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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Should Trump be criticized over his policies or his psychology?

Posted By on 01.29.17 at 03:57 PM

Editorial pages are divided on how best to critique the new president. - MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
  • MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
  • Editorial pages are divided on how best to critique the new president.
There are two primary ways to criticize Donald Trump's presidency right now. They aren't mutually exclusive, but they're at odds. And both are showing up in the editorial pages of the nation's newspapers.

The common way for editorial pages to find fault with Trump can be seen in the lead editorial in Friday's Chicago Tribune: "Mr. President, don't build that wall". The Tribune called Trump "impulsive and often reckless with his words," but limited itself to challenging the president on a matter of policy—that governing our relationship with Mexico.

On the other hand, the lead New York Times editorial the same day also addressed Trump and Mexico, but its headline dipped a toe in the alternative case to be made against the new presidency: "Donald Trump's Mexico Tantrum."

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‘We won today—we'll see what happens tomorrow’: Protesters and volunteer lawyers brace for long fight after detainees are freed from O’Hare

Posted By and on 01.29.17 at 03:13 PM

Thousands of people gathered outside O'Hare's Terminal 5 Saturday evening to protest President Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. - PHILIP MONTORO
  • Philip Montoro
  • Thousands of people gathered outside O'Hare's Terminal 5 Saturday evening to protest President Trump's ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

Not one of the 17 people held for questioning at O'Hare International Airport Saturday was a refugee—or a terrorist for that matter. Most of them were visa or green card holders who had previously been granted long-term or permanent residency in the United States. Two of them were babies who had been born in the U.S. and who had been taken to Iran to meet their extended families. But all had the misfortune of being in transit on Friday evening when President Donald Trump issued his executive order banning nationals of six mostly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. The order also banned the entry of refugees for the next 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

A local blogger mixes poetry and fashion

Posted By on 01.28.17 at 08:00 AM

Street View is a fashion series in which Isa Giallorenzo spotlights some of the coolest styles seen in Chicago.

ISA GIALLORENZO
  • Isa Giallorenzo

"Be yourself in whatever you do," says Monika Latala of the fashion blog effiesdress.com. Effie, her alter ego, is a name she took from one of her favorite poems, "Here Is Little Effie's Head" by E.E. Cummings. "It's about being fearless, not afraid to make a statement, and that's what Effie helps me do in fashion." After moving from Poland, Latala began blogging "because the need to share my looks became stronger than the fear of starting my own page, " she says. "[Late, legendary New York Times fashion photographer] Bill Cunningham said, 'Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life,' and I totally agree with that."

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Friday, January 27, 2017

The Jazz Record Art Collective celebrates the music of Ornette Coleman onstage

Posted By on 01.27.17 at 02:00 PM

Ornette Coleman - JIMMY KATZ
  • Jimmy Katz
  • Ornette Coleman

Since September 2013, Chris Anderson, a former floor manager at the Green Mill, has been organizing a monthly series that invites local jazz musicians to assemble new groups in order to play a classic and/or overlooked album in its entirety. During its run, his Jazz Record Art Collective project has expanded its range: though the bulk of the albums celebrated have been hard bop at their core, other installments have explored free jazz or more fusion-oriented work. The next concert is on Wednesday, February 1, when a newly convened quartet called Garden of Souls performs two albums by Ornette Coleman at the Fulton Street Collective.

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Bill T. Jones, Chicago Restaurant Week, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend

Posted By on 01.27.17 at 01:45 PM

Choreographer Bill T. Jones stops by the DuSable Museum for a presentation in association with "Art AIDS America." - GETTY IMAGES FOR PRINCESS GRACE FOUNDATION
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  • Choreographer Bill T. Jones stops by the DuSable Museum for a presentation in association with "Art AIDS America."


There's plenty to do this weekend, apart from catching stray snowflakes on your tongue. Here's some of what we recommend:


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Representative Luis Gutiérrez responds to Trump: the president's not offering real solutions to Chicago violence, and other news

Posted By on 01.27.17 at 06:00 AM

Representative Luis Gutierrez speaks to immigrant rights advocates during a Washington, D.C., rally against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. - AP PHOTO/JOSE LUIS MAGANA
  • AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana
  • Representative Luis Gutierrez speaks to immigrant rights advocates during a Washington, D.C., rally against President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, January 27, 2016.

