- Just four more days to cast a vote in Washington state's primary. Netroots rockstar Darcy Burner faces a tough challenge snagging the Democratic nomination. More from Joan.
- The United Nations' World Food Programme races to alleviate suffering in North Korea where extreme flooding has killed hundreds, left an estimated 63,000 homeless, 50,000 without clean drinking water, and ruined crops.
- United Auto Workers build momentum toward unionizing a Nissan plant in Mississippi. It would be the first instance of a foreign-owned US auto plant unionizing.
- Representatives from Jesse Jackson, Jr's office tell The Root, he ain't going anywhere.
- John Boehner, who has been drawing a taxpayer-funded paycheck for 27 years, says: "But the president has never created a job. He's never even had a real job, for God's sake."
- Christian Science Monitor lists much of Speaker Boehner's unfinished business as Congress breaks for recess.
- Judge rules Southern Poverty Law Center's constitutional challenge of the Defense of Marriage act may proceed in the Ninth Circuit. Speaker Boehner's henchman, Paul Clement, will soon have the pleasure of explaining why 12-year Army Veteran Tracey Cooper-Harris, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, is undeserving of equal Veteran's benefits.
- Salon's Mary Elizabeth Williams asks, Did God help Gabrielle Douglas win?
- giant panda Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth cub on July 29 at the San Diego Zoo. Mom and cub are doing fine.
- Related? Center for Disease Control reports cigar sales are spiking in America.
- The Atlantic's Robert Wright on Mitt Romney's "culture problem":
I mean, gosh, why didn't those Palestinians have the wisdom to be born into a nice Mormon family--with nice Mormon culture--whose patriarch was head of American Motors? And, come to think of it, why didn't all those unemployed Americans exhibit similar foresight?
Mitt's a pretty smart guy, but there's one thing he just can't seem to wrap his mind around: not being Mitt.
- Hack of the week (not Romney's comm team): Deadspin reports someone targeted Major League Baseball teams for cyber-mischief. (Derek Jeter will not be gender transitioning).
- NASA moves forward on elaborate testing for a future Mars probe. Did you know, India too, has their sights set on exploring the Red Planet?
- World Health Organization officials say the ebola outbreak in Uganda is under control.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham at Chick-fil-A (Facebook)
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