South of the Border – Mexican opposition candidate Enrique Pena Nieto won the country's presidential election on Sunday. Pena Nieto is the new leader of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), which governed Mexico for 71 years until losing power in 2000. Pena Nieto has pledged to open state-owned oil monopoly Pemex to foreign investors, raise tax revenue, and liberalize the labor market. Daniella Bove-LaMonica explains what is at stake for the U.S.
Looking Ahead This Week – There are only four more jobs reports that matter before Election Day and the first comes this Friday with the June number. It rose to 8.2% last month. Consensus is for a gain of 90K and no change to the 8.2% jobless rate. No U.S. president since World War II has won re-election with a jobless rate above 7.4%. UPDATE FROM ACROSS THE POND: Euro zone unemployment rises to record 11.1 percent in May; Spain rate hits 24.6 percent.
Congrats! to Pundit Olivia Katrandjian, whose article 5 Destinations to See Before You Die got picked up by one of the leading Armenian news outlets. One of Olivia's must-visit locations is Nagorno Karabakh, a landlocked autonomous region between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
* Correction (cc Warner Todd Huston): On Friday, I incorrectly implied that Rush Limbaugh said he would "flee to Costa Rica" if Obamacare passed. Warner points out that more accurate language would have been: Rush Limbaugh said "if private docs were outlawed, he'd go abroad [to Costa Rica] for health care."
Top PolicyMic Stories – Dear Israel: Please Stop Lecturing America, Egyptian President Morsi is Not the Enemy (Laura Hughes) – Israel's doom and gloom scenario in the wake of Egypt's presidential election is as infuriating as it is disingenuous. It's time the U.S. stopped listening.
Amazon Crash Causes Instagram and Netflix Blackout: Is Cloud Computing Ready for Prime Time? (Courtney Hodrick) – Amazon's most recent outage highlights numerous challenges with cloud services. Before looking at a 'cloud' solution, let's look at how networking actually works.
Lindsay Lohan and Kanye West Straddle Line Between Violent Porn and Risque Entertainment (Julie Strupp) – Glamorized and eroticized images of dead and battered women are everywhere in fashion, music, and advertising. Not only are they no longer provocative, they're harmful and simply lazy.
Euro 2012 Snoozer – Spain routed Italy 4-0 in Sunday's Euro 2012 soccer championship, in a game that was not competitive. Spain took their place among the game's greats, by winning by the largest margin in a World Cup or Euro final.
Monday Fun – School lunches from the most vs. least obese countries in the world (The Daily); Tour de France turns 99 (+Photos) (The New Yorker); Roger Federer: "Where was my mind wandering?" (NY Magazine).