Political ledes to heed

Mar 09, 2015

"[T]his is like if the farrelly brothers made a movie about congress," quips Re/code's Noah Kulwin in response to 47 Republicans penning a letter to warn Iran -- and Obama -- that their deal won't last (9,300 shares as of this morning). Judd Legum of ThinkProgress had a stronger reaction: "This letter is close to traitorous." At AFP, Marc Burleigh wonders if "US congressmen really want to start another war in the Middle East? Or just grumpiness at poss Obama success?" Ned Resnikoff with Al Jazeera America shrugs, "Say what you will about @dick_nixon, he was decorous enough to sabotage Vietnam peace talks in secret." Speaking of which, even that uncannily real-yet-fake Nixon account called it treason.

In Iraq and Syria, Washington Post's Liz Sly reveals that the Islamic State is fraying from within (2,400+ shares). " Colleague Daniel Drezner tweets, "I wish @washingtonpost had titled this @LizSly story, 'Cover Story Ruining the Narrative on the Islamic State.'" Elsewhere in that region, Anne Barnard with the New York Times details the race in Iraq and Syria to save art from the path of the Islamic State's destruction (2,200+). Colleague Stephanie Strom bills it, "Art preservationists in new kind of battle -- human ravagers."

Malaysia Airlines admitted it hadn't replaced an expired battery on a locator beacon on Flight 370 (700+ shares). "Took a year to learn beacon battery had expired on Malaysia Air flight 370? How much spent looking for signal?" comes the pointed question from Lori Hinnant with the Associated Press.

Back to American politics: In Florida, officials are giving climate change the "Voldemort" treatment, banning that term as well as "global warming"  from any government communiqué (news that got a whopping 65,000+ shares). In other words, "The state most at risk from climate change has a policy not to use words 'climate change' in official correspondence," summarizes Fast Company's Ben Schiller. "If we don't say it, it's not really there," muses USA Today's Marisol Bello. "#Florida: Come on down and bury your head in our sand!" jokes Dan Shingler at Crain's Cleveland Business.

More unflattering news churned out on Rep. Aaron Schock: he allegedly billed taxpayers for his staffers’ weekend in New York, where "most of them had few official duties," reports Lynn Sweet with the Chicago Sun-Times. "Some 'Schock'ing news (I had to)," reacts Public Radio International's Shefali Kulkarni. "In less than an hour, the Aaron-Schock-spends-a-bunch-of-money story will officially be a 35-day cycle," predicts Roll Call's Matt Fuller. Meanwhile, Rep. Donna Edwards is rumored to be announcing a Senate bid on Tuesday (1,500+). 

In tech tribulations, an Oklahoma fraternity is closed after video of a racist chant emerged (~5,300 shares) while the NY Times pursues the popular Yik Yak app's trouble with anonymity and abuse (6,200+). On a happier note, Google Ventures' Bill Maris is investing in the idea of living to 500 (500 shares and counting).

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