Trump scandal scorecard / 'A damning picture' / Comcast security bug

Trump scandal scorecard. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer surveys the administration’s many scandals and concludes they boil down to just one: “corruption of the American government by the president and his associates.”

CNN: “His escalating battle with his own Justice Department and his refusal to accept the historic boundaries of executive power are leading the nation onto the most treacherous constitutional ground so far of his term.”
A constitutional scholar warns: “Calls to impeach the president can simultaneously empower him, harm his political opponents, and make his removal from office less likely.”
Updating coverage: Trump’s EPA has barred The Associated Press and CNN from a summit on water pollution.
NBC News: Five things to watch in tonight’s primaries and runoffs.

The Supreme Court is oppressing and silencing untold numbers of employees who experience … sexual harassment.’ Quartz analyzes yesterday’s ruling that companies have the right to insist labor disputes get resolved individually and not through class-action lawsuits.
Dr Pepper Snapple delivery drivers were set to launch a Chicago-area strike today.

‘A damning picture.’ WBEZ’s Sarah Karp sums up a University of Chicago study that concludes— despite Mayor Emanuel’s promise mass school closings in 2013 would lead to a “brighter future” for those schools’ students—their performance suffered, particularly in math.
A Tribune editorial: Give aldermen their own number-cruncher, to help them decide how to spend taxpayers’ money, “instead of rubber-stamping whatever the mayor proposes.”

Nice spot if you can get it. A Chicago alderman’s in the hot seat for requesting—and getting—a special Wrigley Field police parking slot earlier this month.
An Illinois lawmaker complains she’s suffering retaliation after blowing the whistle on sexual harassment within House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political staff.

Blocks club. A Chicago photographer is working to introduce South Siders and North Siders who live on the correspondingly numbered blocks of the same streets.
The Onion: Report: All The Other Races Coming To Take Your Stuff.”

‘It was revolting. I fled … to the back of the school, where no one was.’ Columnist Neil Steinberg recalls a career-changing assignment 30 years ago for the Sun-Times: Covering the Winnetka school shooting that left one boy dead and five others wounded.
Of the 25 measures introduced in 14 states to arm teachers and staff since the Parkland, Florida, massacre, only one has passed.
On the Northwest Side, the Trib reports, an early-morning shooting at a gas station left one dead and three hurt.

Escaping from Chicago? The Trib reports the odds a flight will leave town on-time are highest early in the morning at Midway.
Add American Airlines to the list of those cracking down on “emotional support animals.”

Comcast security bug. ZDNet: A bug in the website used to activate Xfinity routers can leak customers’ information.
Comcast is offering customers next-gen “mesh” WiFi service.

Impatient consumers disrupting the media biz. Axios says a string of events in the next few weeks will determine legacy companies’ future.
Bloomberg: Local newspapers’ hard truth is that bean-counters are in charge.
The FCC is soliciting a fresh round of public comments on Trump-friendly Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed takeover of WGN-TV and Radio (fifth item in Robert Feder’s column).
From Chicago Public Square in October: How to file a comment with the FCC.

Cum again? After a grocery store’s online cake-ordering website censored a mom’s “Summa Cum Laude” cake for her son’s graduation, it offered her a do-over. She declined.

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Reader, writer and singer Beth Kujawski noted a space missing between a photo credit and the preceding sentence in yesterday’s Chicago Public Square.
Beth also questions inclusion of spaces on either side of the ellipsis in Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! But Square holds that Associated Press style trumps NPR’s idiosyncratic typography, which your publisher has already—and to no avail—encouraged host Peter Sagal to fix.
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Bank shot / Crowdforcing / News quiz!

Bank shot. Cincinnati-based Fifth Third Bancorp is buying Chicago-based MB Financial.
… creating what the Tribune says will be Chicago’s fourth-largest bank, ranked by total deposits.
Fifth Third says in a news release that it plans to “increase its Chicago area commitment.”

People Behaving Badly Dept.
An ex-Catholic priest who quit almost two decades ago amid charges of sexual abuse has been arrested, accused of child molestation at a suburban hotel.
A Chicago cop cleared in a fatal shooting has been fired for lying in a case the Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner says “seems almost trivial by comparison.”
A man accused of stalking a Chicago TV weathercaster faces a charge of “felony electronic harassment.” (Second item in Robert Feder’s column.)
Celebrity chef Mario Batali’s company is cutting ties with him over “chilling and deeply disturbing” reports of sexual assault.

That time a guy in the audience died. In last week’s Public Square / Wednesday Journal Conversations on-stage chat, Food Network star Jeff Mauro shared lots of stories, including a tragic (but also funny) account of his early career as an improv comedian in Chicago. Now you can hear the interview—in which Mauro also alludes to the challenges (alleged) behavior like Batali’s poses for the restaurant biz—as a podcast. (Photo: Carmen Rivera.)
Previous Square podcast interviewees: Obama administration strategist David Axelrod and Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! host Peter Sagal.

‘I know that Bruce Rauner is hot to bring back the death penalty. But …’ The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg is incredulous the governor’s “safety tips” for motorcyclists fail to mention, you know, wearing a helmet.
CNET: Bosch is testing rocket-style thrusters to stabilize sliding motorcycles.

Crowdforcing. A Los Angeles-based company called “Crowds on Demand” lets unscrupulous organizations hire people to disrupt public meetings, and The Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins says that makes journalism even more difficult.
But that’s not news in Chicago, as this story from 2012 will remind you.

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