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Can't Pat Quinn Get Any Respect?

(3) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 6:22 PM

This post was originally published in Chicago Magazine.

Governor Pat Quinn is smart, well meaning, and as honest as Abe. Too bad he's become the Rodney Dangerfield of Illinois politics (and No. 70 on the Power 100 list).

Tuesday, January 8, dawned unseasonably mild...

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Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder Meeting: The Takeaway

(121) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 9:41 AM

OMAHA -- More than 30,000 roared when executive compensation consultants were called prostitutes. It was similar when libertarian former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan was caricatured as believing that any axe murder must be good if it occurs in a free market.

There was funny video featuring the cast of...

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Rahm Emanuel Discloses Campaign Funds, Leaving Little Doubt He's the Frontrunner

(230) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 9:35 AM

Chicago may be a flyover city for the elite in Los Angeles. But personal checks appear to be dropping from their Gulfstreams as they pass overhead -- and right into the coffers of Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel.

The former presidential chief of staff left scant doubt late Thursday that...

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This Week In Magazines: Helping the Ill with Robots and an Academic Classic - Gays and Coastal Resorts

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2009 | 10:04 PM

Goldman Sachs, poster child for the double-edge sword of mega-success, now finds that even an act of seeming charity brings rebuke.

The Oct. 30 The Week notes that Goldman boss Lloyd Blankfein "tried to pre-empt the angry backlash" over its $3.19 billion in third quarter profits and dispensing of...

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The Week in Magazines: Obama the "Self-Entangling Giant" and How to Have Sex During Dinner at a Restaurant

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 1:48 AM

No matter how much he might disdain the George W. Bush presidency, especially when it comes to misuse of executive branch power, Barack Obama may be a "self-entangling giant" who is going down the same perilous path argues no less an initial Obama sympathizer than journalist-historian Garry Wills in the...

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This Week In Magazines: Obama The "Self-Entangling Giant"

(1794) Comments | Posted September 27, 2009 | 9:38 PM

The following is an excerpt from a HuffPost blog entry by James Warren about topics featured in magazines this week. Click here to read his entire post.

No matter how much he might disdain the George W. Bush presidency, especially when it comes to misuse of executive branch power,...

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This Week in Magazines: Drive-Through Mastectomies and Glenn Beck Gives Us Some Tongue

(8) Comments | Posted September 20, 2009 | 10:55 PM

One doesn't quite associate Internet sex with the august and high-brow New York Review of Books. But the Sept. 24 issue at least gives us sex and the internet.

In "Men and Boys," we're quickly reminded that, "From antiquity to the present, nothing has given admirers of the Greeks so...

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This Week in Magazines: Armani on Newspapers, Traveling With a Purpose

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2009 | 10:29 PM

Hurrah! Giorgio Armani thinks newspapers are cool (sort of)!...A new magazine about traveling "with a purpose"...A melancholy look at Bosnia and the Dayton Accord...Time on work, Newsweek on Jamie Dimon and the New Yorker on last year's Wall Street debacle...And Consumer Reports tells us which store brands really do taste...

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This Week in Magazines: An Electric-Fuel-Trade Acid Test and the South Rises Against the New Yorker

(16) Comments | Posted September 7, 2009 | 1:12 PM

Those old, wicked animosities between New York City and Conway, Ark., are heating up.

Huh?

The latest issue of the Conway-based Oxford American, an engaging window on Southern writing and culture, takes after the famously Manhattan-based New Yorker for an August opus by Malcolm Gladwell in which he raised questions...

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This Week in Magazines: Jenny Sanford Exacts Revenge, Newsweek Provides Helpful Alien Advice

(33) Comments | Posted August 23, 2009 | 9:32 PM

Some jilted lovers don't get mad, they get even. Jenny Sanford, wife of the South Carolina governor, decided to get Anna Wintour.

"Notes on a Scandal" in the annual giant September issue of Vogue is the de facto national coming out of the spouse of Mark Sanford. And, ah, it's...

