'No!' / 'I will be voting yes' / White Christmas odds

‘No!’ One of Chicago’s ex-mayors rejects the notion that other ex-mayors should get taxpayer-funded police security—especially when they get it, as Rich Daley still does, without having submitted to a threat assessment.
Several Chicago cops tell the Tribune the department’s “entire promotions process has been corrupted.”
A Chicago Public Schools hearing tonight gives the public a chance to discuss a shortage of teachers of color.

‘A brutal process.’ It’s time again for an Illinois pre-election ritual: Candidates challenging other candidates’ right to be on next year’s ballots.
ABC News: Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg has a history of sexist remarks that his campaign now concedes were “disrespectful and wrong.”

‘I will be voting yes.’ A vulnerable Democrat representing a congressional district that backed Donald Trump in 2016 says she’ll support the president’s impeachment: “I’ve been told … the vote I’ll be casting this week will mark the end of my short political career. That may be. But … some decisions in life … have to be made based on what you know in your bones is right.”
The House Judiciary Committee’s 169-page impeachment report (PDF download) concludes Trump committed “multiple federal crimes.”

Just Security gathers a collection of legal experts to spell out the range of crimes that apply to Trump’s conduct.
Senate prep for an impeachment trial is getting real. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Columnist Neil Steinberg counsels courage against the prospect of Trump remaining in office through another term: “Germany got over 12 years of Hitler.”
CNN’s Brian Stelter on the many ways this impeachment differs from those that have gone before.
The Los Angeles Times’ Michael Hiltzik takes issue with Stelter’s praise of Washington’s disappearing Newseum.

Hallmark of shame. The Hallmark Channel is apologizing for removing a commercial that featured a same-sex wedding.
The organization that originally protested the ad—One Million Moms—is a subsidiary of an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a hate group.
GQ’s Gabriella Paiella revisits a 10-year-old Folgers holiday ad that unwittingly inspired a genre of incest-oriented fan fiction known as “Folgercrest Folgercest.”

White Christmas odds. Chicago may not see much snow between now and Dec. 25.
National Weather Service records show Christmas Day has never brought Chicago more than an inch of precipitation.
WBEZ recounts Chicago’s tradition of “dibs” to save street parking spots after a snowfall.
The Sun-Times: Singer Burl Ives—raised in downstate Illinois and maybe best remembered for his narration of the animated Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special—was investigated by the FBI in the 1950s for his political leanings.



Thanks to eagle-eyed reader Charlie Pajor for spotting an errant r above in the word Folgercest.

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