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"But without detailed, reliable, on-the-ground intelligence, experience has shown, drones make it possible to precisely kill the wrong people." That's a line in the New York Times report on drone strikes just filed by Scott Shane (5,200+) that's been quoted, at least in part, all over the Internet this morning. Under the headline "Drone Strikes Reveal Uncomfortable Truth: U.S. Is Often Unsure About Who Will Die," the insanity of its implication inspired yet another slew of comparisons with The Onion. It's made it "harder than ever to take the Obama admin word on civilian deaths in drone strikes when they don’t know who they kill," notes BuzzFeed Middle East correspondent Mike Giglio. "'An imperfect best guess' on who drones kill. @ScottShaneNYT's depth of knowledge is clear in this news analysis," observes colleague Margaret Sullivan. Gawker's John Cook agreed, but only up to a point: "this is a great story ... but it demands an ed note on all these stories."
A Canadian judge has granted bail to former Guantanamo inmate Omar Khadr (2,700+ shares), who was sent to Guantanamo at just age 16. "Citing ample evidence that Khadr has been a model prisoner, poses no risk, Alberta judge grants bail," elaborates Toronto Star's Michelle Shephard. "The faces of Omar Khadr through the years," shares Craig Desson, also at the Star. On the other end of the spectrum, for the bargain price of $50,000, you can now shoot machine guns with the Navy Seal who reportedly killed Osama bin Laden (300+). The money goes to conservative group ForAmerica. "Not your ordinary bake sale," notes Washington Post's Jason Ukman.
Checking in on the political beat, it's just come out that Rep. Bill Shuster muscled through a transportation bill that was pushed by lobbyist girlfriend, to the shock of everyone, no doubt (300+). "Dating is complicated. Now you have to give your girlfriend bespoke legislation," tweets Huffington Post's Paul Blumenthal. But people seem more interested in Jeb Bush's diet, which now entails paleo instead of pizza but that makes him pretty gosh darn hungry all the time, reports Michael Barbaro (2,200+). "A delicious morsel from @mikiebarb on Jeb’s diet," summarizes NYT's Lydia Polgreen. WaPo's David Fahrenthold gives in, "Ok, @mikiebarb, you win the bet. U got "abstemiousness" into a politics story. I owe U $5. Great story on Jeb/Paleo." While all this is going on, Mark Rubio is running away from the most prominent part of his résumé and Ted Cruz is striking a different tone toward gay donors, or so sayeth the New York Times' Maggie Haberman (11,000+ shares).