From Apple's job creation data to a quirky Afghanistan ski competition, here are the top 10 stories to read on your lunch break:
(1) Rush Limbaugh's advertisers flee after birth control controversy. Limbaugh publicly apologized over the weekend to a law school student he had called a 'slut' and 'prostitute, and now a seventh company, ProFlowers, has suspended all of its advertising of his show. LegalZoom has also decided to terminate all current and future advertising with 'The Rush Limbaugh Show.' More here.
(2) As Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visits Washington and the annual AIPAC conference continues today, The New Yorker's David Remnick writes a piece called "Threatened," in which he says Israeli democracy faces an intensifying conflict of values: "as an experiment in Jewish power, unique after two millennia of persecution and exile, Israel has reached an impasse. An intensifying conflict of values has put its democratic nature under tremendous stress. When the government speaks daily about the existential threat from Iran, and urges an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, it ignores the existential threat that looms within."
(3) Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to hold a major speech today in which he outlines how the U.S. can legally kill U.S. citizens on foreign soil. He will reportedly say that lethal force is legal under the AUMF enacted by Congress after 9/11. The speech will take place at Northwestern University law school and also address how the Obama administration has successfully used civilian courts to convict and sentence terrorists.
(4) Apple has "created or supported" 514,000 American jobs as a result of the sale of its iPads and other products. That's according to a new study released by Apple, after the company's employment practices have come under scrutiny. The calculation has sparked intense debate among economists.
(5) Politico's Mike Allen reports that today and tomorrow, the Obama campaign will focus on Mitt Romney's failed record as Massachusetts governor by hosting 100 events across the state. Today, Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh and Newton Mayor Setti Warren will hold a conference call slamming Romney's record leading Massachusetts to rank 47th out of all 50 states in job creation.
(6) Informed Comment's Juan Cole outlines the top 10 problems with Obama's imposing a vigorous sanction regime against Iran on behalf of Israel. Among his highlights: Sanctions can kill innocent vicilians, embolden authoritarianism, and do not result in regime change.
(7) Proposition "8" stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Jane Lynch. Academy-award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance tells the story of Prop 8 with court testimonies and media interviews. The play premiered and live streamed Saturday in LA. Full video here (via Feministing):
(8) Millennials believe businesses play a pivotal role in changing the world. A new survey says 92% of millennials believe that a company's success should be measured by more than profit, and over 50% say they believe businesses will have a greater impact any any other societal segment, including government, on solving the world's challenges. Full study here.
(9) Video of the day – Afghanistan hosts an international ski competition. You can't make this stuff up!
(10) Photo of the day – Thank you, Banksy. So true.
What else should I be reading? Leave me a comment with more great stories, videos, and links, and I'll include the best tomorrow.
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