Confederacy of dunces / Biden's 'uncomfortable bind' / Chicago wronged

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Confederacy of dunces. People who want an end to Illinois’ stay-home edict during the COVID-19 pandemic plan rallies Friday in Chicago and Springfield.
A second lawsuit says Gov. Pritzker has “exceeded his authority under the law by taking emergency action for longer than 30 days.”
This challenge has been filed by a Republican state representative who co-chaired Donald Trump’s 2016 Illinois campaign.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases chief Anthony Fauci warns states that don’t have “the capability of identifying, isolating and contact tracing individuals” against “tempting a rebound” of the pandemic.
A new analysis concludes the virus has probably killed hundreds more Illinoisans than the state has counted.
California’s governor was set today to announce closure of his state’s beaches.
Politico’s John F. Harris: “Admit it: You are willing to let people die to end the shutdown.”

‘I’ve been really remorseful.’ The man who threw a big party on Chicago’s Northwest Side says he regrets it and hopes he can “make up with my mother” …
 … who has some problems of her own.
The Triibe: The party “exposes the disconnect between young black residents … and the news.”
Police say they’ll also issue a citation for a large Rogers Park wedding party last week.
Mayor Lightfoot’s making no apology for a controversial Chicago police “surge strategy,” shifting officers from low-crime to high-crime neighborhoods.

‘A drug that works.’ A University of Illinois at Chicago doctor is upbeat about remdesivir’s “really good results” as treatment for the new coronavirus.
Fauci: “The data shows that remdesivir has a clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery.”

Biden’s ‘uncomfortable bind.’ The Associated Press says an ex-Senate staffer’s sexual assault complaint against Joe Biden—and his failure (as of Square’s email publication deadline) to say anything about it—puts his Democratic allies in “an awkward position.”
A former neighbor of Biden’s accuser tells The Washington Post the accuser related the incident during a conversation in the mid-’90s.
CNN’s Chris Cillizza: The Biden campaign’s response to the charges “is twisting a New York Times story.”
Assessing the story’s arc of coverage, a Democratic strategist tells Politico: Jumping from Daily Caller to CNN seems like a worrying trend.”
USA Today recaps the details so far.
Trump’s campaign strategy is taking shape: Attacks on Biden’s mental fitness.
For sale in the White House gift shop: COVID-19 commemorative coins.
The ACLU has launched a petition demanding Congress make remote and early voting easier.

Carbon dated. The International Energy Agency reports a “staggering” drop in demand for coal, oil and gas and could mean time’s up for the fossil fuel industry.
The pandemic has driven carbon dioxide emissions to levels last seen 10 years ago.
Climate activist Greta Thunberg is sending $100,000 to a campaign targeted at children affected by the pandemic, which she calls a child-rights crisis.

Chicago wronged. A new Netflix movie ostensibly set in Chicago does a lousy job of it.
Sun-Times critic Richard Roeper calls a new Amazon Prime science fiction comedy series from a creator of The Office and Parks and Recreation profound but “funny as hell.”
Chicago’s theater community is connecting with audiences in a host of new ways online.

Zoom, meet Meet. Google is making its Zoom video conferencing alternative, Meet, free to all.
Want to break up with Facebook? It’ll now let you move your photos and video to Google.
Twitter has opened its data to researchers studying the spread of COVID-19—and misinformation about it.

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