Political turbulence here and abroad

The New York Times reveals U.S. and its allies are in the midst of forming a coalition with the intent to destroy ISIS (1,748 shares). "Sounds like Abbott is offering the US Australian special forces," notes Aaron Patrick at the Australian Financial Review. But Foreign Policy Magazine's David Kenner worries, "I read this article and still don't understand what the new anti-ISIS coalition is going to do." 

Perhaps the most surprising potential ally: Iran, which BBC reports 'backs US military contacts' to fight Islamic State (1,248 shares). Telegraph's Dean Nelson calls it "good news, about time Iran came in from the cold." The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg tweets, "Iran ain't dumb."

Meanwhile, The Economist just apologized for a review in which a book on slavery's author was criticized because "Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains.” Or in other words, for telling the truth (8,476 shares). "'We regret having published this and apologise for having done so.' Wow. Good on @TheEconomist," Atlantic's Ta-Nehisi Coates reacts.

In U.S. politics, as many of you already know, yesterday a jury reached a guilty verdict in the McDonnell corruption trial (2,720 shares). Possibly the most disappointing part: "#McDonnell could have accepted a plea deal that would have meant no charges for his wife," WaPo's Lori Aratani points out. Meanwhile, a CNN poll shows a key Arkansas Senate race is in a dead heat (297 shares). 

And finally, a hacker breached the HealthCare.gov insurance site and uploaded malicious software, but there appears to be no evidence of data loss (2,273 shares).

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