Trending In Our News Feeds – Drone strike kills Taliban number two. A U.S. drone strike killed the Pakistan Taliban’s second in command yesterday, according to three Pakistani security officials. “This is a huge blow to militants and a win in the fight against insurgents,” said an official. However, Reuters notes drone casualties are difficult to confirm. Members of the Pakistan Taliban claim the militants have already selected a new number two. Foreign Policy’s Elias Groll investigates whether the strike violated Obama’s new drone policy. He says we cannot know, since the new policy is classified, but “Wednesday’s drone strike suggests that the president's speech did not in fact represent a radical departure from past policy.”
Obama picks maverick to head FBI. Anonymous sources told POLITICO yesterday President Obama has chosen James Comey to head the FBI, ending a two-year search for a new director. Comey has bipartisan appeal: He is a registered Republican, served as deputy attorney general under George W. Bush, and donated to Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. However, he is best known for pushing back against a Bush-supported program to spy on terrorists. Pending Senate approval, Comey will begin his 10-year term in September.
Israel fears dangers of Syrian missiles. Bashar al-Assad will announce he has received defense missiles from Russia in an interview to be broadcast later today. According to The New York Times, Israel fears the weapons may fall into the hands of anti-Israeli Hezbollah fighters. A senior Israeli intelligence official said the weapons can be used offensively, and have a range capable of striking Israel. Assad claims he will receive more missiles later today.
Ricin-laced letters sent to Mayor Bloomberg. Authorities have revealed two letters containing the poison ricin were sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the director of his gun control organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The letters threatened Bloomberg and referenced the gun control debate. Bloomberg said the letters will not set back his efforts to curb gun violence. “There's 12,000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns. We’re not going to walk away from those efforts,” he said.
SEC slams Nasdaq with $10 million Facebook fine. The Securities and Exchange Commission slammed the Nasdaq stock exchange with a $10 million fine yesterday for errors surrounding Facebook’s 2012 initial public offering. According to the report, problems in Nasdaq’s computer system caused widespread confusion among traders the morning of Facebook’s I.P.O. Exchange officials then ignored requests to pause trading in order to fix the problems. Nasdaq has already paid $62 million to brokers who lost money in the incident, but may pay even more. Investment firm UBS claims to have lost $356 million.
Status Updates – Hear what a former governor has to say about the economy. Our friends at The Can Kicks Back are hosting a “tele-commencement” conference call with former Governor of Indiana and current Purdue University President Mitch Daniels next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. President Daniels and two recent college grads will discuss the challenges the modern economy poses for millennials. You can RSVP here.
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Must Reads From PolicyMic – Al-Qaeda Just Chewed-Out an Employee For Poor Job Performance (Stephano Medina) – Al-Qaeda may need to invest in an HR department if it wants to keep its feuding prima donnas in line. Check out this scandal that recently struck their organization.
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7 Absurd Michele Bachmann Moments She'll Always Be Remembered For (Aubrey Bloomfield, @aubbloomfield) – Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has announced she will not seek re-election next year. A lot of people are going to miss her. Here's why.
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My Breasts Are Responsible For a Lawsuit Against New York City (Holly Van Voast, @lensjockey) – This is the story of how I filed a lawsuit that won women the right to go topless in New York City.
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3 Scandal-Ridden Mayors Who Prove Anthony Weiner Has a Chance Of Winning (Brian Jencunas, @BrianPJencunas) – Voters put these three mayors in office despite their ethical shortcomings. Could the same happen to NYC mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner?
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How RuPaul Became a Leading Icon in the Gay Community (Lauren Herold, @renherold) – RuPaul is a talented performer and a fierce drag queen, but we should credit his fame to his impressive business skills.
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What We’re Sharing – Al Jazeera: “Millennials are chastised for leaning on elders, but the new rules of the economy demand it.”
Google is putting up millions to turn Obama’s tech team into a company (Businessweek).
What the hell makes people want to compete in 100-mile races? (Slate)
Learn how this guy hustled his way into a job with his favorite start-up (Mashable).
This interactive chart helps you pick a career (Rasmussen College).
Watch these break dancers bust a move in the NY subway (NY Times).
17 real-life goobers from this season of The Bachelorette (NPR).
Dessert – Ever wonder what it’s like to have a pencil inside your head for 15 years?
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