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9:40 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.
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Official: Bergdahl Details Don't Add Up
Discussion: Hot Air
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Clinton's book sets foundation for 2016 run  —  Are you ready for Hillary?  If not, this is a week to turn off the television, put aside your morning paper, get off the Internet, never look at your Twitter feed, avoid Facebook and stay out of bookstores.  —  Even then you probably won't be able …
Washington Post:
How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution  —  The pair of education advocates had a big idea, a new approach to transform every public-school classroom in America.  By early 2008, many of the nation's top politicians and education leaders had lined up in support.  —  But that wasn't enough.
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 …
Perla Trevizo / Arizona Daily Star:
Condition ‘good, improving’ of hundreds of Central American minors held in Nogales  —  About 750 immigrant children were being held at a detention center in Nogales as of Saturday, officials said, the result of an influx of border crossers in South Texas that has the federal government scrambling to keep up.
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” …
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
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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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
When Will Fury Start to Grow Over Growing Fury?
Ryan Koronowski / ThinkProgress:
Three Ways Climate Change Is Going To Ruin Your Beer
Discussion: Houston Chronicle
David Lat / Above the Law:
Benchslap Of The Day: The D.C. Circuit Calls Out A Top Law School Professor
Discussion: Washington Post
Greg Miller / Wired:
Vintage Chemistry Sets Show We Used to Be Way More Chill About Chemicals
 Earlier Items: 
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Feinstein: CIA to finish declassifying Senate report by July 4
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Natalie Kitroeff / New York Times:
Student Loans Make it Hard to Rent or Buy a Home
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Was There A Struggle For the Soul of the Democratic Party on June 3?
Discussion: The Mahablog and American Prospect