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Trump’s warning. The president told fans in Montana yesterday it’ll be their fault if he’s impeached
… in a speech during which he condemned The New York Times for “treason” in publishing that anonymous essay from someone in his administration …
… and struggled mightily—but failed—to pronounce the word “anonymous” properly. (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)

Ex-Trump aide and Chicagoan George Papadopoulos faces sentencing today for lying to investigators about Russian connections to the Trump campaign.
Barack Obama was reportedly set this morning to roll out something like a campaign speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

A Watergate veteran’s red flag. John Dean, who helped end Richard Nixon’s presidency, is warning the U.S. Senate that confirmation of Trump’s nominee Brett Kavanaugh would create “the most pro-presidential powers Supreme Court in the modern era.”
Mother Jones: Five times Kavanaugh seems to have lied to Congress under oath.

Not quite an endorsement, but … Mayor Emanuel says he’s told his big-money backers to hold off on backing a candidate to replace him until at least four big names come off the fence.
U.S. Rep. (and WXRT fan) Mike Quigley says he’s thinking about it. (2015 photo of Quigley honoring DJ Frank E. Lee.)
Also maybe in the hunt: Former Chicago school and park board member Gery Chico.
The park district is moving its headquarters from downtown to the Southwest Side.

Checked out. Picket lines bloomed outside downtown Chicago hotels today as workers launched a strike for better benefits.
Carpenters are calling time out on nonunion work to renovate the Bears’ Halas Hall.
Ailing Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis has been formally replaced.

‘No cause or motive.’ What we know about a man who opened fire in a Cincinnati bank yesterday, killing three people before cops killed him.
A Chicago teenager involved in the anti-violence movement has been shot and killed on Chicago’s South Side.
Chicago police have agreed to radio in a report anytime they point a gun at someone.
The Trib’s Eric Zorn: “No one has yet tallied … the lies that followed” the 2014 police killing of Laquan McDonald.
A Cook County sheriff’s police squad car killed two women in a suburban crash.

He’s in the house! The Sun-Times says a bishop who knew 25 priests had broken the law over the years by molesting children—but didn’t tell the cops—is living in the Chicago Archdiocese’s Gold Coast mansion.
New York State’s attorney general has reportedly subpoenaed all the state’s Catholic dioceses about their handling of sex abuse allegations.

New food hall. Willis Tower—you may still call Chicago’s tallest building “Sears Tower”—is getting a new eatery at its base. (Rendering: Gensler / Blackstone.)
One year in, the Tribune updates Chicago’s quest to land Amazon’s HQ2 project.
The Times: Finalists see clues everywhere.

Rage against _____. Chicago’s home to a business that’s part of a phenomenon spreading across the country—to the misgiving of some mental health experts: “Rage rooms,” where people pay to break things.
Conspiracy-minded blowhard Alex Jones—whom Sen. Marco Rubio this week called “a clown”—and Jones’ hateful InfoWars account have been banned “permanently” from Twitter.

‘It was like a tornado of fire.’ A truck driver describes being trapped in California’s fast-moving Delta fire, which surrounded hundreds of drivers on California’s Interstate 5.
Southern Wisconsin—including Madison—is dealing with severe flooding from this week’s storms.

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Corrections. Zealous reader Mike Braden was first to note two errors in yesterday’s edition of Square: A misspelling of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ last name and an extraneous up in the phrase “… has passed up Carbondale in undergrad enrollment.” Any mistakes in this issue? Be first to write to and see your name here next time.

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