Monday must-reads

Jun 01, 2015

"Holy Jessica Lange," tweets Politico's Jen Judson, which is exactly our reaction when the athlete formerly known as Bruce Jenner revealed a new name and a new look on Vanity Fair's cover today: meet Caitlyn Jenner. And she does indeed bear a striking resemblance to the beautiful actress, if you ask us. "I wondered why every computer in the office suddenly had an image of Vanity Fair--it's Jenner," shares Howard Kurtz of Fox News. "Boom! Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce) just stole Kimye's baby thunder," announces Brooks Blanton with WXMI-TV. Yes, that's right--Kanye and Kim also just announced a second baby is on the way, so let the jokes commence on remaining cardinal directions that could serve as names.

All right, this is starting to feel like a tabloid, so we're going to move on now!

Two twin trending pieces it behooves us to share with you: Washington Post's account of fatal police shootings approaching 400 nationwide thus far for 2015 (31,000+ shares) and The Guardian's impressive interactive count of all people killed by police, period, for 2015 (8,000 shares and counting). "Rate of fatal police shootings nationwide this year is more than 2x the annual rate over the last decade," details Mashable's Megan Hess. "Amazing things come to light when you actually start counting 'rare' events," remarks David Waldman, adding the hashtag #GunFAIL. By the way, at the Guardian US, Megan Carpentier would like to point out, "Please note that the WaPo counts only shootings by police. The Guardian is counting all people killed by police." Noted. "Mega information-gathering project that, if focused on their own country, could be wrapped up betw now and lunch," realizes WaPo's Chico Harlan

Here's Gary Younge on how the US can't keep track of how many people its police kill: "We're counting because lives matter." Unsurprisingly but still heart-breakingly, black Americans killed by police continue to be twice as likely to be unarmed as white people. "God bless America. It needs blessing," reacts Lawrence Donegan, also at the Guardian. On that note, please acquaint yourself with William Chapman, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot dead by an officer who has killed before. "Just spit-balling, but maybe a cop who posts Nazi images online & KILLS 2 UNARMED PEOPLE shouldn’t be on the job," argues Slate's Jamelle Bouie.

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