Morning Reads for Tuesday, July 15th, 2014



Greetings from New York City! On this day in 1410,  The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the Monastic State of the Teutonic Knights in the Battle of Grunwald, the decisive engagement of the Polish–Lithuanian–Teutonic War. In 1970, Georgia became the last Confederate state to rejoin the Union. But I’m sure you already knew that. Your Morning Reads lie ahead. 


  • Inside Monsanto, America’s Third-Most-Hated Company (Businessweek)
  • A Florida judge just voided the state’s congressional districts. (WonkBlog)
  • 13 Ways the NSA Spies On Us (Vox)
  • The Higgs Boson Should Have Crushed the Universe (Discovery News)
  • Cities find buyers’ remorse for winning Olympics, World Cup (Washington Post)
  • God Loves Cleveland (Grantland)
  • Ah, the free market, its vagaries make it fun (investor)
  • Radio Address to the Nation on the Proposed Legislation for a Highway and Bridge Repair Program (University of Texas)
  • Why Germany Crushed Brazil (Bloomberg View)
  • The Front Pages of Brazil’s Newspapers Are Brutal (Business Insider)
  • Bird decline linked to pesticide use (BBC)
  • The Scientific Debate On Global Warming In One Chart (Business Insider)


  • Nothing more fun than Georgia making The Fix,
  • The Senate R primary runoff is among its top ten picks (WaPo),
  • Problems for transition from football to life are hard to predict,
  • amd fixing those problems has fallen to Richt (macon),
  • Don’t look know, but Home Depot is going to sell a 3-D printer, (Bloomberg)
  • Thus rendering worthless my knowledge of sinter,
  • On Dems and Repubs who want to run the schools,
  • on no race are people quicker to call their opponents “fools” (smn) (augustachronicle),
  • Business leaders claim that job losses will mount,
  • because there hasn’t been enough transportation improvement to flout (ajc)
  • The strongest argument yet that UGA should be ranked ahead of UVa (ajc)

Due to a technical error caused by the Internet of Northern Aggression, the Morning Reads did not post on time this morning. We accept blame, only because we are excessively polite. Open thread!






  1. Ed says:

    “We accept blame, only because we are excessively polite.”

    How very Canadian. (Sorry for using up bandwidth).

  2. Trey A. says:

    That Businessweek story is the most positive piece I’ve ever seen about Monsanto.

    That Grantland story is depressing. Cleveland gets 4 #1 picks, King James’s homecoming and Johnny Football. We get Thabo Shefolosha, Dan Uggla, B.J. Upton and our most popular team is relocating to the suburban epicenter of the metro’s traffic catastrophe.

  3. mcwheel says:

    Just FYI, the WaPo Senate article link sends me to a Bloomberg article about 3-D printers.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Florida District 5 – Just another challenge to keep gerrymandering alive and well –
    If they district according to concentric neighborhoods, zip codes, towns, cities, counties, trade areas in lieu of “we hear voices” whose tent will shrink ? (professional politicians and “outside” special interests ?)

    • Ed says:

      So you would replace one arbitrary system with another arbitrary system? I mean, I dunno. I am kind of ok with districts being drawn so there is as close to a “unified” voice as possible–it kind of ensures my views will get represented.

  5. MattMD says:

    Wow, Georgia waited until 1970 to join back up? I guess time really does go slower down here.

  6. Three Jack says:

    More great(ly exaggerated, out of context) stuff from the Kingston camp –

    As someone who was undecided leaning toward leaving that runoff selection on my ballot blank just a few days ago, I have now been convinced by Kingston’s attack, attack and attack some more campaign to vote for Perdue (first time ever that a Perdue will get my vote). I get it that you save the dirtiest campaigning for last, but this endless onslaught of ‘he’s not a Republican’ crap only proves how desperate lifelong politician Kingston has become.

  7. Trey A. says:

    Got (another) mailer today from Station Wagon Jack–one side blasting Perdue in black and white and the other extolling Kingston’s plaid shirt anti-tax virtues with an “NRA Approved” stamp in the corner.

    I’m already impressed that Kingston made the runoff ahead of three (Handel, Broun and Gingrey) who I thought had a better chance of being at this stage a year ago. If he beats Perdue and Nunn, his campaign staff is going to get a lot of work in the coming years.

    Also, since this is the most recent open thread, everyone needs to watch the Frontline that aired tonight on PBS. It’ll be free online shortly.

    • Michael Silver says:

      A note about the NRA endorsement. They weigh being an incumbent/office holder very highly in their decision. There have been races where an gun prohibitionist incumbent was endorsed over a very pro-2 Amendment challenger.

      Since incumbents are re-elected 90+% of the time, the NRA method makes some sense, ie it avoids making enemies of people who they will have to work with after the election.

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