January 4, 2012 |
The electoral season kicked off Tuesday night with the Iowa caucus, but the primary race is far from over. With all the talk of South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, Chicagoans might be wondering where our presidential primary fits in. "The peak is really about a month before the election [but] it's starting up now," said Cook County Clerk David Orr, who added that his office is gearing up to send out reminders to political groups on regulations and deadlines. "I hope there will be significant enthusiasm.
April 30, 2012 |
President Obama poked fun at his Republican rivals at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, but didn't spare his own Secret Service, secretary of state or even his past indulgence of exotic cuisine as he delivered remarks before a crowd of Hollywood stars, political power brokers and journalists. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the event and doled out his own skewerings, but kept things relatively low key in comparison with 2011 host Seth Meyers' roastings. Check out some of their best quips from the night. Obama "Four years ago, I was locked in a brutal primary...
June 24, 2013 |
The collective freak-out over Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's data-mining techniques has been lead with howls of, “This is so '1984'!” and “I read '1984' in high school, and this seems very much like that minus the Orwellians (They were aliens, right?) threatening to have a rat eat the guy's face off. But I bet they'll do the rat-face thing next!” And I get that. I, too, would rather the government not tap my phone and then subsequently overhear all my great ideas for who should be in the new J.J. Abrams “Star Wars” movies (One casting call...
August 28, 2012 |
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...
December 11, 2012 |
The best part about the end of the presidential election other than the end of a presidential election is speculating about who will run in the next presidential election. In the wake of their sound defeat at the polls, the Republicans are especially interesting because everyone who will likely run is already running. The dynamics are just too interesting to not get into it, and I warn you, this little game I'm about to play is going to be intense and weird. By 2016 - in all likelihood - a popular two-term Democratic president will be retiring, and...