his project manager of two days, Ned White, stood around plexiglass sheets, using a gummy tape to avoid damaging the delicate artwork and attaching dozens of Radiohead stickers, from the band's first album release in the early 1990s to today.  The Radiohead stickers are just a fraction of Burkeman's collection...
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February 1, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Chicagoans - along with the rest of the nation - took time to remember Don Cornelius, the honey-voiced host of "Soul Train," after reports of his death surfaced Wednesday morning. "Don Cornelius is a cultural artifact in America," said Che "Rhymefest" Smith, a Chicago-based musician and former aldermanic candidate. "He's also a pioneer of black television and the building of community through music. " Cornelius' impact, and the impact of "Soul Train," which got its start in a tiny WCIU studio in the Chicago Board of Trade building in 1970, was undeniable.
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April 5, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
"Magic City" pours a potent cocktail of celebrities, beautiful (nude) women, mobsters, handsome (semi-nude) men, politicians and FBI agents into at swank Miami Beach hotel in the late 1950s. Although you've tasted many of the ingredients before (in "The Sopranos," "Mad Men," "The Godfather" movies), creator Mitch Glazer mixes in enough new elements to keep things tasty. Throw in the exquisite sets, period cars, gorgeous costumes and generally fine acting, and "Magic City" ( 9 p.m. April 6, Starz; 3 stars )
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April 10, 2012 | By Jen Kim, For RedEye
Things that should be hot pink: fashion from the '80s, nail polish and hallucinations. Things that should not be hot pink: ground meat. This is common sense, right? It's one of those things that shouldn't ever be questioned - like the sanctity of a Chicago-style hot dog or the regret at not having invested in Apple stock when we had the chance. So you can imagine the shock most consumers felt when they discovered that their tasty fast food ground beef actually originated from a bright"pink slime"euphemistically called "lean finely textured beef.
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May 9, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
There's no one reason people join Occupy Chicago. Some have been political their whole lives; others were inspired by a cause or world event. The explanations you'll get from members often are as varied as the individuals themselves. Columbia College student Marcus Demery was visiting Chicago, covering the protests for a photography internship. Demery, 20, now of Hyde Park, said he found himself tearing up at the sights of people chanting and marching through downtown in October.
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July 23, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney, RedEye
When Ellen DeGeneres came out in 1997, advertisers including J.C. Penney pulled advertising from her sitcom to avoid controversy. Today, the talk show host is a spokeswoman for the retailer. Rich Ferraro, vice president of communications at GLADD, points to this evolution as an indicator that the country, and Hollywood, continues to evolve on LGBT issues - despite there not being an openly gay A-list movie star in Hollywood. "A few years ago people might not have believed that we would be living in a world today where popular musicians, actors and politicians are openly gay," he said.
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