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"We've hit peak millennial," concludes Mother Jones' Edwin Rios, in the wake of yesterday's Mesa, Arizona shooting that also introduced a new phenomenon we might have done without: gunshot selfies (which got 3,200 shares as of our last count). Arizona Republic's Ginger Rough didn't seem to take umbrage with it: "I love this guy. Mesa shooting victim #IsaacMartinez takes a bullet, then a selfie." "…and puts it on Snapchat," adds Brian Indrelunas with the Palm Springs Desert Sun. "It's happened. We've jumped the shark," concludes Jennifer Mascia. At least this moment of levity offered a brief respite from the tragedy itself, which left one dead and five wounded. The shooting suspect is named and in custody.
Per usual, plenty of political headlines trending today, with an emphasis on family matters: you can start with Jeb Bush's forgotten father-in-law as investigated by Michael Kruse, and end with BuzzFeed's McKay Coppins pulling back the curtain on the trials and triumphs of Heidi Cruz. "Pretty amazing little detail: Heidi Cruz was the only woman in Goldman Sachs' entire Houston office," notes colleague Tom Gara.
On the subject of Scott Walker, Michael B. Dougherty does not have many kind words to share, calling Walker "the gutless wonder of the 2016 presidential race" (~200). Simultaneously, New Hampshire focus groups reveal they're might not be ready for Hillary, after all--and probably not Jeb either, according to Bloomberg's Margaret Talev (300+) while Washington Post's Matea Gold reports a mighty fundraising operation and financial hurdles await Clinton. For kicks and unexpected insights, educate yourself on who Republican presidential contenders follow on Twitter (250+). "Only one GOP contender in 2016 follows @BarackObama on Twitter. Rick Perry follows a 'Free Porn' bot," observes National Journal's Emma Roller.
In world politics, Yousef Munayyer opines that Netanyahu’s win is good for Palestine (7,300+), although Bloomberg News' James Greiff notes that "Unfortunately, Bibi's deplorable campaign tactics give ammo to the delegitimizers." For New York Times, David Herszenhorn pursues a Chechen strongman’s ties to Putin amid the Nemtsov murder investigation (~1,000). Colleague Andrew Roth in the Moscow bureau praises, "@herszenhorn attends a 9-hour long cage fighting competition with Ramzan Kadyrov in Chechnya, lives to tell tale." Last but not least, The Australian Financial Review makes the case that being governed by fools is not funny, which seems like sound logic to us (3,700).