It’s a long path to the matzo ball soup when you’re lunching with Rahm Emanuel, former mayor of Chicago and top adviser to America’s past two Democratic presidents.

First there are mounds of corned beef hash and dripping trays of stuffed green peppers to turn down before getting to the kreplach soup and potato pancakes, staples of Manny’s, Emanuel’s favourite Jewish cafeteria on the near west side of Chicago.

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