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1. State Department Evacuates Diplomats in Pakistan
The State Department ordered the evacuation of most U.S. diplomats from Lahore, Pakistan on Thursday in response to terror threats. The State Department said several terrorist groups pose a danger to U.S. citizens across Pakistan. Meanwhile, the Yemeni government said it thwarted a terror attack from Al-Qaeda on Wednesday. President Obama will hold his first press conference since April at 3 p.m. today. He may take questions on the terror threats in the Middle East and NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
More from around the web:
• Here’s how we should handle the threat from Al-Qaeda affiliates (TIME).
More from PolicyMic:
• How Many Terror Threats Does the U.S. Get Every Day? (Laura Muth)
2. Moroccans Protest Release Of Convicted Pedophile
Muslims marked the end of Ramadan on Thursday, but unrest marred the celebration in many parts of the world. Moroccans continued their protests in response to the release of convicted pedophile Daniel Galván Viña. King Mohammed VI mistakenly pardoned Viña from when prison officials released a list of prisoners who were supposed to be transferred to jails in Spain. King Mohammed revoked Viña’s pardon over the weekend, but the protesters have continued.
More from around the web:
• Check out video and tweets from the protests in Morocco (NY Times).
More from PolicyMic:
The End of Ramadan is Scarred By 6 Major Conflicts Across the Muslim World (Ahmed Medien)
3. Leaked Recording Embarrasses McConnell Campaign 
Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign suffered an embarrassing setback on Thursday when a conservative activist released a recording of Campaign Manager Jesse Benton. “Between you an me, I’m sorta holding my nose for two years ‘cause what we’re doing here is gonna be a big benefit to Rand in '16,” Benton says on the tape. The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein isn’t shocked by the tape: “Campaign staffers are often hired guns. Jesse Benton wouldn’t be the first campaign manager to be less than infatuated with his client,” he tweeted.
More from around the web:
Why the “holding my nose” tape is a big problem for Mitch McConnell (WaPo).
More from PolicyMic:
• ICYMI: Mitch McConnell is the Victim Of a Felony (Shoshana Weissmann)
4. Famous Doctor Reverses Stance On Medical Marijuana
CNN’s Chief Medical Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta rocked the medical community on Thursday, coming out in support of medical marijuana. Dr. Gupta, who previously opposed medical marijuana, changed his position while researching the drug for a documentary. Gupta says modern research reports on the dangers of marijuana because they are designed to investigate harm. In reality, marijuana leads to dependence in 9 or 10% of adults. “We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that,” he says.
More from around the web:
• This map shows the dramatic spread of legal weed in the U.S. (Atlantic Wire).
• Read the incredible story of Charlotte Figi, the child who had 300 seizures a month (CNN).
More from PolicyMic:
• For the Simple Crime of Smoking Marijuana, the Government Ruined This Man’s Family Forever (Robert Taylor)
• This is How Much Marijuana Prohibition Costs You, the Taxpayer (Anthony Papastrat)
5. Study Reveals Herding Behavior Of Online Commenters
A study published today in the journal Science provides fascinating insight into the behavior of online commenters. Researchers gave arbitrary up and downvotes to about 6,000 online comments immediately after they were posted. The comments they upvoted ended up with 25% more positive ratings than comments they didn’t touch, while downvotes didn’t negatively impact a comment’s performance. “Hype can work and feed on itself as well,” one of the researchers concluded.
More from around the web:
• You can learn a creepy amount of information about a person from their “likes” (LA Times).
More from PolicyMic:
Meet the Millennial Who Went to Jail Over a Facebook Post (Michael Shammas)
• Go on a field trip with the world’s millionaire tech moguls (NY Times).
Learn how athletes become great (10,000 hours doesn’t always cut it) (Outside).
• Find out what twins reveal about the science of faith (PopSci).
For $300 you can get a 3D-printed model of yourself (Wired).
How much would the White House cost, if it were for sale? (POLITICO)
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