Are Apple & Facebook Taking Aim at Google? The FT argues yes. The ability to post photos, map locations and links to Facebook directly from Apple devices marks a thawing in what has been seen as a potentially adversarial relationship and will bolster the two companies' efforts to compete with Google. In the Steve Jobs biography, Jobs revealed, “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.” Is this the beginning?
Obama’s campaign strategy is failing – James Carville, Bill Clinton’s former campaign manager, writes, “[Democrats] will face an impossible headwind in November if we do not move to a new narrative, one that contextualizes the recovery but, more importantly, focuses on what we will do to make a better future for the middle class … The voters are very sophisticated about the character of the economy; they know who is mainly responsible for what went wrong and they are hungry to hear the President talk about the future … They want to know the plans for making things better in a serious way – not just focused on finishing up the work of the recovery” (read it here).
Attack ad of the day – Obama’s campaign released a new television ad titled “Number One” that highlights Mitt Romney's failed economic record as Governor of Massachusetts.
Top PolicyMic stories – 20 Reasons Women Need Access to Birth Control(Stephanie Dreyer) – From better vacations and clearer skin to being a healthier mom-to-be, here are the top 20 serious and not-so-serious reasons why every woman should have access to birth control.
What Soldiers Understand That Romney and Obama Will Never Get (Dario DiBattista) – Neither of the main candidates in 2012 has military experience. America might not still be at war if we had a veteran as commander-in-chief.
10 Big Misconceptions About Libertarianism (Richard Lorenc) – Most people are interested in libertarianism, but share some basic misunderstandings about the philosophy.
Greek Elections Preview: Turning Point in the European Debt Crisis (George Mesthos) – If the upstart leftists win, they could earn a more favorable agreement for Greeks and start recovery. Or they could alienate Brussels, Berlin, and each other, deepening the crisis.
What we’re reading – The largest case of wine fraud in history (Vanity Fair); BehindBob Marley and the Wailers (LA Review of Books); Why our food is making us fat (Guardian); The Supreme Court and the struggle for judicial independence (New Yorker).
National Security Leaks – Sen. McCain will introduce a resolution today calling for a special counsel to investigate the recent series of national security leaks, something the Obama administration said yesterday that “there was no need for” (via the Hill).
A train for entrepreneurs – The Millennial Trains Project, an ambitious undertaking by Patrick Dowd, received some recognition at a White House Summit last week. The train aims to lead several delegations of remarkable millennial entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, and veterans on a series of transcontinental train journeys across the United States (more here).