May 19, 2017

Weiners on the move / Just like murder / Hamilton's sexy letter

WEINERS ON THE MOVE.
 Ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, whose sexting put him in the middle of Hillary Clinton’s election failure, has

pleaded guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor.
 The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile is on tour to promote new additive-free hot dogs.

KEEPING TRUMP HAPPY. As the president begins his trip around the world, his hosts are hoping to meet his expectations. TL;DR version: Please pass the steak and ketchup.
How fired FBI boss James Comey tried to keep Trump at a distance.
Lawfare editor and Comey friend Benjamin Wittes: “What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump.”
Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson: Trump thinks he’s under attack. That’s dangerous.

JUST MINUTES LEFT. You have until noon Central time to vote for Chicago Public Square as Best News Site in the Chicago Reader’s Best of Chicago 2017 poll. Go, team! (Deadline passed!)

HIGHER ILLINOIS INCOME TAX? The respected Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago says raising the personal rate to 5 percent from 3.75 is key to digging the state out of its financial hole.
BMO Harris bank admits to sending some customers others’ names, addresses, account numbers, fund amounts and final four Social Security digits.

JUST LIKE MURDER. The case of disgraced ex-U.S. House Speaker and “serial child molester” Dennis Hastert has prompted Illinois lawmakers to send the governor a bill eliminating statutes of limitations for all child sex abuse crimes.

WHEN ‘COLLEGE PREP’ ISN’T. A Tribune analysis of millions of classes taken by tens of thousands of Illinois high school students concludes those taking only general courses in main subjects were unprepared for college—partly because a push to improve graduation rates created courses that weren’t tough enough.
Mayor Emanuel’s plan to get Chicago schools through the end of the year: More borrowing.

REDEFINING THE ‘F.’ A reporter who tried to ask FCC commissioners questions was manhandled by security guards.
… After the FCC voted to reverse the Obama administration’s 2015 “net neutrality” rule.
RedState.com’s Neil Stevens applauds: “We can get back to rolling out home fiber optic internet, just as we were doing when Obama’s regulations froze that investment. Better speeds for more people.”

A MONTH IN BREAKING NEWS. What 30 days of alerts from some of the nation’s largest journalism organizations looks like, visualized by the Post.
A New York Times columnist writes admiringly of the Post’s reinvention of itself.
NPR recaps (another) week in which the news just hasn’t stopped.
 Margaret Sullivan: The media are still embarrassing themselves covering Trump.
 Arrested Development’s creator announces more shows: “Stories about a narcissistic, erratically-behaving family in the building business … are really underrepresented on TV these days.”

HAMILTON’S SEXY LETTER. A note Alexander Hamilton wrote to his then-fiancee in 1780 is going on display this week in Chicago—and can be yours as part of a set going for $2.3 million dollars.

‘TRIUMPHANT’ REBIRTH. Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin praises the restoration of the world-renowned landmark Unity Temple in Oak Park. (Compare to Chicago Public Square’s video tour in March.)
A new Chicago Shake Shack is set to open Wednesday—just steps from a CTA L station.

DUELING ‘ALIEN: COVENANT’ REVIEWS.
Best “Alien” movie since “Aliens.”
Maddeningly uneven.”

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