These Reporters Today . . .

Despite all the complaining, we’re in a golden age of political and policy coverage.

Don’t Throw Me in that Briar Patch!

Trump and company have a cartoonish view of immigration policy.

Jussie Smollett Charges Dropped for No Apparent Reason

One of the most bizarre cases in recent memory gets . . . much more bizarre.

Top Contender To Replace John Kelly Takes His Name Out Of Contention

President Trump’s first choice to replace John Kelly as Chief of Staff turned the job down, leading one to wonder why anyone would want the job.

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Donald Trump And The Incredible Disappearing Caravan

Now that the election is over, President Trump and his sycophants in the right-wing media seem to have completely forgotten about the “invading” “caravan” of Central American asylum seekers.

Chicago Cop Convicted Of Second-Degree Murder In 2014 Shooting

Nearly four years after the fact, a Chicago Police Officer has been found guilty of murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Rahm Emanuel Surprises Chicago By Dropping Out Of 2019 Re-Election Bid

Chicago won’t have Rahm Emanuel to kick around anymore.

Federal Judge Blocks Dept. Of Justice Policy Withholding Funds From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

A Federal Judge has blocked enforcement of a Dept. of Justice policy purporting to block funding to so-called ‘sanctuary cities.’

Chicago To File Suit Against Trump’s War On So-Called “Sanctuary Cities”

Chicago is joining the growing list of jurisdictions challenging the Administration’s policy on sanctuary cities.

Reince Priebus Is Out As White House Chief Of Staff, But The Chaos Is Likely To Continue

In another major change announced via Twitter, late yesterday President Trump announced he’d hired a new Chief of Staff, but changes at the staff level aren’t going to fix what’s really wrong with the Trump Administration.

Justice Department Opens Investigation Of Chicago Police Department

The Justice Department has launched a widespread investigation into the operation of the Chicago Police Department in the wake of the murder of LaQuan McDonald.

Police Shooting In Chicago Beginning To Have A Political Impact

The October 2014 shooting of 17 year old LaQuan McDonald is beginning to have a political impact in Chicago and could have national political implications as well.

Chicago Cop Charged With First-Degree Murder In 2014 Death Of 17 Year-Old African-American Male

A Chicago Police Officer has been charged with murder in the death of a 17 year old African-American male that, from the evidence that has been released, seems completely unjustifiable.

Rahm Emanuel 2016?

Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a 2016 presidential run. It’s a thin report.

Chicago’s Very Well Paid Teachers Go On Strike, Abandoning 400,000 Students

Largely because they are resisting efforts to hold them accountable for their performance, Chicago’s teachers are leaving 400,000 students locked out of school.

Would Obama’s Re-Election End Polarization And Gridlock In Washington?

The President and his supporters say that Congressional Republicans will temper their rhetoric in a second Obama term. Don’t count on it.

A Bipolar Night At The Democratic Convention

Depending on what time you watched any of last night’s proceedings in Charlotte, you got a very different experience.

Obama’s Rove

The front page of Sunday’s NYT profiled Valerie Jarrett, the power behind the throne at the Obama White House.

Chick-Fil-A, Amazon.com, And Tolerating The Opinions Of Those Who Disagree With You

Sometimes, we just ought to accept the fact that people have disagreements when it comes to hot-button social issues.

Chicago Alderman: No Building Permits For Chick-Fil-A

One Chicago politician is using clearly unconstitutional tactics in the political war on Chick-fil-A

Romney Campaign Tries To Change Subject, Goes On Offensive

The Romney campaign is trying to shift the narrative.

In Defense Of Chris Christie And Rahm Emanuel

Chris Christie and Rahm Emanuel are being criticized for the brusque manner they handled questions about their children’s education.

Hyatt Turns Heat Lamps on Strikers

Workers picketing a Chicago Hyatt hotel yesterday got an unpleasant surprise: Heat lamps.

Tammy Duckworth Leaving VA, May Run for Congress

Tammy Duckworth has resigned as Veterans Affairs assistant secretary and may make another bid for Congress.

Obama Reiterates Statements On Israeli-Palestinian Talks In AIPAC Speech

President Obama doubled down in his speech before this year’s AIPAC conference. Why he did so only he understands.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

The Big Bird Flips Big Bird Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Rahm Emanuel Back on Ballot

The Illinois Supreme Court has issued a partial stay, keeping Rahm Emanuel on the ballot for Chicago mayor.

Appeals Court Tosses Rahm Emanuel Off Chicago Ballot

The Illinois Appellate Court has tossed mayoral frontrunner Rahm Emanuel off the ballot, saying he didn’t meet residency requirements.

Midterm Grades: Barack Obama

Time for midterms.

Daley Pick As Chief Of Staff A Sign Of A New White House?

President Obama’s selection of Bill Daley as Chief of Staff is being seen as a sign that the White House is moving to the center and gearing up for 2012.

Minor Reshuffling of Obama’s Staff is Major News?

Why is the press gushing over routine movement in White House team?

Carol Moseley Braun Next Chicago Mayor?

Chicago’s next mayor will be either Rahm Emanuel or Carol Moseley Braun.