"This is rather too close to last season of Homeland," admits Al-Monitor's Laura Rozen after the White House's admitted today that 2 Al Qaeda hostages were accidentally killed in a U.S. raid (at 1,500 shares but climbing fast). "Before Obama speaks, do read the great @adamentous account of the US drone strikes that killed US & Italian hostages," Wall Street Journal's Reid Epstein earlier urged, linking to the post by his colleague Adam Entous (1,300+ as of last count). "Pretty clear WSJ prompted today's news of hostages killed in U.S. anti-terror strikes, so worth reading," recommends Bloomberg's Nicholas Johnston. Following the president's announcement that abducted American humanitarian aid worker Warren Weinstein had died in captivity during the counterterrorism operation, his family released this statement. "Weinstein family 'disappointed' w Pakistan military and govt. Says captors 'will have to face their God,'" summarizes Vocativ's Jamie Tarabay. Others had a separate bone to pick with the White House: "Should this be changed to 'only' instead of 'particularly'?" wonders Ali Gharib.
And in campaign politics (which is swiftly turning into the Clinton beat), it's just come out that cash flowed to the Clinton Foundation just as Russians pressed for control of a uranium company (18,000+ shares so far). On that note, the Clinton charities will be refiling tax returns and audit for other errors (1,800+). Relatedly, the author of the incriminating Clinton Cash book apparently is prepping to turn both barrels on Jeb Bush next (~1,000). And because Catherine Rampell has no regard for our heartstrings, she introduced us to the homeless man who works in the Senate, working by day on Capitol Hill, sleeping by night at the White House metro stop (5,400+ shares). Ehren Dohler reacts, "Two myths busted in one go @crampell! Yes homeless ppl work. And no low wage jobs are not just for young people."
Squeezing in two China items of opposite natures: the P.R.C. warns that the North Korean nuclear threat is rising (4,200+) oh and by the way they're having a problem with funeral strippers because apparently those exist (2,500+).