Monday must-reads

"Struck by the way that Wilson portrait is the mug shot that was never taken," tweets Tim Murphy with Mother Jones, referring to the picture accompanying The New Yorker's profile on the man who shot Michael Brown (at 3,400+ shares right now). "Unsure I want to read one word more about, or from, Darren Wilson. I share this in case you have the stomach for it," admits The New Republic's Jamil Smith. "I don't know if I can with this," Fusion's Anna Holmes voices a similar opinion. "Darren Wilson should never have become a cop. He believes police racism has passed," points out The Intercept's Juan M. Thompson. "Someone do a close reading of Darren Wilson's use of 'they'," advises Matter Magazine's Mark Lotto. And then there was this telling quote: "Do I think about who [Michael Brown] was as a person? Not really, because it doesn’t matter at this point."

In other headlines, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee now thinks the Iran nuclear deal is good for the U.S. and Israel. "SHOT 'Growing signs Schumer will oppose Iran deal' CHASER Top House Intel Dem Schiff backs," Daily Beast's Tim Mak contrasts the two headlines. Meanwhile, Politico's Michael Grunwald comes out on why Obama's epic climate plan isn't such a big deal. "My latest grumpiness is live," Grunwald tweets. In other awkwardly strained politics, China is after a businessman who's said to have fled to the U.S. "Should Ling seek asylum in US, he could be the most damaging defector in Chinese history," details co-author Mike Forsythe. "Perhaps they shouldn't have stolen the personal data of 4 million Americans from the OMB before making this request," suggests Technology Review's Jason Pontin.

We're not done with politics yet, though. John Oliver makes the case for Washington, D.C. statehood and Amy Schumer teams up with her cousin Sen. Chuck Schumer for the cause of gun control. "Never put two and two together that @amyschumer and @SenSchumer were cousins," confesses Politico's Jen Judson. Furthermore, environmental racism is still very much a thing and the EPA is one reason why. "Why does enviro racism persist? 1 reason: the EPA office to stop it has never found a single civil rights violation," shares Sasha Chavkin with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. And going international once more, US-led air strikes on Isis targets reportedly have killed more than 450 civilians. "We’ve killed 100 children in our bombing campaign on ISIS. Thank God we’re the good guys," snarks Grist's David Roberts.

As if that weren't enough to leave a bad taste in your mouth, the journey of hitchBot, the child-sized, friendly Canadian hitchhiking robot, came to a tragic end in Philadelphia. "Of course hitchhiking robot makes it safely across Europe, Canada then gets vandalized and destroyed in Philly," laments Andrew Abramson with the Palm Beach Post.

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