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19 января, 23:22

A Glimpse Into Who President Trump Will Be

Want a glimpse into the inner workings of President Donald Trump's mind? Try a secret my family learned from 80 years of working with America's leaders from both parties -- look carefully at his Chief of Staff. We've seen time-and-again, in nearly every case, that if the chief of staff is a fine person, the same holds true for the politician. Our country's leaders tend to hire themselves as their chiefs of staff. This trait was clearly visible with Richard Nixon's less-than-public-service oriented H.R. Haldeman and apparent once more with George W. Bush's amicable Andrew Card. Of course, at times, there are deviations from this rule, particularly with multifaceted presidential personalities. Ronald Reagan had both no-nonsense Secretary James Baker and universally loved Senator Howard Baker. Barack Obama had audacious Rahm Emanuel and also supremely personable Denis McDonough. So what does President Trump's choice for White House Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, tell us? Priebus' extraordinary success in Washington as Chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) came through a conventional approach, and this suggests that Trump may run the White House in a far more universally accepted fashion than he did his campaign. If Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush had won the presidency and hired Priebus, it would have been lauded as a "major catch." Those who are concerned about a Trump Presidency may be pleased to learn of Priebus' deep human decency. He refers daily to three books on a podium next to his desk - his party's national platform, the Bible and his faith's (Greek Orthodoxy) Divine Liturgy. The leader of Priebus' faith, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, was the highest-ranking religious leader in America with the courage to answer the call of Martin Luther King during his march in Selma, Alabama. During World War II, the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece was unsurpassed in its public opposition to the Holocaust in the midst of the Nazi occupation. As Chairman, Priebus greatly modernized the RNC. He dramatically expanded the party's appeal among the growing demographic of minorities as well as with women and young people. He took the RNC out of the crippling debt he inherited and set fundraising records. While following conventional political strategies, he simultaneously brought in cutting-edge technology stewarded by the establishment of an office in Silicon Valley. Many aspects of his chairmanship even exceeded friends who previously held that position and went on to become Washington giants - like US Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole and former President George H.W. Bush. There is another important quality that Priebus possesses that has been tragically missing in Washington policymaking for some time. It is a quality that enabled Dole, H.W. Bush and their Democratic peers to make Washington function quite well. Priebus' decades long Wisconsin friend, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, highlighted the quality as he opened the 115th Congress. Ryan said, "If I had to sum up my approach, it would be, 'Agreement whenever possible, but at all times respect'.'' Does the Priebus selection suggest that Trump, contrary to the impression left with many by his campaign, understands that in the field of policymaking, respect for one's opponent is essential to progress? Seeing someone come to Washington with such extraordinary integrity, perspective and effectiveness moved us to write about Priebus more than once over the years that we have known him. His heritage seems to have blessed him with legendary Greek philotimo (doing the right thing) as well as German efficiency. His ability to handle the intoxication of Washington's power and prestige leaves little doubt in our minds that if this new Administration were to somehow move in dangerous directions, as some fear, Priebus would take a stand. As our country continues to charge through this profoundly dangerous, high-stakes period in history, tens-of-millions in America and hundreds-of-millions around the world wonder about a President Trump, about whom they really know very little. Perhaps Trump has followed the pattern of his predecessors and hired himself as his chief of staff. And perhaps Trump possesses among his characteristics these admirable qualities of Priebus. Time will tell. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

19 января, 13:09

Obama aides, full of emotion, get ready to turn out the lights

‘It doesn't fully hit you that it's over,’ said one recently departed alum.

19 января, 01:49

Trump key to political ambitions of many big-city mayors

The president-elect's agenda is a problem for many big-city mayors. It's also an opportunity.

19 января, 00:54

Dems jockey for big money control

Liberals raise concerns about efforts by Clinton enforcer David Brock.

17 января, 16:19

JOHN KASS: That violent Chicago police culture that shocks Loretta Lynch and Rahm Emanuel? It came…

JOHN KASS: That violent Chicago police culture that shocks Loretta Lynch and Rahm Emanuel? It came from Chicago’s corrupt Democratic machine: The Department of Justice report criticized the CPD for excessive force, lousy training and lax discipline. At the downtown news conference, many fine and earnest things were said by the politicos, and many flowery […]

17 января, 03:08

Remarks by the President Honoring the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs

