Projected high 80’s today, hope you get to enjoy it. Here are the 7 news stories after 7 to know today. Make small talk, better.
Classified Revelation? Not even 24 hours into the news breaking that #45 revealed certain highly classified information to Russian officials (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak) during their White House visit last week, #45 went to twitter this AM to admit it even though members of his administration vehemently denied it with H.R. McMaster calling the Washington Post story false. The reasoning from #45 for sharing? “which I have the absolute right to do, facts pertaining to terrorism and airline flight safety. Humanitarian reasons & he wanted Russia to step up and help more in the fight against ISIS.” WaPo broke the news yesterday, and NY Times, Reuters all confirmed it. In other administration news, the personal cell phone of defense secy. James Mattis was accidentally revealed by bodyguard Keith Schiller. Also, the DNC staffer, Seth Rich, who was killed last year, did have links to Wikileaks after all….Read more
• Benefit Chicago, the collaboration organization between The Chicago Community Trust, MacArthur and Calvert Foundation, that launched last year with a $65 million backing announced its first $12 million in loans to six small businesses and nonprofits, reports Chicago Tribune. “The community-focused organization takes in investment money from everyday Chicagoans who want to do good. Individuals can buy bonds online with as little as $20 through the Calvert Foundation, creating a pool of money that is used to make loans to businesses and nonprofit groups that would not qualify for bank loans.”
• Can Chicago be a city with two major newspapers under the same owner? Michael Ferro and the tronc M&A team thinks so as they’ve put in letter of intent to purchase the Sun-Times, the Reader “and other assets” from owner Wrapports. The Justice Dept. Antitrust Division still has to give the ok or another buyers steps up to the plate. Ferro, current majority shareholder of tronc (formerly Tribune publishing) used to be part of the ownership of Wrapports. In other Chicago media news, what’s going on with Kathy from Eric & Kathy radio show? Feder’s got the scoop.
• Is the Syrian government hiding (burning) mass killings of prisoners in a crematorium constructed at its Sednaya military prison near Damascus? Reports indicate that the US officials have evidence Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government “has installed a crematorium in the Sednaya prison complex which could dispose of detainees’ remains with little evidence.”
• Digital pirates are on the rise and they have their eye on one of Disney’s treasures. Hackers claim to have stolen the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film and are demanding that Disney pay a ransom or else have it released online.
• Bravo’s upcoming new scripted series “All That Glitters” will delve into the rivalry and relationship between Anna Wintour and Tina Brown. The show will tell the story of each woman’s meteoric rise to power in the world of women’s magazines; Wintour at Vogue and Brown at Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Daily Beast. In other fashion news, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, has designed costumes for dancer and choreographer Sébastien Bertaud, for his piece “Renaissance,” a ballet that will be performed as part of a program of four pieces by up-and-coming talents at the Paris Opera from June 13 to 18.
“You will have failures in your life, but it is what you do during those valleys that will determine the heights of your peaks.”― Rahm Emanuel
LOOK OF THE DAY
Jenna Dewan Tatum in David Koma dress @ NBC Upfronts