Russia Has Already Invaded Ukraine: Rebel leader in Ukraine says there are between 3,000 and 4,000 Russians—mostly Russian soldiers—fighting alongside Ukrainian rebels in rebel-held areas. Rebel leaders insists that they weren't sent into Ukraine by the Kremlin; they're just volunteers who decided to spend their summer vacations fighting in Ukraine alongside rebels. The Ukrainian president has demanded a meeting of the UN Security Council—on which Russia sits, and has veto power.
20,000: That's the number of Ebola cases the current outbreak is expected to reach worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. More than 1,200 people are already dead. If you missed the heartbreaking story in the New York Times earlier this week about the African nurses who are risking their lives caring for the sick and dying, please take a moment to read it.
A Little Girl and Her Uzi: The owner of the gun range where a 9-year-old girl lost control of a fucking Uzi submachine gun and killed her 30-year-old instructor had this to say to the NYT: "We are all highly trained in firearms and safety.” Uh-huh. And yesterday, while this event was causing the whole world to recoil in horror, the NRA tweeted this out: "7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range." The tweet is gone—deleted—but the NRA is sadly still with us.
“Who’s being harmed? Answer my question!” Slate's Mark Joseph Stern breaks down the best bits of this week's marriage equality oral arguments before the 7th Circuit Court—with audio!
Libertarians to Bangladeshis: "Hey, sure sucks to be you!"
Polygamists in Utah Celebrating: "A federal judge on Wednesday finalized a ruling that strikes down part of Utah's ban on polygamy," NPR reports. Antigay activists are blaming the gays—who greased up this slope?—but the ruling didn't legalize polygamous marriage. It merely tossed out the part of the law that prohibited "cohabitation between adults [who] are not legally married." The law made it a crime for a man to be legally married to one women, for example, while living with two. A clear violation of the First and 14th Amendments, says the court.
Anti-Rape Nail Polish: Not a big hit with "anti-rape advocates," says the BBC.
Brad and Angelina: The Hollywood power couple got married yesterday.
Required Viewing: Did you miss Jon Stewart's amazing, hilarious, and heartbreaking commentary about Ferguson? Watch it after the jump...