Trump under oath / ‘Your writers … are uninformed’ / Spidey at 60

Trump under oath. Updating coverage: The ex-president was being questioned today in the New York attorney general’s probe of his business dealings …
 … but he said he’d take the Fifth.
Tuesday’s primary election results brought a round of success for, in the words of The Associated Press, “Trump’s election-year tour of revenge.”

‘Kill all feds.’ CNN surveys more hateful rhetoric unleashed by the FBI raid on Trump’s Florida home.
Esquire’s Charlie Pierce, fighting COVID-19, details how he learned about the story: “The first place I went—and this may have been a result of my illness—was to the Fox News Channel, where hysteria reigned.”
Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry—a central Trumpworld figure—is condemning as “banana republic tactics” the FBI’s search-warrant seizure of his cellphone.
On The Daily Show, Trevor Noah marveled at how quickly Trumpists turn on law enforcement: “What happened to ‘If you don’t like what’s happening in America, why don’t you just leave?’”
Columnist Rex Huppke’s sarcastic take: “Civil wars often involve a steady stream of peaceful searches supported by warrants signed off on by judges after investigators have provided detailed information showing a crime may have been committed.”

What’s in the safe? New York’s Olivia Nuzzi “called a few former Trump aides to see what they remembered about his secure storage methods. Had he talked about his safe? Had anyone seen it?”
Poynter: How that blogger got the big scoop on the FBI’s search.
Politico: Why the Trump search warrant is nothing like Hillary Clinton’s emails.
Stephen Colbert: “We’re talking about the former president of the United States of America; the FBI raids his home, and all we can think is: Hmm, I wonder which of his crimes they’re investigating.”
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg says Trump ain’t toast yet: “I’m not saying this to sow despair, but to encourage resolve.”

Biden can’t catch a break. Another triumph for the president eclipsed today by Trump’s machinations: His signature on a bill expanding federal health care for veterans.
Same thing yesterday as he signed what he called a “once-in-a-generation investment in America itself,” a bill to inject more than $50 billion into U.S. research and manufacturing of semiconductor chips …
 … legislation that Gov. Pritzker hails as a boon for the nation’s “innovation belt,” including Illinois.
A Sun-Times editorial praises Chicago’s near-half-billion-dollar plan to power some of its biggest assets with renewable energy.

‘Actions tell a different story.’ Popular Information: Those celebrating corporations that have condemned Indiana’s ban on abortion—including Eli Lilly and Cummings—should consider the political candidates those companies have funded …
 … and it notes that the Indiana-based NCAA, which nominally supports abortion rights for college athletes, has been awfully quiet.

‘Your writers … are uninformed.’ The publisher of The TRiiBE explains why she told The Economist to take a flying leap when it asked her to help produce a documentary about the rise in American gun violence.
In what BuzzFeed News calls the first mass dismissal of murder charges in modern U.S. history, seven people allegedly framed by a Chicago detective are the latest of dozens to see their convictions vacated.
Chicago’s top cop has dismissed the guy charged with overseeing court-ordered reform at the police department.

‘Humanize and uplift our police.’ Add Ald. Sophia King to the cluster of candidates for Chicago mayor …
 … and she has a video to prove it.
She was appointed by Rahm Emanuel six years ago.
The Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman: Mayor Lightfoot’s play to regain Chicago cops’ support is falling on cynical ears.

COVID and the classroom. As Chicago kids head back to school next week, Chicago Public Schools are tossing aside mask and vaccine mandates …
 … but the district is encouraging all kids to get vaxxed.

Spidey at 60. This month marks the anniversary of the comics debut for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man …
 … a character whose legacy includes what the AP calls remarkable “appeal across race, gender and nationality.”
His co-creator, Stan Lee, joined your Square columnist for a memorable conversation back in 1998.

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