May 14, 2014

Here in America, we've had a relatively cold winter. April's temperature measurements were only about average. However, if you look worldwide, it turns out April 2014 was the second-hottest April ever recorded, according to preliminary measurements. This discrepancy is because while some places were only average or below-average in temperature, more places were above-average, some ludicrously so. This fact is brought home in the latest temperature anomaly world map from NASA:

Check out that chunk of planet in eastern Asia. Roughly speaking, eastern Russia, Mongolia, and northeast China were getting absolutely fried last month, pegging the chart's maximum over an area about the size of the whole U.S. Remember that next time someone pulls the old "it's cold where I can see, how about that global warming?!" routine. Ryan Cooper

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Donald Trump may be the GOP's sole remaining candidate for the presidential nomination, but that doesn't mean top Republicans are full-throatedly embracing him. Jeb Bush announced in Facebook post Friday that he would not vote for Trump because he "has not demonstrated that temperament or strength of character" required in a president. He also added that Trump is "not a consistent conservative" and "has not displayed a respect for the Constitution." Bush, once considered the frontrunner of the GOP primary race, clarified that he would not be casting a vote for Hillary Clinton, though he did say he would advocate for down-ticket Republicans.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) also announced Friday that he could not "in good conscience" support Trump's bid for the White House. Graham, who dropped out of the presidential race in December, has been famously hard on Trump since the early-goings. Trump promptly issued a response to the senator: "While I will unify the party, Lindsey Graham has shown himself to be beyond rehabilitation. And like the voters who rejected him, so will I!"

Bush and Graham join House Speaker Paul Ryan as top-tier Republicans who have withheld their support from Trump. Bush's father and brother, both former presidents, have also declined to issue an endorsement of Trump — though Bush 43's former vice president, Dick Cheney, told CNN on Friday that he has always supported the GOP nominee and would do the same for Trump. Kimberly Alters

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A Texas high school student is claiming that he's the victim of gender discrimination after being forced to cut his hair to comply with the school's dress code, The Daily Mail reports. Mickey Cohen spent two days in in-school suspension because his hair extended beyond the top of his T-shirt collar, a rule that doesn't apply to female students. "This is gender-biased," Cohen said. The Week Staff

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Zac Blair is having a rough day. After missing a birdie in the Wells Fargo Championship on Friday, the 25-year-old golfer hit himself in the head with his putter out of frustration. Then he used the same putter to tap the putt in.

Only, when smacking the putter against his head, Blair slightly bent it — and thus used a "non-conforming club" that had been damaged "other than in the normal course of play" to knock the ball in, which disqualified him according to the PGA's rules.

Blair, at least, had a sense of humor about the whole thing, tweeting a GIF of Woody Austin doing a head bang in reply to the PGA's announcement of his disqualification:

Now has anyone asked how his head is doing? Jeva Lange

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London is poised to welcome its first-ever Muslim mayor to office Friday. While the votes are still being counted from England's "Super Thursday" races, Labour Party candidate Sadiq Khan is currently projected to win the contest. Khan, the son of a Pakistani bus driver and seamstress, has 44 percent of the vote, while the Conservative Party's Zac Goldsmith has 35 percent.

Khan's win would offer a powerful voice to Britain's Pakistani community, as well as a larger challenge to the increasingly prevalent anti-Muslim rhetoric in the West. Final results are expected to be announced later Friday. Becca Stanek

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On Thursday, Donald Trump said that as president, he might seek to reduce the national debt by convincing creditors to accept less than a full payment. "I would borrow, knowing that if the economy crashed, you could make a deal," Trump said, in comments that the The New York Times claimed "have no modern precedent" coming from the mouth of a major presidential candidate. "If the economy was good, it was good. So, therefore, you can't lose," Trump continued.

Experts have dismissed the idea that creditors would accept anything less than 100 cents on the dollar, no matter how good a businessman Trump might be. In fact, it might be because he's a businessman that Trump thinks the scheme could actually work:

Repurchasing debt is a fairly common tactic in the corporate world, but it only works if the debt is trading at a discount. If creditors think they are going to get 80 cents for every dollar they are owed, they may be overjoyed to get 90 cents. Mr. Trump's companies had sometimes been able to retire debt at a discount because creditors feared they might default.

But Mr. Trump's statement might show the limits of translating his business acumen into the world of government finance. The United States simply cannot pursue a similar strategy. The government runs an annual deficit, so it must borrow to retire existing debt. Any measures that would reduce the value of the existing debt, making it cheaper to repurchase, would increase the cost of issuing new debt. Such a threat also could undermine the stability of global financial markets. [The New York Times]

What's more, history shows that spooking investors away from taking a chance on relatively safe Treasury securities ends up costing taxpayers an arm and a leg. Read more about Trump's unprecedented plan — and what economists have said against it — in The New York Times. Jeva Lange

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) penned a letter to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Friday, accusing her of tipping the convention in Hillary Clinton's favor. Sanders says that out of the 45 names he submitted to serve on Democratic National Convention committees, Wasserman Schultz only appointed three, and filled the committees mostly with Clinton supporters:

I believe the composition of the standing committees must reflect the relative support that has been received by both campaigns. That was why I was so disappointed to learn that of the over 40 people our campaign submitted at your request, you chose to select only three of my recommendations for the three standing committees. Moreover, you did not assign even one of the people submitted by our campaign to the very important Rules Committee of the Democratic National Convention. [Bernie Sanders]

Sanders also wrote that if the issue was not resolved, he would have his delegates move to change the party platform and the convention rules. The DNC quickly responded, assuring Sanders that both candidates would be fairly represented at the July convention. "Because the party’s platform is a statement of our values, the DNC is committed to an open, inclusive, and representative process," the DNC said in a statement. "Both of our campaigns will be represented on the Drafting Committee, and just as we did in 2008 and 2012, the public will have opportunities to participate." Becca Stanek

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Many Latinos are offended by what they believe were Hillary Clinton's unsubtle attempts to win them over in East Los Angeles on Thursday, when the former secretary of state visited the historically Mexican-American neighborhood to host a Cinco de Mayo rally — and brought an eight-piece mariachi band with her.

Clinton's 13-minute speech on immigration was interrupted by six different protesters inside the building, Fusion reports; outside, more than 1,000 protesters tensely eyed dozens of police in riot gear and on horses. "We only matter when it's Cinco de Mayo," one protester's sign read.

Herbert Siguenza said he was at the protest because he "couldn't believe Clinton was in East L.A. on Cinco de Mayo. The Hispanic pandering is obvious." Another protester started yelling during Clinton's speech, holding up a sign with a quote from 2014, when Clinton said unaccompanied minors should not be allowed to stay in the States. Clinton has since reversed her stance to say minors would need legal representation to stay in the country.

"I was nervous, but then I saw the mariachis and it made me angrier. She was pandering," the protester, Jasmin Pacheco, told Fusion. Jeva Lange

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