* Walter Shapiro highlights the grim future that lies ahead for Joe Biden should he and Obama fall short in November.
* New Bridge to Nowhere discovered in New Hampshire.
* Rush Limbaugh has not shown his face in Chicago since Occupy Wall Streeters started protesting him. This would mean something if he was in Chicago.
* George W. Bush is being coaxed away from his Texas ranch long enough to visit the White House for the first time in two years for the the unveiling of his official portrait and to pick up some old Doobie Brothers records he left behind.
* Rahm Emanuel is "livid." Which, I suppose, counts as a news item.
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With today's news, only 994 left to go until we hit the magic number!
Coverage continues after the jump.
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Finally! After 22 years of same ol', same ol', new Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel promises dramatic change to the City That Works.
In a celebratory, multi-ethnic, pan-racial, comprehensively religious inauguration ceremony yesterday, he reminded the people of Chicago that with this historic transfer of power, he'd stay shiny and new despite the city’s rusty attitude…
"Some are sure to say, ‘This is the way we do things — we can't try something new’ or ‘Those are the rules — we can't change them.’ This is a prescription for failure that Chicago will not accept."
And what an about-face from preceding mayor Daley's first inauguration speech, given back when acid-washed jeans were cool (for the first time), this year's college grads were not yet born, and my sister and I did our Rob-and-Fab dance routine to my "Blame It on the Rain" cassette single.
Clips from Daley's 1989 speech, starting at about 1:30 in the video, reveal his attitude about Chicago politics…
"Business as usual is a prescription for failure. The old ways of doing things simply aren’t adequate."
I’m glad that Rahm has such a different take on this. Demonstrating his commitment to keep the waves of change rolling, he has already appointed Daley’s daughter to a cultural advisory committee.
Note from Dennis: I don't know if you've noticed, but we've been trying to get this post up since yesterday, but it kept getting broken for inexplicable (and maddening) reasons. Clearly, Mayor Emanuel already has his Chicago machine moving at full speed.
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I don't get it. Dan Sinker is getting all this press just for creating @MayorEmanuel, a fake Twitter account that tells the fantastical story of Rahm Emanuel's rise to control an ocean of infinite Chicagos, and my LiveJournal list of every anachronism from the ten-year run of Happy Days hasn't gotten a hit in two months. Where are people's priorities?
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Two Mayor Emanuels Enter, One Mayor Emanuel Leaves (with a Check for $5,000 for His Favorite Charity)
Dan Sinker — the Columbia College journalism professor who recently revealed himself as the man behind the fucking infamous @MayorEmanuel account on Twitter — survived a harrowing face-to-face encounter with the actual Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel yesterday afternoon…
(via The Daily What)
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