CONGRESSMAN DOWN. Developing: The No. 3 Republican in the U.S. House, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was among those shot early today at practice for a congressional baseball team. And the suspect—now dead—has been identified as an Illinois man.
■ Scalise loves baseball, acknowledges having spoken to white supremacists in 2002.
■ Democrats prayed for Republicans after the shooting.
‘AMERICA IS REACHING ITS BULLS--T QUOTIENT.’ Esquire’s Charlie Pierce asks of the attorney general’s appearance before the U.S. Senate: “How Many Lies Did You Count During Jeff Sessions’ Testimony?”
■ Experts to BuzzFeed: Sessions could have answered those questions about his talks with President Trump.
■ Axios’ Mike Allen: Sessions may have bought himself a ticket to the grand jury.
■ Sun-Times editorial: “Sessions served his president poorly, and he served his country worse.”
■ Politico: Trump’s latest judicial nominees foretell a judiciary that would “imperil the civil rights of all Americans.”
■ Trump calls the health care bill he celebrated in the Rose Garden “mean.”
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SUBURBS BAILING. The Sun-Times’ Mark Brown explains that towns across Cook County are scrambling to exempt themselves from rules requiring companies raise the minimum wage and offer sick leave.
■ The bills the Tribune’s Eric Zorn would sign—and those he wouldn’t—if he were Illinois’ governor.
CHICAGO’S NEW REC CENTER. The Near West Side is getting a $20 million, 100,000-square-foot multi-purpose indoor facility.
■ … Which may not do much to ease the sting of an average 10-percent property tax increase on the way.
■ A Tribune editorial on the county’s broken property tax system: “Those in power could offer fixes. But why would they? It’s working just fine for them.”
BEACHFRONT STABBING. A day after Chicago’s police superintendent assured the public Chicago’s beaches are still cool places to hang out, two men stabbed one another last night in what police describe as a “domestic-related issue” at North Avenue Beach.
■ Chicago cops are closer to getting subsidies to buy homes in high-crime neighborhoods.
■ A federal lawsuit demands court oversight of Chicago police reform.
‘I DON’T REMEMBER REPUBLICAN PANTIES GETTING INTO A KNOT …” Reflecting on the controversy over a New York portrayal of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar as Donald Trump, Neil Steinberg revisits a 1985 Chicago production that did something similar to Ronald Reagan.
■ And The Daily Show says an Obama version of Caesar triggered nary a whisper from sponsor Delta Air Lines, which bailed on the New York production.
■ A New Jersey yearbook adviser has been suspended over the removal of students’ pro-Trump messages.
TAKING TIME OFF TO GRIEVE HIS REPUTATION. The CEO of the world’s most valuable startup, Travis Kalanick, is stepping away—at least temporarily—following a series of sexual harassment scandals.
■ Have investors made founders like Kalanick too powerful?
■ A Chicago tech company banned employee use of Uber weeks ago.
■ AOL + Yahoo = Oath. But your email is probably safe.
MANSLAUGHTER IN MICHIGAN. The head of the state’s health department is now the highest-ranking officer to be charged in a criminal investigation of Flint’s contaminated water.
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FERRIS BUELLER’S NIGHT OUT. Music Box Theatre is teaming up with the new Park at Wrigley to show “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” outdoors tonight—free—at sunset.