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David Sirota, a member of the Denver Jewish community, is a nationally syndicated columnist and author.

Rahm Emanuel two-faced on city pensions

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. The system is included in the city’s budget, it is directly funded by the city, and its various boards of trustees include city officials and mayoral appointees.

Yet when it comes to enforcing the city’s anti-corruption laws in advance of the Chicago’s closely watched 2015 municipal election, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is suddenly arguing that the pension funds are not part of the city government at all.

The counterintuitive declaration came last month from the mayor-appointed ethics commission, responding to Chicago aldermen’s request for an investigation of campaign contributions to Emanuel from the financial industry.

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States redistribute the wealth

IN 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama was lambasted for supposedly endorsing policies of wealth redistribution. The right feared that under an Obama presidency, Washington would use federal power to take money from some Americans and give it to others. Yet, only a few years later, the most explicit examples of such redistribution are happening in the states, and often at the urging of Republicans. The most illustrative example began in 2012, when Kansas’ Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a ...
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Should the GOP look forward to 2016?

THE DRAMATIC, across-the-board victory engineered by Republicans in the Nov. 4 elections would seem to bode well for the party’s chance to capture the White House in 2016. The GOP took full control of Congress, flipped at least four governor’s offices from blue to red, and prompted much talk of a resurgent Republican movement. Not so fast. A more careful look at the returns significantly complicates the narrative that an American electorate, which recently tilted Democratic, has since shift...
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Big Brother is here...literally

Why did Bradley Cooper and Jessica Alba fail to record a tip when they paid their cabbies during New York City taxi rides back in 2013? Why was Cooper near a Mediterranean restaurant in Greenwich Village? Why was Alba at a ritzy hotel in Soho? We don’t know the answers, but we do know exactly when and where the movie stars were going. And we know all of this not from some special government sting operation but from publicly available data about millions of people’s movements throughout New ...
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Why isn’t economic inequality a bigger issue?

IF critics of income inequality are wondering why the growing gap between rich and poor hasn’t been a more potent political issue in the upcoming elections, a new study offers some answers: Americans grossly underestimate this inequality. That’s one of the key findings of a survey showing the gap between CEO and average worker pay in America is more than 10 times larger than the typical American perceives. In the report, Harvard University and Chulalongkorn University researchers analyzed ...
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Greet Muslim visitors with Israeli flag, Texas lawmaker tells staff

Ron Kampeas Ask Muslims to renounce terrorism and swear allegiance to the United States, too, the state rep. instructed. ... [Link]

Iran sanctions bill advances

Ron Kampeas A key Senate committee moved the measure to the full Senate, but it won’t be considered by the body until March 24 at the earliest. ... [Link]

Alberto Nisman laid to rest where AMIA victims are buried

Ben Sales The prosecutor in the AMIA Jewish center bombing was buried in the “Martyrs Section” of the main Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires. ... [Link]

Morgan Davidson makes good on vow to grandmother

Julie Wiener The Californian’s Ambassadors for Hope Club has raised over $8,000 for cancer-related causes. ... [Link]

Tom Brady has a menorah

Gabe Friedman Why does a non-Jewish football player display the Hanukkah candelabra in his home? ... [Link]

New documentary traces Larry Kramer’s righteous anger

Anthony Weiss At Sundance, a documentary on writer and AIDS activist Larry Kramer explores his epic struggle, warts and all, to force the world to see a crisis before its eyes. ... [Link]

In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

Anthony Weiss Comedian Sarah Silverman offers a raw portrayal of depression and displays her talent as an actress in “I Smile Back.” ... [Link]

Hebrew charter school to open in Minneapolis-St. Paul

Julie Wiener The Agamim Classical Academy will focus on both the Hebrew language and classical instruction, a pedagogical approach “that emphasizes grammar, rhetoric and logic.” ... [Link]

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