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Olympic Torch Relay

The Olympic flame continues its tour across the vast reaches of Russia, the host nation for this year's 2014 Winter Games, being held in Sochi. And it has also travelled to some other very out-of-the-way places. Here’s a look at the flame’s travels so far. Pictured, lighting the torch in Moscow on October 6.
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The Cleveland Show
Jul. 11, 2014
The Republican National Committee is taking its 2016 convention to the battleground state of Ohio, announcing this week that scenic Cleveland will be the place to be. Here’s a look a some fun facts about “C-Town” for Grand Old Partiers planning on attending.
The GOP's timing could not have been better. BREAKING NEWS: LeBron is Back! More on that in a minute...
Holding the convention in Cleveland — also known as the "Metropolis of the Western Reserve" — will focus Republicans on a virtual must-win state for any White House hopeful. Some 50,000 people are expected to attend the event, along with national and world media.
Other cities that had been considered include Dallas (which ended up being the runner-up), Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas. The 2016 convention will also probably take place earlier than in recent years, possibly late June or mid-July, in order to shorten the primary season. Pictured, beautiful downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland last hosted a presidential convention in 1936, and lost a bid to host the GOP in in 2008. Since then the city has added a new convention center and many more hotel rooms. Pictured, the Fountains of Eternal Life in downtown.
BY THE NUMBERS: Cleveland represents some of the important demographic opportunities and challenges facing the GOP as it seeks to build a winning coalition. With a population of just under 400,000, Cleveland is 53% black and about 10% Latino, according to 2010 Census figures.
“THE MISTAKE ON THE LAKE”: Cleveland has had its share of struggles over the years, many typical of northeast Rust Belt cities, including a declining economy, fleeing residents, and crime. In 1978 it became the first major city since the Depression to enter financial default. An agenda of economic renewal could definitely find a receptive audience. Pictured, Terminal Tower.
HOT TIME IN THE CITY: In addition to sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is built on the outlet of the Cuyahoga River, a waterway so polluted in the late 1960s that it actually caught fire — something that had happened numerous times before — in an incident that received nationwide news coverage and seemed to capture the city’s woes.
THE UNION LABEL: Cleveland is a heavily Democratic town with strong unions, both of which will likely mean rowdy protests at the convention. In 2011 unions helped decisively defeat an Ohio law that sought to limit collective bargaining for public employees, so if Scott Walker is attending in any important capacity (hint, hint), expect even more discord.
EMERGENCY ROOM: Cleveland is home to the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s premiere hospitals, and CEO Toby Cosgrove has not been shy about speaking the truth about Obamacare, citing higher premiums and blaming the law's onerous regulations for staff and service cutbacks.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE: Cleveland may be a long way from Broadway, but its Playhouse Square Center is the largest performing arts center outside of New York City. Here’s hoping the local theater group will stage a special Hobby Lobby-themed edition of The Vagina Monologues.
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Basketball superstar LeBron James broke Cleveland’s collective heart when he skipped out on the city for sunnier climes in Florida in 2010. But just days after the GOP picked Cleveland, so did James, announcing his return to the Cavaliers. Coincidence?
WHO LET THE DAWGS OUT?: The Cleveland Browns have never made it to the Super Bowl, and in 1995 then-owner Art Modell absconded with the team to Baltimore. But the limited success of the franchise’ second edition has not dimmed the enthusiasm of diehard fans, who gather in the east-side end zone’s infamous “Dawg Pound.”
INDIAN AFFAIRS: The Cleveland Indians have so far not attracted the kind of ire directed at the Washington Redskins over their American-Indian mascots. But it’s certainly an arrow in the quiver of Lefties on the hunt for the slightest micro-aggression. The team’s travails were dramatized in the 1989 comedy Major League starring the pre-“winning” Charlie Sheen.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Can you name a famous Clevelander? Start with Superman creators Joe Shuster and Herry Siegel and… end with Price is Right host Drew Carey, a longtime booster who has touted the city and Ohio on his eponymous primetime sitcom. Maybe he’ll bring his gameshow back home for a special federal budget-themed episode.
