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Jun 17, 2015

"Cardinal Sin," quips Randy Turner with the Winnipeg Free Press, linking to the New York Times revelation that the St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the F.B.I. for (drum roll, please!) hacking the Astros (at 54,000+ shares and rising). "The Astros? Wha...?" reacts Bill Fitzgerald with CBS 6 Richmond. "Turns out The Cardinal Way includes hacking, FBI investigations, and probably boosting cars, who knows," summarizes Toronto Star's Bruce Arthur.  "Finally, baseball gets interesting in the post-steroids era," concludes The New Yorker's Clare Malone. "Lest we forget that sport is also money," NYT's Eleanor Randolph reminds everyone. "Weirdest thing about Cardinals-Astros hacking story: The Astros have a team physicist?" Washington Post's Reid Wilson tweets in bewilderment. Although, as journalist Caleb Garling points out, "There should be a permit to use the word 'hacking'. The Cardinals had the guy's password! That's called 'logging in.'" But now that we know at least one team is capable of such a dastardly deed, we have to wonder who else is, too. "That sound you hear from Foxboro is the furious microwaving of laptops," jokes WGBH's Brendan Lynch.

And while we're on the sports beat, take a closer look at last night's MVP, Andre Iguodala--NBA star and ... accidental D.C. strip club magnate?

In politics, Donald Trump's spectacular, unending, utterly baffling, often-wrong campaign launch apparently also appropriated Neil Young’s song without his permission--so now Young is telling him, "Don't Rock in My Free World." Amy Hollyfield with the Tampa Bay Times adds, "Mr. Young is a longtime supporter of Bernie Sanders." Meanwhile, Jeb Bush was overheard mocking Hillary Clinton and opposing gay marriage, which led to a "rookie mistake." CNBC interviewed Nancy Pelosi on trade and opposing the president. The Atlantic's Russell Berman sums it up: "'Have you weakened Obama & U.S. on the world stage?' Pelosi: [Takes bite of ice cream] 'No.' [Puts down ice cream]." WaPo's Daniel Drezner muses, "I don't think Nancy Pelosi understands how trade negotiations work. That, or an ice cream headache incapacitated her." Also, Rep. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) apparently tried yesterday to crash the latest deposition before the Benghazi committee, but got escorted out. "Issa probably just wanted to share some of his tactics for successful self-beclownment," theorizes Francis Wilkinson at Bloomberg View. And in various scandals, for some reason the CDC needs 3 years to release its records on lab mishaps, a Canadian general chalks military sexual misconduct up to "biological wiring" (scientific euphemism for "boys will be boys?"), and Arizona's state economist has been let go in what could be a very bad case of shooting the messenger.

And checking in on what we're beginning to call the Dolezal beat, BuzzFeed takes a look inside the alleged abuse scandal that destroyed the Dolezal family while Tamara Winfrey Harris asks "Black Like Who?" and writes, "I will accept Ms. Dolezal as black like me only when society can accept me as white like her."

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