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Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies

thedailybeast.com — The Joint Chiefs of Staff of the U.S. military and American intelligence agencies have quietly pushed the White House in recent weeks to deny a new Russian surveillance plane the right to fly over U.S. territory. This week, the White House finally began consideration of the decision whether to certify the new Russian aircraft under the so-called "Open Skies Treaty."
RT @moneyries: Crazy story from @EliLake on a Russian spy plane the Pentagon doesn't want flying over American skies thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…
RT @moneyries: Crazy story from @EliLake on a Russian spy plane the Pentagon doesn't want flying over American skies thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…
Crazy story from @EliLake on a Russian spy plane the Pentagon doesn't want flying over American skies thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…
RT @memeorandum: Pentagon Moves to Block Russian Spy Plane in American Skies (@elilake / The Daily Beast) thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/… http://t.c…
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How This Pope Is Remaking the GOP

thedailybeast.com — When Jeb Bush stepped up this month to declare illegal immigration "an act of love," he provoked precisely the conservative pile-on you'd expect. The right's favorite crabby uncle, Charles Krauthammer, dourly pronounced the comments "bizarre." Rep. Raul Labrador accused Jebbie of pandering. Noted intellectual Donald Trump declared Bush's thinking "ridiculous" and "dangerous."
This Georgetown grad is loving this super-smart Michelle Cottle story on "How This Pope Is Remaking the GOP." thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Mayor Fires Lesbian Police Chief

thedailybeast.com — Mayor Earl Bullard of Latta, South Carolina has been under fire the past few days after getting rid of the town's lesbian police chief Crystal Moore. Many have contended that Moore was canned for her sexuality, especially after one council member produced an audio recording of the mayor at a special city council meeting addressing the firing.
RT @thedailybeast: A South Carolina mayor who fired a lesbian police chief says he'd rather have a drunk in charge than a gay cop http://t.…
A South Carolina mayor who fired a lesbian police chief says he'd rather have a drunk in charge than a gay cop thebea.st/1gQE5Vl
Mayor of Latta, S.C. would rather have an alcoholic be police chief than a lesbian thebea.st/PcDT7R

Is Iowa’s Republican Goliath Governor the Next Chris Christie?

thedailybeast.com — Terry Branstad is a political Goliath. The five-term Iowa governor has been the dominant figure in the Hawkeye State's politics for decades. Branstad has never lost an election and is perhaps the longest serving governor in American history.
RT @jasonnobleDMR: The secret settlements issue involving @TerryBranstad's administration just got noticed by @thedailybeast: http://t.co/S…
RT @Olivianuzzi: .@Bencjacobs has written a great piece on ANOTHER scandal-plagued GOP governor. This one is from Iowa. http://t.co/PljGBsf…

Putin's Men in Ukraine: We're Not Giving In

thedailybeast.com — DONETSK, Ukraine -- A dozen men in motley apparel gathered in a quiet office on the 5th floor of what used to be a state administration building in eastern Ukraine, but is now called the headquarters of the "Independent Donetsk People's Republic." Some of the men wore uniforms, others wore track suits, some wore balaclava masks.
RT @NoahShachtman: You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Putin's men in east #Ukraine are ignoring this Geneva deal. http://t.co/o3LHQ…
You will be shocked, shocked to learn that Putin's men in east #Ukraine are ignoring this Geneva deal. thedailybeast.com//articles/2014…

Deadliest Highways: Ranking the 100 Interstates Most Likely to Cause a Fatal Crash

thedailybeast.com — A quick disclaimer: If you're driving right now and reading this, put down your smartphone and come back later-please. Summertime, when America traditionally takes to the road, carries with it a more somber tradition-"the 100 deadliest days" of the year for drivers, according to Susan P. Owings, co-founder of Road Safe America.
What's up #Florida? My old home state has 2 of the deadliest highways in America. Would not have guessed these. thebea.st/VqO0UP

What Does the Discovery of “Another Earth” Mean for Us?

thedailybeast.com — Not so terribly long ago, the only planets we knew about for certain orbited our Sun. Within the last 20 years, though, astronomers have identified more than a thousand exoplanets: worlds orbiting other stars. And when you consider that all of those are within our galactic neighborhood, it's pretty clear our galaxy alone is host to billions of planets.
RT @DrMRFrancis: Once more, with feeling: my column for @thedailybeast on the newest exoplanet find — and the hunt for another Earth. http:…

