February 8, 2017

Sen. Warren's Facebook moment / Kennedy for governor / Trump-Emanuel summit?

SEN. WARREN’S FACEBOOK MOMENT. After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell kept Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren from reading into the record a letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow criticizing fellow senator and attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, she took to social media to read it anyway.
 The Tribune’s Heidi Stevens credits McConnell with nasty woman’s successor: “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
 The rule used to silence Warren dates back to a 1902 Senate fistfight.
 As Affordable Care Act supporters’ protests grow, Republicans are worried about their safety.
 Republican senator on healthcare overhaul plans: “To be honest, there’s not any real discussion taking place right now.”

‘IT’S OFFENSIVE GIVEN … THAT CNN AND OTHER MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS HAVE REPORTERS IN DANGER RIGHT NOW.’ Jake Tapper slams President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway over Trump’s charges the news media don’t report on terror attacks. Full video of the interview.
 Hear the hourlong U.S. Appeals Court hearing over the administration’s immigration crackdown.
 U.S. visitors may have to give Homeland Security their social media passwords.
 How a terrorist attack could add to Trump’s power.

‘A LUCKY BILLIONAIRE’S CONFIDENCE IN HER OWN BEST JUDGMENT.’ The New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead considers what’s ahead for newly confirmed U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
 Why every Democrat voted against her.
 Gov. Rauner dismisses concern over DeVos as “overblown emotion.”

BUT THEN WHAT WOULD MELISSA McCARTHY DO SATURDAY NIGHTS? The White House reportedly is ramping up a search for a communications director to replace Sean Spicer.
 Comedian Nikki Glaser: “Comedy is a weapon that we can use.”
 Anderson Cooper: Trump “watches me on CNN probably more than my mom watches me on CNN.”

KENNEDY FOR GOVERNOR. In a letter to friends and reporters and a post to Facebook, Chris Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy and former chairman of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, says he’s running for governor of Illinois as a Democrat.
 My 2014 interview with Kennedy, in which he declined to discuss his political future.

TRUMP-EMANUEL SUMMIT? Kellyanne Conway tells the Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet Trump wants to talk to Mayor Emanuel “before anything is formally revealed” about the president’s plan to address violence in Chicago.
 Trump gets murder rate facts backward.
 Alderman rejects Emanuel’s call for Democrats to calm down: “Democrats have been taking a chill pill for 20 years. … That’s why we have Donald Trump.”

‘HE CAN’T DRIVE. HE WEARS A FANNY PACK WITH HIS I.D. … IN CASE HE GETS LOST.’ NBC 5 sports anchor Mike Adamle explains why he’s been off the air for more than a year. Short answer: Probably football.
 Charlie Rose is taking a few weeks off from “CBS This Morning” for heart surgery.
 The only actor to appear in both versions of “Battlestar Galactica” is dead at 71.

‘A POLITICAL FIRESTORM.’ That’s what one U.S. senator predicts if the new FCC kills internet neutrality rules.
 Prepaid debit card companies may hold “a get-out-of-jail-free card.”
 Illinois lawmakers are considering raising taxes on food and drugs.

‘MEYERSON, IT’S NOT WOMEN’S MAGAZINES THAT ARE GETTING WOKE. IT’S YOU.’ Elizabeth Austin rejects Square’s assertion Monday that “women’s mags are getting woke.” She says that notion’s just “a couple centuries late.”
In fairness, though, is this the sort of cover that suggests, “Check our website for the latest in hate-crime news”?
 Mother Jones’ “fearless journalism” wins magazine industry’s highest award.
 News reader app Flipboard has been redesigned to feature more political balance.
 A comics artist has illustrated iTunes’ terms and conditions as a graphic novel.

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