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On the other hand, here's everything that isn't a joke: Saudi Arabia is planning a $2 Trillion megafund to dwarf all its rivals. "Here comes the biggest #SWF ever, from who else? The Saudis. $2T (as in T) fund aims to wean the kingdom off oil," Bloomberg's David Levitt explains. In another installment of the Washington Post's good work on police data, the Post discovers that 1 in 5 officers’ names go undisclosed in fatal shootings by cops. "This affront to public accountability by LE very much begins at the top with the federal government," reacts David Simon. And in another WaPo reveal we learn that the CIA left explosive material on a school bus after a training exercise. "Like Mo Willems said, sorta, don't let the CIA drive the bus," quips Kathryn Shulz. At Media Matters, Oliver Willis imagines how this all went down: "CIA AGENT TO SELF: Man, I just feel like I forgot something. WIFE: How was your day AGENT: Okay I just OH SHIT." If only this story had been a misguided attempt at April Fools' humor.
Yesterday we missed the chance to tell you that the brilliant and pioneering woman architect Zaha Hadid passed away at 65. "She kicked butt in her field and made beautiful things," observes Suzanne Rust at Family Circle. Checking in again on Wall Street Journal's dogged reportage on the Theranos saga, it turns out their devices often failed accuracy requirements. "'Trade secrets.' Nothing to see here folks. These aren't the machines ... I mean droids you're looking for," quips Andrea Fuller there. Also, in Trumpland, The Donald clears the air with Republican leaders. "The way this describes @realDonaldTrump scolding his aides over weak delegate game reminds me of The Apprentice," realizes Emily Flitter with Reuters. And in a navelly gaze at how the New York Times covers the news, experience the first 12 hours of the Brussels bombings through the eyes of Times reporters. "This breakdown of NYT covering Brussels is the 1st I've seen that gets at the breadth and chaos of covering big news," commends Amy Fiscus at the LA Times, but plenty of others were already gagging at the headline, like BuzzFeed's Tom Chivers: "god, we journalists are a self-regarding bunch, aren't we, assuming you all want to know how we do our jobs."