It’s a soggy Tuesday here in the District. May you find consolation in a warm beverage and the company of your fellow DMVers. Or happy hour, because ya know. (Or you can just enjoy this runaway toilet.)
- A Post-ABC poll shows Democrats in trouble in November. However, while Obamacare might help Republicans in 2014, 2016 is another story. For Dems in 2014, the biggest problem is likely to be turnout.
- The New Republic has some advice for worried Dems on how to survive.
- The White House has released a report on steps to be taken re: stopping sexual assault on college campuses. Related: Rebranding rape makes accountability harder to come by.
- Opinion: The racists among us. Related: Don Sterling has been banned from the NBA for life and fined $2.5 million.
- Senator Elizabeth Warren will headline Netroots Nation.
- Edward Snowden apparently retained a lawyer last summer in the hopes of returning to the US.
- Rep. Vance McAllister is not running for re-election, has “no regrets” and says job “still sucks.”
- The US economic recovery is “dull and dead” ?
- NYT: The Piketty Phenomenon.
- Why Pfizer wants to effectively renounce its US citizenship, courtesy of WaPo and WonkBlog.
- Ethnic Power Sharing: Three Big Problems.
- In Afghanistan: Mystery surrounds a spy chief.
- What are the Taliban up to? So asks a slightly disconcerting article this morning.
- Cry of the day: An army dog killed in Afghanistan will receive a posthumous medal.
- Loadshedding and power outages are plaguing Pakistan, as temperatures top 100 F.
- Kalboishakhis: Learning all about Bangladesh‘s deadly storms.
- In the most recent news regarding the Indian election, Telengana is voting for the first time. The Election Commission is paying special attention to fraud oversight. Additionally, Modi continues to have a problem with Bangladesh, and West Bengal is not pleased.
- The EU has banned the import of Alphonso mangoes and four vegetables from India.
- After setting himself on fire, a man proceeded to hug a politician on live television.
Southeast & East Asia:
- Obama is wrapping up his “Asia trip” and defending his foreign policy approach left and right.
- The murder of a “red shirt poet” in Thailand has Human Rights Watch concerned.
- Burma’s military will need to relinquish control in order for true democracy to take root, says International Crisis Group.
- In South Korea, apologies and shame abound as the number of casualties from a ferry accident top 193.
- WaPo has some opinions and words for China about a peaceful rise.
- In Taiwan, thousands are protesting a nuclear power plant.
- A Tiananmen museum and living testimony to military crackdown has opened in Hong Kong.
- A “live fire drill” has been carried out in North Korea.
Eurasia & Europe:
- In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russia separatists are causing disarray. The EU has also imposed a new round of sanctions on Russia amidst debate that it is failing to carry its weight (the US has been repeatedly calling for harsher sanctions against the eastern power). WonkBlog thinks the sanctions are in vain. Also, the euro has benefited from the crisis.
- Still, Russia promises it won’t invade the Ukraine.
- Turkey‘s Erdogan wants the US to extradite his rival, whom he has accused of attempting to topple the government.
- FP takes issue with NYT’s Ukraine and Moldova approach.
- The Macedonian opposition is continuing to reject the results of the country’s election.
- A spectacle to be seen: Thousands in attendance for a dual canonization in Vatican City, via AJ.
Middle East & North Africa:
- US Sec. of State John Kerry epically walked back his remarks that Israel could become an “apartheid state” should it continue down its current path. In the statement he noted that American support for a two-state solution ensuring peace for both Israel and Palestine was a top priority. Despite his comments, the deadline for peace talks has now expired without movement, and Israel has set a settlement-building record.
- Nearly 50 people were killed in Iraq following attacks on early voting stations. Al-Maliki is expected to win a third term in the upcoming election.
- Infographic: Iraq’s electoral system.
- Israel v. Palestine and the Navajo Nation?
- In Syria, at least 51 people died in an area controlled by the Syrian government on Tuesday. In the city of Homs, more casualties were reported as well.
- Brookings has a piece on growing tensions between Saudi Arabia and the Obama administration.
- A suicide bomber has killed two people in Libya.
- Yemen has called for economic assistance and aid.
- Al Jazeera, which is Qatari-owned, is suing Egypt over its crackdown on journalists.
- Opinion: Political executions in Egypt.
- Lebanese presidential candidates, considered. (Via Jadaliyya.)
Eastern, Central, & Western Africa:
- The UN is concerned about human rights violations in South Sudan, which has been in chaotic flux for the past few years.
- At least 22 people were killed in an attack on a town in the Central African Republic, including 15 tribal chiefs.
- In Ethiopia, bloggers and journalists alike are being detained, the latest move in the country’s systematic crackdown on opposition voices and opinions that stray from government-enforced standards.
- Senegal‘s ex-president, Wade, has returned from exile.
Sub-Saharan & Southern Africa:
- WaPo: Ending the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic.
- A challenger of Zimbabwe‘s Tsvangirai has been expelled from the country, spurring further controversy.
- Even more reasons to protest in Venezuela: The school system.
- The IOC says the Brazilian Olympics prep has been the ‘worst ever.’
- In the South and Midwest of the US, deaths are piling up from the weekend’s tornado blitz.
- The SCOTUS is weighing the future of cell phone privacy…
- The US postal service is in trouble as its executives near retirement age.
- Immigration advocates are angry at Obama. Meanwhile, the GOP’s choice seems to be between reform or mass deportations.
- The US Justice Department is set to study arrest data in order to probe at the potential for racial bias.
- The Marshall Islands are suing several world powers for violations of international nuclear law. The list includes the US.
Daily Wow: World War I in photos.