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  • Bethany Mandel wrote a first person account of the consequences of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring: While she worked in Cambodia she witnessed children suffering from dengue fever and malaria. She includes a description of a seven hour bus trip to Phnom Penh with a little girl who was dying from dengue fever.

  • The second estimate of 1Q14 GDP was revised down from +0.1% to -1.0%.

  • The New Orleans Recovery School District, which was formed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, closed its last traditional public school this week — the district now consists entirely of public charter schools.

  • Hillary Clinton had lunch with President Obama at the White House, but didn't stick around for the summit on concussions. Bill Clinton said it took Hillary six months to recover from the concussion she suffered when she fainted at home, so you'd think she knows something about the topic.

  • John Boehner's allies in the House of Representatives are already threatening conservative congressmen who might have the gall to vote for someone other than Boehner for Speaker next year. This is a great strategy — if they're trying to promote the formation of a third party.

  • John Hayward offers some observations on a potential presidential run by Dr. Ben Carson:

    He [Carson] writes, as he tends to speak, with his heart on his sleeve, which can be dicey business for a political candidate – if he runs, he would be wise to hire opposition researchers to scour his columns and spotlight everything likely to come back and haunt him. The American people always say they want plain-spoken candor from candidates, but our political machinery does not reward it.

  • The House and Senate defense authorization bills include $70.7 million for hypersonic missile development, a reaction to China's test of a gliding hypersonic warhead launched from a ballistic missile.

  • Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan formed the Eurasion Economic Union, which does not establish a common currency but otherwise unites the three countries' economies.

  • Pro-Russian separatists shot down a Ukrainian helicopter, killing 14 soldiers, including a general. The linked article quotes some of those pro-Russian separatists saying that their ranks include Russians and Chechens.

  • Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi won Egypt's presidential election with 92% of the vote. Turnout was 46%, which was lower than el-Sissi predicted despite the government declaring the second day of voting a national holiday, then adding a third day of voting when that didn't increase turnout enough. The government also threatened to enforce a law enabling them to fine people who didn't vote.

  • Iranian hackers invested three years of diligent, if clumsy, work on trying to befriend military, government, and diplomatic officials on Facebook for the purpose of intelligence gathering. They created a fake news organization that employed fake journalists who stole stories from news outlets.