Ring sting / 'I have no obligation to be honest' / About that tweet …

Ring sting. Got one of Amazon’s Ring camera doorbells installed at your place? Under a plan one civil libertarian warns could turn “creepy,” the Chicago Police Department is close to gaining access to video they collect.

An interactive map shows which police departments in hundreds of towns across the region and the nation have teamed with Ring.

A lid on downtown pot? When recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois next year, Mayor Lightfoot is proposing to ban its sale in downtown Chicago …
 … and her administration is considering a ban on its consumption in public places.
The City Council was to get the mayor’s proposals at today’s meeting, which you can watch on the web here.

Bad actor. Prosecutors accuse a Chicago high school theater teacher—who’s also affiliated with several theater companies—of sexually assaulting a student.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has opened 24 new investigations into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago says it’s paid about $200 million in recent decades to settle such cases.
New analysis concludes federal spending on kids last year dropped to its lowest level in a decade.

‘I have no obligation to be honest.’ President Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was continually snotty in an appearance at the House Judiciary Committee’s first big hearing on impeachment.
Vox: Lewandowski’s 30-minute confrontation by House Democrats’ attorney, Barry Berke, suggests committee chair Jerry Nadler might be better off letting lawyers grill witnesses.
See the whole exchange here. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Politico: The impeachment rift between Nadler and House Speaker Pelosi “is getting harder and harder to paper over.”

About that tweet … The New York Times reporter who co-wrote a new book on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh confesses she wrote a widely condemned tweet (“Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun”) to promote the paper’s botched publication of an excerpt.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says Republicans are enjoying this story …
 … and he’s joining other Senate Democrats in backing away from a push to remove Kavanaugh from the court: “We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem.’

‘You’re not trying hard enough.’ Teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg told off the U.S. Senate yesterday.
Chicago organizers of a Thunberg-inspired Global Climate Strike are calling on kids to walk out of class and gather in Grant Park at 11 a.m. Friday …
 … and then at the Field Museum, where admission will be free.

Ladies and gentlemen, your commander-in-chief. Trump promises he’ll be “doing something” about the menace of homeless people living in “our best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings.”
Satire (but it’s tough to tell) from The Onion: Trump Confirms That It Was Iran Or Some Country Like That Behind Saudi Oil Attacks.”

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