East Room 1:40 P.M. EST   THE PRESIDENT:  They said this day would never come.  (Laughter and applause.)  Here is something none of my predecessors ever got a chance to say:  Welcome to the White House the World Series Champion, Chicago Cubs!  (Applause.)     Now, I know you guys would prefer to stand the whole time, but sit down.    I will say to the Cubs:  It took you long enough.  I mean, I’ve only got four days left.  You're just making it under the wire.  (Laughter.)     Now, listen, I made a lot of promises in 2008.  We’ve managed to fulfill a large number of them.  But even I was not crazy enough to suggest that during these eight years we would see the Cubs win the World Series.  But I did say that there's never been anything false about hope.  (Laughter and applause.)  Hope -- the audacity of hope.     PARTICIPANT:  Yes, we can!   THE PRESIDENT:  Yes, we can.      Now, listen, for those of you from Chicago who have known me a long time, it is no secret that there's a certain South Side team that has my loyalty.  For me, the drought hasn’t been as long.  We had the ’85 Bears; we had the the Bulls’ run in the ‘90s.  I’ve hosted the Blackhawks a number of times.  The White Sox did win just 11 years ago with Ozzie and Konerko and Buerhle.  So I can't claim that I have the same visceral joy of some in this White House.  (Laughter.)     But FLOTUS is a lifelong Cubs fan.  (Applause.)  And I will tell you, she had to go to another event, but in eight years that I've been here -- I told the team this -- in the eight years that I've been here, we've hosted at least 50 teams -- football, basketball, baseball, soccer, you name it -- Michelle has never come to a single event celebrating a champion until today.  (Applause.)  And she came and shook hands, and met with every one of these members of the Cubs organization, and told a story about what it meant for her to be able to see them win, because she remembers coming home from school and her dad would be watching a Cubs game, and the bond and the family, the meaning that the Cubs had for her in terms of connecting with her father and why it meant so much for her.  And I almost choked up listening to it.  And it spoke, I think, to how people feel about this organization, and that it's been passed on generation after generation, and it's more than sports.     And that is not just true for FLOTUS.  My longest-serving aide, Anita, is a Cubs fan.  (Applause.)  "Fan" is not enough.  When they won, the next day she said, this is the best day of my life.  ((Laughter.)  And I said, what about me winning the presidency?  What about your wedding day?  She's like, "No, this is the best."  My chief speechwriter, Cody Keenan -- (applause) -- Cubs fan.  In fact, there were a lot of sick days during the playoffs.  (Laughter.)  One of my staff members was caught being interviewed at a bar outside of Wrigley -- (laughter) -- and we're watching him being interviewed.  You remember?  And he's looking kind of sheepish about it.  It's like, why aren’t you in the office?  (Laughter.)     But, look, the truth is, there was a reason not just that people felt good about the Cubs winning.  There was something about this particular Cubs team winning that people felt good about.  For example, David Ross and I have something in common -- we’ve both been on a “year-long retirement party.”  (Laughter and applause.)  But unlike Grandpa, my team has not yet bought me a scooter with a motorized golf caddy.  But there are four days left -- maybe I'll get that.   The last time the Cubs won the World Series, Teddy Roosevelt was President.  Albert Einstein -- or was it Thomas Edison was still alive.  The first Cubs radio broadcast wouldn’t be for almost two decades.  We’ve been through World Wars, a Cold War, a Depression, space race, all manner of social and technological change.  But during that time, those decades were also marked by Phil Cavarretta and Ernie Banks; Billy Williams, who's here today -- (applause) -- Ron Santo; Ferg, Ryne Sandberg, Dawson, Maddux, Grace.  Those decades were punctuated by Lee Elia’s rants and Harry Caray’s exuberance; “Hey Hey,” and “Holy Cow,” and capped off by “Go Cubs Go.”   So the first thing that made this championship so special for so many is, is that the Cubs know what it's like to be loyal, and to persevere and to hope, and to suffer, and then keep on hoping.  And it’s a generational thing.  That's what you heard Michelle describing.  People all across the city remember the first time a parent took them to Wrigley, where memories of climbing into dad's lap to watch games on WGN -- and that’s part of the reason, by the way, why Michelle had invited -- made sure that José Cardenal was here, because that was her favorite player.  (Applause.)  And she was describing -- back then he had a big afro, and she was describing how she used to wear her hat over her afro the same way José did.   You could see all that love this season in the fans who traveled to their dads’ gravesites to listen to games on the radio; who wore their moms’ old jerseys to games; who covered the brick walls of Wrigley with love notes in chalk to departed fans whose lifelong faith was finally fulfilled.   