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July 13, 2014

The border crisis is a "humanitarian tragedy," not an existential threat, writes The New York Times editorial board. In a strongly-worded weekend editorial, the Times accuses Republicans of "throwing up roadblocks" to a possible solution, and of using the crisis to score callous political points.

Republicans are feeding the cycle, stoking panic about a border under assault, even to the point of demanding that Mr. Obama call out the National Guard. Nativist protesters are blocking buses of migrants in places like Murrieta, Calif. Homegrown militias are issuing calls to arms. Illegal border crossings, meanwhile, are still lower than they have been in years. The besieged border is a myth, and the arrival of a few thousand weary refugee children on buses does not make the myth true. [The New York Times]

President Obama last week requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the surge of young Central American migrants along the Mexican border. Yet despite the GOP's demands that the president address the issue, the top House Republican in charge of federal spending, Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), suggested on Friday the party would not approve the request because it was "too much" money. Jon Terbush

demands
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Amidst an eruption of internet fury over the killing of Zimbabwe's beloved Cecil the lion by American dentist Walter Palmer (who admits to killing Cecil, but contends that he thought it was legal), the African nation has asked the United States to extradite Palmer. Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe's environment minister, charged that Palmer "had a well-orchestrated agenda which would tarnish the image of Zimbabwe and further strain the relationship between Zimbabwe and the U.S.A." Palmer has not been seen publicly since the controversy first erupted this week. U.S. officials have also launched an investigation of Palmer's hunt. Ben Frumin

This just in
7:15 a.m. ET
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The whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks charged that the U.S. has spent the past eight years or more spying on Japanese cabinet officials, banks, and other companies, the BBC reports. The National Security Agency apparently targeted at least 35 Japanese telephone numbers, including those linked to the Bank of Japan, Mitsubishi, and government ministries and offices. The U.S. allegedly snooped on discussions on trade, climate change policy, and nuclear policies. The U.S. also allegedly got intel on a confidential briefing that took place in Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's residence.

Japan is a close U.S. ally, as are Germany, France, and Brazil — other nations WikiLeaks has revealed as subjects of NSA surveillance. Jeva Lange

Back to Beijing
6:10 a.m. ET
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The Chinese capital, which also hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, was selected by the International Olympic Committee on Friday as the official host of the 2022 Winter Olympics. Beijing will be the first city ever to host both a Winter and Summer Olympics. Almaty, Kazakhstan, was the runner-up for the 2022 Games.

Human rights activists are angry with the IOC's decision. "There is no hope that China would make any more progress on human rights than it did with the 2008 Games, and in fact things have declined radically since then under [President] Xi Jinping," John J. MacAloon, a University of Chicago historian, told the Los Angeles Times. Critics also contend that Beijing is "burdened by a host of major environmental and logistic issues, including air pollution, extreme water scarcity, and a dearth of high mountains and natural snow." Ben Frumin

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2:07 a.m. ET

On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Greenpeace USA was in civil contempt due to protesters blocking a Royal Dutch Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Oregon, for the Arctic. She also fined the organization $2,500 for each hour of the demonstration.

Throughout the day, protesters dangled from the St. Johns Bridge and activists in kayaks and canoes blocked the Fennica in the Willamette River. The goal, The Oregonian reports, was for the demonstrators to delay the ship for so long that it would lose a year of drilling work. The ship did have to turn around earlier on Thursday, but it later returned and law enforcement cut the lines of the protesters on the bridge, making a hole for the Fennica to squeeze through at around 6 p.m. The last demonstrator came down soon after. "It was tough to see the boat go through there, but every second counts," protester Razz Gormley said. "I consider this a victory." Catherine Garcia

it's just business
1:30 a.m. ET
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After asking a diner to take her crying toddler outside and being told to "f—k off," an Australian chef and restaurant owner decided the time had come to ban children under the age of seven from eating in his establishment.

Liam Flynn, who has operated Flynn's in Yungaburra, Queensland, for 14 years, shared the news in a Facebook post, which was met with both enthusiasm and disappointment. "We've had mums and parents who feel that it's just outright discrimination, but it's mostly been positive,” he told Business Insider. "I've had a lot of support. ... There are a lot of parents out there who understand where we're coming from."

Over the past weekend, it became clear he made the right decision: Flynn's had its best Saturday and Sunday ever in terms of sales. "Business is booming," he said. "People are spending up large, drinking fine wine." It's important to note that while children under seven are asked to stay home, dogs of any age are welcome at Flynn's any time. Catherine Garcia

last night on late night
12:58 a.m. ET

Rapper and actor Ice T has a voice that's instantly recognizable — as long as you've sat through at least one Law & Order: SVU marathon, you know it when you hear it. Thanks to The Tonight Show, we now have an idea of what it would have sounded like if he had voiced some of our favorite cartoon characters, including Papa Smurf and Grumpy Bear. Sure, they're a whole lot edgier than they were originally, but only a Care Bear voiced by Ice T could get away with talking about turning a Roomba into a bong. Watch the clip (which has some strong language) below. Catherine Garcia

campaign 2016
12:18 a.m. ET
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It looks like Donald Trump won't be giving away rides on his luxurious, ultra-classy helicopter in Iowa any time soon.

After initially telling The Daily Mail that he was going to attend "The World's Fair," the GOP presidential candidate clarified on Wednesday that he was really planning on flying his chopper out to Iowa for the state fair. "I'm going to try giving kids lifts in the helicopter," he said. "You know, young kids. Yeah! If I can do it — if I'm allowed to do it. ... It'll be magnificent."

Unfortunately for Trump, it's going to remain a magnificent dream. A spokeswoman for the fair told the Des Moines Register that Trump has not asked for permission, and if he does, he'll be denied. "He is welcome to land his helicopter anywhere outside the grounds and take people on rides or whatever he would like to do," she said. "But that will not be happening on Iowa State Fair grounds." Catherine Garcia

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