From Kate Upton to Kate Middleton, the Best and Worst Dressed of the Week

thedailybeast.com — Kate Upton is sophisticated in Versace, Kate Middleton looks like a chic banana, and Kim Kardashian wears a Balmain suit of armor in Paris. Plus, more best and worst dressed of the week.
From the cover of Vogue to wearing a freakin' colander. What the hell, Kim Kardashian?!?!? thedailybeast.com/galleries/2014…

Are Atheists the New Mormons?

thedailybeast.com — It's a bit like holding the Republican National Convention in Berkeley: this weekend, the American Atheists are gathering in Salt Lake City for their annual conclave. Attendees can hear a keynote speech by outspoken former Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, attend workshops with titles like "So you want to debate Christians?"

You Can Own the Spookiest Island in Venice…If You’re Brave Enough

thedailybeast.com — How much is a little piece of Hell worth? We might just find out on May 7, when bidding opens for the Venetian Isola di Poveglia, arguably the most haunted island in the world.
You Can Own the Spookiest Island in Venice…If You’re Brave Enough thebea.st/1r54Vu4 via @thedailybeast

Ted Cruz and the Times Square Anarchist Puppeteer

thedailybeast.com — What would you rather watch: A speech by Ted Cruz or a performance by an anarchist puppeteer? This week, you could've seen both as the pair were in the news. Kalan Sherrard, the puppeteer, for being arrested by the NYPD while performing his nihilist-anarchist puppet show in the Times Square subway station.
Ted Cruz and the Times Square Anarchist Puppeteer thebea.st/1qRUfAY @deanofcomedy in @thedailybeast

The Explosive 'Scandal' Finale Was Its Best Episode Yet

thedailybeast.com — "My mother blew up the church that almost cost you the presidency." Guys, this show. This exhausting, out-of-its-mind, gloriously brave show, which dares to serve up lines like that with a straight face, like it's not off its damn rocker.
I could not believe how crazy last night's #ScandalFinale was. It also just might be the show's best episode yet thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…
RT @JohnAvlon: The Explosive ‘Scandal’ Finale Was Its Best Episode Yet thebea.st/1qSeq1M - great writing by @kpfallon in @thedailybeast
RT @JohnAvlon: The Explosive ‘Scandal’ Finale Was Its Best Episode Yet thebea.st/1qSeq1M - great writing by @kpfallon in @thedailybeast
The Explosive ‘Scandal’ Finale Was Its Best Episode Yet thebea.st/1qSeq1M - great writing by @kpfallon in @thedailybeast
RT @thedailybeast: Tonight's @ScandalABC finale was its most explosive (and perhaps best) episode yet thebea.st/1lbyYDf #ScandalThursd…

Viral Video of the Day: Real Life ‘Kiss the Girl’

thedailybeast.com — Disney musical magic brings the love.
Was so prepared to hate this a capella "Kiss the Girl" stunt, but goddammit I was charmed thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…

Jim Rash on ‘The Writers’ Room’ and the Future of ‘Community’

thedailybeast.com — You couldn't write a bit that good. Just hours after the up-to-there slit on her red-carpet gown made "Angelina Jolie's leg" an Internet meme at the 2012 Oscars, Jim Rash (along with co-writers Alexander Payne and Nat Faxon) win Best Adapted Screenplay for their work on The Descendants, rush to the stage to accept their trophies, and Rash juts out his hip and sticks out his leg, the perfect mimic of Jolie and the perfect Oscar moment.

No, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain

thedailybeast.com — All across the Internet, headlines are screaming Buzzkill and Marijuana Makes Young Brains Go to Pot. But a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, does not in any way prove that casual marijuana use is bad for your brain.
No, Weed Won’t Rot Your Brain: j.mp/1marEr8 @maiasz skillfully debunks some neurobunk funded by the drug czar's office @ONDCP.
Does weed damage adolescent brains? If so, that much-ballyhooed study this week doesn't prove it, @maiasz writes thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/…
Can marijuana damage brains of young adults? A new study says yes—but its participants suggest otherwise. thebea.st/1ncXGD0
+100: @maiasz cuts through bargeloads of media hype about that new study that allegedly proves pot rots your brain. goo.gl/byXvrN
"Marijuana itself may or may not impair cognition— but discussions of marijuana policy clearly do so" thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/… via @maiasz
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