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This Week in Magazines: The 10 Best Cities for Chablis-Loving Kayakers, New Rules for Cannibals

(9) Comments | Posted August 16, 2009 | 11:13 PM

Months before we're inundated with distinctly avoidable year-end lists of best this and best that comes August Outside, proclaiming "The Best Places to Live."

No surprise, this bastion of the Chablis, Brie and kayak crowd doesn't go with Detroit, New York, Los Angeles or Chicago (where its main office resided,...

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This Week in Magazines: Why We Pay for a Stale Bagel, not Online News Content

(13) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 12:50 PM

The August 14 issue of The Week will deflate the male species far more than insurance lobbyists seek to puncture the Obama administration on health care reform. In sum, they're "no more attractive than their cavemen ancestors."

This is according to a little-known species of undetermined physical allure and charisma,...

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This Week in Magazines: Two Different Ways of Remembering Michael

(19) Comments | Posted August 2, 2009 | 10:24 PM

Adoring Michael Jackson fans, and their many journalistic enablers, will gag over a stinging critique, "Michael," in the Aug. 13 New York Review of Books, a high-brow publication not likely to be found by their beds. They'll have to seek comfort, instead, in a reverential September Ebony, with the...

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This Week in Magazines: If Your Yoga Class Mandates Bowing 3,000 Times During the Night, Consider Tennis or Golf

(5) Comments | Posted July 26, 2009 | 11:06 PM

If you're into yoga, you might want to skip "Body, Brain and Wallet" in the Aug. 3 Forbes.

The business magazine gives ample space to allegations contained in a lawsuit brought against Dahn Yoga & Health Centers, an Arizona-based chain of 139 yoga centers, by 27 former customers...

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This Week in Magazines: Vanity Fair Tries to Figure Out Symbols of the New Sophistication

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2009 | 4:25 PM

Our adoration of economists is a vivid reminder of the frequent gulf between fame and performance; in this case generally dismal performance.

So last week the Wall Street Journal informed us about all the economists who are stars of the blogosphere, generating gazillions of page views as they generally...

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Christiane Amanpour's Sexy Harper's Bazaar Makeover: A Sneak Peek (PHOTOS)

(214) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 4:02 PM

The allure of Christiane Amanpour has always been intertwined with no-frills attire in sync with the mostly dour and dangerous locales from which she reports.

Now comes Amanpour, CNN doyenne of haute couture.

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(Photo credit: Martin Schoeller)

August Harper's Bazaar includes...

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This Week in Magazines: Eric Holder Mulls Investigating Alleged Bush-Era Torture

(0) Comments | Posted July 12, 2009 | 4:55 PM

Let's call it survival of the feeblest.

Just as one shouldn't be shocked if Dick Cheney did order the CIA to hide a secret intelligence project, don't do a double-take if Cheney's generation openly approves of online dating. In fact, an academic paper on the latter may be more...

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This Week in Magazines: The Bull (Moose) in the Obama China Shop

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2009 | 5:10 PM

Sheila Bair is a Bull Moose in the China shop of the Obama administration's economic team, suggests July 6-July 13 New Yorker as it examines internal tensions over regulatory reform in "The Contrarian."

Ryan Lizza profiles the boss of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, a Republican moderate from Kansas...

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This Week in Magazines: An Homage to Awful State Legislators

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2009 | 8:10 PM

Citizens across America, especially New York and Illinois, must read the July Texas Monthly so they can be reassured that their state legislators aren't the biggest idiots. 

For the 19th time, the arguably best regional magazine unveils its annual"The Best and Worst Legislators." This will give instant...

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This Week in Magazines: Bernie, Blago and Betrayal

(9) Comments | Posted June 14, 2009 | 6:46 PM

This may be a golden era of betrayal. Bernie Madoff, Eliot Spitzer, Chris Brown, Rod Blagojevich, Alex Rodriguez and Mel Gibson are among the liars and cheats who've hurt their biggest fans and chums the most. It justifies July Town & Country's "How Could You?" a smart overview of being...

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