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November 20, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
After attending the infamous "Oops" Republican debate in Michigan, I've come to two conclusions: First, President Obama will win a second term, and second, I'm going to need a left eyebrow transplant after raising it so many times in what I call "confusiohorror. " As I watched from the media filing center in an auxiliary basketball court, I was struck by just how divorced the rhetoric espoused by that collection of losers and half-wits was from the reality of the challenges we face - those still screamed in the streets by the evicted Occupy movement.
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February 11, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) After my “RoboCop” screening, one moviegoer commented that he preferred the remake to the 1987 original. That makes two of us. Where its lighter yet more violent predecessor let straightforward revenge dominate the story, the new, PG-13 “RoboCop” thinks and feels. It has a lot more setup - the movie is practically all middle - but added payoffs too. While exciting at times, this is an action movie in search of more than a body count. Leave your bloodlust at home.
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March 6, 2012 | By John Giokaris, For RedEye
Psst! Hey, you! Look over your shoulder. Now move somewhere out of sight of the boss and bring your voice down to a whisper, OK? I want to talk politics. Seriously, people. It's the day after Super Tuesday, and the Illinois primary is less than two weeks away. As a story in Tuesday's RedEye pointed out, it's only natural to want to say something about this year's political hoopla to the people you work with for eight hours a day. RELATED: Religion, sex and... So why do so many people avoid those conversations altogether - lumping in politics with taboo topics such as...
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March 27, 2013 | Stephen Markley
I've been mulling over a recent column by Gawker's Hamilton Nolan in which he excoriates politicians and pundits over their cowardice. He uses the examples of Democratic and liberal support in the lead-up to the Iraq war (Here on its tenth birthday! Happy birthday, colossal strategic blunder and waste of human life and treasure!) and the decades-long refusal of left-leaning politicians to support gay marriage. The calculation of politicians makes for an easy target, and in the case of the Iraq war, I could not agree more.
SPORTS
May 15, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
Doesn't it seem like we were just going through this? Other than a couple of surprises during these campaigns, it's been basically the same as always. The constant competition between two sides made to seem like it is life-or-death jammed down our throats. The thing that really gets me is between the two sides, there is so much in common. I mean, in the end, we all come from the same place. We share so many values, opinions, even tastes in food. We share pride in where we come from and who we are. But this one small choice of whom we side with turns us into hate-filled, name-calling monsters.
SPORTS
April 10, 2012 | By Matt Lindner, For RedEye
Let's get something out of the way real quick - sports, in the grand scheme of things, do not matter. They're a welcome diversion from life's trials and tribulations, sure. But while you might think your life would change forever if the Cubs were to win the World Series tomorrow, it wouldn't. You wouldn't suddenly be better-looking, better at your job or have fewer bills to pay. You'd simply be happy for a couple of days. Which brings us to the topic du jour of the sports world: Ozzie Guillen, a prominent figure in the world of sports (which - again - don't...
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October 3, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
True story: I didn't know crap about politics until 2004. During the 2000 election, I was a newly minted high school sophomore strictly focused on football and getting laid as soon as possible. Buckling down on the political coverage, I found myself completely bored and/or overwhelmed by the whole thing, especially the debates. Now, there might be some of you out there that are currently in the same boat I was back then. Listen, this stuff isn't easy, but it is important. I'm not going to talk down and scold you for not being aware...
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March 5, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
Election season has a lot in common with the Oscars: It goes on too long, there's plenty of campaigning, and we're sick of the whole thing by the time the winners are announced. But until November, just try to escape politics. They'll be on TV, in the paper and probably, if you're like many Chicagoans, at work. It's Super Tuesday - the day states including Massachusetts, Georgia, Ohio and Vermont cast their presidential primary ballots - and the presidential election season is running hot and heavy.
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January 15, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will join journalists and policymakers for a discussion about guns hosted by the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Tuesday night called "The Politics of Guns in America. " The university's Institute of Politics, directed by political adviser and U. of C. alum David Axelrod, event is a response to last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn. The panel will be moderated by NBC correspondent Tom Brokaw, who is an avid hunter, and will include Mayor Emanuel; Steve Chapman, editorial writer for the Chicago...