None of this, of course, would have happened without the extraordinary contributions of the Ricketts family.  Tom met his wife, Cece, in the bleachers of Wrigley about 30 years ago -- which is about 30 years longer than most of relationships that begin there last.  (Laughter and applause.)  Our dear friend Laura Ricketts met her wife, Brooke, in the ballpark, as well.    Brothers and sisters -- they turned this team around by hiring what has to be one of the greatest, if not -- I mean, he's still pretty young, so we'll see how long he keeps on going -- the greatest general managers of all time, Theo Epstein -- (applause) -- and along with Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod.  They did just an unbelievable job.  Theo, as you know -- his job is to quench droughts.  86 years in Boston; 108 in Chicago.  He takes the reins of an organization that's wandering in the wilderness, he delivers them to the Promised Land.  I've talked to him about being DNC chair.  (Laughter and applause.)  But he decided wisely to stick to baseball.     That brings me to the other thing that was so special about this championship -- and that's just the guys behind me, the team.  They steamrolled the majors this year with a 103-win record.  All you had to know about this team was encapsulated in that one moment in Game 5, down three games to one, do or die, in front of the home fans when David Ross and Jon Lester turned to each other and said, “I love you, man."  And he said, "I love you, too.”  It was sort of like an Obama-Biden moment.  (Laughter.)     And then you've got the manager, Joe Maddon, who -- (applause) -- let's face it, there are not a lot of coaches or managers who are as cool as this guy.  Look how he looks right now.  (Applause.)  That's cool.  That's cool.  He used costume parties and his “Shaggin’ Wagon.”  (Laughter.)  So he's got -- just saying -- he's got a lot of tricks to motivate.  But he’s also a master of tactics, and makes the right move at the right time:  when to pinch hit, when to pinch run, when to make it rain -- (laughter) -- in Game 7 of the World Series.  It was masterful.  So he set the tone, but also some of the amazing players here set the tone.    My fellow “44” -- Anthony Rizzo, the heart of this team.  (Applause.)  Five years ago, he was a part of the squad that lost 101 games.  He stuck at it, and led the National League in All-Star votes this year.   His business partner in the “Bryzzo Souvenir Company,” which delivers baseballs to fans in all parts of the bleachers -- Kris Bryant.  (Applause.)  This guy had a good year.  (Laughter.)  You go from Rookie of the Year to being the MVP.  You win the World Series.  And then, like me, he marries up and comes to the White House.  And he did all this just in 10 days -- (laughter) -- when it took me a long time.  So, congratulations to the newlyweds, Jessica and Kris Bryant.  (Applause.)     And then you got these young guys like Baez and Russell.  (Applause.)   Baez turning tagging into an art form.  Russell becoming the youngest player to hit a World Series Grand Slam since Mickey Mantle.  (Applause.)  And you mix these amazing young talents with somebody like David Ross who, for example, helped Anthony out of his “glass case of emotions” in Game 7.  (Applause.)  But think about what Ross did in his final season:  Caught a no-hitter, surpassed 100 home runs for his career, including one in his last game ever.  If there was ever a way to go out, this was it.     And then you got Ben Zobrist, who didn’t get to come to the White House last year after winning it all with the Royals, but then hits .357 in the World Series, go-ahead RBI in the 10th inning of Game 7, World Series MVP.  I think he's earned his way here.  (Applause.)  And is apparently a good guy, because I asked his wife -- she was in line before he was -- and I said, has he gotten a big head since he got the whole MVP thing?  "No, he's so sweet, he's so humble."  You owe her dinner tonight.  (Laughter.)     Extraordinary pitching staff, including Kyle Hendricks, the first Cub to lead the majors in ERA since 1938.  (Applause.)  Kyle, in turn, was the only pitcher this year with a better ERA than Jon Lester, who racked up 19 wins.  (Applause.)  Good job. Jake Arrieta, 2015 Cy Young Award winner, stretched a 20-game win streak featuring two no-hitters across the past two seasons, then hit a home run in the NLDS, and won two games in the World Series.  So, apparently Pilates works.  Michelle says it does.  (Applause.)     And then, finally, the game itself and the Series itself.  To come back from a 3-1 deficit against a great Cleveland Indians team forced what is widely considered the Game 7 of all time.  Dexter Fowler becomes the first player to hit a leadoff home run in Game 7.  (Applause.)  Javy Baez hits another leadoff the fifth.  David Ross becomes the oldest player to knock one out in a Game 7, as well.  Kyle Schwarber, who's been hurt and hobbled, then suddenly he comes in and gets seven hits in the Series -- three in Game 7 alone.  (Applause.)     And then you've got the 10th inning, you've got the rain.  God finally feeling mercy on Cubs fans.  