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The [Monday] Papers

1. The Unanswered Question On The Mind Of Every Politically Inclined Person In Chicago: What's The Deal With Willie Wilson?

Seriously, that's the story I would assign if I had me a newsroom. Just like that. Don't try to dress it up around boring standby journalistic narratives. Just set out to answer the question. Because that guy ain't right.

2. Also From The Beachwood Assignment Desk: Take A Deeper Look At This.

What I want to know: How does that compare with repaving before 2011? What is the cost? What are the figures per capita, including per automobile, given the decrease in the city's population? Has the mayor repaved more streets in his two re-election years than in all his other years? Vet those figures! With nothing to compare them to, we have no idea if they are meaningful.

3. Get The Granite City Story Right.

With President Trumpski visiting a downstate steel mill today, keep this early July post from Rich Miller in mind:

* July 6, 2018 Tribune story entitled "The Illinois town where Trump's tariffs have provided jobs, and a sigh of relief" claims tariffs alone have reopened the steel mill . . .

But the first blast furnace now has been restarted and U.S. Steel is filling 800 jobs at the mill, a result of the steep tariffs that President Donald Trump announced on imported steel and aluminum earlier this year. The Trump administration has in recent months imposed tariffs on goods from Canada, Mexico and China and on Friday imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. That country responded by levying tariffs of its own on American-made goods.

Tariffs may very well have played a role. Yet there was not a single mention in the entire Tribune story of the Granite City plant's direct and crucial connection to the rebounding Texas oil industry.

P.S.: Gov. Bruce Rauner has made the political calculation that he ought not be seen with the president, though he didn't mind being seen with the vice president, who, after all, is one of the greatest leaders in American history.

Or maybe today is laundry day and the governor dare not risk being without his cowboy shirts the rest of the week.

4. The Real World vs. Trumpland.



See also:

-> Boddiger, Splinter: As Expected, Trump And His Enablers Lie About Carter Page FISA Documents.

-> Okun, Politico: Carter Page Acknowledges Working As Informal Adviser To Russia.

-> Savage, Times: How A Trump Decision Revealed a G.O.P. Memo's Shaky Foundation.

And by "shaky foundation," the Times means "a purposeful foundation of lies designed to mislead the country in order to protect their president and maintain their grip on power with no care for the facts or the common decency to run a democracy."

5. On The Other Hand, Sometimes The New York Times Is Infuriating.

How the Times puts it:

"The rapper's relationship with the news media has not always been so cozy. In 2016, he threatened to stop working with MTV after the channel's news site posted a lukewarm review of his album Coloring Book and a show from its related tour. Mr. Corcoran told Spin at the time that he and Chance had 'agreed that the article was offensive' and brought their concerns to MTV, where a representative 'took ownership of the editorial misstep.'"

What really happened:

Chance The Rapper Pressured MTV Into Killing Critical Story.

6. Signature Move.

"When Michael D. Cohen needed $17 million to buy a Manhattan apartment building in 2015, he went to Signature Bank," the Times reports.

Signature had existed for less than two decades, and compared with some of its New York rivals, it was a small player occupying unglamorous niches.

Yet it was a natural place to go for Mr. Cohen, who was Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer. Years earlier, he had helped initiate a relationship between Signature and Mr. Trump, and the bank became an unlikely go-to lender for the future president and his extended family.

The bank lent money to Mr. Trump's Florida golf course. It lent money to Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump's son-in-law, and to Mr. Kushner's father, Charles. It provided Mr. Trump and his business with checking accounts. And Ivanka Trump sat on Signature's board of directors while the bank was lending to her father and her husband, Mr. Kushner.

Wait, what?

In September 2011, Signature named Ms. Trump, who was 29, to its board. She was paid $198,875 in 2012 in cash and stock.

Mr. Shay said Ms. Trump had been invited onto the nine-member board as part of an effort to recruit younger directors and to give it a second woman.

"She was an active, engaged board member," Mr. Shay said. "She read everything and asked questions if she didn't understand."

Giving seats on the board of a publicly traded company like Signature to people directly connected to large clients is generally frowned on.



It occurs to me: Ivanka made almost twice as much as a Signature director as Hillary Clinton did trading cattle futures!

7. Is Going On The Radio With John Kass Akin To Going On Alex Jones's Show At This Point?

8. How The Jesse Chavez Trade Looks From Texas.

9. Dear USA Today And Other Media Outlets: The Josh Hader Story Does Not "Show The Dangers Of Social Media," It Shows The Dangers Of Being A Racist Homophobe.

Unless your argument is to beware social media because it might reveal what a horrible person you are.

10. 16 Varieties Of Ritz Crackers Recalled.

BREAKING: Ritz Has More Than 15 Varieties Of Crackers!


No, but seriously, don't eat the crackers.


America ought to recall its crackers; it has more than 15 varieties and they are poisoning the country.


I dunno, I tried a few varieties of that line, but didn't spend enough time to hone it into something really good - which maybe wasn't even possible. They can't all be winners, which is your lesson for the day.


New on the Beachwood today . . .

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Courtney Barnett, Melkbelly, Tame Impala, Lauryn Hill, Open Mike Eagle, Japanese Breakfast, Morbosidad, Japandroids, The War On Drugs, Saba, This Heat, Hollie Cook, Noname, Dram, Moses Sumney, Berhana, Chance The Rapper, Smokey Robinson, Usher, (Sandy) Alex G, Smino, Ravyn Lenae, Kelly Lee Owens, Kweku Collins, Paul Cherry, Chaka Khan, Fleet Foxes, and Boardinghouse Reach.

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Cash Advance?
A strategy for Reynaldo Lopez.



The Bearable Lightness Of Janus
'[W]orkers would actually be better off financially under a direct reimbursement regime than the pre-Janus fair share regime.'



Pie: Putin's America
A president and his protege.



The War On Kids
'An exposé of the grim reality of children coming of age in prison.'




Colombia Fest 🇨🇴

A post shared by Allison Grote Gerlach (@allisugerlach) on



Chicago Window Washers Strike Rally.


A sampling.








The Beachwood Tronc Line: Lowlights.


Posted on July 23, 2018

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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