- IRS to rubber-stamp tax-exempt status for most charities after scandal [TIME]
- Citigroup and U.S. reach $7 billion mortgage settlement [NYT]
- Governors divided on how to handle border crisis [TIME]
- "Israel's military said it shot down a drone along the country's southern coast on Monday, marking the first time Palestinian militants have used such an aircraft in their weeklong confrontation with Israel." [WSJ]
- "President Obama and other top administration officials will pressure Congress to strike a deal on the Highway Trust Fund in a series of events this week, looking to coerce a deal before the financing for road, bridge, and mass-transit projects is exhausted next month." [The Hill]
- Germany claims 4th World Cup title [Sports Illustrated]
- Morning long reads: Middle school cheating scandal raises questions about No Child Left Behind [New Yorker]
- Sen. Rand Paul: Rick Perry is dead wrong [Politico Magazine]
- Rick Perry slams Rand Paul: let the 2016 GOP presidential race begin [CS Monitor]
- Bowe Bergdahl to return to active duty [NYT]
- "The House and Senate this week will take up several long-awaited legislative items, though they will do so amid the circus atmosphere surrounding the House GOP's buildup to a vote later this month on suing President Obama over his executive actions." [National Journal]
- Smell test may detect early stages of Alzheimer's disease [CBS News]
- "The Pope—known for extemporaneous remarks that at times simultaneously delight and confound his followers—addressed the lingering questions of sexual abuse in the church, saying about '2 percent' of the church’s clergy are pedophiles and pledged to 'confront it with the severity it demands.'" [Slate]
- Mike Huckabee's private plane habit [Politico]
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