Today in viral news
"World's greatest dancing 106-year-old is still great," concludes Washington Post's J duLac of our latest viral sensation, the elderly woman who charmed the Obamas with her footwork at the White House (nearing 35,000 shares right now). "I can die smiling now," Virginia McLaurin told reporters of her experience, which was made especially special by the fact that she picked cotton in the fields as a child and never dreamed she "might one day eat in the same restaurants as white people," let alone meet the nation's first black president. "I could read stories about the 106-year-old woman who danced with the Obamas all day," admits Vulture's Jessica Goldstein. "I will never not click on an 'old black person meets Obama' story, but this from @ColbyItkowitz is exceptional," admits WaPo's Wesley Lowery. "The number of emails I've received from readers wanting buy/give her an iPhone/iPad is so heartening. Love humanity," shares the story's author, Colby Itkowitz. At Bloomberg News, Justin Sink warns, "watch out @flotus - 106-yr-old dancing woman on meeting @potus: 'I wish I could have 30 minutes alone with him.'"
Now that we've made you smile, we regrettably must make you frown again: the New York Times reports that seas are rising at the fastest rate in the last 28 centuries. "I didn't know we could precisely measure sea level rise over the course of the last 2,800 years. But this is scary," reacts Josh Greenman at the New York Daily News. "It raises the Q: What was happening w/ sea levels in ANCIENT ROME?" wonders NPR's Julie McCarthy. In the latest wrinkle in the Apple-vs.-FBI fracas, Bill Gates is backing the FBI's iPhone hack request. "Bill Gates offers a kick, rather than a hand, to Tim Cook on the ground— siding with FBI in iPhone backdoor dispute," Roll Call's Eli Yokley elaborates. Gates is far from alone, however -- at this time it looks like there's slightly more support for the Justice Department than for Apple in this dispute. "Where are all the tech libertarians?" asks Jon Healey with the LA Times. At the same time, it appears the Justice Department is trying to force Apple to extract data from about 12 other iPhones. "What happened to 'just this 1 phone'?" asks Re/code's Kenneth Li. Plus, here's an actual exclusive: Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange are in merger talks. "Great Reuters scoop, just confirmed by LSE," points out Rachel Armstrong there.
In politics, we're analyzing how Jeb Bush spent $130 million running for president with nothing to show for it. "New theory on why Bush's campaign was such a disaster: he was feeding them shitty pizza," jokes VICE's Aaron Gordon. But while voters might not miss Jeb Bush, campaign reporters surely will -- like Ashley Parker, who lovingly writes, "He was your goofy dad, your awkward uncle." National Journal's Ron Fournier reflects, "Wonder if voters would have been better served reading this nice @nytimes piece before @JebBush dropped out." Elsewhere in the GOP race, of course, Ben Carson claims Obama was "raised white," Ted Cruz toughens up by telling Bill O'Reilly he would deport all 12 million undocumented immigrants, and Donald Trump wished he could punch a protester in the face. "We may give him the nuclear codes," Fournier adds here. In far more sobering news, Sen. Claire McCaskill announces she's learned that she has breast cancer, although the prognosis looks good. "Sen. McCaskill is well liked by all her colleagues & always ready w a spirited quote for the press--strength to her," NBC's Luke Russert responds to the news. And with all of that going on, we nearly missed that Spike Lee endorsed Bernie Sanders. "Spike Lee feels the Bern," quips CNN's Manu Raju.