The World Cup gets off to a bumpy start: Protests erupted on the streets of São Paulo on Thursday just hours before the opening of the World Cup soccer tournament, with the police dispersing demonstrators with tear gas and rubber bullets. The New York Times reports the protesters were largely peaceful, carrying banners criticizing FIFA. However, "at certain points some masked demonstrators also threw rocks and bottles in the direction of police, while lighting piles of garbage on fire in the street." See more photos and videos from São Paulo here.
+ Looking to stream the World Cup during work? The Washington Post has you covered.
+ The Atlantic's "In Focus" has a beautiful photo gallery capturing Brazil's preparations for the World Cup.
+ PolicyMic Sports Editor Bryan Armen Graham has compiled a definitive list of 50 soccer players you should follow on social media for an inside look at the World Cup.
+ Also from PolicyMic: 25 photos of soccer legend Pelé meeting everyone worth meeting, ever.
+ Why is it "soccer" in the U.S. and "football" everywhere else? PolicyMic's Eileen Shim explains.
+ A Brazilian paraplegic made the opening World Cup kick with the help of a robotic exoskeleton suit. Mashable has the full story.
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Iraq's most vicious insurgents are now the richest terrorists in the world: After storming Iraq's second-largest city, shutting down the airports, freeing thousands of prisoners and displacing 500,000 residents, terrorist group ISIS robbed Mosul's central bank on Wednesday, making off with around $425 million. The money, along with a large quantity of gold bullion, will likely be used to "buy a whole lot of jihad," regional analyst Brown Moses said. "For example, with $425 million, ISIS could pay 60,000 fighters around $600 a month for a year." It's like Ocean's 11, but for a terrorist group so vicious even al-Qaida wants nothing to do with them.
+ Can the military save Iraq from the latest insurgency? Probably not.
With Cantor's loss, Congress gears up for a House of Cards moment: The house majority leader announced that he would resign his position in the House GOP leadership following his defeat in the Virginia primary. PolicyMic's Matt Connolly tells you everything you need to know about the competition to fill his position: "The race to become the second-most powerful Republican in the House may not exactly mimic House of Cards — we can hopefully assume our esteemed members of Congress won't do any of the things that Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood has done to climb the D.C. ladder — but it does prove that one of the show's core tenets rings true: Politicians are very eager to take on more power."
+ Bonus: These three crazy things that Cantor opponent David Brat believes will make you wonder how he ended up with that Ph.D.
Bowe Bergdahl explains why he vanished: The Daily Beast obtained two letters written by the captured U.S. soldier while imprisoned by the Taliban in Afghanistan: "Leadership was lacking, if not nonexistent. The conditions were bad and looked to be getting worse for the men that where actuly [sic] the ones risking thier [sic] lives from attack. … If this letter makes it to the USA, tell those involved in the investigation that there are more sides to the cittuwation [sic]," he adds. "Please tell D.C. to wait for all evadince (sic) to come in."
MATTERS OF DEBATE
What it's like to live your life after a mass shooting: Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Newtown. Isla Vista. Slate’s Emily Bazelon talks with families of shooting victims, who describe the struggle of lobbying for gun control and how they keep going: "There is the tendency to look for excuses. With each one, especially the mass shootings, people say: That happened because the shooter was mentally ill, or bullied, or something else. I think people hear the stories and think it's the person, not the gun. But when you look at the totality — at all the individual shootings, the ones the media doesn't cover — you see one thing behind all the stories is easy access to weapons.”
The strange history of the goalkeeper: Crazy, tragic, forgotten or otherwise, soccer's most maligned figure is also its most interesting. Benjamin Healy explains in Howler: "Our fascination with the position — and the oddballs and iconoclasts it attracts — has spawned a small library of books, ranging from how-to manuals, histories and manifestos to novels and memoirs. A survey of the literature takes us deep into the soul of the game and reveals the onlookers as much as it does the keepers themselves.”
The fall of Mosul and the lessons of modern history: Juan Cole examines the growing insurgency in Iraq: "It is an indictment of the George W. Bush administration, which falsely said it was going into Iraq because of a connection between al-Qaida and Baghdad. There was none. Ironically, by invading, occupying, weakening and looting Iraq, Bush and Cheney brought al-Qaida into the country and so weakened it as to allow it actually to take and hold territory in our own time. They put nothing in place of the system they tore down."
The states you'd least expect are beginning to rethink medical marijuana legalization. [PolicyMic]
Two nuclear bombs nearly wiped out North Carolina in 1961, according to a newly declassified report. [CNN]
What's in a name? Oh nothing, just the course of your entire future. [PolicyMic]
New research suggests that women are often unfairly penalized for negotiating hard in job interviews. [The New Yorker]
Why do television shows insist on killing off their most beloved characters? [The Smart Set]
How the strange history of the "dude" helps throw a light on why the West still feels like the real America. [Aeon]
Dreaming is more important for your mind and body than we previously realized. [PolicyMic]
Why do people insist on taking selfies at Auschwitz? [The Awl]
This visual guide to the cuisine of the World Cup is positively delectable. [Al-Jazeera America]
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