An entire game, an entire season, an entire century of hope and heartbreak all coming down to a one-inning sprint.  And then Zobrist knocked in one, Montero knocked in another.  Carl Edwards, Jr. and Mike Montgomery teamed up to shut the Indians down.     And then, at 12:47 a.m. Eastern Time, Bryant -- it looks like he's going to slip; everybody is getting a little stressed -- tosses a grounder to Rizzo; Rizzo gets the ball, slips it in his back pocket -- (laughter) -- which shows excellent situational awareness.  (Laughter and applause.)  And suddenly everything is changed.  No more black cats, billy goats, ghosts, flubbed grounders.  The Chicago Cubs are the champs.  And on ESPN, you've got Van Pelt saying, “one of the all-time great nights.”  You've got Tim Kurkjian calling it “the greatest night of baseball in the history of the game.”  Two days later, millions of people -- the largest gathering of Americans that I know of in Chicago.  And for a moment, our hometown becomes the very definition of joy.  So, in Chicago, I think it's fair to say you guys will be popular for a while.  (Laughter.)     But, in addition, they're also doing a lot of good work. Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester raised money to help others beat cancer like they did.  (Applause.)  Under the Ricketts Family’s leadership, last year alone, Cubs Charities supported charitable grants and donations of nearly $4 million that reached nearly 120,000 children and young adults across Chicagoland.  (Applause.)  Under their “Let’s Give” initiative, Cubs staff, coaches, players, and spouses donated more than 1,500 hours of service last year to the community.  And after their visit here today, they will head to Walter Reed to visit with some of our brave wounded warriors.  (Applause.)     So just to wrap up, today is, I think, our last official event -- isn't it? -- at the White House, under my presidency.  And it also happens to be a day that we celebrate one of the great Americans of all time, Martin Luther King, Jr.  And later, as soon as we're done here, Michelle and I are going to go over and do a service project, which is what we do every year to honor Dr. King.  And it is worth remembering -- because sometimes people wonder, well why are you spending time on sports, there's other stuff going on -- that throughout our history, sports has had this power to bring us together, even when the country is divided.  Sports has changed attitudes and culture in ways that seem subtle but that ultimately made us think differently about ourselves and who we were.  It is a game and it is celebration, but there's a direct line between Jackie Robinson and me standing here.  There's a direct line between people loving Ernie Banks, and then the city being able to come together and work together in one spirit.     I was in my hometown of Chicago on Tuesday, for my farewell address, and I said, sometimes it's not enough just to change the laws, you got to change hearts.  And sports has a way, sometimes, of changing hearts in a way that politics or business doesn’t.  And sometimes it's just a matter of us being able to escape and relax from the difficulties of our days, but sometimes it also speaks to something better in us.  And when you see this group of folks of different shades and different backgrounds, and coming from different communities and neighborhoods all across the country, and then playing as one team and playing the right way, and celebrating each other and being joyous in that, that tells us a little something about what America is and what America can be.   So it is entirely appropriate that we celebrate the Cubs today, here in this White House, on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday because it helps direct us in terms of what this country has been and what it can be in the future.   With that, one more time, let's congratulate the 2016 World Champion, Chicago Cubs!  (Applause.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  Talk about a tough act to follow.  Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you for inviting us.  We're all honored to be here today, and we appreciate you taking the time on such an important day, Martin Luther King Day, and during such a historic week, the last week of your distinguished presidency.   As told on my way in here, actually, by our club historian, it's actually not the first time this franchise has visited the White House.  It was 1888.  (Laughter.)  And we were known as the "Chicago White Stockings," and we stopped in here to visit President Grover Cleveland.  And apparently, the team demanded for a proclamation to be named the best baseball team in the country.  The President refused, and the team went on their way.  (Laughter.)  Here we are, we're going to make no such demands today.  (Laughter.)  But we appreciate those kind words.   The President was so kind to recognize our three Hall-of-Famers here with us today who are so synonymous with what it means to be a Cub -- Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg.  (Applause.)  And, of course, José Cardenal, who got the longest hug from the First Lady we've ever seen -- her favorite player of all time, you're the MVP today.  (Laughter.)     And I want to, one more time, recognize all of the Ricketts family who are here today.  Tom, who's been such an ideal leader for our organization.  Laura, who's been such a strong supporter of this President.  And, Todd, who will embark on his journey in public service with a significant role in the new administration next week.  And, Pete, who's busy governing Nebraska, couldn’t be here, but sends his best.     Finally, we'd like to recognize all of our wives and significant others who do so much to support us behind the scenes, our great "Front Office," who have worked so hard.  (Applause.)     So, Mr. President, as you alluded to in Cleveland on November 2nd, and into the early morning of November 3rd, this special group of players behind me, in one of the greatest World Series games in history, ended the longest championship drought in American sports.  And when Kris Bryant's throw settled into Anthony Rizzo's glove for the final out of Game 7, the victory brought pride, joy, relief and redemption to Cub fans everywhere, including many in the White House.  (Applause.)     So, many of you were there, but the city of Chicago erupted, unified into celebration that continues to this day.  It was a thrilling, emotional time, and we think we even saw some White Sox fans smiling -- (laughter) -- which, Mr. President, brings us to you.     THE PRESIDENT:  Yes.   MR. EPSTEIN:  We know you may have a certain allegiance to another team on the other side of town, but we know you're a very proud Chicagoan, and we know your better, wiser half, the First Lady -- (laughter) -- has been a life-long and very loyal Cub fan, which we appreciate very much.  And, of course, we have great faith in your intelligence, your common sense, your pragmatism, your ability to recognize a good thing when you see one.  (Laughter.)     So, Mr. President, with only a few days remaining in your tremendous presidency, we have taken the liberty here today of offering you a midnight pardon -- (laughter and applause) -- for all your indiscretions as a baseball fan.  And so we welcome you with open arms today into the Cubs family.  (Applause.)     To recognize this terrific conversion and this great day, we have some gifts for you and your family.  First, Anthony Rizzo has graciously agreed to share his number 44 with "The 44."  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  There we go!   MR. EPSTEIN:  And if you're still not comfortable putting a Cubs jersey on, this one just says Chicago, so you're good with that one.  (Applause.)     Second, we have -- at historic Wrigley Field, we have a centerfield scoreboard that's actually a historic landmark, and so we hope the National Park Service won't mind, but we took down a tile for you, number 44.  (Applause.)  Very few people have one of those.   THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, that's very cool.   MR. EPSTEIN:  We also wanted you to know that, as a new fan, you have some catching up to do.  (Laughter.)  And you've been busy the last eight years, and your family as well, so Laura Ricketts is here to present you with a lifetime pass to Wrigley Field for you and your family.  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  I love how it says, "Non-transferrable."  (Laughter.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  It's strictly -- it's just an emolument.   THE PRESIDENT:  Can you imagine if somebody walks up and is like -- (laughter) --    MS. RICKETTS:  You don’t have to bring it with you.     MR. EPSTEIN:  And finally, every time we win a game in Chicago, we fly the "W" flag, as you know.  So we brought one for you, signed by the entire team, and we'd love for you to fly it at your new library, which we plan to do our very best to support.  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  This is nice swag.  Thank you so much.  This is great.     MR. JENKINS:  You got to get him to put the uniform on.  (Laughter.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  It's just day one.  It's just day one.   THE PRESIDENT:  Fergie, we're doing okay so far.  (Laughter.)     MR. EPSTEIN:  So, Mr. President, thank you for the dignity and integrity with which you've served this country for the last eight years, for your tremendous service to Chicago and Illinois before that, and for hosting us here today.  We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you on Wrigley Field.  (Applause.)     THE PRESIDENT:  Well, everybody, thank you so much.  Let me say, first of all, best swag I've gotten as President represented right here.  (Laughter.)  And let me also say on behalf of a lot of folks here in the White House, you brought a lot of joy to a lot of people here, and we're grateful.  I know my former Chief of Staff, now mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel; folks like Dick Durbin, and we got a whole congressional delegation here; I see Lisa Madigan, my dear friend --- just a lot of people have been rooting for you for a long time.   So even though it will be hard for me, Fergie, to wear a jersey, do know that among Sox fans, I'm the Cubs number-one fan.  (Laughter and applause.) END   2:12 P.M. EST

