Attorney General William Barr was in Chicago on Wednesday to tout “Operation Legend” arrests, saying the federal operation has led to a significant decline in homicides in Chicago since its inception in July. But Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the feds shouldn’t take credit for reductions in violence in the city, and she blasted Barr’s “victory lap” as “factually inaccurate.”
In other news, lawmakers met with marijuana applicants in a virtual town hall to talk about the social equity component of the pot license lottery — and whether it’s missing the mark.
And legendary presidential journalist and author Bob Woodward interviewed President Donald Trump 18 times for his new book “Rage” — and some of those tapes were released Wednesday with the president talking about the coronavirus.
According to Woodward in his new book, Trump admitted he knew weeks before the first confirmed U.S. coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous, airborne, highly contagious and “more deadly than even your strenuous flus,” and that he repeatedly played it down publicly.
Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Heather Cherone and Carol Marin discuss these stories and more in this week’s edition of “Spotlight Politics.”