GIRLS UNDER ATTACK. Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams on the Manchester bombing of an Ariana Grande concert: “What is always clear … is how feared and hated the young girls of this world are.”
■ UK police say a “network” was behind the attack at Manchester Arena.
■ Rolling Stone: “The symbolism … is clear and devastating.”
■ The Tribune’s Heidi Stevens: “Our brains shouldn’t have to expand to make room for the increasing ways and places we’re watching children die.”
■ Elizabeth Grattan on Medium: “We have chosen to teach our daughters that their upper body merits privacy while they watch their male counterparts enjoy the breeze on their skin, shirt- and shame-free.”
■ Cartoon Network has OK’d a full series of DC Super Hero Girls.
■ Worried about the takeover of WGN-TV and radio by the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group? Blame the Cubs.
■ Can we now stop hearing about “Dancing with the Stars”? (Photo: SecretName101.)
CALL WITH A KILLER. The Intercept has obtained the transcript of Trump’s friendly phone chat with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, “to congratulate him on his murderous drug war.”
■ Washington Post editor Fred Hiatt warns against “the fantasy that the nation’s problems … could be solved if only that one man could magically be made to disappear” through impeachment.
WHAT THE POPE GAVE TRUMP. It was a sign the pontiff hopes the president won’t bail on the Paris climate-change deal.
■ Trump to the pope: “I won’t forget what you said.”
■ The pope to Melania: “What do you give him to eat?”
MUDSLINGING’S END? Political pros see evidence Trump’s unorthodox campaign style has left voters numb to negative ads and opposition research.
■ With a new book coming out, Sen. (and Saturday Night Live alumnus) Al Franken dishes on his colleagues: “You have to understand that I like Ted Cruz probably more than my colleagues like Ted Cruz, and I hate Ted Cruz.”
TRUMP’S ILLINOIS SQUEEZE.
The Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet says the president’s spending plan includes “slashes in programs that directly help the Illinois poor; the end of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; and cuts in Amtrak subsidies for eight routes running through Chicago.”
■ Trump’s AIDS budget cuts could cost a million lives.
■ His spending plan might hit his own voters hardest.
■ 66 programs the president would eliminate.
■ But his own security detail? He needs $60 million more.
■ Meanwhile, he’s personally lawyering up for the Russia investigation.
‘SCHOOL CHOICE IS A SCAM.’ Chicago Reporter columnist Jitu Brown slams Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ philosophy: “Choice does not exist in most black and brown communities in the United States.”
■ Developing: DeVos testifies today to Congress about the president’s education budget—her first appearance there since her widely ridiculed confirmation hearings.
■ Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis on gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker’s claim that he’s progressive: “I thought it was hilarious!“
‘THE CHARACTER OF THE CITY … MUST CHANGE.’ Two psychology profs write a prescription for ending Chicago’s plague of gun violence.
■ When adults leave guns unattended and kids under 12 die, who gets punished? USA Today and the AP survey the nation.
A TASTE OF ‘TASTE OF CHICAGO.’ The city’s served up the full list of restaurant vendors for this year’s edition.
■ Chicago beaches may shrink this summer.
■ The whole world is running out of sand.
UP AGAINST A PAYWALL? A Columbia Journalism Review survey reveals which major media sites are leaky and which aren’t—and some strategies for slipping in. (CJR graphic by Ariel Stulberg.)
■ Satiric Twitter account LOLGOP: “I’ve created a safe space for conservatives offended by this. It’s called ‘pretty much every other channel.’”
■ The online business magazine Quartz offers users an optional 24-hour break from Trump news.
■ The boss of Chicago’s 1871 startup incubator, Howard Tullman: We don’t need any more apps.
COLBERT BEATS THE RAP. The FCC says it won’t fine The Late Show for that edgy Trump-Putin joke.
■ Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos has given the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press its biggest gift ever.
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