'Enough is enough' / 'Anticipation of death' / Chicago in space

‘Enough is enough.’ Journalists organizing a union at the Chicago Tribune speak out in a video.
Former union skeptic and Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg cheers on his rivals: “Given how they have been manhandled by a series of cash-sodden jerks ….”

Tribune columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn—both members of the new Tribune Guild—explain why.
Editorial board member Lara Weber: “This collective effort will give our journalists … a chance to play a more active role in our newsroom’s future.”
The Tribune’s publisher to the staff: “Management has the utmost respect … for your rights on this issue.”
A Sun-Times editorial: “A pro-union sentiment is washing over the American media.”
Media critic Robert Feder is betting the Trib will soon be for sale. (For the record, your Chicago Public Square publisher was a Chicago Tribune employee, 1998-2009.)

… Or not. After setting off alarms yesterday with a tweeted threat to rain missiles on Syria, President Trump is backpedaling: “Never said when.”
A Watergate prosecutor in The Atlantic: Trump is going full Nixon.

‘Anticipation of death.’ That’s the way a White House source describes rising fear of a Democratic sweep this fall and an impeachment move soon after.
House Speaker Paul Ryan’s retirement is fueling speculation about a Democratic tide.
Politico maps the arc of Ryan’s career.

Maybe too personal. Sources tell CBS News search warrants executed against Trump’s besieged personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, mentioned Trump by name.
Cohen owns 22 Chicago cabs—and a dozen of them have been cited for violations.
Exiled White House strategist Stephen Bannon has a plan to cripple special counsel Robert Mueller.
A Harvard law prof: “What If Trump Says ‘You’re Fired’ and Mueller Says No?
Ahead of deposed FBI Director James Comey’s book promotion blitz, Trump’s allies have a plan to discredit him—including a “Lyin’ Comey” website.

‘Illinois is really the place where the ERA died.’ But a gender-based Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution won overwhelming approval yesterday in the state Senate—35 years after a deadline that may not really have been a deadline.
10 things you might not know about the ERA. (Photo: A 1970s-era ERA demonstration in Florida.)

New train station. Joliet’s Metra-Amtrak nexus is open, and riders say “It’s beautiful.”
A snarky Reddit poster mocks the CTA’s decrepit Red Line Monroe station and an escalator broken and walled off for two years: “You should never see an ‘Escalator Temporarily Out of Order’ sign, just ‘Escalator Temporarily Stairs.’”

Chicago in space. The character of Will Robinson in Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space is played by a 12-year-old Chicago kid.
Netflix to Cannes film fest: Stuff it.
Former Tribune TV writer Maureen Ryan—who made headlines last year with an account of her sexual assault by a TV executive—is quitting her role as Variety TV critic.

What Zuckerberg didn’t say. In two days of congressional testimony, Facebook’s founder dodged lots of questions about just how much data Facebook collects on users … and non-users.
Two from The Onion: Congress Reassures Nervous Zuckerberg They Won’t Actually Do Anything About This” and “Congress Demands To Know How Facebook Got People To Give Up Their Civil Liberties Without A Fight.”

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