Elections 2012 – Mitt Romney added to his win column last night, with two more primary victories in Nebraska and Oregon. He's inching closer to the 1,144 delegates needed to win the nomination. Find out how it went down.
W is Back in Town – President George W. Bush gave a tepid four-word endorsement of Mitt Romney yesterday on an elevator, saying "I'm for Mitt Romney" as the doors closed. But, don't expect to see him on the campaign trail for Romney in 2012.
Going Viral – via AP: FACT CHECK: Romney oversimplifies debt 'inferno' (Huff Po Headline: "UP IN FLAMES")
Shoutout – Middle East journalist Anna Day (stationed in Israel) live blogged Tuesday's Nakba Day protests in Palestine, providing first-hand analysis, photos, video, and quotes. 78 Facebook shares and counting! See it here.
Bootcamp Winner – Congrats to one of last week's PolicyMic bootcamp winners, Julie Strupp, who blew up on Facebook and Twitter for her article, "CISPA and SOPA: What Older Generations Just Don't Get About the Internet."
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Message for the Class of 2012 – Last week, WSJ's Bret Stephens told this year's graduates to "tone down your egos, shape up your minds." He writes, "Dear Class of 2012: Allow me to be the first one not to congratulate you. Through exertions that — let's be honest — were probably less than heroic, most of you have spent the last few years getting inflated grades in useless subjects in order to obtain a debased degree. Now you're entering a lousy economy, courtesy of the very president whom you, as freshmen, voted for with such enthusiasm. Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with your parents. They're the ones who spent a fortune on your education only to get you back — return-to-sender, forwarding address unknown."
Speaking at Barnard College's commencement this week, President Obama had a different message: "This diploma opens up new possibilities, so reach back, convince a young girl to earn one, too. If you earned your degree in areas where we need more women — like computer science or engineering — (applause) — reach back and persuade another student to study it, too. …Until a girl can imagine herself, can picture herself as a computer programmer, or a combatant commander, she won’t become one. Until there are women who tell her, ignore our pop culture obsession over beauty and fashion — (applause) — and focus instead on studying and inventing and competing and leading, she’ll think those are the only things that girls are supposed to care about.”
Top Stories – Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century Still Defined By Sex (Seguin Strohmeier) – "I was raised with the belief that ... the feminine sphere had burst, and biology and society were no longer conspiring to relegate us women to the kitchen and nursery. I’ve come to realize, however, that while that sphere has been stretched and expanded ... it has certainly not disintegrated. ... While boys are told to dream of success based on what they do, girls are conditioned to see success in terms of how they appear — and whom they attract."
Despite JPMorgan Losses, President Obama's Government Regulation Agenda is Still Wrong (Will Hayworth) – "President Obama ... goes wrong is in thinking that his bureaucracy is more likely to detect a problem than millions of minds acting on dispersed knowledge and the desire to make money. We ought to rely on those with skin in the game to regulate our financial institutions. They’re much better at it — just as economics tells us we should expect."
SpaceX Paves New Future for Private Space Exploration, But Congress Could Ruin All Progress (Ian Yamamoto) – "As SpaceX gears up for its planned space launch this week to the International Space Station, Congress is preparing to vote next week on a spending bill that would require NASA to select a private company for the commercial crew program. If passed, Congress would effectively end the innovative competition that has developed between private companies for space travel."
Video of the Day – Newark Mayor Corey Booker and NJ Gov. Chris Christie want you to know one thing: "They got this." Video here.
Happy Hump Day (aka Wednesday Fun) – How the professor who fooled Wikipedia got caught by Reddit (The Atlantic); Inside black holes (Discover Magazine); Ever wonder how your emails actually get to the recipient? Google tells all (Google); Romney gets autotuned by the Gregory Brothers (NY Times).
What We’re Reading – A Palestine-American tells her chilling deportation story from Israel (Guernica); How FBI entrapment is inventing 'terrorists' (Rolling Stone, tip-off: @adamhudson5); Top 10 most well-read cities in America (Flavorwire); In 2012 election, a 'seat at the table' costs $5,000 (CNN, tip-off @Lev Sviridov); GOP's internal debate on gay marriage (National Journal).
Dessert – In honor of today's release of Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator,'10 quirky facts you probably didn't know about real-life dictators (Buzzfeed).