The Boehner bombshell . . .
The timing of House Speaker John Boehner’s stunning decision to abruptly resign may have been a selfless act inspired in part by the pope’s address to Congress — which he arranged — but it won’t be a bad thing for Boehner for at least one big reason.
• To wit: Boehner is expected to become a major player as a corporate lobbyist on Washington’s K Street — now that a disgraced former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is no longer the K Street kingpin since getting knee deep in a mud fight with the feds.
And to all those nattering nabobs of negativism who chided Boehner for tearing up during the pope’s visit, give it a rest.
So did I.
The Rahm reader . . .
Inquiring minds want to know!
Earlier this week Mayor Rahm Emanuel told Sneed he hasn’t read books about President Barack Obama or former President Bill Clinton in years.
So what does the Rahmster, who has a voracious appetite for books, read?
Straight from the source, Rahm, who was twice spotted on public transportation reading a book, tells Sneed he started his summer reading off right after his re-election.
When he and his wife, Amy, got away for a few days the mayor engrossed himself in “The Boys in the Boat,” the story of the 1936 American Olympic rowing team.
From there he moved on to other light reading, including . . .
• “All the Light We Cannot See,” a novel about a French girl and German boy in occupied France during World War II.
• “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.”
• “The Shape of the New: Four Big Ideas and How They Made the Modern World,” which investigates how freedom, equality, evolution and democracy shaped society.
• “Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001.”
• “Champlain’s Dream: The European Founding of North America,” a biography of Samuel de Champlain, the French explorer who founded Quebec City.
• “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning,” which considers the lessons of the Holocaust for the future.
• Rahm’s favorite summer read? “Dreamland,” which was a recommendation of Ald. Ed Burke (14th).
• Rahm’s favorite read in the last decade: “The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million,” which is a memoir of the author’s search for his family’s history during the Holocaust.
The Uber file . . .
The Uber app was opened more than 80,000 times at the city’s two airports over the first two weeks of September — despite the fact Uber cars aren’t permitted to pick up passengers there, according to an Uber spokeswoman.
• Buckshot: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed to allow Uber and other ride-hailing apps pick up passengers at O’Hare and Midway airports, a plan that has cab drivers up in arms.
• Backshot: Currently, only cabs can pick up people from the city airports — and the proposed change had cab drivers at the airport strike for two hours on Wednesday.
Is Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, following in the footsteps of her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana?
The Brit press went gaga recently when Kate made a surprise visit to a rehabilitation cellblock at a women’s prison to learn how the inmates had become addicts and what role addiction played in their lives.
Of course, it was noted Kate, who is now sporting bangs, wore a $550 winter white tweed dress and some smashing high heels.
I spy . . .
American rock, folk, blues and country music singer and songwriter Lucinda Williams was spotted dining at Quartino last week . . . Cinespace Chicago movie impresario Alex Pissios is planning a star-studded gala on Halloween called Gallaween, featuring stars from the hit shows “Empire,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD” and “Chicago Med” — all of which are filmed at his studio. The gala will honor his late uncle Nick Mirkopoulos’ CineCares Foundation, a non-profit that supports anti-violence measures. Word is Terrence Howard will attend. Stay tuned.
Sneedlings . . .
Congratulations to Jessica Koscielniak and Tasos Katopodis on their wedding this weekend . . . Saturday’s birthdays: Serena Williams, 34; Olivia Newton-John, 67, and Jim Caviezel, 47. . . Sunday’s birthdays: Gwyneth Paltrow, 43; Lil’ Wayne, 33, and Steve Kerr, 50.
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