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Amazon Wants to Take Over Your Life. Also, Sound Smarter About Soccer—THE EDGE

By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)

TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: ISIS is one step closer to realizing its goal of controlling a contiguous territory in Iraq and Syria; the U.S. weighs options to help the Iraqi government push it back. President Obama will sign an executive order that will forbid federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation. The Army opened an investigation into Sgt. Bergdahl's disappearance from an American base in Afghanistan in 2009. The U.S. will play Ghana in its first game of this World Cup at 6 PM today.

 

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AS ISIS TAKES MORE TERRITORY IN IRAQ, U.S. CONSIDERS OPTIONS. ISIS took a northern Iraqi city on the highway between Iraq and Syria on Monday, "moving closer to their goal of linking areas under their control on both sides of the border" (Abdul-Zahra and Yacoub, AP). Meanwhile, the U.S. is considering options that go as far as launching air strikes and collaborating with Iran (Al-Sanjary and Heavey, Reuters).

EXECUTIVE ORDER WOULD BAN FEDERAL CONTRACTORS FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST LGBT EMPLOYEES. A federal ban on workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation would have to be passed by Congress, but the president's executive order would apply to the nearly one-fourth of the American workforce that works for federal contractors (Julie Pace, AP).

GET YOUR POPCORN: ACT 2 OF THE BERGDAHL DRAMA BEGINS. The Army opened its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Berghdal's disappearance and subsequent capture just days after Bergdahl returned home to the U.S. Don't expect this story to go away soon (Leslie Bentz, CNN).

 

TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama will travel to Pittsburgh to deliver a speech on the economy scheduled for 1:40 PM. The Vice President is in Brazil, where he will meet with President Dilma Rousseff and Vice President Michel Temer. Secretary of State John Kerry will participate in a conference at the State Department on marine science. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear the nominations for the assistant administrator of USAID and the U.S. ambassadors to Algeria, South Korea, and Vietnam.

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BUY AND STREAM FROM AMAZON WITH YOUR AMAZON SMARTPHONE! That's the stuff of Jeff Bezos's dreams. The company will announce a smartphone at an event in Seattle on Wednesday, aiming to "close any remaining gap between the impulse to buy and the completed act" (David Streitfield, NYT).

HOW STARBUCKS BENEFITS FROM PAYING EMPLOYEES' TUITION. The Seattle coffee giant will cover about $6,500 of employees' first two years of full-time tuition at Arizona State University's online university, and will cover their last two years in full. But the policy isn't entirely altruistic: Starbucks benefits, too (Danielle Kurtzleben, Vox).

ONE WAY TO BECOME A FEMINIST? HAVE A DAUGHTER. Judges with daughters—especially male judges appointed by Republican presidents—are significantly more likely to rule in favor of women's rights than judges with only sons (Adam Liptak, NYT).

 

YOU'LL HAVE TO GO SOMEPLACE ELSE TO EXCHANGE SECRETS. They're tearing down the Rosslyn garage where a source—Deep Throat—revealed details about what would become the Watergate scandal (Patricia Sullivan, WaPo).

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YOU COULD SOUND SMARTER WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SOCCER. Yelling "offsides" at the screen is elementary. You're better than that. Remark instead instead on how the playing styles of the world's greatest teams differ and how each country's style reflects something about their national character. That's impressive (NYT).

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EMPLOYERS CAN DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LGBT EMPLOYEES IN 29 STATES. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have laws that prevent the sort of discrimination that the president's executive order outlaws among federal contractors (Sean Sullivan, WaPo).

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