1. What is the most frequently used word in the English language? Still wondering what the most popular word in the English language is? Australian restaurateur Paul Mathis is proposing an additional letter to the alphabet that will stand for the word 'the.'
2. Aaron Collins had a dying wish: "Leave an awesome tip (and I don't mean 25%. I mean $500 on a f****** pizza) for a waiter or waitress." After a donation page in Aaron's name went viral, his brother Seth decided to extend the project to all 50 states:
Watch All In with Chris Hayes tonight for the latest on a major partisan debate now coming to a head in the Senate. Much to the frustration of Democrats, Senate Republicans have been blocking Obama nominees from coming to a vote using a rule allowing them to filibuster indefinitely unless the Democrats can muster a supermajority. read more
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San Antonio resident Justin Carter, 19, has been in jail for nearly four months. Carter says he has been assaulted repeatedly by other inmates and subsequently placed in solitary confinement. According to his lawyer, Carter is so depressed that he's on suicide watch, meaning that the jail guards have stripped him of his clothes and replaced them with only a gown. read more
1. Figuring out how to create more space in New York City is a total "fit a square peg into a round hole" situation. But those crafty New Yorkers have solutions, or at least inventive ideas of how to solve the problem. The folks over at Gizmodo dug into the annals of New York City's planning proposals and found some absolute gems like filling up the Hudson River to add 10 miles of land to Gotham.
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Already notorious for mistreating its prisoners, the California Department of Corrections has been tarnished further. The largest prison system in the nation, with more than 119,000 currently incarcerated, has been exposed by the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) for sterilizing "nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010." Over at least a 4 year period, without required approval, California officials ordered doctors to perform tubal ligations, a procedure that closes a woman's fallopian tubes. read more
For Edward Snowden, the easy part might be over.
After spending weeks in limbo at the Moscow's Sheremtyevo airport and requesting asylum from at least 21 countries, the NSA leaker has found three options for safe haven: Bolivia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. Now he just needs to get from Eastern Europe to Latin America. Easier said than done when the most powerful country on Earth intends to have you extradited. read more
Since NSA leaker Edward Snowden first unmasked himself to the Guardian and the world, Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has tirelessly defended his unauthorized public disclosure of government surveillance programs. On Sunday, he added that Snowden was right to flee the United States rather than face prosecution. read more
The Bureau of Labor Statics jobs report, June 2013: unemployment rate unchanged.
To be precise, the unemployment rate is hovering at 7.6%, exactly where it has been since March, except for a brief interlude in May when it dipped down to 7.5%. While those numbers represent a significant drop from the 10% unemployment the United States experienced in October 2009, it's still a mere 0.2% lower than the 7.8% jobless rate that President Obama inherited when he first took office in January 2009. Quite the recovery. read more
The June jobs numbers were better than expected, with 195,000 jobs added last month when analysts were expecting a number closer to 155,000. What's more, businesses were hiring more people in previous months than originally anticipated, as my colleague Steve Benen explains. That's all welcome news. read more