TRUMP TOWER RENT WENT UP WHEN CAMPAIGN DONORS STARTED PAYING IT “After bragging for a year about how cheaply he was running his campaign, Donald Trump is spending more freely now that other people are contributing ― particularly when the beneficiary is himself. Trump nearly quintupled the monthly rent his presidential campaign pays for its headquarters at Trump Tower to $169,758 in July, when he was raising funds from donors, compared with March, when he was self-funding his campaign, according to a Huffington Post review of Federal Election Commission filings.” [S.V. Date, HuffPost]
RUSSIA BANNED FROM PARALYMPICS For doping. [Reuters]
THE DARK SIDE OF BOTTLED WATER SALES What it says about our faith in water infrastructure. [Joseph Erbentraut, HuffPost]
THE RISE OF CHILD TERRORISTS “In Afghanistan, the Taliban has long used children. One 14-year-old bomber on a bicycle hit the Kabul NATO base in 2012 killing six people; two years later a teenager blew himself up at French cultural center in the Afghan capital. Researchers and officials say Islamic State and other militants are now increasingly using the same tactics, perhaps to build ranks depleted by losses, preserve adult fighters or simply catch security forces off guard.” [Reuters]
‘WHERE THE DEATH PENALTY STILL LIVES’ “As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. [Here’s] what this new geography tells us about justice in America.” [NYT]
TSA KEEPS FINDING MORE AND MORE GUNS Eighty-one last week. [The Trace]
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BOOK SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES EXIST Excuse us while we go sign up. Now. [BuzzFeed]
EPIPEN INJUSTICE “A steep increase in the price of the EpiPen, a lifesaving injection device for people with severe allergies, has sparked outrage among consumers and lawmakers who worry that parents won’t be able to afford the pens for children heading back to school.” [NYT]
HOW TO VISUALIZE JUST HOW MUCH EACH AIRLINE PACKS YOU LIKE SARDINES Introducing the legroom gif. [Digg]
NETFLIX HAS PICKED UP A NEW ‘ANNE OF GREEN GABLES’ We’re already stockpiling the Kleenex. [Vulture]
MATT DAMON KNEW BEFORE WE DID Those wet streaks on Mars? Probably not water. [WaPo]
KOBE BRYANT EVENTUALLY COULD BE INVESTING YOUR MONEY Welcome to his $100 million venture capital fund. [WSJ | Paywall]
AUSTIN ELIMINATES VETERAN HOMELESSNESS “Since taking on first lady Michelle Obama’s mayoral challenge to end veteran homelessness two years ago, the city has housed 682 veterans. And if a veteran become homeless, Austin has systems in place to find him housing within three months.” [HuffPost]
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BEFORE YOU GO
~ After this float trip went wrong, almost 1,500 Americans had to be rescued by the Canadian coast guard.
~ The vets who still support Donald Trump.
~ Stanford has banned hard alcohol at parties on campus.
~ This homeless woman finally is getting the $100,000 the government owes her.
~ Have $800 lying around? You could buy the new boxed “Lord of the Rings” set with that.
~ People are rather upset that Janice from “Friends” doesn’t sound like Janice in real life.
~ We don’t know how to feel about KFC’s fried chicken-scented sunscreen.
~ Why ramen is worth so much in prison.
~ Variety’s 10 actors to watch this year.
~ We salute ourselves on our music taste as we’ve been blasting this song nonstop for the past month, and it just went #1.