Headlines of the day
"GET 'EM, GIRLS," cheers Aubrey Whelan with the Philadelphia Inquirer in response to news that five top female soccer players have accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of wage discrimination (at 20,000+ shares right now). "The U.S.M.N.T. get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships," goalkeeper Hope Solo is quoted as saying. "Just ridiculous that US soccer was so blind to clear wage discrimination that this suit had to be filed," observes SB Nation's Michael Caley. Also, Sammy Nickalls at Hello Giggles laments, "wish NYT wouldnt use words like 'grumbled' describing women speaking out abt societal issues."
So now Us Magazine wants us to believe that Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng is dating Vladimir Putin. If true, can we all agree on "Peng" or "Wutin" as their cutesy couple name? Although at the Huffington Post, Alexander C. Kaufman has a much better question: "what I want to know is what sources Us Weekly has cultivated in the f**king Kremlin." In slightly more significant news (but only slightly), California's Assembly just passed a measure to raise the minimum wage. "California's $15 minimum wage bill could reach the governor's desk by end of day," notes Politico's Brian Mahoney. And then there was the bad news bears of the day: a climate model that predicts the West Antarctic ice sheet could begin melting very rapidly, leading to 5 to 6-foot rise in water levels by 2100. Sound far off? "This is really, really scary. What will life be like for young children today & even those born <20 yrs from now?" pointedly asks Cosmopolitan's Judith Ohikuare. "Reconsidering having children after reading this," NYT's Julia Ioffe admits.
All right, now let's get the Donald Trump beat over with. TIME forewarns that his reversal on pledge could cost him delegates. "Journos every day for the past few months: Why won't these dumb candidates just say won't back Trump? This is why," points out Elliott Schwartz. Polls continue to show Trump's nomination would make him the least-popular major-party nominee in modern times, even among white men. "I think my favorite part about this 'Trump has very bad numbers' story is that it's written in the Trumpian style," notices Daniel Kaszor with the National Post. And Larry Sabato breaks out his crystal ball to remind us the only thing that matters is the electoral college in a Trump vs. Clinton match-up: "Election analysts prefer close elections, but there was nothing we could do to make this one close." Did we miss anything? Feel free to let us know.