Top PolicyMic Stories – What Canada Can Teach the U.S. About Fiscal Responsibility (John Giokaris) – Canadian PM Stephen Harper and his Conservative government have cut taxes, reduced federal spending and developed domestic energy resources, making Canadians wealthier than Americans.
James Eagan Holmes Could Have Bought His Weapons at Walmart, and So Can You (Camira Powell) – James Eagan Holmes, the Batman shooter, bought all of his guns and ammunition legally; and he could have done it at Walmart too.
James Eagan Holmes Should Not Receive the Death Penalty in Colorado Shooting (Brian Weidy) – Despite his horrific actions, a look into why James Holmes should not receive the death penalty.
iSideWith Election 2012 Viral App: Co-Creator Explains How it Works in Exclusive Interview (Christopher McDaniel) – Taylor Peck, co-creator of www.isidewith.com, takes a few minutes with PolicyMic's Christopher McDaniel to discuss the phenomenon that his quiz has become.
News From Across the Web – Sally Ride Dies at 61 – Sally Ride, the first American woman in space died Monday after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Ride flew into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983 to become America's first woman in space. A Los Angeles native, Ride attended Stanford University, where she earned four degrees, including a doctorate in physics, according to NASA. Mitt Romney said Ride is "among the greatest pioneers." One lesser-known fact is that Ride was a lesbian, and she leaves behind her female partner of 27 years. Liberal blogger Glenn Greenwald tweeted yesterday, "Romney said Sally Ride is "among the greatest pioneers" - can someone ask if he's glad her partner of 27 yrs is denied her fed benefits? #DOMA"
Romney's Foreign Policy Address – At 2:00pm ET in Reno, Mitt Romney is scheduled to deliver a table-setting foreign policy speech ahead of his six-day campaign swing overseas to England, Israel, and Poland. Preview of his speech (via Politico's Mike Allen): "President Obama promised to lead on foreign policy, but by his own measure and the goals he set to accomplish, he has failed. One time after another, President Obama has set out to appease our adversaries, only to see them take advantage of his perceived weakness. From Iran to China to our relationship with Russia, we've seen one foreign policy setback after another. Even as President Obama's diplomacy fails him, he is actively working to slash the size of the military. After promising to rebuild and expand our Armed Forces, President Obama has instead worked to shrink it. The President has cut the Army and Marines by tens of thousands of service members. Instead of improving training, equipment, and leadership, he has decimated them, signing into law $487 billion in defense cuts, with an additional $500 billion coming with sequester. And his efforts to order servicemen out of the military into terrible economic conditions haven't rebuilt trust, they've destroyed it."
Romney is More Trusted on the Economy – But Obama has the edge on understanding. By more than 2-1 (63% -29%), voters say Romney's background in business, including his tenure at Bain Capital, would cause him to make good decisions in dealing with the economy over the next four years, according to a new USA Today/Gallup Poll. The findings raise questions about Obama's strategy of targeting of Romney's record at Bain Capital and insisting that Romney release his tax returns. The silver lining for Obama? By 2-1, he's rated as more likable than Romney and by double digits, those surveyed say the president better understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives.
Welcome to NYC, Ichiro! On Monday, the New York Yankees acquired 10-time All-Star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki from the Seattle Mariners for a pair of pitching prospects. In his first game, he helped the Yankees defeat his former team on Monday evening after receiving a massive standing ovation before hometown fans.
Tuesday Fun – Lochte vs. Phelps take their rivalry to London (NY Times); International relations and The Batman (Blogtarkin); What 40 years have wrought: The earth since 1972 (The Atlantic); Boston has a bigger economy than Greece (The Atlantic Wire); Wow! Gabby Giffords climbs the French Alps with her husband (Buzzfeed).
What We’re Reading – Seinfeld star Jason Alexander's amazing gun rant (Salon); Study: Women are lazier than men (TIME); Muslim Brotherhood to Michele Bachmann: We can't even penetrate the Egyptian government (Think Progress); A land without guns: How Japan has virtually eliminated shooting deaths (The Atlantic); Audio slide show: South Sudan's first year (New Yorker); Romney kept the reigns, bargained hard on severance after 1999 (Boston.com).