April 7, 2017

Russia, angry / Cubs 'security bubble' / Amazon refunds

RUSSIA, ANGRY. The Kremlin has declared President Trump’s strike on Syria “in violation of international law.”
The New York Times rounds up what we know—and what we don’t know.
Wired’s news editor: “How much escalation can the U.S. stomach should Assad turn again to sarin, or chlorine gas?
Fusion’s news editor gives MSNBC’s Brian Williams the “Sickest Reaction to Trump’s Bombing” Award.
Vox’s Dylan Matthews: The best way the U.S. could help Syrians would be to open the borders.
Sen. Tim Kaine: “You cannot, as president, start a war without a vote of Congress, and that’s what this is.”
But, CBS explains, Trump didn’t need lawmakers’ OK.
An Air Force One TV screen made an unfortunate backdrop to a presidential Q-and-A session about Syria.
 Oil prices jumped after the U.S. attack.

‘THE UNITED STATES SENATE IS A FAILED INSTITUTION.’
ThinkProgress Justice Editor Ian Millhiser says it “treats residents of small states as more worthy of representation than residents of larger states.”
Neil Gorsuch may be within hours of confirmation to the Supreme Court. (Photo of the Senate, c. 1873.)

‘IT IS AN ACT OF TERROR.’ Sweden’s prime minister says a truck’s crash into a Stockholm department store was an attack on his nation.
From March: The anti-migrant group “Soldiers of Odin” has been patrolling Sweden’s streets.

‘IS IT OK TO SHOOT PEOPLE IN THE BACK?’ In court yesterday, Chicago’s police superintendent answered that question “yes”—if the suspect is armed.
A plan to slap tougher sentences on repeat offenders in gun crimes has cleared the Illinois Senate.
Police warn that muggers have been hitting and kicking victims in Wicker Park and Bucktown robberies.

CUBS ‘SECURITY BUBBLE.’ Traffic around Wrigley Field will be dramatically limited for the home opener—and maybe the whole season.

FUNNIEST PLAN FOR TRUMP’S BORDER BLOCK? It may be “a wall of 3 million hammocks.” The Tribune’s Blair Kamin takes a closer look.
The Thompson Center has been named to a list of Illinois’ most endangered buildings.

‘PRITZKER’S MOST SAVVY CAREER MOVE WAS BEING BORN.’
Neil Steinberg takes a cynical look at the candidacies—or potential candidacy—of the wealthy men running for Illinois governor and the ex-cop who says friends have encouraged him to run for Chicago’s mayor.

GOOGLE FOR TRUTH. The next time you search for a questionable public claim, your results page may include authoritative reports with the “Fact Check” label.
BuzzFeed: “Pro-Trump media is falsely claiming that the chemical attack in Syria was a hoax.”

TWITTER vs. HOMELAND SECURITY. It’s suing the government on First Amendment grounds, to protect the identity of a user behind an “alt-government” account critical of Trump’s policies.
Twitter’s co-founder is selling 30 percent of his stock in the company.

YOUR GENETIC RISKS.
For the first time, the Federal Trade Commission has approved direct-to-consumer tests for predisposition to 10 diseases or conditions.

AMAZON REFUNDS. Parents whose kids made unauthorized in-app purchases are eligible for a piece of a $70 million settlement.
Amazon’s adding 30,000 part-time jobs.
Google’s new YouTube TV service debuts in Chicago—with some drawbacks.
Wired: Comcast’s new mobile phone service is a good deal, but maybe not good enough.

WATERGATE SLEUTHS REUNITE. Woodward and Bernstein will present the awards at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner—which still lacks a host.

A veteran newspaper columnist and a retired TV anchor will get Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Chicago Headline Club.
Seminal tech writer Walt Mossberg is retiring.

Thanks to Chris Koenig and Mike Gold for help putting together Chicago Public Square this week.

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