March 8, 2017

Trump's 'bloodbath' warning / Obama 'furious' / Chicagoist + DNAinfo

TRUMP’S ‘BLOODBATH’ WARNING. One of the Republicans in the U.S. House tells CNN President Trump has cautioned them to expect big losses in the 2018 elections if they can’t deliver on seven years of promises to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act.

 And yet: In Trump’s first full month in office, House Republicans broke a fundraising record.
 Some of the plan’s toughest critics? Republicans.
 Gov. Rauner: Illinois “won’t do well” under the Republicans’ plan.
 Mayor Emanuel: The plan would “diminish people’s access to quality health care.”
 Health insurance companies could get a $1 billion windfall under the plan.

ENVIRONMENTAL DEJECTION. Mother Jones runs down six ways the Trump administration plans to hamstring the EPA.
 California holds a unique role in the coming battle over environmental protection.
 Hawaii files first suit against Trump’s revised immigration crackdown.

OBAMA ‘FURIOUS.’ An aide to the former president tells the Wall Street Journal Trump’s weekend tweets about being wire-tapped by Obama’s administration left Obama livid.
 University of Chicago constitutional scholar Geoffrey Stone: If Obama were to sue Trump for libel, “he could almost certainly ‘win lots of money.’” Plus, Stone says, “Such a lawsuit would be amusing and entertaining beyond belief.”

DAY WITHOUT A WOMAN. In a follow-up to January’s “Women’s March,” organizers are encouraging women to take the day off and not spend money. Continual updates here.
 Trump tweets: “I have tremendous respect for women.”
 China has granted Trump and his family trademark protection for several branded businesses—including massage parlors and escort services.
 The Economist: The best and worst places to be a working woman. (Spoiler: The U.S. doesn’t look so great.)
 On Wall Street, a bronze statue of a girl now defiantly stares down the famed bull—to illustrate an asset management firm’s demand companies add more women to their boards.
 A Cleveland bookstore has turned titles by men spine-inward. (Photo: Loganberry Books’ Facebook page.)
 Gizmodo women walk.

THE SPY IN YOUR POCKET. The Financial Times shares what you should know about what the CIA may know about you through smartphones, internet-connected devices and encrypted apps.
 The White House’s preferred messaging app has multiple security holes.
 Consumer Reports and other organizations have launched an ambitious effort to create a digital privacy and security standard.

CHICAGOIST+DNAinfo. Big Republican donor AND Trump backer AND part-owner of the Chicago Cubs Joe Ricketts is adding the Gothamist chain of websites to his DNAinfo.com news operations—a deal that he tells Politico will result in “the most potent online source of neighborhood news and information available anywhere.”
 Elsewhere in local-news biz deals: The company that owns Philadelphia’s Billy Penn site is merging with Denverite.
 Tronc [ex-Tribune Publishing] ♥︎ Us Weekly magazine.
 The New York Times’ publisher has taken a 13 percent pay cut.

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