'Vicious harassment' / 'Please, Toni, please' / Men wanted

Soon, we’ll restart the alphabetical listing of Chicago Public Square supporters. Want in? Act now. And now the news:

‘Vicious harassment.’ The Washington Post says the accuser of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, expected trouble when she stepped forward. Her lawyers say “her worst fears have materialized,” but a sexual assault attorney says the worst is yet to come.
Hoping to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court before the end of the month, Senate Republicans plan a hearing Monday on the sexual assault complaint against him—even if his accuser chooses not to show. The Post says that could backfire.

Trump on Kavanaugh’s accuser yesterday: “This is not a man that deserves this …”
Trump on Kavanaugh’s accuser today: “I really would want to see what she has to say. … If she shows up that would be wonderful.” (Cartoon: Keith Taylor.)
The Tribune’s John Kass: “Trashing the reputation of a man who has never, to my knowledge, exhibited even hints of such behavior is the way of our politics.”
Three years ago, Kavanaugh joked about the school he was attending when the assault allegedly took place: “What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep.”
Those 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school and, before his accuser identified herself, were willing to attest to his character? Not so willing now.

‘I don’t have an attorney general.’ Trump tells The Hill “I’m very disappointed” in Jeff Sessions.
Filmmaker Michael Moore’s latest—Fahrenheit 11/9, targeting Trump—gets three stars from Richard Roeper.

‘Please, Toni, please.’ The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg pleads with the Cook County Board president to spare Chicago another Daley in the mayor’s office.
Richie Daley’s former chief of staff, Gery Chico, is in.
Mayor Emanuel has plans to write a book, but he says he’s “just taking a breather from politics.”

Nice deal if you can get it. Emanuel’s going to propose Chicago give the Obama Presidential Center a 99-year lease on space in Jackson Park for just $10.
Facing a lawsuit, the Obama Foundation says once the center’s built with private funds, it’ll be turned over to the city and its people.

‘The man has become very careful … about not breaking the law.’ Columnist Mark Brown explains why the next Illinois attorney general probably won’t go after House Speaker Michael Madigan.
How Madigan came to replace the original Mayor Daley as Republicans’ boogeyman.

McDonald’s #MeToo moment. Hundreds of workers gathered outside the company’s new Chicago HQ yesterday as part of a nationwide walkout to complain of sexual harassment on the job.
Vox:The McDonald’s strikes prove the collective power of #MeToo.”
Hurricane Florence has claimed the lives of thousands of pigs and millions of chickens.

Men wanted. ProPublica: Facebook is letting job advertisers exclude women.
Columbia Journalism Review: YouTube’s secret life as an engine for right-wing radicalization.

‘Wisconsin playing fast and loose.’ The Chicago-based Alliance for the Great Lakes is sounding an alarm about the state’s quiet approval of Lake Michigan water for a fast-growing Kenosha County town—without public reviews required for other diversions in recent years.
Trump: Hurricane Florence is “one of the wettest we’ve ever seen from the standpoint of water.”

Chicago Public Square is proud to co-sponsor the Studs Terkel Awards.

Correction. Ace (proof)reader Mike Braden caught an erroneous capital letter in yesterday’s Chicago Public Square—now corrected, as is Square’s way, in red type.

Subscribe to Square.