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‘White (House) lies.’ Two members of the House Intelligence Committee are talking on-the-record about the off-the-record admissions that led President Trump’s communications director, Hope Hicks, to resign.

The Atlantic details her sharp rise and sudden departure.
Columnist Richard Wolffe: “Can we bring the Mooch back?
Axios: Within the White House, wild wars.

‘We got to stop this nonsense.’ CNN’s Chris Cillizza runs down “the 43 most eye-popping lines from Donald Trump’s ‘surreal’ gathering on guns.”
“gobsmacking” some Republicans, according to The Weekly Standard.
… and spurring some Democrats to cheer.
… but his rejection of due process for gun owners, The Washington Post explains, spotlights a disdain for the rule of law.

Why Republicans are suddenly talking about gun control. Time reports the National Rifle Association has given them the go-ahead, paradoxically to help the struggling gun industry.
NPR: What repealing the Second Amendment would take.
Parkland, Fla., massacre survivors’ request for a March 24 “March for Our Lives” rally has been denied because it would conflict with what a permit application describes as a “talent show.”
Scott Stantis’ animated editorial cartoon: “Imagining my high school driver’s ed teacher with a gun.”
Amazon and Apple now face the prospect of a boycott because of their deals with the NRA.

Deadly gun’s journey. The Tribune tracks the gun that killed a beloved Chicago cop back through a shadowy internet sale.
The fate of new gun-control legislation for Illinois rests with Gov. Rauner.
A photographer for The Guardian spent six months chronicling Chicago’s murder scenes and memorials.
Armed guards, hired by local businesses, will begin patrolling State Street on weekends.

‘A white supremacist attends the funeral of a civil rights leader and hurls the word at funeral attendees. The crowd comes after him. Can he shoot them and claim self-defense?’ The Sun-Times reports that hypothetical—and use of the actual word “n_____”—has gotten a DePaul law prof in trouble with his students.
African-American Tribune columnist Dahleen Glanton to African-Americans opposing plans for the Obama center on the South Side: Don’t sacrifice “our once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to offer a better life for our children and turn it into a fight over saving butterflies and birds.”
The Sun-Times’ Maudlyne Ihejirika checks out a Chicago History Museum exhibit that poses the question, “Are we so different?” and that concludes, “There’s no such thing as race.”

‘A psychological hell no child should face.’ The Tribune’s Rex Huppke describes the plight of a 7-year-old girl held for months by the federal government in Chicago—while her mom is detained by immigration officials in California.
Read the lawsuit the ACLU has filed on behalf of the mother.
How did Slovenian model Melania Trump land “the Einstein visa”?

‘A lousy deal.’ The Tribune’s Robert Reed says Sinclair Broadcast Group’s modified pitch to take control of Chicago’s WGN-TV and Radio should be retitled “The Fig Leaf, or How We Gave Regulators Just Enough Cover.”
Netflix rolls out Season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones—with what Variety calls “many hidden gems.”

Pastors at odds. Multimillionaire televangelist Joel Osteen has a beef with suburban preacher John Elleson, who’s using Osteen’s image in an ad promoting Elleson’s run for Congress.
Elleson has a campaign song.
U.S. News’ contributing editor James Warren on the Rev. Billy Graham’s “nasty Nixon moment.”
Graham’s casket was built by prisoners.

How’s your ‘duck and cover’? Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, says Russia has a new line of nuclear weapons and is ready for a new arms race with the U.S.
He brags they’re “invincible in the face of all existing and future systems.”

Hold the phone. But don’t look at it. A new app rewards students with things like movie discounts for not checking their iPhones.
Two phone companies pledge to establish a cell phone network on the moon by next year.

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Announcements and corrections.
Yesterday’s Square got the wrong “its” in the phrase “half of its State Street building.” Thanks to reader Mike Braden for the catch.
A bad link to the item “Illinois state lawmakers could send Gov. Rauner tighter firearms bills today“ has been fixed, thanks to reader Ron Schwartz.
A tip of the hat for inspiration today to journalist Craig Newman’s excellent Nuzzel newsletter.

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