We were so wrong about Nevada; Obama's cunning plot for SCOTUS; you now have a Facebook "threatening to swallow someone" emoji!
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Sandoval is a former federal judge who's said he's interested in the position. He's also pretty young (52), which is considered the best quality in a potential SCOTUS nominee these days, if maybe not for one from the opposing party.
[The Washington Post / Amber Phillips]
The White House, of course, is offering very little insight into the president's thinking. The closest thing: a column on the nomination, bylined by Barack Obama, posted on SCOTUSblog. Spoiler: The president writes it's "spoiler-free."
[SCOTUSBlog / President Barack Obama]
Facebook embraces all of the feels — or maybe just six
Facebook rolled out five new buttons for reacting to posts Wednesday. In addition to the iconic "like" button, users can now also select "love," "haha," "wow," "sad," and "angry" for expressing their feelings.
[NPR / Zhai Yun Tan ]
Facebook, of course, is not inventing the emoji. Nor is it inventing the "reacji" — the chat platform Slack (popular among tech and media companies) has used reacjis since last year. (Pro tip from Vox: very useful for counting heads when planning how many debate watchers to order dinner for.)
[The Atlantic / Robinson Meyer]
On the other hand, no one said you have to use the emojis for their intended purpose. The Verge points out that "wow" looks an awful lot like "threatening to swallow someone," while the new "love" button resembles a butt.
[The Verge / Chris Plante ]
"'Scientists who use fetal tissue are not necessarily proabortion or antiabortion,' Goldstein says. Scientists regularly use organs from people who have died in car accidents, he notes. But that does not mean that they are 'on the side of auto accidents.'"
[The Nation / Madeleine Schwartz]
"Other perks seem to be from a different era, like the Mercedes-Benz GL at the Newark Airport that will drive you, if your connection is tight, from one plane to the next, as though you’re the French ambassador or an especially violent supercriminal."
[New Yorker / Gary Sernovitz]
Correction: Yesterday's Verbatim section quoted Rebecca Traister in NY Mag saying that only around 20 percent of women are married by age 29; the quoted article has since been corrected to say that 20 percent of women 18-29 are married, which is a rather different thing.
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