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8:25 AM ET, June 8, 2014


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Tony Cook / The Indianapolis Star, Indystar:
Richard Mourdock says nation going way of Hitler's Nazi Germany  —  FORT WAYNE - Reaction ranged from anger to shock to befuddlement after Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock compared the nation's direction to Hitler's Nazi Germany during a farewell speech at the Indiana Republican Convention on Saturday.
Stephanpastis / Pearls Before Swine:
Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page?  Well, He Just Did.  —  Bill Watterson is the Bigfoot of cartooning.  —  He is legendary.  He is reclusive.  And like Bigfoot, there is really only one photo of him in existence.
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
Feds propose chemical safety overhaul  —  A federal taskforce on Friday proposed a sweeping plan to shore up safety at the nation's chemical plants.  —  The Chemical Facility Safety and Security Working Group final report to President Obama comes in response to last year's fertilizer plant explosion …
Billionaire Heir Sentenced To Four Months In Jail For Sexually Assaulting His Stepdaughter  —  A Wisconsin billionaire pled guilty to sexual assault of his stepdaughter, but was only sentenced to four months in jail on Friday.  Samuel Curtis Johnson III, heir to the SC Johnson cleaning supplies empire …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
6 Cities Competing for 2016 Democratic Convention  —  New York, Hillary Rodham Clinton's political base, and two cities in presidential battleground Ohio are among the six cities under consideration for the 2016 Democratic National Committee, officials announced Saturday.
Discussion: CNN
Eric Niiler / Discovery News:
Neurotic Robots Act More Human  —  8TrickyTasksforRobotsinDARPA'sChallenge  —  VIEW CAPTION + VIEW CAPTION + VIEW CAPTION + VIEW CAPTION + VIEW CAPTION + … Robots are good at computational tasks like playing chess, figuring out bus routes or solving math problems, for example.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Official: Bergdahl Details Don't Add Up  —  Reported details of the high-profile prisoner swap that freed Bowe Bergdahl over the weekend are not telling the full story, according to a high-level intelligence official involved in efforts to find and rescue the Army sergeant.
Discussion: Hot Air
The Times of Israel:
Netanyahu ‘loathes’ Obama, Israel's opposition leader charges  —  PM's hostility to president is 'endangering Israel's security,' claims Labor's Isaac Herzog, in rare confirmation of long-rumored strained ties between ‘Bibi’ and ‘Barack’  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “loathes” …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Latest moves show the inner President Obama has been unleashed
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
When Will Fury Start to Grow Over Growing Fury?  —  The White House, says the LA Times for the third straight day, is facing “growing fury” over L'Affaire Bergdahl.  How many times have I read a headline like this over the past few years.  Dozens?  Hundreds?  —  Hard to say.
Ryan Koronowski / ThinkProgress:
Three Ways Climate Change Is Going To Ruin Your Beer  —  Water is beer's primary ingredient, and brewers are worried about having enough.  —  In 2011, it took brewing giant Anheuser-Busch Inbev 3.5 barrels of water to produce 1 barrel of beer.  Due to concerns over drought and shrinking water supplies …
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
David Lat / Above the Law:
Benchslap Of The Day: The D.C. Circuit Calls Out A Top Law School Professor  —  Petitioner's brief, unfortunately, was laden with obscure acronyms notwithstanding the admonitions in our handbook (and on our website) to avoid uncommon acronyms.  Since the brief was signed by a faculty member …
Discussion: Washington Post
Natalie Kitroeff / New York Times:
Student Loans Make it Hard to Rent or Buy a Home  —  For young people, moving to New York City hasn't made much mathematical sense for decades.  The jobs don't pay enough, the internships don't pay at all, and the rents are prohibitive by any sane standard.
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Francis Fukuyama / Wall Street Journal:
Twenty-five years after Tiananmen Square and the Berlin Wall's fall, liberal democracy still has no real competitors
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Greg Miller / Wired:
Vintage Chemistry Sets Show We Used to Be Way More Chill About Chemicals
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Feinstein: CIA to finish declassifying Senate report by July 4
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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British D-Day vet ditches nursing home for secret trip to Normandy
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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