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CrowdStuck. Updating coverage: Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike blames a faulty software update to computers running Microsoft Windows for a worldwide plague of “blue screens of death”crippling banks and retailers, knocking media companies off-air and grounding flights.
CNN reports “misery at airports worldwide” …
Continued printing plant problems have again fouled Chicago-area newspaper delivery.
Costco’s now selling an “apocalypse bucket” with food good for 25 years, providing “readiness in the face of uncertainty.”

Trump be Trump. The former president and convicted felon last night began the longest televised presidential nomination acceptance speech ever with what Chicago native and veteran D.C. journalist Jonathan Alter calls a “vivid and gripping” description of Saturday’s shooting—before descending into “his petty, divisive and no longer entertaining rally speech.”
NOTUS: “Trump promised a new tone. He delivered the same old Trump”—and not “a grand vision for a united America.”
The AP: As quickly as he called for an end of the “demonization of political enemies,” he demonized Democrats plenty.
Pod Save America cohost Dan Pfeiffer: “Trump couldn’t discuss his policy agenda because that would stick a thumb in the eye of most voters. There was no message.”
Stephen Colbert opened his show thusly: “We are live! But after watching that speech, I’m dead inside.”
In the presence of convicted Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, historian Heather Cox Richardson sees evidence of a political machine “thoroughly corrupted into an authoritarian party aligned with foreign dictators.”
Although Trump’s rarely seen wife Melania was there, his son Barron was M.I.A.
CNN’s Oliver Darcy credits Trump for the “formidable” task of capturing the nomination while “swimming upstream” against Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, New York Post and The Wall Street Journal.
The Bulwark: Trump emerges from the convention the party’s only three-time nominee since Richard Nixon—with “few guardrails” and little dissent within his own party.

False, False, False, Pants on Fire … PolitiFact checks Trump’s speech and finds hooey galore …
 … but he gets a “Mostly True” on his assertion that ears “bleed more than any other part of the body.”
CNN counted more than 20 falsehoods.
Bloomberg: Facebook and Instagram parent Meta has “a Trump dilemma of its own making.”

Whoops. Wired says Trump’s running mate, JD Vance, left his Venmo account public—exposing his “close ties to the very elites he rails against.”
Law prof Joyce Vance dives into Republicans’ Project 2025 to ponder what happens to education if Trump wins.

‘Widespread acceptance that Biden remaining in the 2024 race is wholly untenable.’ CNN says many of the president’s senior advisers have concluded he must drop out.
Discourse Blog columnist Katherine Krueger is bewildered by progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ decision to back Biden’s campaign to the hilt.
Poynter’s Tom Jones has his hands full trying to figure out what’s going on in Bidenworld.

Company’s coming. Ahead of next month’s Democratic convention in Chicago, Texas’ governor promises to send more migrants this way.
David Sirota at The Lever sees Democrats in a death march: “This is a party whose leaders have been most comfortable asking Supreme Court extremists to be nicer, rather than engaging in a direct confrontation with the justices who are repealing the 20th century.”
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg: “Democrats are supposed to be twisting in agony right now. … But honestly, I don’t feel it. Given how either man won’t be around much longer, I’m already looking past them.”

Bye, Bob. Comedy icon Bob Newhart, who grew up on Chicago’s West Side and led one of the most successful careers in TV history, is dead at 94.
He was born in Oak Park.
Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper: “When he exited a room, he left everyone smiling.”
In 2016, he told WGN Radio: “Being a Cubs fan prepared you for life. … You knew you were ahead, but you knew you were going to blow it.”
The intro to his eponymic TV series set in Chicago made no geographic sense.
Also gone: Bob Booker, writer-producer of a groundbreaking 1962 presidential satire album …
 … and TV business journalist turned Trump fanboy Lou Dobbs.

16 years in prison. That’s the sentence in Moscow for a Wall Street Journal reporter convicted on espionage charges.
The Washington Post says the trial’s “unusual swiftness” suggests “potential developments in negotiations for a prisoner exchange.”

Village violation. The Illinois attorney general’s office says Orland Park’s mayor broke the state’s Open Meetings Act when he cleared the room during a heated board meeting to discuss the Israel-Hamas war …


You’ll have to be perfect … to beat your Chicago Public Square columnist’s score on the latest news quiz concocted by past Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions winner Fritz Holznagel.
CityCast has a Chicago-centric news quiz for you.
If you’re into history more than news, check out Axios Chicago’s quiz about stuff that happened here in 1984.

