Morning Reads

Good morning! Here are some of the stories we’re reading this AM at Moyers and Company HQ…

Fake-buster –> Ted Cruz pulled an all-nighter, and Slate’s Dave Weigel says the senator is hoping people don’t realize that he’s not actually filibustering anything. Also: he read Green Eggs and Ham.

How much to eradicate poverty in America? –> At TAP, Matt Bruenig says it would cost a fraction of what we spend on defense.

Counter-terror –> Salon’s Falguni Sheth looks at the tale of Mahdi Hashi, who is currently on a hunger strike in a New York detention center.

Putin –> Defended Russia’s seizure of a Greenpeace International vessel in Arctic waters.

He liked it –> Obama’s UN speech gets high marks from John Judis at The New Republic. Also: John Kerry to sign UN treaty that conspiracy theorists say is a back door to banning guns. ¬†Also, too: at The Monkey Cage¬†(now housed at The Washington Post), Erik Voeten looks at how differently the US votes from the bulk of UN member states.

Burgers on the docket –> Over at the Brennan Center blog, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy hopes the Supremes will remember McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc and his Nixon-era campaign donations as an example of the risks that come with unlimited individual contributions.

Next battle –> “Religious liberty” is the emerging strategy of choice for opposing LGBT rights, writes Alex Roarty at The Atlantic.

Out of sight, out of mind –> US accused of holding up lawyer representing Pakistani drone victims in order to keep him from testifying before Congress. Ryan Devereaux reports for The Guardian.

Tough case –> Legal battle over native American girl who was adopted by white South Carolina couple comes to an end, reports Robin Abcarian in the Los Angeles Times.

Better late than never –> AP: 99 year-old woman who dropped out of high school 80 years ago needing just one credit finally gets her diploma.

What are you seeing this morning? Let us know in the comments!

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