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December 7, 2011 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Jeremy Scheuch's has one addition he wants to make to the tattoo on his right thigh, where a Chicago style hot dog, a wad of cash and a banner style Chicago flag are inked around prominent portrait of former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich. After he heard Wednesday's news that Blagojevich will be behind bars for 14 years on federal corruption convictions, he said he'll add a tiny teardrop under the convicted politician's eye. "I think you actually have to cut somebody in prison to get a teardrop, but hey, you never know," he said of the tattoo, which he...
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March 7, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) “I know nothing about Chilean politics. I assume it has nothing to do with me. What, Gael Garcia Bernal is in it? Tell me more.” - Your possible initial impression of the drama “No.” “No,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2013 Oscars, is anything but inaccessible. In the film, based on the true story of the 1988 public vote on whether to keep Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, many of the “no” votes come from young people, mid-level employees and major celebrities.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | Stephen Markley
It may be impossible to write a drama about politics that doesn't come off as ham-handed, over-the-top, and laughable. This is probably because actual politics reverberate with mundane news-cycle non-events, punctuated by overseas disasters and domestic high school snippiness and gossip-mongering. Politics is too stultifying to actually dramatize for film or television. This is probably why the Netflix original series “House of Cards,” which my roommate and I just finished watching, doesn't even bother to be anything other than a satisfying,...
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February 20, 2013 | Stephen Markley
President Barack Hussein Obama came to Chicago last Friday to give a speech at Hyde Park Academy on the South Side, and I went to write about it. Technically, this was my third time seeing the president speak live after making it to election night rallies in both '08 and '12, but during this speech I would not have to fight the teeming hordes of Obamabots, which can consist of the sharp elbows of old Jewish ladies, 400-pound linebacker-looking dudes...
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January 15, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will join journalists and policymakers for a discussion about guns hosted by the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Tuesday night called "The Politics of Guns in America. " The university's Institute of Politics, directed by political adviser and U. of C. alum David Axelrod, event is a response to last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn. The panel will be moderated by NBC correspondent Tom Brokaw, who is an avid hunter, and will include Mayor Emanuel; Steve Chapman, editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune;...
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January 8, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Last week I wrote a post called " The N-Word and Quinten Tarantino's Greatest Film " and subsequently that night appeared on Vocalo Radio , part of Chicago Public Media, to talk it over. Host Jesse Menendez and I had a really interesting discussion about both "Django Unchained" and the the politics of Tarantino's subversive film. Since this appearance, I've thought of about eighty things I'd want to add (totally the whole Costanza-trying-to-eat-too-much-shrimp-again kinda thing)
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November 27, 2012 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going back to school this week--to his alma mater Northwestern University, where he received a master's degree in speech and communications in 1985. On Wednesday, Emanuel will deliver his "Chicago Politics and the 2012 Election" speech at 4:30 p.m. in the Ryan Family Auditorium at Northwestern's Technological Institute in Evanston. The mayor's speech is part of One Book One Northwestern, an annual campus-wide reading program that encourages incoming Northwestern students to read a book chosen by a faculty committee.
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January 8, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Last week I wrote a post called " The N-Word and Quinten Tarantino's Greatest Film " and subsequently that night appeared on Vocalo Radio , part of Chicago Public Media, to talk it over. Host Jesse Menendez and I had a really interesting discussion about both "Django Unchained" and the the politics of Tarantino's subversive film. Since this appearance, I've thought of about eighty things I'd want to add (totally the whole Costanza-trying-to-eat-too-much-shrimp-again kinda thing)
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | Stephen Markley
It may be impossible to write a drama about politics that doesn't come off as ham-handed, over-the-top, and laughable. This is probably because actual politics reverberate with mundane news-cycle non-events, punctuated by overseas disasters and domestic high school snippiness and gossip-mongering. Politics is too stultifying to actually dramatize for film or television. This is probably why the Netflix original series “House of Cards,” which my roommate and I just finished watching, doesn't even bother to be anything other than a satisfying, cliché-riddled soap opera.
NEWS
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 11, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
Now that the 2012 election is over, Fox News is licking its wounds, and our radical, socialist, Islamic, ineffectual tyrant president has won a historic second term, I have one suggestion for Illinois Democrats: Start printing the "Draft Michelle Obama" T-shirts now. Standing with my pit stains and aching back at McCormick Place on Tuesday night, it struck me that the loudest applause line from President Obama's terrific speech was the shout-out to...
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