Kamala Harris: 'Exactly … right' / Scared in Chicago / A Daley besieged

Kamala Harris: ‘Exactly … right.’ That’s Mayor Lightfoot’s assessment of Joe Biden’s running mate selection.
Running mates typically haven’t swayed voters, but Politico says Sen. Harris might.
The Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet reflects on that time Harris gave Biden what his wife described as a “punch to the gut.”
New York: Harris reflects Biden’s “vision not only for his presidency but for what comes after.”
Poynter: “If Kamala Harris is also of Asian descent, why does the press only label her Black?
Meet the #KHive, Harris’ “digital army.”
A coalition of women’s groups has mobilized to shut down sexist coverage of and disinformation about Harris.
Chalkbeat takes a critical look at Harris’ education record.

‘What do you think Donald Trump’s nickname for you would be?’ The Washington Post says that’s one of the first questions candidates for Biden’s VP pick had to answer.
The Associated Press: Biden’s team knew Harris’ “record as a prosecutor in California was already viewed skeptically by some younger Democrats.”
A California public defender, often on the other side in court against Harris, wrote before the announcement that she was “the most progressive prosecutor in the state.”
Time revisits the story of the first woman to run as a major U.S. party’s vice presidential candidate.

Fox News attacks. CNN’s Oliver Darcy recaps the channel’s vitriolic response to Biden’s selection of Harris: “You’d be forgiven if you mistook the channel for a Trump 2020 campaign livestream.”

But Trump and his campaign couldn’t agree on how to attack Harris: “The most liberal person in the U.S. Senate” or a “phony,” faking left-wing cred?
FiveThirtyEight’s newly launched presidential election forecast: “It’s Way Too Soon To Count Trump Out.”
The Intercept: What if Trump won’t leave?

‘A great deal of damage has already been done … because nobody was wearing a body camera.’ A Sun-Times editorial says it’s “indefensible” cops didn’t record their shooting of an Englewood man—an incident that helped spark Chicago’s latest plague of unrest.
Mayor Lightfoot’s take on the lack of video: “Highly problematic.”
A longtime Englewood resident wanted none of a rally to demand police reform: “None of these motherf-----s are gonna be here tomorrow.”

Scared in Chicago. Lightfoot says she recognizes all that lawlessness has left the city’s people “fearful” and “afraid.”
But, hey, Chicago police now have a “looting task force.”
A Chicago alderman blames someone involved in the looting early Monday for a brutal hit-and-run accident that left a woman dead.

Also scared. Teachers and a school bus driver share their fears about the school year in a pandemic.
Gov. Pritzker’s new fines for businesses that don’t enforce mask orders have won approval from a state panel.
A Philadelphia judge has refused to wear a mask and asked others in his courtroom to remove theirs.
A Florida sheriff is forbidding employees and visitors from wearing masks.
It’s not the first time a pandemic has put movie theaters in desperate straits.

A Daley besieged. WBEZ: “Federal investigators have sought mortgage records pertaining to the home of 11th Ward Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson … where the alderman’s grandfather Richard J. Daley and his family lived when he was Chicago’s most famous mayor.”
Another Democratic state representative is calling on embattled and scandalized scandal-scarred House Speaker Michael Madigan to step down.

‘I think how close I was to being dead.’ A tree felled by Monday’s tornado missed striking a Rogers Park woman—twice.
The storm cost Chicago at least 7,300 trees …
 … and a big chunk of historic Pilgrim Baptist Church, gospel music’s birthplace.
Those were also tornadoes in Lombard and Wheaton.
Power may be out for days in some parts of the Chicago area.

#SaveTransit. Chicago Congressman Chuy Garcia is leading a call for billions to bail public transportation out of a pandemic-fueled funding crisis.
Proving that the U.S. Senate can do stuff, Illinois’ Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin have won approval for a commission to honor the 100th anniversary of Route 66—the “Main Street of America,” best known to some Chicagoans as a stretch of Ogden Avenue.
10,000 electric rental scooters return to Chicago streets beginning today …
 … and, Block Club Chicago reports, they’ll be almost everywhere.

‘Joe Segal was a superhero.’ Chicago’s music community remembers an iconic jazz impresario dead at 94.
He told the Tribune in 1992, “On some nights, I’d be so broke, I’d pay the musicians, then I’d have to ask them to lend me a buck so I could get home.”

Thanks to Pam Spiegel for catching a missing article above.

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