Trump's peril / Power scourge / Sinclair ouster

Trump’s peril. The Daily Beast says, in the wake of yesterday’s raid on the home, hotel room and office of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, Trump “must know this may be one of the most dangerous moments in his entire life.”

The Atlantic: “Whatever evidence federal prosecutors have collected … it is most likely extraordinarily strong.”
Politico: Special Counsel Mueller “would not do this lightly.”
Trump rages on Twitter: “Attorney–client privilege is dead!
… although, as the libertarian magazine Reason explains: Not quite. (Photo:
Another White House departure: Trump’s homeland security adviser.

Non-disclosure agreements: They’re not just for Fox and the president. The New York Post’s Page Six reports top CBS execs are “panicking” and imposing NDAs to crimp a Washington Post investigation of their handling of sexual misconduct charges against disgraced CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose.
Heidi Stevens in the Tribune on “life coach” Tony Robbins: “Your story about attractive women not getting hired is truly pathetic.”

Power scourge. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing one of Illinois’ alternative electricity suppliers, accusing it of a “business model … really nothing more than fraud”—promising consumers lower rates when “98 percent of prices billed … were higher than if they would have stayed with their traditional regulated utility.
Marvel Comics fountainhead Stan Lee is at the center of a legal battle over his care—and his financial estate.

Chicago’s newest McDonald’s … is close to opening in the heart of Chicago’s trendy Restaurant Row on Randolph Street—part of the company’s new West Loop headquarters, relocating from Oak Brook.
Also on the suburban exodus beat: Construction equipment maker Komatsu America is leaving Rolling Meadows for Chicago.

Sinclair ouster. Conservative commentator Jamie Allman is out at Sinclair Broadcast Group’s St. Louis ABC station after outrage over his tweeted threat to sexually assault Parkland, Florida, massacre survivor David Hogg.
Allman was off the air for his morning show at a St. Louis station owned by Entercom (which also owns Chicago’s WBBM, WXRT, WSCR, WBMX and WUSN).
Still in the hunt to acquire Tribune Media stations—including Chicago’s WGN-TV and Radio—Sinclair’s chairman elaborates on his 2016 offer to Trump, “We are here to deliver your message. Period.”
Hogg’s mom says he’s going to take a gap year to work on this fall’s elections.

Facebook was warned. A security researcher publicly advised the company five years ago that its “reverse-lookup” feature “could be used to harvest names, profiles, and phone numbers for virtually all its users.”
BuzzFeed News: How To Check If Your Facebook Data Was Shared With Cambridge Analytica.” (TL;DR: Click here.)
How to see Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testify to Congress today and tomorrow.
The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal explained in four diagrams for Vox.
A Chicago police district’s Twitter account is funny—in a style its author calls “very cheesy dad cop.”

We got it wrong. Yesterday’s Square linked to an erroneous account of a mixup at Fox News. The Washington Post sorts things out properly. Square regrets the error.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity ends Jimmy Kimmel feud … with a threat.

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