Top PolicyMic Stories – Don't Bother Donating That $5 to the Obama Campaign (Courtney Blair) – The focus on fundraising numbers is a distraction. The election will ultimately turn on intangibles, not on which candidate raises more.
Vatican Battles With Catholic Women: Fight With Religious Group Will Help Catholicism (Therese Postel) – Although the confrontation between the Vatican and the Leadership Council of Women Religious has been difficult to resolve, it will strengthen the Church in the long run.
Euro Zone Crisis: Why Young Spaniards Are Packing Up and Moving to Asia (Maria Teresa Vanikiotis) – In the global tug-of-war over the best and the brightest of today's talented youth, Asia comes out on top.
Dear New York City: Stop Being a Police State and Let Us Drink Beer in Parks (Stephen Robert Morse) – Until New Yorkers can drink alcohol in parks, and until the NYPD reveals statistics related to petty park-related offenses, New Yorkers will never be free.
News From Across the Web – Election Night 2012 – Tonight, four states hold primaries: Missouri, Michigan, Kansas, and Washington state, where ballots are mailed. All eyes are on Missouri, where former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman competes in a three-way GOP primary contest against businessman John Brunner and Rep. Todd Akin. Sarah Palin has openly endorsed Steelman (the fifth candidate in Senate primaries that she's endorsed this year). Thus far, Palin is 4-0. However, recent polling shows Steelman trailing Brunner by 6-10 points.
Religious Violence on the Rise – Less than a day after a shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple left six dead, a mosque in Joplin, Missouri was burned to the ground on Monday, in what worshipers suspect was a hate attack. Police have not yet apprehended a suspect. Although there were no reported injuries in the attack, the mosque was completely destroyed. Monday's attack follows a separate incident on July 4 in which an unidentified suspect hurled a petrol bomb on the roof of the same mosque, causing minor damage.
Arizona Shooter to Plead Guilty – Jared Lee Loughner is headed to court in Tucson, Arizona this morning, where he will plead guilty to shooting six people last year and wounding 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. For the past year, he's been treated for mental illness at a federal facility in Missouri. Psychiatrists at a federal medical prison in Missouri found him depressed, paranoid, and schizophrenic.
From Obama HQ – In an new video released by the Obama campaign, middle-class Americans use the campaign's digital tax calculator to determine exactly how the Romney Tax Hike would affect their wallets and how much tax relief that would have received over the last four years under Obama's policies.
Monday Fun – We come in peace. With Oreo cookies (Imgur); One race, every gold medalist (NY Times); 2012 Olympics: The first 9 days in photos (The Atlantic); Busted kid apologizes to airplane passengers for cutting in line (YouTube, tip-off: Jeanne Vickery); 101 best restaurants in the world, chosen by 53 of the finest chefs (The Daily Beast).
What We’re Reading – 10 signs you might be a Nazi loser (Nathan Lean); The Chick Fellatio: An outstanding post on the Chick-fil-A controversy; Cost of Olympics vs. cost of exploration of Mars (Explore); We are all Muslims: A Sikh response to Islamophobia in the NYPD (Huffington Post); Under attack as Muslims in the U.S. (NY Times); How Apple and Amazon security flaws led to my epic hacking (Wired); Extreme summer heat linked to climate change (NASA).