Trending In Our News Feeds – China hacked into U.S. weapons plans. China has hacked into the plans for about two dozen advanced weapons systems, according to a Washington Post story published yesterday. The Post received its scoop from senior military officials and a confidential report. Experts claim the hack will allow China to fast-track the development of advanced weapons systems. The Worldviews blog gives you a list, and videos, of the weapons systems that were hacked.
Bachmann to leave Congress in 2014. Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) announced this morning she will not run for a fifth term in a video published on her website. The announcement follows a series of political hardships for Bachmann. Democrat Jim Graves recently announced he will again run for Bachmann’s seat in 2014, posing a serious threat to Bachmann's chances for reelection. Graves lost to Bachmann by 1.2 percent of the vote in 2012. The Federal Election Commission and the Office of Congressional Ethics are also investigating the finances of Bachmann’s presidential campaign. In the video, Bachmann denies either of these concerns motivated her decision.
Coronavirus presents global threat. President of the World Health Organization Margaret Chan called the SARS-like coronavirus “a threat to the entire world” at the World Assembly in Geneva, on Monday. The disease – which presents with severe cold-like symptoms that can lead to organ failure – has killed 27 people worldwide. Saudi Arabia reported three new deaths this morning, while France suffered its first casualty yesterday. Chan predicted the disease will not remain isolated for long.
Facebook caves to #FBrape campaign. Facebook announced yesterday it will update its policies on hate speech to include material that is degrading to women in a statement posted on the site. The statement is the result of a weeklong protest led by prominent women’s advocacy groups in response to images on Facebook that depict graphic images of violence against women. While Facebook initially defended the content as “crude attempts at humor,” the company changed its tune when thousands of users bombarded the company's advertisers with tweets tagged #FBrape. In response, at least 15 companies pulled their ads from Facebook.
Controversial Harvard dean to step down. Dean of Harvard College Evelynn Hammonds announced yesterday she will step down from her post. Students and the press widely criticized Hammonds in March for ordering searches of faculty email accounts in order to discover the source of a leak on Harvard’s cheating scandal. The following month, The Harvard Crimson called for Hammonds’ resignation. She will step down on July 1.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – Dzhokar Tsarnaev Is An American, and He's Got Rights Whether We Like It Or Not (Daniel Shea, @dryanshea) – Americans would do well to heed the advice of Ben Franklin: “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”
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19 Million People Live in the Least Free State in America. Are You One Of Them? (Tami Chapman) – James Madison University just compiled a report ranking the states according to how much freedom they give their residents. You’ll never guess which state comes in last.
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33 Most Ridiculous Charts to Have Ever Graced the Floors Of Congress (Andrea Ayres-Deets, @missafayres) – Congress is bad at a lot of things, but one of the things they do worst is chart-making. Here are the worst of the bunch.
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8 Great Short Stories to Read During Your Morning Commute (Heather Price-Wright, @heatherwpw) – Short stories are the perfect genre for young people: brief, but deep and affecting. Here are eight awesome stories by essential writers in the genre.
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What Nas Taught a White Jewish Girl About Growing Up in America (Steph Blasnik, @welcome2TheAve) –Whether you live in the projects of Queensbridge or the suburbs of Fairfield County, Nas can teach us all a thing or two about life in America.
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Unpaid internships are elitist, and they’re ruining journalism (Guardian).
How happiness changes with age (Atlantic).
Find out what this journalist learned when she took the world’s best online classes (Verge).
Why do women only hold 16.6% of Fortune 500 board seats? (HBR)
5 top executives who started at the bottom (The Week).
Check out Ernest Hemingway’s handwritten reading list for young writers (Explore).
This awesome chart rounds up all the running jokes in Arrested Development (NPR).
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