Grexit turns to grexhaustion, and other headlines
"Is it all Greek to Greeks too?" wonders Wall Street Journal's Liam Moloney, as rejoicing in Athens turned to dismay and disarray and Eurozone leaders reach a new, unanimous agreement: near-total surrender to creditors’ demands. "So the [#GreekReferendum] was all sham?" asks Nayanima Basu with Business Standard, while MarketWatch's Andrew O'Day dubs it "AGreekment!" Maybe not so much for Greeks, though. Bloomberg News was calling it "open season" on Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. "Two officials who observed Tsipras at the #EU #GreeceCrisis showdown independently described him as a 'beaten dog'," notes New Zealand Herald's Catherine Field. There's also talk of Syriza mutiny. The New Statesman is boasting a timely exclusive with Yanis Yaroufakis, who says "Well perhaps we should simply not hold elections anymore for indebted countries." Quote of the day? Or that honor might belong to Wolfgang Munchau, who writes for the Financial Times that Greece's brutal creditors have demolished the eurozone project. Or perhaps it goes to NYT's Paul Krugman, who scathingly writes of the decision that it is "pure vindictiveness, complete destruction of national sovereignty, and no hope of relief" and notes the "trending hashtag #ThisIsACoup is exactly right." Speaking of which, here's how the Greek deal went down on Twitter.
If you're ready to be terrified out of your skull, read about the earthquake that will devastate Seattle, per The New Yorker's Kathryn Schulz. "This New Yorker article about the futurepocalypse of the West Coast making Chicago look GOOD right about now, huh?" remarks Pitchfork's Jessica Hopper. On that note, ye olde New Yorker really seems on a mission to get under our skin today, with their latest on one of Mexico's most infamous and violent narcotraffickers "El Chapo" has escaped (again). "If I held a drug lord who loved tunnels, and his son mentioned a coming escape, I’d check for tunnels," shrugs editor Nicholas Thompson, who may be on to something here.
In politics, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has announced his bid for Honcho in Chief via YouTube (seems to be the only way to go these days), in which he says he'll "fight and win for the American people." Washington Post conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin calls it a "solid ad" but adds "soon he'll have to explain what he is fighting FOR." Also, still very much in mourning over his son, U.S. veep Joe Biden considers his next step. "Biden’s next battle is closer to home than to a certain house on Pennsylvania Avenue," reflects Mashable's Megan Hess.
Also, the Harper Lee plot further thickens. Now her lawyer is suggesting she "may have written a third novel." Come now, this truly is getting all kinds of ridiculous. "Atticus runs for president, calls Mexicans 'rapists'," predicts Mic's Scott Bixby. Anyone else dearly missing Ms. Lee's former invisible hand?