 

  • Luis Gutiérrez: Trump can tweet, but he doesn't have real solutions to  Chicago violence

U.S. rep Luis Gutiérrez says that President Donald Trump is using Chicago's violence surge for his "own political gain" and doesn't have any real solutions. Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that he will "send in the feds" to Chicago if the "carnage" doesn't stop. "I think what President Trump has done is simply say 'Look at the carnage' without offering a solution,'" the Democratic congressman, who represents large areas of the south and west sides, said on CNN Thursday. "What we need is a president that doesn't tweet but offers real solutions." White House press secretary Sean Spicer says that the president wants an open dialogue with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on solving the problem. "I think next is, we will get, hopefully, get a dialogue started with Mayor Emanuel, try to figure out what a path forward can be so that we get, we come up with a plan that can keep the people of Chicago safe and help stop, help ease, the problem there," Spicer said Thursday. [The Hill] [Sun-Times]

  • Six people shot during memorial for woman shot outside elementary school

A memorial for 20-year-old Jamayah Fields turned violent Wednesday evening when six people attending the memorial were shot, including Fields's mother and a 12-year-old girl, according to DNAinfo Chicago. The vigil was taking place in a restaurant in the 500 block of East 75th when a shooter or shooters arrived and starting firing. "I know for sure that they were targeted," antiviolence activist Jedidiah Brown told the news site. He added later: "It was like an ambush. It was a planned ambush of the family." The crowd was mostly women and children, according to Roderick Sawyer, alderman of the ward where the shootings took place. [DNAinfo Chicago]

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Can loose tweets sink presidents?

Posted By on 01.26.17 at 01:44 PM

Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The park's official Twitter feed "went rogue" this week. - ADAM GULKIS
  • Adam Gulkis
  • Badlands National Park in South Dakota. The park's official Twitter feed "went rogue" this week.

If Donald Trump truly wants to turn off the spigots of hostile information flowing out of the federal government and insolent sass flowing in, may I suggest a war? In wartime even people with ardent attachments to the First Amendment find themselves agreeing everyone needs to shut up.

On Tuesday the White House ordered a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency—no new press releases or blog entries or posts to social media accounts.

The response? Mysterious tweets from Badlands National Park in South Dakota offering the sort of scientific info that might infuriate a climate-change denier. For example: "Today, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is higher than at any time in the last 650,000 years."

By Tuesday evening the tweets had disappeared.

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The Newberry Library wants your protest signs and pussyhats

Posted By on 01.26.17 at 08:00 AM

A selection of materials from the Women's March that have been collected by the Newberry Library - COURTESY NEWBERRY LIBRARY
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  • A selection of materials from the Women's March that have been collected by the Newberry Library

Even before the Women's March last Saturday was history, the archivists at the Newberry Library suspected it would be historic. They put out a call for Chicagoans to send in photos and bring their signs, their buttons, their pussyhats, and whatever other materials they carried with them to the library to be preserved forever in its archive.

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Trump signs executive order to end federal funding of sanctuary cities, including Chicago, and other news

Posted By on 01.26.17 at 06:00 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump displays one of the four executive orders he signed Wednesday. - PHOTO BY CHIP SOMODEVILLA/GETTY IMAGES
  • Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
  • U.S. President Donald Trump displays one of the four executive orders he signed Wednesday.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, January 26, 2016.

 

  • Rahm declares that Chicago will remain a sanctuary city despite Trump executive order to pull funding

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that Chicago will continue to protect undocumented immigrants from federal deportation despite an executive order from President Donald Trump to pull federal funds from sanctuary cities. "Jurisdictions that willfully refuse to comply [with federal immigration laws] are not eligible to receive federal grants except as deemed necessary for law enforcement purposes," reads the executive order signed by Trump Wednesday. "Wherever you came from, you're welcome here," Emanuel told reporters in response to the order. It is unclear how the loss of federal funds would affect the city, but in order to remove all of the city's approximately $1.3 billion in federal funding, Congress would have to approve the move, according to DNAinfo Chicago. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Trump wants to send the "Feds" into Chicago to handle "carnage"; Johnson does not want National Guard troops

Meanwhile, Trump is also threatening to intervene in Chicago if the gun violence doesn't stop. "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!" the president tweeted Tuesday night. Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department seem open to accept some type of federal help—but maybe not National Guard troops. "As the mayor said just a few hours ago, the Chicago Police Department is more than willing to work with the federal government to build on our partnerships with D.O.J., F.B.I., D.E.A. and A.T.F. and boost federal prosecution rates for gun crimes in Chicago," CPD superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement. But Johnson doesn't want Trump to send in the National Guard, and isn't really sure what Trump is talking about in the tweet, he told the Tribune. [New York Times] [Tribune]

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Barron Trump is fair game in Barron Trump: Up Past Bedtime

Posted By on 01.25.17 at 05:11 PM

Shannon Noll as Barron Trump - CASSIE AHIERS
  • Cassie Ahiers
  • Shannon Noll as Barron Trump

Former Chicagoan and Second City alum Katie Rich was suspended from her writing position on Saturday Night Live after she posted a tweet on January 20 in which she joked that Barron Trump, the ten-year-old son of President Donald Trump, "will be this country's first homeschool shooter." Rich apologized on Twitter, but the the initial tweet and SNL's disciplinary action has sparked debates about the apparent double standard of who gets reprimanded for posts on social media, censorship of comedians (and the pressure to self-censor), and whether a child, even if he happens to be the son of the president of the United States, is fair game for humorists.

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