‘Lunatic fringe’ / A measly $5 / T time

‘Lunatic fringe.’ Gov. Pritzker minced few words yesterday in blasting Republican Party leadership.
Lumping challenger Darren Bailey with Donald Trump, Pritzker said that “they’ll say anything, do anything, destroy anything to get elected.”
Ex-Vice President Pence on Republicans’ reaction to the raid at Trump’s Florida home: “Attacks on the FBI must stop.”
Pence indicates he’s open to testifying to the Jan. 6 committee.
Charlie Pierce at Esquire: “Has he been worried about alienating the people who wanted to kill him that day?
Two Illinois sisters—one from Chicago, one from Elmhurst—have pleaded guilty in the Capitol insurrection. (Image: FBI.)
Columnist Mary Schmich: “I don’t know that I’d vote for Liz Cheney for president. … But … I hope she kicks the butt of the bully who thinks he’s kicking hers.”
Cheney says she’ll do “whatever it takes” to defeat Trump …
 … whose political fundraising, The Washington Post reports, surged to more than $1 million a day after the raid.

24 hours, 6 kids shot. Gunfire Wednesday left a 15-year-old dead, a 6-year-old in critical condition and at least four others wounded.
Columnist Eric Zorn says Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke’s use of motherfucker was “the perfect word to describe the … jerks … who simper and sneer and nitpick at the anguish and rage so many of us feel about the serene indifference so many gun-rights activists exhibit to the sickening levels of gun violence in our society.”

Dangerous Chicago. A second tragedy within days left one man critically hurt and another missing in the Lake Michigan shoreline spot known as the Playpen.
Bicyclists are raising a flag about drivers who park in bike lanes for days, forcing bikes into traffic.

Have you joined a community solar program to save on your electric bill? Tribune reporter Nara Schoenberg wants to hear from you.

For you, a measly $5. Aiming to put a bribery scheme behind it, ComEd plans to rebate $38 million to its customers.
The Daily Show takes a devastating look at the relatively historically new racket that is bank overdraft fees.
Bank of America brags that its overdraft revenue has dropped 90% from a year ago.
A new episode of the Arm and a Leg podcast spotlights a nonprofit aiming to boil down medical-bill negotiation to a science.

‘Might be the most devastatingly critical book review I’ve ever read.’ Poynter’s Tom Jones (middle of today’s column) reviews The New York Times’ review of ex-first son-in-law Jared Kushner’s new book.
This line alone has gone viral: “Reading this book reminded me of watching a cat lick a dog’s eye goo.”

Eyeball game. As of last month—for the first time—Variety reports, “Americans now watch more stuff on TV from streaming services than either broadcast or cable.”
Critic Richard Roeper gives three stars to Disney+’s “silly but always entertaining” She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Sometimes, Chicago Public Square readers are surprising. Would you have guessed the most popular link in yesterday’s edition—triple the taps on the second-most-tapped link—would be this?
In which case, here’s the extended version …
 … and the subsequent interview with Better Call Saul stars Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn.

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