Morning news meeting
"Nothing is better than knowing that in his final days, Bin Laden was a 9/11 truther," tweets BuzzFeed's Tom Gara, after the Obama administration just dumped a huge collection of materials found during the Osama Bin Laden raid. Wondering what he meant by that? "This is so meta my head is exploding. Bin Laden was reading 9/11-was-an-inside-job conspiracy book," Jeremy Scahill with First Look Media fills in the blanks. "And a vast silence descended on DC as everyone simultaneously dropped everything to see if bin Laden was reading them," predicts author J. M. Berger. Honestly, not even the conspiracy theory books could be pinpointed as the strangest example, as BuzzFeed's Miriam Elder points out, "Also in bin Laden's 'digital bookshelf,' a suicide prevention guide called 'Is It the Heart You Are Asking?'" And yet, a newly revealed Al-Qaeda enrollment application took a decidedly different approach in the case of would-be martyrs.
At The Guardian, Marina Hyde demands to know, "How many slave deaths for the Qatar World Cup can Fifa put up with?" Because right now, the article claims, more than 62 workers will die for each game played during the 2022 game. "I really hate Fifa. I mean, how can you not?" wonders Emma John with Observer Magazine. Some big breaking news: six of the world's biggest banks will pay $5.8 billion and five of them agreed to plead guilty to market rigging. In continuing sagas, the Baltimore Sun investigates the removal of a video that offered important details in the Freddie Gray case and the New York Times finds that sparse U.S. rail spending is at the root of poor safety. And here's something huge: Los Angeles is poised to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour, joining the ranks of cities who have made similar resolutions, including New York and San Francisco.