Murdoch Hacking Scandal Could Go Global, Threaten News Corp.’s Core TV Business (Peter Jukes) from the Daily Beast
"Allegations that a News Corp. subsidiary hacked pay-TV access codes of a rival broadcaster and that a hacker in the pay of the company pirated rival satellite channels in Italy could threaten the conglomerate’s core business of broadcasting, satellite, and pay television."
The Afghan girls who live as boys (Tahir Qadiry) from the BBC
"For economic and social reasons, many Afghan parents want to have a son. This preference has led to some of them practising the long-standing tradition of Bacha Posh - disguising girls as boys."
Komen Kills Major Lobbying Day, Urges People Not to Abandon Women (Abigail Pesta) from the Daily Beast
The charity encourages people to refocus on fighting cancer as it is forced to cancel one of its most important events—lobbying Congress to increase funding for key government programs."
Stealing Christianity (Ed Kilgore) from Washington Monthly
"TNR’s Tim Noah wrote yesterday about one of my all-time biggest pet peeves: the constant appropriation of the word “Christian” by conservative evangelicals as exclusive to their distinctive and hardly uncontested point of view. What sent Noah off was an NPR story on “Christian films,” which, of course, turned out to be films by a very particular and not at all representative type of Christians..."
U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Did Not Do Well. Does It Matter? (Ben Jacobs) from the Daily Beast
The Supreme Court is a tough place to have a rotten day, but in the end, writes Ben Jacobs, Donald Verrilli’s poor performance won’t decide the outcome of the health-care battle."
Supremes Won't Save GOP From Itself on Obamacare (David Frum) from the Daily Beast
"Now conservative challengers are hoping the Supreme Court will step in. And who knows? Maybe the justices are feeling bold. Maybe they are ready to expose themselves again to the fiercest partisan criticism since Bush v. Gore, or even fiercer. I'm not a Court-watcher, and have no expertise to offer, but just going with my gut: I doubt it."
A Supreme Election? (Charlie Cooke) from the National Journal
"Nope. The high court won’t determine the outcome of this presidential election no matter how it rules on health care."
Obama vs. Boehner: Who Killed the Debt Deal? (Matt Bai) from the New York Times
"What emerged from these conversations is a clearer and often surprising picture of exactly how close Obama and Boehner came to finalizing a historic agreement, what exactly was in it and why it ultimately fell apart — including a revelation that illuminates Boehner’s thinking in those final hours and directly contradicts a core element of the version he has told, even to some in his own leadership. The truth here matters for more than its historical value."
Zimmerman’s Twin Lakes Community Was on Edge Before Trayvon Shooting (Amy Green) from the Daily Beast
"George Zimmerman called police 46 times in the years before he shot Trayvon Martin. As far as the cops were concerned, that wasn’t excessive in a neighborhood fighting petty crime, reports Amy Green."
Report: Investigator Had Wanted Manslaughter Charge For Zimmerman from Slate
"The latest development comes as leaks from both sides attempt to reshape the public narrative of Trayvon Martin's death."
What if Trayvon Martin Was the One Acting in Self-Defense? (Emily Bazelon) from Slate
"... you can flip the premise and see Martin, not Zimmerman, as the person who was acting in self-defense. Jeff writes: “Trayvon saw someone following him, felt threatened, retreated, was still followed, and then was approached by an armed man who had 100 lbs on him. … Because Zimmerman was acting as an aggressor, Trayvon had the right to defend himself by punching, kicking, tackling, etc. Because Zimmerman was acting as the aggressor, his actions cannot be considered self-defense..."
Republican nightmare: Oil futures dip as supplies grow and Obama, others hint at releasing reserves (Meteor Blades) from Daily Kos
"Two elements driving speculation on futures down were a higher than expected increase in supplies announced Wednesday and the spreading view among analysts and traders than President Obama and the British and French are serious about throwing some of their oil reserves on the market."
Record Number See Romney Negatively; Obama Outpaces Him in Popularity from ABC News
"Mitt Romney trails Barack Obama by 19 points in basic popularity as the 2012 presidential contest inches closer to the main event, with a record 50 percent of Americans in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll now rating Romney unfavorably overall."
Rubio: 'I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee' (Justin Sink) from The Hill
Popular freshman Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) again denied interest in his party's vice presidential nomination Wednesday despite wide-spread speculation his political team was gearing up for a national campaign. "I'm not going to be the vice presidential nominee, but I'm always flattered when people bring it up, I think they mean it as a compliment," Rubio said on MSNBC."
Harry the Hungry Hippo from the Daily Mail [of the UK]
"The pygmy hippo - who will not grow to more than three feet tall - requires 125ml of milk around every three hours. His parents have been returned to an external enclosure, while Harry lives like a monarch in a special suite at the sanctuary."