Stat of the day – A new poll in key swing states Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania show Obama leading in each state. “Voters in FL, OH, and PA support President Barack Obama's new immigration policy and are divided on whether the president or Gov. Mitt Romney would be better for their personal economic future” (Quinnipiac).
- Florida: Obama, 45% / Romney, 41%
- Ohio: Obama, 47% / Romney, 38%
- Pennsylvania: Obama, 45% / Romney, 39%
Rockstar – Hillary Clinton’s last tour. Is she the best secretary of state ever (NYT)?
Lone wolf – The U.S. Marine who captured 1,000 Japanese soldiers (Giles Milton).
Harlem tussle – Longtime NY Congressman Charles Rangel survived a primary challenge from several upstarts. In Utah, Senator Orin Hatch, a conservative Utah Republican, survived a Tea Party challenge.
Top PolicyMic stories – 14 Things You Didn't Know About Egypt’s New President(Lena Kheir) – Did you know Egypt's new president used to help NASA develop space shuttle engines?
Nora Ephron Was a Feminist Icon Who Showed Why Women Do Not Need to Be Skinny and White to Be Beautiful (Sarah Dropek) – Nora Ephron's work wasn't always interpreted as feminist, but at news of her death, it's worth revisiting what she taught us about real women and how we can continue the legacy she began.
Rainbow Oreo Cookies Are Simply Too Gay for Customers (Helen Roldan) – A look on the pro- and anti-gay reactions following Oreo's release of an image of a rainbow-filling cookie to support Gay Pride month.
I am a Member of the Highest Caste of India, But Here is Why I Want to Throw It All Away (Himanil Pandya) – Casteism is an evil which needs to be eradicated from Indian society.
American Obesity Crisis Will Not Be Solved by Fad Diets (Ralph Bouquet) – Americans have plenty of food and plenty of dieting information, but are becoming more unhealthy by the day.
What we’re reading – Class war at the Supreme Court (WaPo); What good is a GOP Senate? (WSJ); How Europe can rescue Europe (George Soros); Why did Americasend its C team to Afghanistan? (Foreign Policy); What people really do when they work from home (Slate).
Just for fun – 101 books to read this summer instead of '50 Shades of Grey' (UpWorthy); A legend as big as the Ritz (Vanity Fair).