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What's Happening: And Then There Were 11

Jeb Bush officially kicked off his presidential campaign today, announcing his candidacy at a rally in Miami this afternoon. “We will lift our sights again, make opportunity common again,” said Bush.

A crowded field: There are now 11 candidates in the GOP primary, and there are still more to come. (Having trouble keeping track? Our 2016 Cheat Sheet can help.) Bush holds a narrow lead in the polls, but Marco Rubio and Scott Walker are both taking bites out of his support. His reputation as a moderate will also hurt him in a primary season that rewards hardline conservatives.

What’s in a name? Jeb Bush has name recognition, but it may be the wrong sort. If he were to win, he would be the third Bush to serve in the White House in 28 years, a family dynasty that may not sit easy with the American electorate. This may be why Jeb joins a growing lists of candidates, including Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton, using campaign iconography featuring only their first name.


Snapshot

Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale. See more pictures from the Syrian refugee crisis at The Atlantic Photo.

Quoted

  • Molly Ball: “Here are some things [Hillary] Clinton didn’t say: She didn’t directly call for higher taxes on the rich. She didn’t directly blame Wall Street or financial deregulation for the economic crisis. (In fact, she mentioned Wall Street and banks just once in the speech.) She didn’t say, as [Elizabeth] Warren frequently does, that ‘the game is rigged’ against ordinary Americans.”
  • Joe Pinsker: “Generally, an updated version is supposed to be better than its predecessor, but the American Dream 2.0 doesn’t seem like much of an improvement.”​
  • Megan Garber: “Let’s also go ahead and acknowledge that Jurassic World’s smashing of its way through the box office to enjoy the biggest opening weekend of all time means, among so much else, that a significant swath of humanity has now watched a woman who is supposed to be smart doing something supremely stupid: fleeing an impossible animal in impractical shoes.”

News Quiz

1. The Magna Carta, which turns 800 years old today, runs about _______ words long when translated to English.

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2. While president, Richard Nixon banned _____ at all state dinners.

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3. According to Elon Musk, his hypothetical Hyperloop would allow people to shuttle between Los Angeles and San Francisco in _____________.

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Evening Read

Derek Thompson writes about “effective altruism” and his quest to discover the best charitable cause in the world:

When I asked several philosophers and poverty experts what causes they would give to, answers ranged from women’s rights to direct transfers to the poor. Iason Gabriel, a politics lecturer at Oxford University, made a surprisingly strong case for tax reform in the developing world. Africa, he said, loses tens of billions of dollars a year in illicit flows of money, even more than it receives in government aid. Helping governments crack down on tax avoidance could preserve billions in funds for the state to direct toward health and education. But I felt drawn to two personal values for my donation: I wanted to prevent premature deaths, and I wanted a high degree of scientific certainty that the money would be spent well.


Verbs

Obama trade bill flatlines, Rachel Dolezal resigns, spacecraft wakes up, Nepalese monuments reopen, and the right to drunkenly sit on your front porch upheld.


Answers: 4,500, soup, 30 minutes

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