from The Great Debate:

Why the AME church massacre is an assault on the fabric of black life

By Wallace Best
June 23, 2015

A crowd gathers outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church following a prayer vigil nearby in Charleston

A crowd gathers outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church after a prayer vigil nearby in Charleston, South Carolina, June 19, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from The Great Debate:

The five most important issues in U.S.-China relations

By William Johnson
June 23, 2015

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang and US Secretary of State Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) and US Secretary of State John Kerry hold a joint news conference following meetings at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

from The Great Debate:

Why the South Carolina shooting suspect should not be called a terrorist

By Masha Gessen
June 23, 2015

A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston

A woman puts flowers with ribbons bearing the names of the victims of a mass shooting that left nine dead during a bible study outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina June 18, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

from Breakingviews:

Mega-rejections signal M&A’s Taylor Swift moment

June 22, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Alison Frankel:

Exposing class action objectors: Lieff Cabraser, Ted Frank in ‘lurid’ dispute

By Alison Frankel
June 22, 2015

Ted Frank of the nonprofit Center for Class Action Fairness (CCAF) requires his clients to pledge in their retainer agreements that they're not looking for financial payoffs in bringing objections to proposed class settlements. As Frank explained earlier this month in an extraordinary declaration at the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the purpose of the provision is to distinguish Frank and his nonprofit from "professional objectors" - lawyers and clients who file objections to big class action settlements in the hope that class counsel will pay them to go away. Since founding the Center for Class Action Fairness in 2009, Frank has said his motive is to correct class action abuses for his clients and other class members, not to help clients win extortionate payoffs.

from Reuters FYI:

Hover over here

June 22, 2015

 

Screengrab/REUTERS

Screengrab/REUTERS

Here's that flying car we were all promised: Long a staple of science fiction, the hoverbike could soon become reality. The U.S. Department of Defense has signed an agreement to develop the manned hoverbike for human use, in some cases replacing the helicopter. The quadcopter vehicle can also travel in a predetermined path, for solo missions.

from Tales from the Trail:

The Confederate flag question, avoided

By Lena Masri
June 22, 2015

Where do Republican presidential hopefuls stand on permanently removing the Confederate flag from its place over the South Carolina State House in Columbia? The question over the flag, which many see as a symbol of racial hatred, surfaced after a white man shot dead nine black churchgoers in Charleston last week.

from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Do You Believe in Magic?

June 22, 2015

The main action for investors is a focus on that same problem – Greece. But hope springs anew on fresh reports of a cash-for-reforms deal in the hours jut before the latest LAST meeting to be held Monday evening Europaland-time.

from FaithWorld:

Exiles angered as China holds beer festival in Muslim county

June 22, 2015

(Bottles of Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd beer are displayed for sale at a supermarket in Beijing, January 26, 2013. The biggest global alcohol companies are sizing up buyout and tie-up opportunities in China, India, South Korea and Vietnam, keen to profit from a $258 billion Asian market that is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world. Picture taken January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

(Bottles of Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd beer are displayed for sale at a supermarket in Beijing, January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee)

from FaithWorld:

China opens new land route for Indian pilgrims to Tibet

June 22, 2015

(A Tibetan monk stands outside a temple near Mount Kailash in Ngari, Tibet Autonomous Region September 3, 2011. Picture taken September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen)

(A Tibetan monk stands outside a temple near Mount Kailash in Ngari, Tibet Autonomous Region September 3, 2011. Picture taken September 3, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Chen)