Chicago Public Square will take the next week off. Back July 8. Does this sadden you? Read on to the end of this edition. But first, the news:
■ The moment of the moment: Kamala Harris’ attack on Biden’s race record.
■ The Atlantic: “Harris had clearly planned the ambush, and it worked.”
■ The Associated Press: “The moment was as powerful as it was unexpected.”
■ Intelligencer: “Harris is going to be propelled into the first tier of candidates.”
■ Harris and Bernie Sanders were the only two to say they’d eliminate private health insurance.
■ Sanders conceded he’d raise taxes on the middle class—but by less than they’d save with universal health care and free college tuition.
■ Last night has The New York Times’ Frank Bruni dreaming of a Harris-Buttigieg ticket.
■ Still digesting Round 1, the Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg condemns “the most wincing bit of Democratic tone deafness.”
■ Satire from The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri offers some true—and some maybe true—statements about candidate Marianne Williamson.
■ The Onion: “Naked Andrew Yang Emerges From Time Vortex To Warn Debate Audience About Looming Threat Of Automation.”
Ha. Also ha. President Trump joked at the Group of 20 summit with his bro, Russia’s Vladimir Putin: “Don’t meddle in the election.”
■ Twitter says it’s adding a disclaimer—and a clickthrough barrier—to tweets from Trump and other public figures who break its rules of civility. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
‘A systematic threat to American democracy.’ Vox’s Zack Beauchamp says yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on partisan gerrymandering spotlights a danger “greater than the Trump presidency.”
■ Crain’s Greg Hinz: Yesterday’s decisions will have a massive effect on Illinois.
■ The American Civil Liberties Union and others are going to court against a Georgia law that outlaws virtually all abortions.
■ Warning that “the job is never finished,” the Illinois ACLU’s legal director is retiring.
‘A fierce, desperate love that outlasts death.’ The Tribune’s Eric Zorn: “I can’t get my mind off the final, frantic embrace of the drowning girl and her father.”
■ The Supreme Court says it’ll hear arguments over the Trump administration’s move to kill the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of people who arrived—or stayed—in the U.S. illegally as children.
1:33 p.m. At that time in Chicago today, people around the world will pause to remember the attack a year ago on the Annapolis Capital Gazette—the deadliest assault on journalists in U.S. history.
■ A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate has introduced bills to build a Washington monument to fallen journalists.
An end to smoke-free bars and restaurants? Illinois’ marijuana legalization law carves out an exemption to the 11-year-old state ban on indoor smoking for pot at bars, restaurants, theaters and other businesses—if local governments say so.
■ The American Veterinary Medical Association warns: Marijuana can kill dogs.
■ The legal age for tobacco smoking jumps to 21 in Illinois Monday.
■ Gov. Pritzker makes a cross-state show today of signing Illinois’ first infrastructure spending plan in a decade.
‘Pay for shame with shame.’ The Trib’s John Kass explains how he’d punish a waitress who spit on Eric Trump.
■ Mayor Lightfoot: “I don’t agree with a lot of things that President Trump stands for. … But … no one deserves that.”
■ A former Chicago alderman is off the hook on charges of battery against his wife.
Fireworks! Where to watch them around the Chicago area over the next week.
■ Frequently asked questions about Sunday’s Chicago Pride Parade … answered.
■ A new Chicago coalition, Pride South Side, is holding its first Pride festival.
■ Big Bird has been spotted on Lake Michigan filming scenes for Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary.
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