Mic Check: Will the Royal Baby Bring $380 Million to the U.K.?

1. The U.K. Welcomes a Royal Baby
 
In case you’ve had your head in the sand for the past 24 hours: Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton gave birth to a baby boy on Monday at 4:24 p.m. GMT. The baby Prince of Cambridge weighs eight pounds, six ounces; he is third in line for the throne. “We could not be happier,” Prince William said via a spokesman. London will celebrate the birth today with gun and bell salutes across the city. Next on royal baby watch: The baby’s name will be announced “in due course.”
 
More from around the web:
Quartz says the royal baby is bringing $380 million to the U.K. Slate’s Matt Yglesias has his doubts.
 
• Why the royal birth probably cost less than American deliveries (CSM).
 
The crazy history of royal surnames (Daily Beast).
 
A century of royal babies, in photos (LA Times).
 
More From PolicyMic:
The Real Reason Americans Are So Crazy About the Royal Baby (Hannah Loewentheil)
 
2. Millennials Take On Climate Change
 
If you’re anything like me, you’ve found yourself sweating your way through the summer, and there are some records that show it’s not all in our heads. The temperature in Philadelphia hasn’t dropped below 70 degrees since June 23, and New Yorkers had to suffer through three consecutive nights above 80. D.C. topped that with five straight nights of 80-degree weather. At PolicyMic, we don’t think these crazy temperatures are just a coincidence; that’s why we’re hosting a weeklong discussion on climate change. Environmentalist and author Bill McKibben got things started with a great op-ed describing how the fossil fuel industry harms communities across the U.S. Make sure to check out our Millennials Take On Climate Change page to read the latest featured content.
 
More From PolicyMic:
What’s Making U.S. Cities So Ridiculously Hot? (Jim Meyer)
 
Why Global Climate Change Policies Are So Darn Hard to Negotiate (Luis Costa)
 
More from around the web:
In Focus has some great photos of hot summer days.
 
Why do mosquitos bite some people more than others? (Smithsonian).
 
3. Boehner Opens Up On Immigration Reform
 
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday, and provided some interesting insight into his approach to immigration reform. Boehner refused to say whether he thinks reform should include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants; immigration reform “is not about me,” he said. Boehner said he will follow the wishes of House Republicans instead of driving the issue himself. This could pose a major problem for immigration reform: Fox reports House Republicans are deeply divided over immigration reform.
 
More from around the web:
Can immigration reform pass the House? (Washington Post)
 
Why Congress’ August recess should scare reform supporters (National Journal).
 
More From PolicyMic:
Comprehensive Immigration Reform Will Drive America Forward (Joe Green)
 
6 Things You Need to Know About the Senate Immigration Bill (Gabe Grand)
 
4. Abu Ghraib Prison Break Frees Senior Al-Qaeda Members
 
At least 500 inmates, including many senior members of Al-Qaeda, escaped from Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison following an attack on Sunday night, according to Reuters. The attack began when suicide bombers blasted open the gates of the prison while gunmen fired on guards. The raid killed 10 policemen and four militants, and lasted until Monday morning when the military restored order. A senior security official says police were only able to capture some of the freed prisoners.
 
More from around the web:
• Read the story of the man who killed Osama bin Laden (Esquire).
 
• A new study reports some interesting findings on Al-Qaeda (CSM).
 
More From PolicyMic:
Meet the Al-Qaeda Employee Got Chewed Out By His Boss For Poor Job Performance (Stephano Medina)
 
5. UNICEF Releases Groundbreaking Report on Female Genital Mutilation
 
UNICEF released the world’s most comprehensive report on female genital mutilation (FGM) on Monday, drawing on 20 years of data from 29 countries. The report found that, while the prevalence of FGM is in decline, 30 million girls are at risk of undergoing the practice. 125 million women alive today have been subjected to FGM; some African Middle Eastern and Asian communities believe the practice protects a woman’s virginity. UNICEF’s deputy director says laws alone will not end FGM: “The challenge now is to let girls and women, boys and men speak out loudly and clearly and announce they want this harmful practice abandoned.”
 
More from around the web:
• The Guardian has an interactive feature on the prevalence of FGM.
 
Women’s political rights around the world, mapped (Washington Post).
 
More From PolicyMic:
Female Genital Mutilation is A Lot More Common Than You Think (Zainab Akande)
 
Dessert
• Go inside the lab where scientists are trying to break the speed of light (NY Times).
 
Why Check E. Cheese’s is the ultimate Silicon Valley startup (Atlantic).
 
5 classic American novels that are banned around the world (PolicyMic).
 
The mysterious history behind “marijuana” (NPR).
 
• Take a look at the 10 most expensive photographs in the world (Freeyork).
 
Thanks for reading!
Nick
 
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