'Never apologize' / Chicago's 'big trouble' / Ex-girlfriend 'surprise'

‘Never apologize. Burn it to the ground.’ In an interview to air today on NPR, comedian Michelle Wolf reveals advice a friend gave her before she delivered that controversial speech at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
Stephen Colbert slammed the Correspondents’ Association for not standing by the speaker it invited: “You didn’t like it? You have that right. Don’t invite her back again. But grow a pair,” and then he reverted to his old mock-conservative character, who preceded Wolf in the role.

Seth Meyers agreed with President Trump’s criticism of Wolf—sort of: “She is filthy! And she is mean. … Those are wonderful qualities for comedians and terrible qualities for free-world leaders.”
Dave Chappelle: “She nailed it.”
Dana Milbank in The Washington Post: The media ought to be ashamed for distancing themselves from her performance.
Wolf’s Twitter following has more than tripled.
Even as journalists were tossing Wolf under the bus, journalists in Afghanistan suffered their deadliest day since the Taliban fell in 2001—and the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists calls it “a deliberate attack.”

‘They were trying to train Trump.’ The Daily Beast details how a Democrat and a Republican worked together—and seemingly failed—to show the president the error of his ways.
40 questions (or so): What the special counsel wants to ask President Trump.
New York: Why were the questions leaked?
Trump tweets the questions are “disgraceful.”

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Chicago’s ‘big trouble.’ Paul Vallas, who’s set to launch his campaign for mayor today, tells the Tribune Mayor Emanuel has been putting what’s best for his political career ahead of what’s best for the city.
The mayor’s dilemma in an aldermanic race: Whether to back a City Council ally or a challenger who happens to be the daughter of his 2015 reelection campaign’s co-chair.
Mayor Emanuel has moved to dispel tension with former Mayor Rich Daley—or at least with Daley’s brother Bill.

‘It was better to discontinue the practice than risk giving offense.’ A suburban high school is abandoning its mascot—a student in an American Indian-themed costume dancing around at sports events.
Playboy’s founding art director—the designer of that famous bunny logo—is dead at 93.

#TimesUp targets R. Kelly. Amid charges the guy famous for “I Believe I Can Fly” sexually abused women, the Time’s Up campaign is joining the movement demanding his concerts be canceled and his music be muted on radio stations.
In a new video, Kanye West explains what he likes about President Trump: “Just the ability to do what no one said you can do.”

From Facebook to Chicago. Founder Mark Zuckerberg is sending Chicago Public Schools $14 million.
Zuckerberg gives a keynote speech to the company’s developer conference today at noon Central, and you can watch it live.
Black lawmakers are visiting Silicon Valley this week, pressing Apple and Twitter to up their diversity.

Letterman’s Chicago show. David Letterman’s visit to Chicago in February debuts as the next installment for his series on Netflix Friday.
At Broadway’s Tony Award nominations, a good day for Chicago.

‘It’s a bit of a surprise that they decided to feature a list of my ex-girlfriends.’ ProPublica’s Jeremy B. Merrill takes a closer look at what Facebook revealed it knows about him—and you.
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