Today's top news you need to know
So Congress just quietly deleted a key disclosure of free trips lawmakers take (1,484 shares). Or as Washington Post's Matt O'Brien billed it, "Congress is working hard to get the elusive 0% approval rating."
Also in ethics and shady dealings, a grieving father pulls a thread that unravels illegal bank deals (2,531 shares) "A bus bombing in Gaza and a grieving dad's quest for justice sets of chain reaction that ended today with BNP plea," JB Silver-Greenberg filled in the blanks at the New York Times.
Meanwhile in Iraq, a potential leader emerges -- but with a tarnished past (1,195 shares). Foreign Policy's Yochi Dreazen admitted, "When I lived in Iraq a friend bet that Chalabi would one day be PM. I can't believe I might I may lose."
And last of all, what's sure to get shared all day, a study finds that vaccine side effects are extremely rare (3,957 shares). Author Liz Szabo at USA Today cherry-picked this quote for you: "'The most dangerous aspect of giving your child vaccines is driving to the office to get them,' doc says."