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1776-Foot ‘Freedom Tower’ Is the Tallest, Most American Building in the U.S.

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Here’s an awkward press conference: today the Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat announced that its own hometown’s Willis Tower (which we will continue to call The Sears Tower) will no longer be considered the tallest building in the United States. That honor will go to the new One World Trade Center (aka “Freedom Tower”) with an official height of 1776 feet.

It’s a more complicated development than you might think:

The announcement culminated weeks of speculation about the ruling, which drew widespread attention because it would finally settle the issue of whether Chicago or New York could claim bragging rights to having the nation’s and the Western Hemisphere’s tallest building, as well as whether One World Trade Center would achieve the symbolic height of 1,776 feet.

The issue at hand was whether to consider the WTC tower’s spire as part of the building itself rather than an antenna, which wouldn’t count as part of its overall height.

And yes, there’s PR all over this story.

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It’s Official: Rahm Emanuel Does NOT Like Nickelback

In a moment of clarity crucial to our nation’s past, present and future, a spokesperson for Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel (you know, Ari Gold’s brother) stated that the former representative and White House Chief of Staff does not, in fact, enjoy the musical stylings of Canadian pomp rock kings Nickelback–despite nasty rumors to the contrary.

A tenth-grade math teacher protesting Emanuel’s current standoff with Chicago-area teachers got a little creative with his signage this week by outing Rahm as a secret Nickelback fan, but the mayor’s spokeswoman Tarrah Cooper responded to area blog RedEye’s request for clarification with a single word: “No.”

We’ve yet to receive word on whether Mr. Emanuel sees Avril Lavigne as a real 1977-style punk or a manufactured teeny-pop poser.

UPDATE: The national debate has officially returned, as all semi-coherent conversations eventually must, to the late 90’s. The teacher responsible for the sign in question has now changed his message to accuse Emanuel of liking the world’s second least favorite band, Creed.

Update on Chick-fil-A Backlash: Chicago Takes a Stand

As we reported earlier this week, fast food chain Chick-fil-A won’t be opening a franchise in Boston anytime soon, thanks to the anti-gay marriage comments recently made by the company’s president, Dan Cathy. Well, we can now add Chicago to the list of cities in which Chick-fil-A is unwelcome.

While Chick-fil-A already has one location in Chicago, Proco “Joe” Moreno, a member of the City Council, told the Chicago Tribune that he plans to prevent the franchise from building its second restaurant in his ward, saying, “If you are discriminating against a segment of the community, I don’t want you in the 1st Ward…Because of this man’s ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1stWard.” He also said that Cathy’s comments were “bigoted, homophobic.”

Also, according to the Los Angeles Times, Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of the Windy City, released a statement that said, “Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values. They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.”

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@MayorEmanuel is…

Now newly-elected Mayor Rahm Emanuel knows who @MayorEmanuel, his Twitter alter ego, is.

It’s Dan Sinker, a professor at Columbia College and founder of CellStories.net, a site that publishes for mobile devices. He’s also founder of a now-defunct punk magazine, Punk Planet, which played a role in his tweets. The Atlantic has a lengthy post detailing his identity and background.

For the most part, it sounds like Sinker is a writer with a singular voice who lives in a city with a singular politician. We’ve talked about crisis comms responses plenty of times. It’s interesting to recognize that, profanity-laced and all, this wasn’t a crisis for the real Mayor Emanuel, and ultimately, his philanthropic response was the right one.

Will The Real @MayorEmanuel Please Stand Up?

After his alter-ego became the most quotable guy on Twitter Thursday, Chicago mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel offered a cash donation to charity if the person behind the imposter account @MayorEmanuel would step forward and reveal himself after the election.

The Twitter hijacking added a new dimension to the mayoral debate Thursday, when the whole Twitterverse was privy to the innerworkings of “Emanuel’s” mind. And he was on fire!

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Burton Steps Down From WH Deputy Press Sec Post

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton is leaving along with WH political advisor Sean Sweeney to start their own political and strategic consulting firm.

Burton had been on the list of candidates to replace press secretary Robert Gibbs. The job eventually went to Jay Carney, who held his first press conference today. (More on that in a post to come.)

Sweeney was the chief of staff to former WH chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Both will leave the White House on Friday. Politico reports that both will play a role in the 2012 election cycle.

Burton’s departure e-mail after the jump.

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Report: White House PR Team Among Highest Paid Staffers

Our sibling blog FishbowlDC recently dug through this list of White House staffer’s salaries. Interestingly, the public relations and communications staffers are among the highest paid. Reports FishbowlDC:

Along with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs, speechwriter Jon Favreau and communications director Dan Pfieffer all pulled in the highest salary of $172,200.00. Deputy press secretary Bill Burton gets $113,000.00 and deputy communications director Jen Psaki makes $150,000.00.

RELATED: Robert Gibbs Debates With Reporter As To What Defines a Press Conference

Special Assistant To Rahm Emanuel Leaving To Lead Bloomberg Comms. in D.C.

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Sarah Feinberg will join Bloomberg LP next month as a director of the company’s communication and business strategy efforts. She will also help to lead Bloomberg’s D.C. expansion with the upcoming launch of BGov, which will take direct aim at publications such as Politico and The Hill.

Feinberg currently serves as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Prior to serving in the White House, Feinberg was the Communications Director at the House Democratic Caucus, the Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Press Secretary to former Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle.

Fox News, White House Feud Continues; White House Says Officials Will Appear on Fox Programming

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The White House dispatched top officials to the Sunday morning talk shows yesterday. The conversation continued around WH Communications Director Anita Dunn‘s remarks last week in which she said in part, “Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party…Let’s not pretend they’re a news network the way CNN is.”

Senior Adviser David Axelrod appeared on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” while White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was a guest on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Axelrod said of Fox News, “It’s not really news. It’s pushing a point of view. The bigger thing is that, other news organizations, like yours, ought not treat them that way…We’re going to appear on their shows, we’re going to participate.” TVNewser has video of both appearances.

The question for many is if “we’re going to appear on their shows” means President Obama or only administration officials. Obama’s last appearance on Fox News was a sitdown with Bill O’Reilly on September 4th, 2008.

The New York Times‘ media critic David Carr devoted his column this week to the subject and wrote, “People who work in political communications have pointed out that it is a principle of power dynamics to “punch up” – that is, to take on bigger foes, not smaller ones. A blog on the White House Web site that uses a “truth-o-meter” against a particular cable news network would not seem to qualify.”

Rahm Emanuel: A Master of Media Relations in the White House

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One typically associates the role of White House media relations with the Press Secretary, and for this administration that man is Robert Gibbs. However, while Gibbs is sought after during his daily briefings and for on the record remarks, another prominent member of the administration, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is doing his fare share of media relations work, both on and off the record.

The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz writes: “Perhaps no White House chief of staff in modern history has worked the media as aggressively and relentlessly as Emanuel. Drawing on his long-standing relationships with journalists, Emanuel serves up on-the-record quotes, background spin and the sort of capital gossip that lubricates relationships. The former Chicago congressman also seeks their take on events and floats possible administration tactics.”

“A conversation with Rahm can be as little as 30 seconds…He calls, drops a few F-bombs, makes his point and hangs up,” CNN commentator Paul Begala told Kurtz. Said the NY TimesDavid Brooks, “With some people you just get the spin; he does go beyond that.”