13 января, 19:06

Chicago Police Routinely Violate Civil Rights, Withering Justice Department Probe Finds

CHICAGO ― The Chicago Police Department regularly violates citizens’ civil rights, routinely fails to hold officers accountable for misconduct and poorly trained officers at all levels, according to a sweeping Justice Department probe of the nation’s second-largest police department. The report examined not just the on-the-street actions of the police department, but its institutional practices like training, accountability and discipline: The city’s police shot at fleeing suspects who posed no immediate threat, failed to accurately document and review when officers used force and relied on training that is decades out of date.   The findings echo those of an April 2016 report released by Chicago’s then-new Police Accountability Task Force, which emphasized that the police department must face a “painful but necessary reckoning” that includes acknowledging its racist history and its consequent legacy of corruption and mistrust ― particularly between the department and the minority communities it polices. The DOJ also announced on Friday that it had reached an agreement with the city of Chicago to work on creating a court-enforceable plan to reform the department and address the issues aired in the report. Justice Department “pattern-or-practice” investigations do not focus on individual incidents, but rather on systemic police misconduct. Federal officials had been scrambling to complete the report before the President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated next week. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who will likely be confirmed at the 84th U.S. attorney general, is skeptical of DOJ’s police investigations, which were used extensively in the Obama administration. The DOJ report concluded a nearly 14-month investigation that was prompted by the November 2015 release of a dashcam video showing a police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times as he walked away from officers. The video showing Laquan McDonald’s death, which occurred in 2014, triggered protests of both Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his hand-picked police chief. The police were accused of keeping the video under wraps for more than a year at the behest of City Hall until Emanuel was successfully re-elected. Emanuel ultimately fired the city’s top cop, Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez lost her re-election bid the following year. Alvarez’s office was accused of favoring the police after waiting more than 13 months to bring murder charges against the white police officer who killed McDonald. Allegations of abuse, torture and corruption have dogged the CPD for nearly a century. The department was at the center of high-profile incidents like the violent clashes with anti-Vietnam War protesters at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, the 1969 killing of noted Black Panther leader Fred Hampton and the era of torture under former Police Commander Jon Burge. In more recent years, officers have come under scrutiny for the fatal shootings of unarmed black citizens in Chicago ― including Rekia Boyd, who was shot by an off-duty officer.  The misconduct and various civil rights violations have cost the city’s taxpayers millions over the decades. Since 2004 alone, Chicago has spent about $662 million on police misconduct, which includes settlements, judgments and legal fees, according to The Associated Press; settlements and other fees from the Burge-era cases alone tallied roughly $100 million. Kim Bellware reported from Chicago. Ryan J. Reilly reported from Washington. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

08 января, 15:09

Trump opposition sets up blue-state headquarters

California and New York emerge as centers of the Democratic resistance.

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08 января, 00:00

Obama Doesn't Let Russian Hacking Crisis Go to Waste

John Fund, National ReviewThe Obama Administration is leaving office much like the way it came in — by exploiting perceived crises.You never want a serious crisis to go to waste, Rahm Emanuel, Obama's just-named chief of staff, told a Wall Street Journal conference of top CEOs in November 2008 while his boss was still president-elect. Since then a slew of constitutionally dubious executive orders, presidential emergencies, and rushed legislation have characterized the Obama presidency. Now he is leaving office by issuing a blizzard of midnight regulations and edicts.One of the most troublesome came last Friday...

07 января, 16:30

JOHN KASS, IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: In Facebook torture, victim’s eyes terrify most. There’s a lo…

JOHN KASS, IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: In Facebook torture, victim’s eyes terrify most. There’s a lot to unpack from Chicago’s latest racial outrage, the Facebook Torture Case, and it’s ugly, so let’s get to it. You know the news. Four African-Americans were charged Thursday with hate crimes in the alleged kidnapping and torture of a […]

06 января, 01:14

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS: Shot: “It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, th…

CIVILIZATION AND ITS DISCONTENTS: Shot: “It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion*, just as effectively as by bombs.” —Kenneth Clark, script for [1969 BBC TV series] Civilisation. —“Almanac: Kenneth Clark on how civilizations commit suicide,” Terry Teachout, today. Chaser: Judge Edwin […]

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05 января, 18:34

Blood vs. Opportunity -- 3 Reasons Chicago Needs Conservatism

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrives for a panel discussion during the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton January 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Emanuel talked about his experience during the recent upsurge in violence Chicago during the discussion about reducing [...]

05 января, 06:00

THEY TOLD ME IF WE ELECTED TRUMP, RACIAL HATE CRIMES WOULD ABOUND. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Chicago Po…

THEY TOLD ME IF WE ELECTED TRUMP, RACIAL HATE CRIMES WOULD ABOUND. AND THEY WERE RIGHT! Chicago Police: 4 in custody after man tied up, tortured on Facebook Live. Chicago investigators are questioning four African-Americans after a Facebook Live video shows a group of people torturing a white mentally disabled man while someone yelled “F*** […]

