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This doesn't look good
August 4, 2014
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Sunni militants on Sunday captured the largest hydroelectric dam in Iraq as they continued to seize more ground across the country, according to state-run media and multiple reports. After a day-long battle, ISIS fighters also claimed an oil field and three northern towns in the region after sweeping aside Kurdish defense forces.

ISIS militants destroyed a Shiite shrine, forced an estimated 200,000 to flee, and executed those who stood in their way as they overran the area, according to The New York Times. Yet the capture of the dam, which provides power to Mosul, was the group's most alarming victory as it will allow ISIS to cut off water to or flood the region.

"If you control the Mosul Dam, you can threaten just about everybody," Daniel Pipes, the president of the Middle East Forum, told CNN. Jon Terbush

High-Five Guys!
1:50 p.m. ET

How's your Friday going?

In a Chicago suburb, 164 people just set a new world record for the largest ever vertical skydiving formation (the previous mark was set in 2012 and featured 138 skydivers). It took the team of skydivers 13 tries to all link up properly, but once they did, the result was "awesome, man," organizer Rock Nelson said. Check it out for yourself:

(Facebook.com/Skydive Chicago)

The formation lasted just a few seconds before the skydivers — an international contingent that was selected out of training camps held around the world — broke off and pulled their parachutes. Read more about the team's record-setting dive via The Associated Press. Sarah Eberspacher

Only in America
1:42 p.m. ET
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In a bid to rid the city of the smell of urine, officials in San Francisco have begun coating walls near bars and areas frequented by the homeless with a special liquid-resistant paint that repels pee. "The urine will bounce back on the guys' pants and shoes," said a spokesperson. "The idea is they will think twice next time about urinating in public." Requests for the pee-proof paint are pouring in. The Week Staff

This just in
1:11 p.m. ET
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Dylann Roof, who faces federal charges including hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion for allegedly murdering nine people in a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, has chosen to plead not guilty, his lawyer said. Roof wanted to plead guilty to his 33 charges, but because prosecutors haven't yet revealed if they are seeking the death penalty, his defense attorney argued he couldn't advise his client to enter a guilty plea, The Associated Press reports. Roof also faces charges for nine counts of murder in South Carolina, and the state could also decide to seek the death penalty. Jeva Lange

Semper Fi
1:06 p.m. ET

Bambi, one of Disney's most beloved animals, may be best known as "a little frail deer, not doing very well, sliding around on the ice on his belly," as Donnie Dunagan, the original voice of Young Bambi, describes him.

That image of a helpless baby animal is exactly what Dunagan didn't want people associating with him when he was later drafted into the Marine Corps, as he explained to his wife in a recent visit to a recording booth in San Angelo, Texas as part of StoryCorps' project to collect the stories of everyday Americans.

Dunagan went on to serve in the Marines for over two decades, both in combat and as a commander in a boot camp, all while keeping his Bambi past a secret. He was terrified that the marines he wanted to fear him would instead start thinking of him as "Major Bambi." Dunagan's conversation with his wife was broadcast Friday on Morning Edition as part of their weekly StoryCorps series:

Dunagan thought he had successfully kept Bambi a secret up until a month before his retirement. During a particularly busy time on the base, a general he had known for years called him into his office, assigning him more duties. Dunagan expressed dismay at the extra workload. Then, as Dunagan recalls, the general pulled out a top-secret folder from a safe with his name on it, looked at him over his glasses and said, "You will... won't you, Major Bambi?"

While Dunagan may have once had mixed feelings about his Disney past, he says now that he wouldn't trade that experience for anything. He loves when people realize that he's "this old jerk, he's still around and was Bambi." Marshall Bright

election 2016
1:04 p.m. ET
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Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination for president, on Friday morning didn't shy away from attacking former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a GOP 2016 frontrunner, on his home turf, where they both took the stage to speak at the Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale.

"I don't think you can credibly say that everyone has a right to rise and then say you're for phasing out Medicare, or repealing ObamaCare," Clinton said, referring to Bush's super PAC Right to Rise. "People can't rise if they can't afford health care. They can't rise if the minimum wage is too low to live on. They can't rise if their governor makes it harder for them to get a college education. And you can't seriously talk about the right to rise and support laws that deny the right to vote."

Clinton continued on her warpath later in the day at Florida International University, where she urged Congress to put an end to the trade embargo on Cuba. "We were unintentionally helping the regime keep Cuba a closed and controlled society, rather than working to open it up to positive outside influences, the way we did so effectively with the Soviet bloc and elsewhere," Clinton said. "The choices we make will have lasting consequences, not just for more than 11 million Cubans, but for American leadership across our hemisphere and around the world." Jeva Lange

D.C. is 'hip' and 'cool'
11:05 a.m. ET

It's called "Neutra," and you see it every time you turn on HBO's Girls, order a SmokeShack from Shake Shack, or go to a Washington Nationals game. And now the hipster-chic, thin, mid-century font is officially the typeface of Washington, D.C.

"Whatever we're promoting, whether it's summer camp or a public health test, we want to make sure that it looks and feels like a government product," Michael Czin, director of communications for the mayor's office, told Wired.

So how exactly did our nation's capital decide on a font? Let Wired explain:

[Designer Andy] Cruz credits the font's "certain stylistic but non-descript feel." "I think it has that comforting authority to it," he says.

[Designer Paula] Scher doesn't regard the font as neutral, saying that it harkens back to a specific moment in time — the midcentury — which makes it an odd choice for a city government. "It's a retro font," she says. What does it have to do with progress? Then again — this is Washington D.C. [Wired]

Jeva Lange
Iran nuclear deal
10:36 a.m. ET
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) attacked opponents of President Obama's Iran deal on Thursday by expressing confusion over whether they'd still oppose the plan if they truly understood it. "You wonder why," she mused. "Have they even read it? [This opposition] looks political to me."

Whether Pelosi is right or not, it's a line of critique that she is uniquely not positioned to make: Perhaps the most infamous line to come out of the 2010 ObamaCare debate was Pelosi's claim that "we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what's in it."

Pelosi's quote was, of course, taken out of its context by a sound bite-driven news cycle, but she has since stood by the substance of the argument. Bonnie Kristian

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