IVANKA’S CHILD-CARE PLAN. President Trump’s daughter is pushing a half-trillion-dollar tax break for families’ child-care expenses. But Bloomberg notes Hillary Clinton has criticized the idea as a way to help wealthy families with nannies.
■ Trump’s plan for a roads-bridges-infrastructure spending program aims to put Democrats in a jam, according to Axios’ sources.
■ Mother Jones: Kansas is imploding. That’s bad news for Trump.
BLACKMAIL EVIDENCE. Politico says a text purportedly stolen from the iPhone of Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s daughter suggests Manafort may have been a target of Ukranian extortion attempts.
■ A Russian newspaper editor explains for Vox how Putin made Trump his puppet.
■ The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof recommends the president’s critics stop “otherizing” people.
■ Passengers cheer the ejection from a Chicago-Houston flight of a man accused of making racist remarks.
AND THE OSCAR GOES TO … No one President Trump will be watching Sunday night, according to his press secretary.
■ The Times is launching an ad campaign during the Oscar telecast.
■ The White House Correspondents Dinner is having a tough time finding a master of ceremonies.
■ University of Oregon journalism prof: “The Trump administration’s approach puts journalists on the defensive, but it should give them license … to shake off old routines and bad habits.”
OBAMA ROAD. State lawmakers are considering naming two Chicago-area roads after the former president—one a tollway, the other a free expressway.
■ Why universities don’t name things after people who are still alive. (From 2008.)
■ Voters in France are hoping Obama will run for president there.
BUT IF YOU’RE A MISCREANT TREE, WATCH OUT. Mayor Emanuel’s abandoned his plan to spend $500,000 on the planting of trees in Chicago. Instead, the city will spend the money on crimefighting tech.
■ Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell: A Chicago alderman could use her grandson’s arrest on murder charges to help other families.
FOOD CART BREAK. The Chicago City Council has voted for a big cut in cart license fees.
■ Under fire from the ACLU, the city’s put off a crackdown on downtown street musicians.
GOOGLE’S TROLL-FIGHTING TOOL. It’s unleashed code designed to give website developers machine-learning capability to reduce “toxicity” online.
■ Try it yourself. Write something and see it rated for “toxicity.” (Scroll down to “Writing Experiment.”)
■ The actors’ union, SAG-AFTRA, has lost a round in its fight to keep stars’ ages off IMDB. (Disclosure: Your Square proprietor is a SAG-AFTRA member on honorable withdrawal—but has no problem revealing his age on request.)