June 26, 2017

Travel ban restored / 'Obama choked' / Happy Potterversary

TRAVEL BAN RESTORED. Developing: In a victory for President Trump, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider the 90-day ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries. Meanwhile, the court says, the administration can enforce it (update 10:50 a.m.:on a limited basis).

 The court also has agreed to take on the case of a Colorado bakery owner who declined a gay couple’s wedding cake order and then was found in violation of an anti-discrimination law that he contends violates the First Amendment.
And the court has sided with a Missouri church denied state playground resurfacing money.
 SCOTUSBlog’s live coverage of today’s court orders and opinions.

HEALTH CARE CLIMAX. This is the week that NBC News says Republicans “either … pass their Senate legislation (which then would be on easy street to become law), or they don’t (which likely would stop their reform efforts for good).”
Either way, Trump will break some of his promises.
Dominican University Professor David Perry: Republicans have long dreamed of cutting Medicaid. Trumpcare might do it for real.
An insurance industry pro’s recommendation: “Get cancer now, before Congress cuts your insurance.”
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‘OBAMA CHOKED.’ Neil Steinberg says that, once President Obama knew about Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential campaign, he “should have addressed the nation, sounded the alarm, laid out the situation, and let the chips fall where they may.”
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee: “The Obama administration should have done a lot more.”
 RedState paraphrases Trump: “Why Didn’t Obama Do Anything About Something I Said Never Existed?”
Trump’s team is split on his excitement about a meeting with Vladimir Putin next month.

AMERICA’S MAYOR. Politico’s Jack Shafer says the superficial “civic theater that mayors specialize in” is at the heart of Trump’s leadership style.
Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel describes Trump’s strategy: Keep voters “on amphetamines—highly charged.”
The president’s senior adviser—his daughter—says she tries to “stay out of politics.”
 The New Yorker explores why the National Enquirer has “embraced the president with such sycophantic zeal.”

ADDRESSING ‘TERRIBLE WOUNDS.’ The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist shot and killed last year by a Minnesota police officer—a cop acquitted earlier this month—has agreed to a nearly $3 million settlement.
In Chicago, lawyers agree, trials like the Castile case demonstrate a guilty verdict is far from certain for the cop caught on video firing what appear to be 16 shots into the body of Laquan McDonald.
Tech to turn police cell phones into inexpensive body cams is in testing.

HAPPY POTTERVERSARY. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published 20 years ago today.
The Guardian: 20 things we’ve learned since Potter’s premiere.
Some of the ways Potter changed culture around the world.
What’s your copy worth?
The ACLU is sounding an alarm over a TSA plan that would require air travelers to remove books from carry-on luggage.

BOOGIE? CHECK. In his first appearance on the ballot, legendary Chicago DJ John Records Landecker has been named to the next class of inductees for the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Sales of six-string electric guitars have plummeted over the last decade. And one dealer says he knows why.

THE MASSES TEAMED UP TO MAKE THIS CORRECTION.
Of several readers who wrote to note that Friday’s emailed version of Chicago Public Square said “teaming” when it should have said “teeming,” Chicago Newsroom maestro Ken Davis was first. If you spot a goof in Square, be the first to email Goofy@ChicagoPublicSquare.com and see your name here.

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