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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Security of the world" -- A European diplomat on what's at stake if the Iran nuclear deal doesn't happen. No biggie. It's looking like negotiators are going to miss tomorrow's deadline and go into overtime.
THINGS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Greece has ordered all of the country's banks to stay closed this week. This is not a drill.
WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY.
Greece hasn't had money for a while. A few years ago, creditors bailed it out with billions of dollars. And tomorrow is supposed to be payback day for a part of that bailout. For months, Greece has been trying to get the deadline pushed back, but creditors have said 'nope.' Meanwhile, the European Central Bank has been helping Greece keep its banks open. But over the weekend bailout talks broke down. And yesterday, the ECB said 'we're cutting you off.' Cue Greeks sprinting to the ATM to take out cash while they can.
This is Greece on the verge of a financial meltdown: the prime minister has closed all banks, the stock market, and put restrictions on withdrawal amounts. If Greece can't reach a deal with creditors by tomorrow, it could be forced to exit the eurozone. Which could have a not-so-pleasant ripple effect on the global economy.
On Friday, the Supremes kicked off the weekend by deciding that #lovewins. And that everyone in all 50 states can experience the joys of wedding registries.
For real. After years of playing hard to get, the Supremes have given the final word that same-sex couples have the Constitutional right to get married in all 50 states. States with gay marriage bans will now have to issue licenses to same-sex couples. Over the weekend, people around the world put on their red, white, blue...orange, yellow, green, and purple. But not everyone put up a rainbow background over their profile picture. Some GOP presidential hopefuls let it rain on their rainbow parade. And yesterday, police in Turkey used pepper spray on crowds during a pride parade.
The Supremes just brought marriage equality to the entire country and gave the final word on one of the biggest social issues of our time. Now, activists are focused on same-sex anti-discrimination laws (think: workplace and housing).
REPEAT AFTER ME..
WHAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT…
Terrorism. Last Friday, dozens of people were killed in three terror attacks around the world. In Tunisia, a gunman shot at least 38 people to death on a hotel beach. Many of them were British tourists. In Kuwait, a suicide bomber killed at least 25 people in a Shiite mosque. ISIS has claimed responsibility for both. In France, a man decapitated his boss at a chemical plant before trying to blow it up. Officials are looking into whether he has ties to a group, or whether he acted alone. They're also looking into whether any of these attacks were coordinated. Yesterday, officials noted it's possible they were inspired by a call from ISIS for its followers to attack non-Muslims during the holy month of Ramadan.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOUR PHONE LOSES BATTERY RIGHT AS YOU'RE STARTING A CALL…
What a tease. Yesterday, SpaceX -- the company founded by Elon Musk that wants you to live on Mars -- launched a rocket. Yay. It exploded minutes later. Nay. No one was on board. The rocket, called "Dragon," was delivering supplies to the International Space Station. This was the third failed resupply mission in recent months. While the astronauts in space are in no danger of running out of food, this does mean that there's still only one espresso machine at the space station. #AstronautProblems.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN SOMEONE MENTIONS THE MISSING PRISONERS…
Not missing anymore. Yesterday, one of them was shot and captured near the US-Canada border. He's now at a hospital in critical condition. This comes days after the other escapee was shot and killed by officials, also near the border. The two had been on the run for weeks after Shawshanking their way out of a maximum-security prison in NY. Think: digging a hole through a wall, crawling through pipes, and popping up out of a manhole on the street. Two prison workers have been charged with helping make it happen. The prisoner who was shot yesterday is now back in custody -- probably with a few extra guards on duty.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN PLANNING YOUR BEACH WEEKEND…
TBD on the swimming. Over the weekend, there were two shark attacks in two days off the coast of North Carolina. Both of this weekend's victims are recovering. This makes for six shark attacks in the Carolinas in the last two weeks. The area usually gets about two shark attacks a year, so no, this is not normal. Although you have a one in a 11.5 million chance of getting attacked by a shark, the "Jaws" sound is probably in your head now.
WHAT TO SAY WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY…
Sometimes singing works. It did for President Obama last Friday, when he gave the eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney -- one of the victims of the shooting earlier this month in a historic black church in Charleston, SC. Obama wrapped his eulogy by singing "Amazing Grace." Well done.
THING TO KNOW
Yes: An English rock band that's not The Beatles. Progressive and less mainstream. Yesterday, their co-founder Chris Squire died at age 67.
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