Spice gull: seabird turns orange after falling into vat of curry Guardian (Richard Smith)
Rescue for orphaned bear cub hiding in apple tree Siberian Times (guurst). Many cute photos.
New Fossils Hint ‘Hobbit’ Humans Are Older Than Thought National Geographic (furzy)
Massive sinkhole engulfs street and causes gas leak in Canada’s capital, Ottawa Independent (Chuck L)
What About this War on Meat? Big Picture Agriculture (km)
Ransomware and the New Economics of Cybercrime Atlantic (resic)
CBS and its (new?) Matrix trick OffGuaridan (margarita f)
The world lost more than $13 trillion last year because of war Washington Post (furzy). I am sure resilc would have something tart to say about this….Update: He obliged by e-mail: “But the number of new Teslas and designer olive oil shoppes in DC has expanded greatly.”
China says its propaganda just isn’t strong enough Washington Post
A Steel Mill Lives Again, in a Setback for China New York Times
The use of ECB liquidity Bruegel
Brexit might trigger run on Britain’s record financial debts, S&P warns Telegraph (martha r)
Brexit and the UK’s euro-clearing exposure FT Alphavile (Richard Smith)
Britain’s defiant judges fight back against Europe’s imperial court Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph (Chuck L)
‘The Way to the Spring’ is a sobering look at Palestinian life and resistance in the West Bank Los Angeles Times (Judy B)
Why the U.N.’s Decision to Cave Under Saudi Pressure Matters American Conservative (resilc)
One Man’s War, Bringing Iraq to America TomDispatch
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
US intelligence wants real-time behavior monitoring software engadget (guurst)
How Even the FTC’s Lead Technologist Can Get Hacked Wired (Robert M)
Clinton E-mail Tar Baby
Emails in Clinton Probe Dealt With Drone Strikes Wall Street Journal. Lead story.
White House calls FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails a ‘criminal investigation’ Daily Mail (martha r)
How It Begins PA Progress. Martha r: “Rallying cry. Good quotes from MLKing toward the end.”
Democrats Will Learn All the Wrong Lessons From Brush With Bernie Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone
Bernie Sanders White House Driveway Remarks CSPAN. It sounds as if he will stump very hard v. Trump, which means for Hillary.
What’s Next After Sanders? Seeds of Political Movement Building teleSUR (martha r)
Where are the Missing California Primary Votes? Counterpunch (martha r)
Was there a “Secret Win” conspiracy between AP and Clinton’s team? Sure looks like it…. Pam Martens and Russ Martens
Elizabeth Warren’s Facebook Fans on Clinton Endorsement: Noooooooooooo! Mother Jones (furzy). A guy in the gym who reads NC pulled me aside in the gym last evening to say how bothered he was by Warren “selling out” and he was afraid Sanders would do the same.
Elizabeth Warren on Donald Trump – Secretary of Shade Doesn’t Need VP Rumors Charles Pierce, Esquire (resilc)
Why don’t more women like Hillary Clinton? Financial Times. I’m offended by the identity politics, that I should support women because they are women, particularly when Clinton herself has done no such thing. I’m stunned that older women support her as a professional who supposedly broke barriers, when she rode Bill’s coattails. See Identity Politics and Interest Ian Welsh (martha r). “Being gay, or female or colored is a really strong asset when dealing with most modern left-wing types because they tend to assume clustering, discount sell-outs and not understand that their assumptions are being used against them by con-artists.”
Hillary Clinton’s Truth Problem Atlantic (resilc)
Donald Trump’s own lawyer donated maximum amount to Hillary Clinton campaign Independent. YY: “I think the weirdest part of this business is that the lawyer is allowing the client to publicly dis the judge presiding over his case. This is close to nuzzoid if not just pure brazen idiotic but fun behavior. Doesn’t the judge need to approve any settlements?”
Trump’s Business Tactics Left a Trail of Unpaid Bills Wall Street Journal
Anarchists for Donald Trump—Let the Empire Burn Daily Beast (furzy)
Leftists for Trump: What Is to Be Done About These Insufferable Nihilists? Slate (resilc). Doubles down on the Clinton campaign tactic of belittling those who find Clinton’s political positions unacceptable. And the bit about catharsis is pure projection. The out of tune Clinton version of “I am woman, hear me roar” earlier this week was about trying to give women a catharsis! Hello!
There Are More White Voters Than People Think. That’s Good News for Trump New York Times. MS: “Also a lot of Latinos self identify as white.” A top political scientist has said for a while to me privately that the identity politics strategy that Clinton has embraced would win in the primaries but lose in the general.
Trump’s Fundraising Plan Puts RNC in Control Wall Street Journal. So this is how the party hopes to bring Trump to heel, by controlling the checkbook. But will it work?
U.S. elections ranked worst among Western democracies. Here’s why. Washington Post (martha r). From March, clearly still germane.
Exclusive: Charles Koch and his company launch ‘end the divide’ ad campaign USA Today. Bill C: “Just….WOWLike Hillary, the Kochs can be anything…” He also provided a link to the Koch commercial.
Liberal lawmakers call for investigation into House panel targeting abortion providers Women’s Health Policy Report (Judy B)
Court Upholds ‘Concealed Carry’ Restrictions Wall Street Journal
Bill Gross warns over $10tn negative-yield bond pile Financial Times
WSJ Survey: Economists Sharply Lower Estimates of Job Growth in the Next Year Wall Street Journal
US Tax Receipts Signaling Recession? Michael Shedlock (furzy)
Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City New York Times (martha r)
Uber and Its Executives Are Fined in France New York Times
Antidote du jour (Richard Smtih). This lizard, an Argentine red tegu, has a fan club!
And a bonus video, from the Oregon Zoo. The story in FAZ (hat tip Tom F) says this has gone viral: