By Kaveh Waddell (@kavehewaddell)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: An airliner carrying 295 crashed in Eastern Ukraine. Israeli troops began a ground assault in Gaza. A compromise on the border crisis looks increasingly unlikely.
THE LATEST ON THE DOWNED AIRLINER IN UKRAINE. There were 295 on board when a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed in an area of eastern Ukraine where government forces and separatists have been fighting. It would appear that the plane was shot out of the sky. (Anton Zverev, Reuters)
ISRAELI GROUND ASSAULT BEGINS IN GAZA. As the Navy bombarded the Gaza harbor from the Mediterranean, ground troops will target underground tunnels in the East. (Kaveh Waddell, National Journal)
BORDER COMPROMISE UNLIKELY. Lawmakers lashed out at one another today as Congress looked to be moving toward a stalemate on the issue. "I don't have as much optimism as I'd like to have," said House Speaker John Boehner. (Erica Werner, AP)
'WHY I MADE MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER BECOME A CHILD BRIDE.' A reporter interviews three Syrian mothers who arranged marriages for their daughters, who reflect on it after the fact. (Mona Mahmood, The Guardian)
EXTREME GREEN. Instead of altering our behavior to save the earth from the harm humans have caused it, why not alter humans instead? (Frank Swain,BBC)
THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON GOOGLE. Actually, you're not in the equation at all: Google Brain can think for itself. "Google is not really a search company. It's a machine-learning company," said a former Google Brain engineer. (Robert McMillan, Wired)
VERMONT TAKES ON THE BORDER CRISIS. Vermont is the second-least populous state in the country, and it's beautiful besides. It's also already home to thousands of immigrants—and it's ready to accept more to alleviate the border crisis. (Jamie Fuller, Washington Post)
WHAT DOESN'T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER. In this case, fruits and veggies: naturally occurring chemicals that stress your body actually end up strengthening it. (Moises Valesquez-Manoff, Nautilus)
MAP: EARTHQUAKE RISK. If you're trying to avoid earthquakes, you know to stay away from the West Coast. But did you know coastal South Carolina is just as bad? (Carolyn Gramling, Science)
PLAY OF THE DAY: Rick Perry's got a new, nerdy look, and Stephen Colbert lists three benefits: He looks smarter, more serious, and ... (Mauro Whiteman,National Journal)
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