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  • Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is An ugly decision:
    Cartoon by Jen Sorensen - An ugly decision
  • Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels sought to censor college classes:
    Emails obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show Daniels requested that historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn's writings be banned from classrooms and asked for a "cleanup" of college courses. In another exchange, the Republican talks about cutting funding for a program run by a local university professor who was one of his sharpest critics.
  • Terrorism includes whatever the authorities say it does:
    One of the assurances I keep hearing about the U.S. government's spying on American citizens is that it's only used in cases of terrorism. Terrorism is, of course, an extraordinary crime, and its horrific nature is supposed to justify permitting all sorts of excesses to prevent it. But there's a problem with this line of reasoning: mission creep. The definitions of "terrorism" and "weapon of mass destruction" are broadening, and these extraordinary powers are being used, and will continue to be used, for crimes other than terrorism. [...]

    The most egregious example of this are the three anti-nuclear pacifists, including an 82-year-old nun, who cut through a chain-link fence at the Oak Ridge nuclear-weapons-production facility in 2012. While they were originally arrested on a misdemeanor trespassing charge, the government kept increasing their charges as the facility's security lapses became more embarrassing. Now the protestors have been convicted of violent crimes of terrorism -- and remain in jail.

  • No pistols with the caffè latte, please:
    An Indiana woman is leading a charge to keep guns out a popular coffee shop.

    Indiana law allows Hoosiers to legally carry a gun if they have a permit. A Zionsville mom says Starbucks should join other businesses to ban guns at their stores, regardless of the law. [...]

    "I did not realize that I was taking my kids to Starbucks and they could be standing next to someone with a loaded weapon," said Watts.

  • BREAKING: Gay marriage becomes legal in Britain as Queen Elizabeth II gives royal approval
  • Vatican: Share the pope's tweets, shorten your sentence:
    According to the Italian paper, Corriere della Sera, in order for Catholics to earn years off of their time in purgatory, they must either attend the upcoming Rio World Youth Day in person, or follow the event on Twitter or any other method online.
  • Beijing to give sun power big boost:
    China aims to more than quadruple solar power generating capacity to 35 gigawatts by 2015 in an apparent bid to ease a massive glut in the domestic solar panel industry.

    The target has been stated previously by the State Grid, which manages the country’s electricity distribution, but now has the official backing of the State Council, the country’s cabinet and its top governing body.

  • Ooops:
    John Bullard of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Division of Fisheries says he has spoken to brothers Max and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. about their rescue of an estimated 500-pound turtle in Nantucket Sound over the July Fourth weekend.

    The Kennedys freed the leatherback turtle from a buoy line wrapped around its head and fins.

    Bullard tells the Cape Cod Times the rescue was a violation of the Endangered Species Act. He says only the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is certified to handle turtles.

  • Neolithic farmers used manure to grow crops 8,000 years ago:
    It had always been assumed that manure wasn't used as a fertiliser until Iron Age and Roman times. However, this new research shows that enriched levels of nitrogen-15, a stable isotope abundant in manure, have been found in the charred cereal grains and pulse seeds taken from 13 Neolithic sites around Europe.
  • On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Greg Dworkin gives us some analysis of the plummeting health care coverage premiums approved for the New York market beginning next year, and rounds up the reactions to "Nuclear Tuesday," Jenny McCarthy, and more. Then, post-game analysis on the nuclear option, what it means going forward, and why a WSJ weep-itorial on the subject is cramped in its thinking and completely stupid. Next, the first half of that long-promised Brookings essay on Sandy Hook Promise. Finally, a look ahead at what we'll try to get to during the balance of the week.

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