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THE NEXT SCOTT WALKER? "Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) continued his campaign against labor unions on Monday, using executive authority to block public employee unions from collecting mandatory fees from workers." [HuffPost]
U.S. WANTS FELONY PLEAS FROM BIG BANKS "The Justice Department is pushing some of the biggest banks on Wall Street — including, for the first time in decades, American institutions — to plead guilty to criminal charges that they manipulated the prices of foreign currencies." [NYT]
ALABAMA REFUSES TO FOLLOW SUPREME COURT'S SAME SEX MARRIAGE ORDER "The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to halt same-sex marriages in Alabama, paving the way for the first gay couples to marry in the state that day. But a handful of probate judges in Alabama have reportedly refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples -- or issue any marriage licenses at all -- because Alabama’s top judge instructed them to defy the federal court ruling." At least 52 of Alabama's 67 counties refused to issue paperwork for same sex couples. [HuffPost]
JESSE MATTHEW CHARGED IN DEATH OF UVA STUDENT HANNAH GRAHAM Prosecutors have yet to officially tie him to a string of other rapes and murders in the Virginia region. [CNN]
THE NEW KOCH INITIATIVE: REFORMING CRIMINAL JUSTICE "Koch Industries, Inc., the corporation led by conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch, is holding discussions with a coalition of strange bedfellows to tackle criminal justice reform. In conversations with people like Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and organizations like the ACLU, the Koch brothers are homing in on reducing overcriminalization and mass incarceration, as well as reforming practices like civil forfeiture. Progressives, rather than giving the Kochs the stink eye, are welcoming their efforts." [HuffPost]
DEPUTY SECRET SERVICE DIRECTOR RESIGNS Alvin "A.T." Smith was one of the last remaining senior officials who presided over the recent string of security lapses. [WaPo]
MORE ROBOTS FOR U.S. FACTORIES Say goodbye to those jobs. [USA Today]
UBER, BUT FOR HELICOPTERS Yes, it pained us to write that headline. [Gizmodo]
FAST COMPANY'S 50 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES Everybody loves Warby Parker. [Fast Company]
TAKING A LOOK AT THE PLAGIARISM OF FAREED ZAKARIA "When I decided to write this month about the accusations of plagiarism swirling around global super-pundit and CNN host Fareed Zakaria, I did what any red-blooded, ink-stained American journalist would do. Although I’ve known Fareed for decades, I Googled him. Then I Wikipedia’d him, Factiva’d him, and LexisNexis’d him." [Vanity Fair]
SPIDERMAN IS HEADED TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE But current webslinger Andrew Garfield is not. [HuffPost]
KURT VONNEGUT GRAPHED FAMOUS STORIES So it goes. [WaPo]
THESE PHONE APPS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH And no, Instagram is not one of them. [HuffPost]
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INCREASE YOUR MENTAL STRENGTH "Building mental strength is about regulating your emotions, managing your thoughts, and behaving in a positive manner, despite your circumstances. Mental strength involves more than just willpower; it requires hard work and commitment. Growing stronger requires you to establish healthy habits, while also giving up the unhealthy habits that could hold you back from becoming better." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Go back to childhood with these classic sights and smells.
~ Some grainy photos of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's island wedding ceremony.
~ How the movie poster has survived the digital age.
~ Pack your bags: Here's how to travel the world for $40 a day.
~ Kyle Chandlers' new Netflix series goes in the opposite direction of his Coach Taylor ways.
~ Harry would be jealous of this real-life invisibility cloak.
~ Judi Dench's favorite Bond.
~ Monarch butterflies are getting some U.S. conservation money.
~ How YouTube changed the world.
~ Wear heels without killing your feet.
~ Netflix heads to Cuba.
~ Surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband adorably announced they have a "a baby on board."
~ That time Neil Armstrong's widow found a bunch of moon artifacts in his closet.
~ Rare "twin fetuses" found within baby girl in Hong Kong.
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