Thursday threads

"Slow clap for Nebraska, which just became the first red state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty," tweets The New Republic's Jamil Smith, capturing sentiment on Media Twitter after the state's legislature defied its Republican governor (71,000 shares and counting). "Somber, fiery, soul-searching debate today in the Nebraska Legislature to ban the death penalty," tweets New York Times Midwestern correspondent Julie Bosman, who brings us that story. "For most of my lifetime Nebraska had the electric chair," reflects colleague Dionne Searcey, a Nebraska native. Legal and Supreme Court writer Jesse Wegman describes it as "A close call, but NE Sen. Ernie Chambers finally gets the 30th vote to abolish DP, 36 years after he started trying."

Checking in on yesterday's top story, the Washington Post details how the growing body count in Qatar shows the consequences of FIFA corruption. "1,200 worked have died in the construction efforts for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. That's appalling," declares WaPo's Chris Cillizza. Although, as Huffington Post's Dave Jamieson points out, "I wouldn't be confident enough with the data to run this @wonkblog graphic, but it's super popular!" Meanwhile, FIFA faces mounting pressure from sponsors as Visa threatens to end their deal and Sepp Blatter was asked "Surely it's time for you to say goodbye to FIFA?" but you'd never have guessed it from their opening ceremony. "Seriously, this FIFA ceremony is high comedy. They are having a celebration regardless of the turmoil," realizes Arizona Republic's Andrew Joseph."FIFA: Damn you all, we're going to dance," quips Mashable's Brian Ries. "I don't believe the live chat on the side of 'FIFATV' is going quite as FIFA intended," notices Dan Wetzel with Yahoo Sports. Again, it brings to mind The Onion, and here's what The Onion actually put out: "FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States." Honestly, at this point, nothing would surprise us.

In politics, we learn from Kenneth Vogel that the Clinton Foundation paid Sidney Blumenthal $10,000 per month while he advised on Libya. Meanwhile, former New York Republican governor George Pataki officially has entered the presidential race.

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