The new British Prime Minister Theresa May announced six members of her cabinet today.

Amid a sweeping crackdown on dissent in Egypt, security forces have forcibly disappeared hundreds of people since the beginning of 2015, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

It's an "unprecedented spike," the group says, with an average of three or four people disappeared every day.

The Republican Party, as it prepares for its convention next week has checked off item No. 1 on its housekeeping list — drafting a party platform. The document reflects the conservative views of its authors, many of whom are party activists. So don't look for any concessions to changing views among the broader public on key social issues.

Many public figures who took to Twitter and Facebook following the murder of five police officers in Dallas have faced public blowback and, in some cases, found their employers less than forgiving about inflammatory and sometimes hateful online comments.

As Venezuela unravels — with shortages of food and medicine, as well as runaway inflation — President Nicolas Maduro is increasingly unpopular. But he's still holding onto power.

"The truth in Venezuela is there is real hunger. We are hungry," says a man who has invited me into his house in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, but doesn't want his name used for fear of reprisals by the government.

The wiry man paces angrily as he speaks. It wasn't always this way, he says, showing how loose his pants are now.

Ask a typical teenage girl about the latest slang and girl crushes and you might get answers like "spilling the tea" and Taylor Swift. But at the Girl Up Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the answers were "intersectional feminism" — the idea that there's no one-size-fits-all definition of feminism — and U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres.

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Coffee Break: Of Weddings And Looming Parental Mortality And German

Jul 22, 2013

No, it's not Morning Shots today. Some of us just really aren't morning people. (What, breakfast is the only time you caffeinate?)

Without further ado:

* Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita got married, and a lot of stars were there, which is nice and all, but waitwhatdidyousaytonykushnerofficiated? <dies> [The Wrap]

* Spike Lee goes the Kickstarter route, inevitably fueling another round of "famous people are ruining Kickstarter by hogging all the money when they've already got plenty." One of the site's cofounders argues (again) that it doesn't work that way. [Andy Baio]

* The Hollywood glass ceiling, as perceived by one fairly dispiriting Tumblr. [Hollywood Boys Club]

* @EmilyNussbaum on the incredible shrinking reputation of "Sex and the City," or In Defense of Disagreeable Women. [The New Yorker]

* Many, many media nerds have been parsing this story closely today. Is it just me, or do the words "stodgy old poops" seem to be peeping out from between the lines there? [The New York Times]

* Hey, I used to work here! [via @TdoubleB]

* This is going around among some tech-nerd friends. I blame @InaFried of AllThingsD for the sobs now resounding around my pod. [CNet News]

* And we're very sorry to those of you who hail from fair Allemagne, but this reminder of some of the eternal verities about the German language came to us by way of a friend who works at the Goethe-Institut. So, y'know, we have some cover. [YouTube]

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