They found the net … and then some. Led by Carli Lloyd’s hat-trick, the United States beat Japan 5-2 to win the seventh-ever World Cup and the country’s first since 1999. After scoring four goals in the game’s first 16 minutes, including one stunner from Lloyd across half the field, the U.S. slowed enough to let their opponents into the game. Tobin Heath’s late fifth goal sealed the deal,
The Presidential Daily Brief
The end seems nigh. Negotiators, including the top diplomats from the United States and Iran, are furiously bargaining to meet their latest self-imposed deadline on Tuesday. After weeks of ups and downs, with the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader waxing intransigent, breakthroughs have been reported on key sticking points, such as allowing inspections at military sites and scheduling sanctions relief. One key to success might be the surprising partnership between the U.S. and Russia, whose representatives claim they are just as committed as America to securing a non-nuclear Iran.
The people have spoken. Last week, Athens defaulted on its $1.7 billion IMF loan payment, briefly throwing markets into a tailspin. Greek leaders seemed conciliatory, then defiant, and now Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has convinced voters to vote against painful reforms demanded by creditors, and in doing so empower him in bailout negotiations. The “no” campaign won with more than 60 percent of the vote, and now Europe needs to decide what to do. Meanwhile, the Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has quit due to previous clashes with IMF officials – which may be a sign Greece is ready to negotiate.
Avoid large squares. So says a Mosul observer to those living inside the Islamic State’s “caliphate.” In public spaces, a bystander assumes watching — even cheering for — daily executions is mandatory. And one must exercise extreme caution when confiding in anyone. Just a belief in democracy or tolerance for “infidel” Shiites can lead to trouble, and that means a date with the cane, whip or sword. And then there are oddities, including a flood of decrees regulating everything from posting execution videos to who’s allowed to have sex with prepubescent slaves.
Socialists want this liberal presidential hopeful to do for them what Ron Paul did for libertarianism: take it from the fringes and turn it into a politically viable stance. Some speculate Sanders is already driving the presumptive Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, to the left, or that he might weaken her, like Paul did to “more serious” Republican contenders. But while supporters are hopeful — and eager to draw the comparison, the Vermont senator isn’t even running … as a socialist.
Boko Haram kills five in Nigerian church after deadly week. (BBC)
Escapee David Sweat back behind bars after hospital stay. (CNN)
China enacts safeguards to ward off feared market crash. (Reuters)
More than 1,300 flee wildfires in Spain and Portugal. (AP)
British royal family christens Princess Charlotte. (The Independent)
Sometimes oratorical fireworks are the best kind. Americans looking to celebrate this Fourth of July weekend with something meatier than grilled burgers can savor a sizzlin’ side of Frederick Douglass. In 1852, the famous abolitionist and gifted orator set out to expose the “unholy license” of American “liberty” and sting the conscience of a country. “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” he asked those observing the holiday. “A day that reveals to him … the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”
Here’s an idea that might stick without suction cups. A frightening quarter of U.S. auto accidents can be traced to phone-fiddling drivers, and the industry is doing something about it. Manufacturers are installing systems like Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto to allow drivers to operate their phones using their voice and steering wheel controls, minimizing distractions. They’ll take you straight to apps like Google Now, which can direct you to the nearest Starbucks even before you tell it to. But carmakers, concerned about hackers leading drivers astray, are moving cautiously.
It opens with a giddy teenager serenading her childhood friend. Amy, the new critically lauded biopic from Asif Kapadia, director of the award-winning Senna, exploits the fact that the singer-songwriter’s stardom and drug-addled downfall coincided with the advent of smartphones. Their video capabilities — and the film — capture it all, both the genius and the anguish that endeared Winehouse to so many until her 2011 death from alcohol poisoning. But the music transcends the tabloid headlines — even if fans will never get a happy ending.
Was their sacrifice in vain? As professional soldiers, 1.3 million Indians heeded Britain’s call in WWI when ”the guns of August” first roared. But even after 74,187 died — 1,000 at Gallipoli alone — there’s been little mention of them at recent centennial observances. In postwar India, nationalists, embittered by shattered British promises of autonomy, saw the troops as imperial servants. The U.K. built New Delhi’s India Gate for them in 1931, but it’s become a memorial for subsequent conflicts, leaving these ghosts of the Great War to the footnotes of history.
If you’re LeBron James, a few extra millions are worth the risk. He opted out of his long-term contract, presumably so he can get a fatter deal when the NBA salary cap rises after next season. But if you’re not King James, a guaranteed $100 million, multi-year contract may look better than a theoretical $130 million deal a year from now. That seems to be the thinking that fed into an insane day on Wednesday, when many free agents unexpectedly chose job security over potentially higher salaries.