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The [Monday] Papers

"Former Vice President Joe Biden has used Barack Obama's beloved status among Democratic voters to insulate him from criticism from the massive field of candidates jockeying to be the next president," the Daily Beast reports.

"But in recent weeks, the Democratic frontrunner has had that legacy used against him, with his competitors pointing the to shortcomings of the last Democratic administration as evidence that Biden's not up to the task of leading the next one.

"Barack Obama, personally, is incredibly popular among Democratic primary voters," Karthik Ganapathy, a progressive consultant now running his own firm, told The Daily Beast. "And also at the same time, there's a growing recognition that income and wealth inequality got worse under his eight years, the climate crisis got worse during his eight years, deportations went up during his time in office, and so on."

No comment.

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"On issues stemming from immigration to health care and foreign policy, the 2020 candidates have been increasingly critical in their public assessments of the Obama administration. And they've used opportunities from the debate stage to candidate forums to try and turn Biden's ties to the former president from an overwhelming asset into something more complicated . . .

"The subtle targeting of Biden has come as Democratic activists and progressives have continued to grapple with the Obama legacy as well. In particular, the Trump administration's family separation policy and inhumane conditions in detention facilities has sparked a broader conversation among Democratic voters about whether the Obama administration's own deportation policies laid the groundwork for the current controversies."

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See also:

* Washington Post: Margaret Sullivan: Shocked By Trump's Aggression Against Reporters And Sources? The Blueprint Was Made By Obama.

* The Bureau of Investigative Journalism: CIA Torture Unredacted: Revealing What Was Hidden In The U.S. Senate Torture Report.

"The impetus for our investigation came from the long-awaited publication of a report into CIA torture by the US Senate Select Intelligence Committee. The authors of this report had high-level access to internal CIA documents, which they mined to produce a damning assessment of the torture program's brutality, mismanagement and ineffectiveness. But they were compelled by the Obama administration, and by the CIA itself, to censor - 'redact' - all parts of the report that could identify specific times and places where abuses had occurred.

"This is important, because without being able to tie illegal activities to specific times and places, the quest for redress is hamstrung, and meaningful accountability - legal, public, historical - remains a mirage."

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Last Chance
Chance The Rapper Expected To Perform In Chicago Before Bears Season Opener.

I'd rather have the alligator.

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Butter Stuff
"After years of declining sales, it was time to lay a finger on Butterfinger," the Tribune reports.

"The iconic candy bar, with its bright orange filling and familiar "nobody lay a finger on my Butterfinger" ad campaign, has experienced a sales turnaround since relaunching early this year with a new recipe and a new look, according to executives at Oakbrook Terrace-based Ferrara Candy.

"It is among several legacy brands getting a reboot since Ferrara's parent company, Italy's Ferrero Group, purchased Nestle's U.S. confectionary business last year, helping reinforce Chicago's reputation as the nation's candy-making capital."

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Also: Famous Butterburger Chain Culver's Plans Third Chicago Restaurant In Ravenswood.

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Idea: Stick the Butterfingers in the Butterburgers.

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Net Set
White Sox To Play First Home Game With Extended Protective Netting.

Long overdue. I was at a White Sox game a couple weeks ago with sitting behind home plate and you really can't notice the netting unless you try - and even then you can see the game fine, as many others have also noted.

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Cubs Extending Netting At Wrigley Field.

Oh, wait, that's from 2018, extending the netting to the outfield edge of the dugouts.

Your move, Ricketts.

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See also: The White Sox, Tigers And Nationals Just Did Something Amazing For Their Fans (And Taught A Major League Lesson In Leadership).

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Pilsen Miracle
"A city effort to preserve the architectural history of 18th Street in Pilsen seems to have accomplished the impossible: bring together developers and affordable housing activists to oppose a plan they say will unnecessarily complicate development and make maintaining existing housing stock prohibitively expensive," the Chicago Reporter says.

Click through to get caught up if you haven't been following this story.

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Brand X
Naperville Votes To 'Protect The Brand,' Banning Recreational Pot Sales.

That's about right.

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Good job, Naperville. No one in your community of almost 150,000 people is buying, selling or smoking pot and you're keeping it that way!

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New on the Beachwood . . .

Highlights | Pitchfork 2019
15 favorites.

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Breaking: Trump Still Racist
"What's going on?" an exasperated Jonathan Pie, TV Reporter, asks. "What is this lack of moral backbone? We've crossed a line. Stand up to this man - this stupid, deluded, talentless, fucking joke of a moron of a man is a joke no longer."

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Trump & Hitler
From The New Yorker to The Daily Show, a lot of media folks are finally making the comparison.

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Smokey The Controversial Bear
Sometimes Smokey gets caught in the middle of the campaign's roots in World War II patriotism, propaganda and racism.

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Tube Packaging Market Worth $9.3 Billion By 2021
According to the report Tube Packaging Market by Type (Squeeze Tubes, Twist Tubes), Application (Cosmetics & Oral Care, Food & Beverages, Pharmaceuticals, Cleaning Products), Material (Laminated, Aluminum, Plastic), and Region - Global Forecast to 2021.

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From the Beachwood Sports Desk . . .

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #261: Cubs As They Are
Just see the team in front of you, please. Plus: The Candy Man, Where Will Willy Play, Theo's Trades & Bad Baserunning; Rested White Sox Wither; Bears Angry At Video Game Ratings; Mark Potash vs. Stan Bowman; and Best Offseason Ever?

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SportsMonday: Rolling Cubs Hit Tough Road
Facing their biggest weaknesses: Away games and a missing bat.

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The White Sox Report: Right On Streaky Schedule
Following the Cubs' and Astros' templates to a 'T.'

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ChicagoReddit

An actual post from the Illinois Republican County Chair Association from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Rick Ross Performs In Chicago for ComplexCon.

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BeachBook

Scientists Write Eulogy To Iceland's First Glacier Lost To Climate Change.

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Hotels Face Battle On Whether To Help House US Migrants.

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EFF Sues AT&T, Data Bounty Hunters.

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Debunking The Capitalist Cowboy.

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The Lonely Pursuit Of Air Hockey Greatness.

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Secretly Recorded Phone Call Offers Window Into How Live Nation Helped Metallica And Other Artists Place Tickets Directly On Resale Market.

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Chicago's 'Queen Of Tape' Makes Art With Duct Tape.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Cubs' Ricketts Family To Provide Ivy For Trump's Border Wall.

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The Beachwood McRibTipLine: Ivy league.



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