Big news, lost among lots of chatter about a rich jerk who’s running for something. Adam Chandler for The Atlantic has A Cuban Flag Rises in the District of Columbia, from Monday, July 20.
For Slate Jamelle Bouie offers up Trump’s Not Done Yet, moderately conventional, post-McCain criticism thinking about the Donald and the campaign. For smarter thinking the Associated Press has Trump’s Self-Paid Presidential Run Means He’s Not Going Away by Julie Bykowicz. Ms. Bykowicz quotes GOP pollster and smart guy Frank Luntz, who says:
Nobody leaves a race because they get tired, or because they think they do not have the votes. They leave the race because they run out of money. Donald Trump will never run out of money, and that makes him incredibly powerful.
Rs, Frank Luntz has identified a major problem for you. (Ron Elving—another really smart guy—has Rumors Of The Donald’s Demise May Be Greatly Exaggerated (Or At Least Premature) for National Public Radio.)
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted of 18 felonies in June 2011. On July 21, 2015 the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals set aside five of the felony convictions, and vacated a 14 year prison sentence. Here from the Chicago Sun-Times is Five Counts Thrown Out on Blago; Resentencing Likely, written by Jon Seidel, Natasha Korecki, and Kim Janssen. Here’s the opinion. And just for kicks, here’s a list of Illinois governors since I was born in 1957. Bold face? Convicted felon! The stats are 4 of 11, or 36%.
William Stratton (R); Otto Kerner (D); Samuel Shapiro (D); Richard Ogilvie (R); Dan Walker (D); James Thompson (R); Jim Edgar (R); George Ryan (R); Rob Blagojevich (D); Pat Quinn (D); and Bruce Rauner (R)
Ben Wofford has written Up in the Air: Meet the Man Who Flies Around the World for Free for Rolling Stone. Not my thing, for sure, for I’ve got a life—and yes, I know the one about “if you don’t have something nice to say …”—but if obsessive-compulsive behavior interests you, read this piece.
I’m reaching with food right now, so work with me, please. The Curator has written for July 22, on July 21. Alabama was the 22nd admitted state in the Union—yes, it left for a bit, but the food section is apolitical—and Illinois was admitted 11 days earlier. Selections come from gas·tron·o·my. From Birmingham Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q caught my eye. And from Chicago? I’d really like to have a dinner at Girl & the Goat and it’s less fancy kin, Little Goat, looks good too … but, from among the places Cathy Chaplin has reviewed, I really, really want to get to Longman & Eagle in Logan Square. Here’s a picture of the burger: