Morning Must Reads: May 13

Mark Wilson—Getty Images The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

In the news: West Antarctica's ice sheet; Iran nuclear talks; narrowing health care plans; India's elections; Glenn Greenwald; Keith Crisco, Clay Aiken's congressional opponent

  • The complete melting of a major section of west Antarctica’s ice sheet appears inevitable, and the process could lead to higher end-of-century global sea levels than previously anticipated…” [CNN]
  • “As Iran and six world powers meet this week in Vienna to begin drafting language to resolve their nuclear standoff, negotiators say they are finally confronting a crucial sticking point to a permanent agreement—the size and shape of the nuclear fuel production capability that Iran will be permitted to retain.” [NYT]
  • United Palestinian Government May Provide New Opportunities for Peace [Jimmy Carter/WashPost]
  • “Israel’s former prime minister Ehud Olmert has been jailed for six years on charges of bribery by a court in Tel Aviv, becoming the most senior Israeli politician to receive a criminal conviction.” [Guardian]
  • “In the midst of all the turmoil in health care these days, one thing is becoming clear: No matter what kind of health plan consumers choose, they will find fewer doctors and hospitals in their network—or pay much more for the privilege of going to any provider they want.” [NYT]
  • In India, a Political Dynasty Prospers in Power [WSJ]
  • “A top EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people in a test of the so-called ‘right to be forgotten.'” [BBC]
  • AT&T, the deep-pocketed national telecom giant watching policymakers gnash teeth about the proposed $42-billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, is close to sealing the deal on a big corporate marriage of its own. It’s soon-to-be partner, according to multiple reports Monday: satellite giant DirectTV.” [TIME]
  • The earmark end-around? Pork-barrel is out, reviews of military ladder options are in. [WashPost]
    • From the so-called “Great Wall of Louisiana” to Everglades-related needs to port-deepening in Oregon, a once-familiar type of bragging fever has returned to lawmakers this week as they seek credit for projects contained in a House-Senate deal on an $8.2 billion water-infrastructure bill.” [National Journal]
  • Glenn Greenwald, The Man Who Knows Too Much [GQ]
  • Keith Crisco, who was battling Clay Aiken for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District, died Monday in a fall at his Randolph County home.” [WRAL]
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