Top PolicyMic Stories – Let Chick-fil-A Open Up Shop in Boston and Chicago (Akil Alleyne) – Excluding a company from doing business in a city because of its managers' opinions is unworthy of a free society.
James Eagan Holmes Disturbingly Described as Hot by Female Twitter Fans (Amy Sterling Casil) – Young women tweeting that alleged mass-murderer James Holmes is "hot" are the latest victims of "hybristophilia" -- sexual attraction -- to murderers. It's an illness when taken to an extreme.
33 of the Cutest Polar Bear Pics That Will Change Your View on Global Warming Forever (Camira Powell) – Polar bears are undeniably adorable, but as global warming continues to wreak havoc on their habit, these precious creatures may not be here for much longer.
Bill Nye the Science Guy Endorses Obama and Shoots Science Education in the Foot (Cameron English) – Bill Nye harmed his own cause by endorsing President Obama's re-election bid.
Fun Read of the Morning – Now that North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is married, Sarah Swong writes about the 10 Wives of Famous Dictators.
Congrats! To Pundit Chrissy Harbin, who got published on Wednesday on Politico and Gaby Kohan, who published an article on Syria in the Huffington Post.
News From Across the Web – Obama vs. Romney on Gun Control – Mitt Romney sat down with Brian Williams in London and had this to say about gun control: "Changing gun laws won't 'make all bad things go away ... more restrictive gun laws would likely not have prevented last week's deadly mass shooting ... 'I don't happen to believe that America needs new gun laws. A lot of what this young man did was clearly against the law. But the fact that it was against the law did not prevent it from happening.” Meanwhile, speaking before a mostly African-American audience in Louisiana on Wednesday, President Obama pledged to work with leaders of all political stripes to "arrive at consensus" on how to reduce gun violence across the U.S. The President made a point of emphasizing his support for the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment, which covers the right to bear arms. "We recognize the traditions of gun ownership that passed on from generation to generation, that hunting and shooting are part of a cherished national heritage," Obama said. "But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals. That they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities."
CITI Creator Says Banks Should Be Broken Up – Sanford “Sandy” Weill, the creator of Citigroup Inc. (C), said on Wednesday that it’s time to break up the largest banks to avoid more bailouts.“What we should probably do is go and split up investment banking from banking,” Weill, said yesterday in a CNBC interview. “Have banks do something that’s not going to risk the taxpayer dollars, that’s not going to be too big to fail.”
Pressure to Turn British Investment Into Gold – (via Reuters) "The venues are ready, the rain clouds have moved away ... now comes the hard part for the 542-strong British team tasked with delivering a stash of Olympic gold. An outlay of 9 billion pounds ($14 billion) to bring the Olympics back to London for the first time since 1948 has provoked plenty of public cynicism since 2005. ... Fourth-place in the medals table in Beijing exceeded expectations but that is now being seen as the benchmark for the biggest British Olympic team ever ... At the 2008 Olympics Britain won 47 medals, 19 of them gold, across 11 sports. For the London Games, UK Sport, the body that funds the elite, has raised the bar and set a minimum target of 48 and an upper level of 70."
Thursday Fun – Texts from Michelle (Feministing); Brain sees men as whole, women in parts (Yahoo); Instead of Nike gear, Egypt gave its Olympic athletes Chinese knock-offs (Deadspin); Could Harry Potter be the key to boosting student creativity? (GOOD); USA Basketball Team Instagram shots (Mashable).
What We’re Reading – Gay rights uproar over Chick-fil-A widens (NY Times); Caster Semenya and the IOC's Olympic gender bender (The Daily Beast); Everything you wanted to know about the Romneys' Olympic horse (Mother Jones); North Korean women's soccer team walks off after video shows South Korea flag (BBC); LIBOR scandal timeline: What did the Fed know and when did they know it? (ProPublica).