05 января, 02:14

The Obama Final Report Card

President Obama delivers an address at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. In high school, like many Americans, I excelled in humanities subjects like English and History but found Math and Science much more difficult. I suspect President Obama was generally one of those humanities people, too. In the same vein, he has been a president with relative strengths and weaknesses -- strong on domestic social and economic issues but lackluster in the foreign policy department. After eight years of no scandal or major screw ups ("No drama Obama" was a campaign mantra), he passes the torch soon to his antithesis -- the 24/7 Drama Queen who is likely to undo much of Obama's legacy. Nonetheless, herewith is the final report card of POTUS Barack Obama, a good man who indisputably restored intelligence and integrity to the White House. The Economy -- A- Let's rewind the tape to September 2008, just two months before Obama was elected: the U.S. economy was on the precipice of an epic meltdown. Obama stepped into a tornado and calmly and confidently brought order to the chaos. Through bailouts, stimulus spending and a rescue of the failing auto industry, Obama set the economy back on the right course. Since then, a steadily improving job market with little inflation and low gas prices has allowed the U.S. to be the only developed economy to buffet the tempestuous global headwinds. Social Progress and Civil Rights -- A- Once again, the stellar student turned in an incredibly impressive performance. He was a little late to the party on gay marriage, but thanks to his VP buddy Joe Biden, the president finally did the right thing. He pursued progressive policies on family leave, overtime rules, the minimum wage and other socially responsible items and was largely successful. His signature social policy, which has been dubbed "Obamacare," was a good idea that wasn't executed flawlessly and is now exposed to GOP repeal. Foreign Policy -- C- This was the president's toughest subject and his record is mixed, at best. On the positive side of the ledger, he did not plunge our country into reckless adventures overseas like his witless predecessor, and he largely wound down the interminable wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And he impressively took down Osama bin Laden. But. During his tenure, Russia once again became ascendant and is now punching way above its weight class. Obama did little to check Putin's rise and his last-minute sanctions are a case of way too little, way too late. The President took a firm position with Iran, perhaps the most evil country on the planet, and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. In his zeal to negotiate a treaty before his tenure ended, Obama prematurely lifted economic sanctions that had just begun to cripple Iran and allowed them to use that money to sow more chaos in Syria. Like so many presidents before him, the Middle East proved bedeviling to Obama, and in his final days he took a bold step and attempted to apply pressure on Israel to stop allowing new settlements in the West Bank. This was another misguided last ditch effort that reeked of desperation. One wishes the president would have shown as much foreign policy backbone in his whole tenure that he tried to show in his last month in office. Democratic Party Building -- F The president leaves behind a decimated Democratic Party and as the leader of the donkeys for eight years, all blame stops at his doorstep. Entrusting his legacy to a flawed candidate like Hillary Clinton was a huge mistake in hindsight. Letting Rahm Emanuel go to Chicago to ruin his political career, proved calamitous on other fronts: since Rahm left Congress the Dems have been on a precipitous decline in winning legislative seats. And don't look now, but less than one third of the country's state houses are led by Democrats. A political bloodbath of epic proportions. In conclusion, President Obama's Report Card, while a mixed one, does not give POTUS and his family their due in improving America's standing both domestically and internationally -- after eight years of civility and ethical behavior, we are going to miss their class and dignity. Buckle your seat belts, here comes the incoming class of freshman and a new leader who will surely need to be graded very frequently. Let's hope he's a fast learner. Tom Allon is president of City & State, NY, and a former Liberal Party backed candidate for mayor of New York City. [email protected] -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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03 января, 15:12

RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: Chicago saw more 2016 murders than NYC, LA combined….

RAHM EMANUEL’S CHICAGO: Chicago saw more 2016 murders than NYC, LA combined.

03 января, 02:15

3 Killed, 27 Wounded As Chicago Opens 2017 With A String Of Murders

A few days ago we noted that 2016 marked Chicago's most violent year in 2 decades as homicides soared nearly 60% YoY and shootings spiked 46% (see "Chicago Violence Worst In 20 Years: 'Not Seen This Level Of Disrespect For Police Ever'").  And while many would like to hope that the 2016 violence was a temporary phenomenon, 2017 looks to be getting off to a similar start. As the Chicago Tribune points out, three people were killed and another 16 were shot and wounded just in the opening hours of the new year. Three people were killed and 16 others were wounded during the first six hours of the year as the city ended a year that brought levels of violence that had not been seen in the city since the 1990s.   In total, four people were killed and 24 other people were wounded in separate shootings from New Year's Eve to early Sunday.   Around 2:30 a.m. an unnamed man was shot by a Chicago police officer, authorities said at a news conference Sunday, about 12 hours after the shooting. They reported that a man led cops on a car chase and physically resisted once he was finally stopped. The man, who is in critical condition, was shot after a scuffle, police said.   About two hours later, two men were killed in the year's first fatal shooting, which took place at 4:25 a.m. Sunday in the 4600 block of North Broadway in the city's Uptown neighborhood on the North Side. Meanwhile, Trump acknowledged Chicago's bloody 2016 in a tweet posted earlier this morning criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his failure to curb the violence.  Of course, the reference to federal help is likely a retort to Emanuel's vow to have Chicago remain a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants even if it means losing federal funding under a Trump administration (see "Chicago And Boston Join Cali In Refusing Assistance To Trump's Deportation Efforts"). Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2017   Data from HeyJackAss! reveals that New Year's Day was the most violent day of the past month as a total of 30 people were shot, 3 of which died from their injuries.   And now that all the data from 2016 has been officially tallied, we find that a total 795 homicides and 4,378 shootings occurred during the year which equates to roughly 12 shootings and just over 2 homicides per day.   The 795 homicides recorded in 2016 marked a staggering 56% YoY increase.   Finally, as we reported throughout the year, the overwhelming majority of Chicago's violence occurred in the city's south and west side neighborhoods.

