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IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL, REVIEWED Congress officially received the deal today, marking the start of a 60-day review period. Secretary of State John Kerry said there was no viable alternative to the deal, as the pitch process begins around the world for the historic agreement. [Reuters]
GREEK BANKS REOPEN "Greeks woke up Monday morning to a new era: banks were finally open after being closed down for three weeks but new taxes meant coffee, tea and even condoms all cost more." [AP]
TRUMP REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE TO MCCAIN After criticizing Sen. John McCain's time as a prisoner of war, Republican 2016 candidate Donald Trump has refused to back down amid mass outcry. Here's a reminder of what Trump was doing while McCain was a POW. [Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost]
UBER AND DE BLASIO GO HEAD TO HEAD New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to put a cap on the number of drivers Uber has in the Big Apple. To sell his controversial decision, he's trying to turn Uber into the next NRA. [BuzzFeed]
U.S.-CUBA RESTORE FULL DIPLOMATIC TIES The new era in Cuba relations began at midnight. [AP]
ON THE HIGH SEAS, FOOTAGE OF A MURDER DOESN'T HOLD WATER "Despite dozens of witnesses on at least four ships, those killings remain a mystery. No one even reported the incident -- there is no requirement to do so under maritime law nor any clear method for mariners, who move from port to port, to volunteer what they know." [NYT]
RANKING THE GOP FIELD, WITHOUT YOU-KNOW-WHO Evaluating where the rest of the GOP crop of candidates stand minus He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]
RUSSIAN TOWN NEAR UKRAINE BORDER ALIVE WITH MILITARY ACTIVITY "A year after the war started in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian military has largely abandoned efforts to disguise its activities along the border with Ukraine. The tiny village of Golovinka, an hour or so’s drive off the main highway on rutted dirt roads, has been transformed lately into a hive of military activity. The once-quiet military base nearby, Kuzminka, is teeming with soldiers and heavy weapons." [NYT]
HACKERS THREATEN TO REVEAL IDENTITIES OF USERS OF AFFAIRS WEBSITE Cheaters never prosper. [HuffPost]
RACHEL DOLEZAL STILL IDENTIFIES AS BLACK "I don’t know spiritually and metaphysically how this goes, but I do know that from my earliest memories I have awareness and connection with the black experience, and that’s never left me." [Vanity Fair]
MAN FOUND DEAD IN DEMI MOORE'S POOL A 21-year-old reportedly drowned at a party thrown at Moore's house while she was away. [HuffPost]
WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BODY WHEN YOU SUNBURN Besides living in great, great pain. [HuffPost]
WHEN THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS HIP-HOP THE OLDIES You know it's really over. [NYT]
MEET THE FIRST OPENLY GAY NETWORK ANCHOR Thomas Roberts filled in to anchor NBC's "Nightly News" Saturday, making him the first openly gay man to anchor a network news broadcast. [HuffPost]
RUSSIA'S COLD WAR MAPMAKERS "During the Cold War, the Soviet military mapped the entire world, parts of it down to the level of individual buildings. The Soviet maps of US and European cities have details that aren’t on domestic maps made around the same time, things like the precise width of roads, the load-bearing capacity of bridges, and the types of factories. They’re the kinds of things that would come in handy if you’re planning a tank invasion. Or an occupation. Things that would be virtually impossible to find out without eyes on the ground." [Wired]
10,000 TOILETS TO INDIA "For many women in poor, rural parts of the world, a lack of access to a private toilet is not just a matter of inconvenience, it also puts her at risk of diseases, sexual assault and ridicule. But in the poverty-stricken Bihar region of India, a unique partnership between non-governmental organizations and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has resulted in the construction of 10,000 new toilets allowing women to relieve themselves in a more secure and healthy way." [HuffPost]
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'I WANT TO BE SINGLE WITH YOU' "I don't always want to be invited for your evenings out and I don't always want to invite you to mine. Then I can tell you about it and hear you tell me about yours the next day. I want something that will be both simple and at the same time not so simple. Something that will make sure that I often ask myself questions, but the minute I'm in the same room as you, I know." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ "Godfather” actor Alex Rocco has died. He was 79.
~ Don't worry, Muggles -- you don't have to take out loans for Hogwarts. According to J.K. Rowling, the wizarding world's best school is free.
~ The new ice cream flavors we all wish we were trying right now. We don't care that it's this early in the morning.
~ "Trainwreck" pushes Amy Schumer onto the A-List.
~ Of course Riley Curry can do the "Nae Nae."
~ Gold hit a five-year low today.
~ Instagram just banned #curvy.
~ Katniss is coming for everyone in the latest "Hunger Games" promo. No, but really, we're kind of scared.
~ How to fight off a shark, mid-surfing competition.
~ When you give birth in oncoming traffic.
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