"I just keep replaying the audio. It's like Bull Connor gave Ayn Rand's No. 1 fan a badge and a gun," tweets Gawker's Adam Weinstein of the Guardian scoop that an Alabama officer kept his job after proposing to murder a black man and hide the evidence (at 5,200+ shares). "Alabama cop was recorded proposing to murder a black resident. City paid $35,000 to cover it up and he kept his job," explains the author Jon Swaine. TNR's Jamil Smith puts it another way: "A police officer in Alabama was caught on tape proposing to murder a black man, then act like it was in self-defense." To that news, LA Times' Matt Pearce reacts, "The only thing more startling than the first paragraph of this @jonswaine scoop is the second."
Mike Bloomberg claims that Obama didn't kill coal, but rather the market did. "If you don’t know about Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Initiative, you should. They do super smart, super effective work," suggests Huffington Post's Ben Walsh. Zimbabwean Alex T. Magaisa speaks out on how Cecil the lion is a symbol. "So great to read a much-needed black Zimbabwean perspective on Cecil-gate," reflects NYT's Lydia Polgreen. For GQ, Drew Magary shares his "journey into the big fat heart" of Donald Trump’s surging GOP campaign. And at Mashable, Megan Specia details one man's story of how ISIS took his hometown.