Moon caves! An international team of researchers using NASA data has unearthed—or is it unmooned?—evidence of subsurface lunar caverns that could someday shelter humans …
 … which makes this weekend—55 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon—a fine time to revisit an unedited, never-broadcast-in-full interview in which Douglas Ward, one of NASA’s “Voices of Apollo,” recalls harrowing moments when “the computers were overloaded.”

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Gun extremists’ ‘dream’ / Well, it’s not the Trinity, but … / Chicago Public Square loses a reader

Gun extremists’ ‘dream.’ That’s a gun safety advocate’s reaction to Republican vice-presidential nominee JD Vance’s speech to the Republican National Convention last night …
 … when he called for the party to pitch “a big tent” …
 … on which Stephen Colbert elaborated: “It’s a holding area where we’ll eventually keep the immigrants until we deport them.”
 Bulwark columnist Marc Caputo sees the Trump campaign’s logic behind Vance’s selection this way: “Juicing turnout among white men.”
 Abortion, Every Day columnist Jessica Valenti successfully pushed NPR and The New York Times to correct their reporting and explain that “Vance does, in fact, support a national abortion ban.”
 Columnist Charlie Madigan says that, in Vance, Donald Trump has “a new, compelling sludge spreader.”
 Late-night hosts spotlighted all the groveling.
 Pod Save America cohost Dan Pfeiffer: “Calling Vance a hypocrite is a losing strategy.”
 Columnist Robert Reich: Win or lose in November, Vance, Donald Trump Jr. and Elon Musk are Trumpism’s next generation.
 An Illinois Republican went viral after confronting scandal-scarred Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz on the convention floor: “Shut up, Gaetz. You don’t have to be an asshole.”

Dark money, darker. The Lever details how Wall Street cash helped fund the oppressive Project 2025 plan …
 … which Public Notice’s Lisa Needham says is Republicans’ real platform.
 Moline-based John Deere management: Sorry about embracing that Pride stuff and pronoun policies.

Well, it’s not the Trinity, but … Three of the nation’s top elected Democrats—Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—have now told President Biden (who’s said it would take “the Lord Almighty” to get him to drop out of the race) that he should consider stepping aside.
 Washington Post columnist Charles Lane (gift link, courtesy of Chicago Public Square supporters): “The problem with Biden’s candidacy isn’t age. It’s honesty.
 The Bulwark’s Sam Stein on the mood within the party: “This isn’t panic. It’s terror.”
 Columnist Eric Zorn: “Give Biden the hook.”
 A Tribune editorial: Democrats should kill a plan to have delegates nominate Biden remotely—weeks before the convention in Chicago.
 The party has postponed that process—a bit.
 Oh, and Biden has COVID-19.

‘Where’s the official report of Trump’s injuries?’ Media writer Tom Jones has questions about that shooting Saturday.
 USA Today’s Rex Huppke: “The public deserves to know exactly what happened to the Republican presidential nominee and what steps are being taken to help him process something that any of us would struggle with profoundly.”

How tossing a Big Gulp became a felony. CWBChicago’s Tim Hecke sorts out how what happened after suburban police labeled a man’s splashing of a soft drink on Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx just a misdemeanor.
 Chicago’s inspector general unsuccessfully sought to put ex-Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown on the city’s do-not-hire list.


‘Unconscionable failure by successions of monopolist managements.’ Journalism professor John McClelland is astonished at the failure of Chicago’s two biggest papers, the Tribune and the Sun-Times, to publish print editions Tuesday: “Backup generators are small investments and moderately low maintenance in the scope of multimillion-dollar plants that have everyday roles crucial to an informed public. Four of the five dailies I served 1966-87, even a dinky 25,000 one in Arkansas, had them.”
 A Sun-Times editor’s note explains that today’s papers also are affected by storm-crippled printing presses, blaming “unexpected issues … at our vendor, Chicago Tribune Company, which also prints the Tribune, the Daily Herald, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and other papers.”

MSNBC’s ‘micro-scandal.’ Puck’s Dylan Byers explores what some within the organization see as a crisis of integrity (another gift link).
 ProPublica cofounder Dick Tofel: News organizations’ growing embrace of CEOs with no news experience is a big problem.

Make that 25. Monday night’s tornado count has reached that number—and may rise further.
 Days after a twister shut it down, I-55 is open again through Will County.
 Among areas storm-afflicted yesterday: New York State, the Ozarks and Toronto.

Bear up. The Chicago-set TV series The Bear racked up a record-breaking 23 comedy series Emmy nominations …
 … but the 17th-century Japan-set Shogun drama led all with 25.

Zoo zooms into the future.
Brookfield Zoo’s planning a half-billion-dollar transformation, overhauling more than half its property …
 … with a focus on “biodiversity loss and climate change.”
 Read its “Next Century Plan” here.

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