02 января, 21:27

Trump: Rahm Emanuel should seek federal help to stop Chicago violence

The city of Chicago had an especially violent 2016, and if its mayor, former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, can’t make the city safer, President-elect Donald Trump said he must seek the help of the federal government. The Chicago Police Department announced Sunday that there were 762 murders in the city in 2016 and 4,331 shooting victims. It was the most murders the city has had in 20 years and higher than the totals of New York City and Los Angeles, the only two American cities larger than Chicago, put together. Trump cited those statistics in a post to Twitter on Monday, criticizing Emanuel, an Obama ally who left the White House to run for mayor of Chicago in 2010.“Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can't do it he must ask for Federal help!” Trump wrote.Despite his past criticisms of Trump, Emanuel has spoken to and met with the president-elect, just as other big-city mayors have done. He used his face-to-face meeting with Trump last month to urge the president-elect and his staff to reconsider their hardline approach to illegal immigration. A spokesman for Emanuel said in a statement that the mayor was "heartened" to hear that Trump is taking an interest in crime prevention in Chicago."As the president-elect knows from his conversation with the mayor, we agree the federal government has a strong role to play in public safety by funding summer jobs and prevention programming for at-risk youth, by holding the criminals who break our gun laws accountable for their crimes, by passing meaningful gun laws, and by building on the partnerships our police have with federal law enforcement," Emanuel spokesman Adam Collins said in his statement. "We are heartened he is taking this issue seriously and look forward to working with the new administration on these important efforts."The city’s grisly 2016 crime statistics prompted a demonstration along downtown Chicago’s Michigan Avenue, with hundreds of protesters, including Jesse Jackson and Rev. Michael Pfleger, carrying crosses bearing the names of murder victims.President Obama is scheduled to deliver a farewell address from Chicago, his adopted hometown, later this month.

02 января, 17:42

Chicago records more homicides in 2016 than New York and LA combined

Trump tells Mayor Rahm Emanuel to seek federal help after city’s most violent year in two decades saw 762 killings and 1,100 more shooting incidents than 2015Donald Trump waded into the debate over Chicago’s soaring rates of murder and gun crime on Monday, telling the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, to seek federal help if he is unable to find a solution.The president-elected tweeted: “Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!” Continue reading...

30 декабря 2016, 12:50

Will Law Enforcement Support Trump's Immigration Plans?

The president-elect has pledged to deport millions of undocumented immigrants, but his proposals would require the cooperation of state and local authorities.

27 декабря 2016, 16:35

BLUE CITY BLUES: Chicago’s Bloody Christmas Weekend. Jim Geraghty: For all of our complainin…

BLUE CITY BLUES: Chicago’s Bloody Christmas Weekend. Jim Geraghty: For all of our complaining, every now and then the national media notices. The New York Times did a lengthy, in-depth piece in June — albeit one that mentioned Mayor Rahm Emanuel exactly once. Maybe there’s a hesitation to spotlight the ugly side of Chicago, or […]

21 марта 2016, 13:00

«Черный дом»: фильм о коррупции, запрещенный в США

Фильм «Черный дом», раскрывающий коррупционные схемы Госдепа США и лично Барака Обамы, был запрещен к показу как минимум на территории США. Однако картина все же стала доступна для массовой аудитории. По мнению изначально опубликовавшего его Дмитрия Пучкова, фильм должны посмотреть как за рубежом, так и в России. И для того, чтобы сделать картину более доступной, журнал «Политическая Россия» публикует фильм «Черный дом» с собственным дублированным переводом.