Trump scandal scorecard / 'A damning picture' / Comcast security bug

Trump scandal scorecard. The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer surveys the administration’s many scandals and concludes they boil down to just one: “corruption of the American government by the president and his associates.”

CNN: “His escalating battle with his own Justice Department and his refusal to accept the historic boundaries of executive power are leading the nation onto the most treacherous constitutional ground so far of his term.”
A constitutional scholar warns: “Calls to impeach the president can simultaneously empower him, harm his political opponents, and make his removal from office less likely.”
Updating coverage: Trump’s EPA has barred The Associated Press and CNN from a summit on water pollution.
NBC News: Five things to watch in tonight’s primaries and runoffs.

The Supreme Court is oppressing and silencing untold numbers of employees who experience … sexual harassment.’ Quartz analyzes yesterday’s ruling that companies have the right to insist labor disputes get resolved individually and not through class-action lawsuits.
Dr Pepper Snapple delivery drivers were set to launch a Chicago-area strike today.

‘A damning picture.’ WBEZ’s Sarah Karp sums up a University of Chicago study that concludes—despite Mayor Emanuel’s promise mass school closings in 2013 would lead to a “brighter future” for those schools’ students—their performance suffered, particularly in math.
A Tribune editorial: Give aldermen their own number-cruncher, to help them decide how to spend taxpayers’ money, “instead of rubber-stamping whatever the mayor proposes.”

Nice spot if you can get it. A Chicago alderman’s in the hot seat for requesting—and getting—a special Wrigley Field police parking slot earlier this month.
An Illinois lawmaker complains she’s suffering retaliation after blowing the whistle on sexual harassment within House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political staff.

Blocks club. A Chicago photographer is working to introduce South Siders and North Siders who live on the correspondingly numbered blocks of the same streets.
The Onion: Report: All The Other Races Coming To Take Your Stuff.”

‘It was revolting. I fled … to the back of the school, where no one was.’ Columnist Neil Steinberg recalls a career-changing assignment 30 years ago for the Sun-Times: Covering the Winnetka school shooting that left one boy dead and five others wounded.
Of the 25 measures introduced in 14 states to arm teachers and staff since the Parkland, Florida, massacre, only one has passed.
On the Northwest Side, the Trib reports, an early-morning shooting at a gas station left one dead and three hurt.

Escaping from Chicago? The Trib reports the odds a flight will leave town on-time are highest early in the morning at Midway.
Add American Airlines to the list of those cracking down on “emotional support animals.”

Comcast security bug. ZDNet: A bug in the website used to activate Xfinity routers can leak customers’ information.
Comcast is offering customers next-gen “mesh” WiFi service.

Impatient consumers disrupting the media biz. Axios says a string of events in the next few weeks will determine legacy companies’ future.
Bloomberg: Local newspapers’ hard truth is that bean-counters are in charge.
The FCC is soliciting a fresh round of public comments on Trump-friendly Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed takeover of WGN-TV and Radio (fifth item in Robert Feder’s column).
From Chicago Public Square in October: How to file a comment with the FCC.

Cum again? After a grocery store’s online cake-ordering website censored a mom’s “Summa Cum Laude” cake for her son’s graduation, it offered her a do-over. She declined.

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