'Wrong, troublesome' / Banned on Pornhub / Overkill

‘Wrong, troublesome.’ One of the few Republicans in Congress to condemn President Trump for hush money paid to adult film star Stormy Daniels happens to be a guy nearly impeached after admitting to an affair while he was South Carolina’s governor.

CNN: Trump is unhappy with his press secretary for conceding his involvement with Daniels. (2015 photo: Glenn Francis.)
Politico’s Jack Shafer: Trump “has successfully demolished a norm so outrageous that nobody ever thought to spell out as a norm: Presidential Candidates Should Never Get Caught Having Sex With Adult Film Actors.”
A new book asserts Trump turned thumbs down at the Miss Universe pageant on women whose skin was too ethnic or too dark-skinned.
The Washington Post: Trump’s reversal on elephant hunting trophies shows “the need to watch what he does, not what he says.”
Mother Jones: The Very Strange Case of Two Russian Gun Lovers, the NRA, and Donald Trump.”

Banned on Pornhub. Following widespread reports he’s been lying about lots of stuff, the self-dubbed “cannabis candidate” for Congress from Chicago, Benjamin Wolf, has been forbidden from advertising on “the world’s leading free porn site.”
In another nationally watched Chicago-area congressional race, Dan Lipinski challenger Marie Newman acknowledges she went into the restaurant biz with a convicted felon.
… but Newman has Bernie Sanders’ support.
State Rep. Robert Rita is contending with domestic battery charges against him 15 years ago.

‘If this was put out by a terrorist organization, we would be raising the terror threat level in this country.’ Fred Guttenberg, father of a girl killed in the Parkland, Fla., massacre, asks why U.S. senators aren’t enraged by a National Rifle Association ad attacking its critics.
Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times:Mr. Trump, Here’s a Teenage Hero; It’s Your Turn!
Since the Parkland school shootings, USA Today reports, schools across the country have seen more than 600 copycat threats.
Time: Walmart’s decision to raise the age for gun buyers won’t cut homicides.
Fox News: “No resolution on DACA or guns, but Congress naming lots of post offices.”
Mayor Emanuel is pressing Gov. Rauner for quick action on legislation that would require Illinois to license gun dealers.

Rahm Emanuel on the spot. A Cook County Circuit Court judge says the mayor will have to offer a sworn deposition in the case of two people shot by a Chicago cop.
Emanuel six years ago: “We’re gonna keep telling the truth until it doesn’t work for us any longer.”

Rather be on Facebook. Columbia Journalism Review: How ex-TV newsman Dan Rather became “Facebook’s favorite news anchor.”
Rather on this week’s media rampage by Trump’s troubled ex-apparatchik, Sam Nunberg: “It’s a sad day for journalism. … But this is the new world.” (2016 photo: Jay Godwin.)
Why the Stormy Daniels story is finally gaining journalistic traction.

No insurance-job insurance. State Farm is cutting almost 900 information technology jobs at its Bloomington, Ill., headquarters.
Steve Johnson in the Tribune on the demise of WLUP-FM: “The Loop of today … is the radio equivalent of a cover band, yet another station that’s been squeezing the final pennies out of the biggest songs by the biggest bands of the 40-years-past album-rock era.”
Media reporter Robert Feder: The Loop’s music—minus DJs—will survive online.

Overkill. To promote its coverage of the next big Marvel movie, Avengers: Infinity War, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly appears with 15 different covers.
The director of Iron Man has signed on to write and produce a new streaming Star Wars TV series.
Next target for the guy who created the Veep TV show: Russia.

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