Updated 11:51 am CDT, Tuesday, April 16, 2019 FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Obama's foundation collected contributions of more than $1 million from 11 firms and individuals in the first three months of 2019, records show. The Obama Foundation's donor list, which is updated quarterly, included the AT&T Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation on Monday, along with other family trusts and foundations. The list also included foreign investors like Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, who is chief executive of AirAsia, and Rumi Verjee, who is a member of the British House of Lords. less FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama, right, and former first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the first session of the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago. Obama's foundation ... more … [Read more...] about Obama Foundation draws high-dollar, international donations
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Former President Barack Obama praised House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday as an “extraordinary partner” who will be remembered as “one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country’s ever seen.” During a live taping of David Axelrod’s “The Axe Files” podcast at the University of Chicago, Obama praised Pelosi’s three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust approach to politics and legislating, saying Pelosi cares less about “performance art” and more about the “nuts and bolts” and “the blocking and tackling involved in actually getting things across the finish line.”“I think Nancy Pelosi, when the history is written, will go down as one of the most effective legislative leaders that this country’s ever seen,” Obama added. Pelosi helped Obama ram through Obamacare with her legislative savvy, and Obama made his remarks as Pelosi is trying to regain her Speakership … [Read more...] about Obama Praises Pelosi: ‘One of the Most Effective Legislative Leaders’ Ever
Michelle Obama will be traveling across the country this fall for a limited series of live events in support of her highly anticipated memoir, BECOMING. The 10-city book tour includes a stop in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 29 at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, September 21 at 10 a.m. The live event will feature an intimate conversation between the former First Lady and a to-be-announced moderator that reflects upon the many stories shared in her deeply personal book. From her early childhood living in the South Side of Chicago to her years spent in the White House, attendees will hear first-hand about the many experiences that helped shape Michelle Obama’s extraordinary journey. “I hope that this tour will inspire others to reflect upon and share their own stories—all the joys and sorrows, all the scars and renewals—so that together, we can better recognize that each of us, in our own way, is in a … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama’s 10-city book tour includes a stop in Philly
CHICAGO — Another Daley wants to be mayor of Chicago. Former White House chief of staff William "Bill" Daley said Monday he's running for the seat previously held by his brother, Richard M. Daley, and his father Richard J. Daley. The announcement follows Mayor Rahm Emanuel's surprise decision not to seek a third term in 2019. Daley says: "I love this city." He says while there is much to celebrate about Chicago, the nation's third-largest city faces serious issues including crime and troubled finances. Daley says he'll fight for "safe, strong, affordable neighborhoods." The 70-year-old was Commerce Secretary under President Bill Clinton and succeeded Emanuel as President Barack Obama's chief of staff. More than a dozen people have said they're running in the Feb. 26 election, and others could still jump in. … [Read more...] about Bill Daley says he’s running for Chicago mayor in 2019
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, he will not seek a third term in office at a press conference on the 5th floor at City Hall in Chicago. (Stacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune via AP) ‘It’s the Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street,” wrote columnist John Kass. In case the references are unclear, whether because high schools haven’t been assigning the William Golding novel in the last few decades or because out-of-towners unaccountably don’t realize that Chicago’s City Hall front is on LaSalle Street, Kass was writing about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement that he won’t run for a third term next February. Should readers from outside Chicagoland care? Yes, because Emanuel’s surprise exit is a sign of the unworkability of policies that will go national if Resistance Democrats oust Donald Trump, and indeed of some policies embraced by Trump as well. Emanuel will be leaving office as a frustrated and … [Read more...] about Michael Barone: If Democrats can’t run Chicago, can they run anything?