Trending In Our News Feeds – Deadly tornado strikes Oklahoma. A tornado wreaked havoc on the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore yesterday. The tornado touched down just before 3:00 p.m. and traveled approximately 20 miles. Winds of up to 200 m.p.h. created a two-mile wide path of destruction, demolishing schools and throwing trucks from the freeway. The death toll stands at 51, but officials believe the tornado killed at least 40 others. About 100 survivors have been rescued so far. Forecasters warn that severe weather could hit the Midwest today; PolicyMic will be providing live updates. NPR rounds up stories of survival and loss from the disaster.
F.B.I. spied on Fox News reporter. The Justice Department tracked the activity of Fox News’ chief Washington correspondent James Rosen, according to an affidavit obtained by The Washington Post. The affidavit accuses Rosen of asking a State Department adviser for classified information about North Korea’s nuclear test plans in 2009. The F.B.I. monitored Rosen’s visits to the State Department, tracked his phone records, and searched his email in order to implicate him in the leak. Fox executive Michael Clemente said of the tracking, “It is downright chilling. We will unequivocally defend [Rosen’s] right to operate as a member of what up until now has always been a free press.”
Iraq attacks threaten to reignite religious violence. A series of bombings killed over 70 Iraqis and injured more than 200, yesterday. CNN reports the attacks continued this morning. The attacks targeted primarily Shia neighborhoods throughout the country. Iraq’s Sunni minority are likely behind most of the bombings, though no one has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki promised to change Iraq’s security strategy in order to prevent the sectarian violence that plagued the country in the past.
Apple CEO to testify at Senate hearing. Apple CEO Tim Cook will argue for revisions to the corporate tax code at a Senate hearing today, according to Apple’s prepared testimony. A Senate panel has accused Apple of avoiding taxes on $74 billion in revenue by setting up dummy branches overseas. Apple is currently sitting on about $145 billion in cash, only $45 billion of which is available in the United States, according to analysts. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) called the company’s practices “the holy grail of tax avoidance.”
Microsoft to reveal new Xbox. Microsoft will reveal its new gaming system at its Redmond, Washington campus, today. Reuters reports Microsoft will look to take a bite out of Sony’s share of the gaming industry with its first new console in eight years. Mashable digs through the rumors to tell you what the new system might be named and what hardware it will use. An executive has announced Microsoft will not completely unveil the new system today. He said, “We have so much goodness that there’s no way we could have packed it all into one event.” Look for Microsoft to announce the system’s release date and price at June’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Follow PolicyMic’s live coverage of today’s event, here.
Correction: I reported that gay rights groups marched in honor of Elliot Morales yesterday. Protesters marched to honor the memory of Mark Carson, the victim of an anti-gay hate crime.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – These 3 Teens Allegedly Raped a 12-Year Old and Put It On Facebook (Maxime Fischer-Zernin, @swissfisch) – This crime is one in a series which rapists have posted on social media sites, a phenomenon that makes the event even more traumatic for the victim.
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Breaking a Few Laws Every Now and Then Is Healthy For Civilization (Adam Hogue, @hoguie) – In order to do the right thing at the right time, you occasionally have to break the law.
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A Legendary Composer is Doing the New ‘Star Wars’ Soundtrack, and You Should Be Psyched (Jef Cliber, @JefCliber) – It isn’t a big surprise that J.J. Abrams tapped John Williams to write the music for Star Wars: Episode VII, but it is definitely good news.
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Republicans Can't Have it Both Ways On Small Government (Jessica Huseman, @JessicaHuseman) – The GOP’s message of small government and its stances on social issues contradict each other. If they want to win over millennials, this needs to change.
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This Shock Radio Host Wants to Shoot Hillary Clinton in the Vagina (Mayura Iyer, @mayuraiyer) – On his online radio show, Pete Santilli made ridiculous and violent remarks about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying she should be “shot in the vagina.”
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What We’re Sharing – How Yahoo killed Flickr and lost the internet (Gizmodo).
Hat tip: Sam Meier
Is Star Trek Into Darkness a drone allegory? (Close Read)
Urban Dictionary: The not-so-official dictionary of the courts (NY Times).
Two excerpts you should read from Obama’s Morehouse commencement speech (NPR).
It looks like Gladwell’s “10,000 hour rule” might be wrong (TIME).
Dear consumers: please don’t start eating healthfully (Scientific American).
Amazon reviewers pan the greatest books of all time (Morning News).
Mother Jones tracked down their worst troll… and kind of liked him.
Dessert – This is a long one, but you’ll regret not watching it.
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