Monday must-reads

"Lamest tag team since High Energy," Digg's David Weiner calls the news that Ted Cruz and John Kasich finally officially joined forces to stop Donald Trump (at 15,000+ shares right now). In other words, both candidates announced they'll divide their efforts in upcoming contests in an attempt to block him from the nomination--although as CNN's Dianne Gallagher points out, "Seems it could've been more successful if they started this...oh, I don't know....a long time ago." Washington Post's Philip Bump seems to think similarly: "It's interesting that this is so public, but it's not like either of them can win."

In other Trump news, Bloomberg News puts out interactive proof that the Donald will see you in court. "Wonder about Trump's claim that he never settles lawsuits? Here's answer -- and decades of data on his court tactics," explains Winnie O'Kelley there. Someone Trump doesn't want to see in court? Tom Brady, now that it's come out the Patriots quarterback must serve the 'Deflategate' penalty after all. Which makes sense, as Brady has been known to sport a "Make America Great Again" hat, too. In other breaking court decisions, Tamir Rice’s family will receive $6 million from Cleveland, although columnist Connie Schultz notes "Not one cent of it will bring back Samaria Rice's child." Freelance journalist Jack Mirkinson likewise observes, "Money does not equal justice."

And then there's the horrifying news that the senior editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine has been hacked to death. "Another day, another intolerance-murder in Bangladesh," laments freelancer Tunku Varadarajan. You won't feel much better reading how Oklahoma cops took $53,000 from a Burmese Christian band, a church in Omaha and an orphanage in Thailand, either. "They raised thousands for a Christian school. Then Oklahoma cops took it all away during a traffic stop," reports Washington Post's Christopher Ingraham. Meanwhile, Jenna McLaughlin at the director of national intelligence complained that Edward Snowden sped up the spread of encryption by 7 years. "Of all the things I've been accused of, this is the one of which I am most proud," the whistleblower himself admits on Twitter. sums up the article thusly: "@JennaMC_Laugh to the NSA: u mad? NSA: yes @JennaMC_Laugh: how mad? NSA: this much."

And the NY Times is calling Johnny Manziel the human cost of the NFL draft machine, arguing that "everyone, even the league, was having fun at Manziel’s expense. He was 21." Although SB Nation's Dan Kadar incredulously responds, "I think the New York Times just blamed NFL Draft coverage on why Johnny Manziel has addiction issues."

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