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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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ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2012 | By Julia Borcherts, For RedEye
EAT So bad it's good BadHappy Poutine Shop, 939 N. Orleans St. 312-890-2165 "Anything that makes you this happy is probably bad for you" is the tongue-in-cheek motto at this brand-new River North BYOB spot, which features gourmet poutines such as the Happy Face (frites with braised veal cheek, garlic curd, chicken-fried sweetbreads, kale and foie gras gravy, $10), house-ground burgers, shakes and more. Noon-10 p.m. Philly soul Monti's, 4757 N. Talman Ave. 773-942-6012 Philadelphia natives Jennifer Monti and husband James Gottwald serve up Philly-style ribeye cheesesteaks with celery-salted fries for $10.95 with varieties including - you guessed it - the Rocky, which packs a punch with hot peppers, grilled onions and provolone.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
Romney is red, Obama is blue Pick a side before Election night And choose where you view Those of you who can't stomach the idea of watching the election's results unfold next to someone from the opposite party are in luck: this year there will be both Republican and Democratic viewing parties in the Windy City. Members of Romney's camp can head to the Wit on Nov. 6. That's where the official Republican Party viewing event will be held--according to Chicago Young Republicans chair Angel Garcia, the event is sponsored by the Illinois Republican Party, Chicago Young Republicans, Chicago Republicans and Dan Rutherford, who is chair of the Romney campaign in Illinois.
NEWS
June 15, 2012 | Taylor Ervin and For RedEye
Nearly every weekend from now until September, at least one strip of Chicago's streets will be clogged as the Windy City's dozens of festivals take over the thoroughfares for the summer. Hot spots like Wicker Park will surrender their streets many more times, and for most of the city's residents, that's a great thing. McKinley Park resident Justin Kerr, however, isn't sold on the idea. It's not the festivals themselves that get the 42-year-old web developer's blood boiling. It's their so called suggested donations, which Kerr asserts are increasingly being treated as more of a mandatory entrance fee. "They channel you through these long lines, and everything is presented as if it's an admittance fee and that you have to pay. They are not being presented as suggested donations, and they are making people feel pressured or obliged to pay," Kerr said.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 6, 2012 | By Nikki Lynette, @nikkilynette and For RedEye
If someone would have walked up to Jay-Z on the day he started his rap career and said, "One day, the president of the United States will introduce you at your own music festival," I am sure Young Hov would not have believed it. Yet nobody seemed to find this surprise unusual when it happened in Philadelphia during Labor Day weekend. Well, except the angry folks who vented online about President Obama "hanging out with an ex-drug dealer. " Those folks seem to have forgotten that George H.W. Bush once invited the "original gangster," Eazy-E, to the White House for grub back in 1991.
NEWS
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.
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.
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Lately, a lot of hash has been made over Todd Aiken's remarks that “women's bodies have a way to shut that whole thing down” in reference to pregnancies that occur from rape. This has opened a whole Pandora's Box of tight-rope-walking comments from Republican candidates with Mitt Romney fumbling towards an exception for cases of rape and the Republican platform vowing to outlaw abortion with no exceptions. Witness Republican senatorial candidate Tom Smith of Pennsylvania, currently facing an uphill battle against incumbent Bob Casey, botch this question from a reporter: ASSOCIATED PRESS: How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2012 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) When Nancy (Kate Winslet) vomits all over Penelope's (Jodie Foster) coffee table art books midway into the darkly funny “Carnage,” it's not the last time something comes up that can't be suppressed anymore. This big-screen adaptation of the hit play “God of Carnage,” in which two couples (Foster and John C. Reilly/Winslet and Christoph Waltz) discuss one of their sons attacking the other with a stick, exclusively features characters that have been dying for an opportunity to say everything that's been bubbling inside them.
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