TRIBUNE MEDIA SOLD. Sinclair Broadcast Group is buying the parent of WGN-TV and radio.
■ An April tweet from media critic Jack Shafer: “Sinclair could build a whole new network around Bill O’Reilly.”
■ Robert Feder lists Chicago’s top 20 most powerful women in journalism: “You won’t find any newsreaders on this list.”
■ This will make you appreciate Tom Skilling even more.
‘I AIN’T NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THIS IN ALL MY LIFE.’ A witness describes a horrific crash involving a CTA bus yesterday.
■ Chicago police tickets for distracted driving have plunged over the last three years.
■ The independent Chicago Crime Commission meets U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions today to push new gangs-guns-drugs measures.
■ A new report finds tourism to Illinois is on the rise.
SCIENCE? WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ SCIENCE. Trump’s EPA has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, with plans to replace them with representatives from industries whose pollution the EPA’s supposed to regulate.
■ Five things to watch for when the former acting U.S. attorney general Trump fired, Sally Yates, goes before the Senate this afternoon to share what she knows about Russian interference in the election.
■ NPR: “What we don’t know (and wish we did) about the Russia investigation.”
■ Trump’s set to announce a big slate of conservative court nominees—including a Notre Dame law professor and former clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia to Chicago's Seventh Circuit.
‘A BILL BORN OUT OF EVERYTHING INTO WHICH MODERN CONSERVATISM HAS TRANSFORMED MODERN REPUBLICANISM: A PUNITIVE VIEW OF THE POOR AND UNLUCKY, BASED IN IRON AGE CONCEPTS OF THE WILL OF THE LORD.’ Esquire’s Charlie Pierce on the Republican health care plan.
■ U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam’s vote for the plan has energized a flock of challengers in Chicago’s suburbs.
FRANCE’S YOUNGEST PRESIDENT. Five reasons Emmanuel Macron’s election is a big deal.
■ He’s already at odds with Trump.
■ New analysis: Trump won because more whites—and fewer blacks—actually voted.
‘WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KELLYANNE CONWAY?’ Saturday Night Live asked that question in a masterful “Carmen Sandiego” parody.
■ Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz: “Today’s late-night lineup … almost all Trump-bashers.”
■ Conservative columnist—and Trump critic—George Will joins liberal MSNBC.
■ The cartoonist who created the racist-coopted character Pepe the Frog has killed off Pepe.
■ “Time for advertisers … to reconsider their headlong rush away” from quality news producers.
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