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Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, Koran and Tax Cuts

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AAPolitical Slugfest

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Richard Daley’s announcement that he won’t be seeking re-election next year, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has made no secret about his desire to be Chicago mayor, telling Charlie Rose in April that it’s “always been an aspiration of mine.” And he did nothing to tamp down the speculation when he released this statement yesterday: "While Mayor Daley surprised me today with his decision to not run for reelection, I have never been surprised by his leadership, dedication and tireless work on behalf of the city and the people of Chicago." If Rahm wanted to tamp down the speculation because he was leaning against running, he would have done so. What’s more, he can leave on his own terms and do so without embarrassing himself or the president. What will this mean for blacks living in Chicago? Who replaces Rahm if he decides to run? It is a total Washington outsider (Mike Bloomberg, GM’s Ed Whitacre)? A former insider (Tom Daschle, John Podesta, Leon Panetta)? A politician with a business background (Mark Warner)? Someone who won’t rock the boat, gets along with everyone, and is already on the senior staff (Ron Klain, Phil Schiliro, Tom Donilon)? Or what about a Republican (Ken Duberstein, Ray LaHood)? Would Barack Obama name a black person for the position? Also tonight, bigots are ready to burn the Koran, and the middle east is ready to re-act. Let's talk about this and other hot political issues that we have missed over the past week. Tonight on the slugfest. "if you can handle the truth.' Visit us at our updated blog site http://africanamericanpundit.blogspot.com