Wiretap: Who was the Chattanooga shooter?

Diary of a killer

The Chattanooga shooter: He suffered from depression, abused drugs and alcohol, was facing bankruptcy, and authorities found on his computer material connected to Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was killed in Yemen by a U.S. drone strike. Via The New York Times.

Trump trumping

A Washington Post/ABC News poll has Donald Trump at nearly double his nearest competitor in the GOP primary race. Trump is at 24 percent, Scott Walker at 13, Jeb Bush at 12. Trump’s numbers did fall in the one day of polling after the McCain insult.

Feckless blowhard

The Des Moines Register editorial board calls Trump a “feckless blowhard” and says he should drop out of the race.

New details

New details emerge in the death of Sandra Bland in a Texas jail. The dash-cam video of the arrest is expected to be released soon. A family member told NBC News that the dispute that led to her arrest began when the officer, who had pulled Bland over for not signaling a lane change, demanded that Bland put out her cigarette. Via The New York Times.

Benefit of the doubt

James Fallows writes in The Atlantic that history says to give Obama the benefit of the doubt on Iran. Presidents, it turns out, are much better on signing treaties than they are in deciding when to go to war.

Not equal

Why Martin O’Malley had to apologize for saying “all lives matter.” All lives are not under the same threat of police violence. Via Vox.

How green?

How green is Hillary Clinton? It’s another question that she has yet to answer fully. Via The National Journal.


Can Greece save itself? It seems like it might be the only chance it has. Via The New Yorker.


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