REALITY SHOW: Cleveland was in the news last year after the discovery that three young women had been held captive by Ariel Castro for more than a decade. Castro’s house has since been demolished, and he committed suicide just months into a life sentence. Pictured, neighbor Charles Ramsay enjoys his 15 minutes of fame.
UP IN THE AIR: While the GOP convention will likely be held elsewhere in town, the Cleveland IX Center, a former aerospace hangar, is one of the largest convention centers in the world, and houses an amusement park with the world’s tallest indoor ferris wheel, more than 120 feet tall.
STAMP OF APPROVAL: Far be it from conservatives to rubber-stamp any government spending or regulation, but they might just take a shine to the giant “Free Stamp,” a 28-foot tall sculpture in Willard Park near downtown. CLIMATE CHANGE BONUS: It was commissioned by Standard Oil!
ROCK OF AGES: Cleveland landed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, opening the music mecca in 1995 and attracting large crowds for the annual induction ceremonies. Presumably Fleetwood Mac will not be available to perform since they lent Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow to the Dems in ’92. And we all know what happened after that...
HELLO CLEVELAND!: Any big city will have its share of cinematic jokes at its expense. The catchphrase “Hello Cleveland!” comes from the 1984 comedy Spinal Tap, where the fictional British rock band gets hopelessly lost backstage at a Cleveland performance, repeatedly thinking they are about to find their way out. Sort of like enduring a Congressional conference committee.
HANG ON SLOOPY: Three music items in a row! You might want to learn the lyrics to this 1965 hit single from the McCoys, which is played at home games for the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians, and is even now making its way through the Ohio House to become the official state rock song.
Cartoon of the Day
Jul. 11, 2014
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Equal Justice, by Henry Payne (July 7, 2014)
The Times, July 4, 1776, by Henry Payne (July 4, 2014)
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Rip Van Media, by Michael Ramirez (June 30, 2014)
The Piñata, by Michael Ramirez (June 27, 2014)
The Plan, by Michael Ramirez (June 26, 2014)
Red . . . by Henry Payne (June 24, 2014)
Iran to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 23, 2014)
White House to the Rescue, by Michael Ramirez (June 20, 2014)
Gap, by Henry Payne (June 19, 2014)
Baghdad Bobama, by Michael Ramirez (June 18, 2014)
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The Imperial President, by Michael Ramirez (June 6, 2014)
Cutting Carbon, by Henry Payne (June 5, 2014)
The Obama Emporium, by Michael Ramirez (June 4, 2014)
After You, by Michael Ramirez (June 3, 2014)
It Was the Weather, by Michael Ramirez (June 2, 2014)
The West Point Address, by Michael Ramirez (May 30, 2014)
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General Motors Theater, by Henry Payne (May 27, 2014)
Freedom, by Henry Payne (May 26, 2014)
Hope . . . by Henry Payne (May 24, 2014)
Fallen Soldiers, by Michael Ramirez (May 23, 2014)
Outraged? by Lisa Benson (May 22, 2014)
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Now You Know How We Feel, by Michael Ramirez (May 20, 2014)
#You Think? by Michael Ramirez (May 18, 2014)
#BringBack . . . by Michael Ramirez (May 16, 2014)
Gospel Reading, by Michael Ramirez (May 15, 2014)
Today’s Lecture, by Henry Payne (May 14, 2014)
Truth, by Michael Ramirez (May 13, 2014)
Clinton Celebrity Gala, by Henry Payne (May 12, 2014)
Segregation, by Michael Ramirez (May 10, 2014)
Weather, by Michael Ramirez (May 9, 2014)
Under the Rug, by Henry Payne (May 7, 2014)
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Running of the Bulls
Jul. 10, 2014
The bulls are loose in Pamplona, Spain, as the annual Running of the Bulls got underway this week. Here’s a look at the fast and furious — and always dangerous — celebration, which runs July 7-14.
The origins of the the run date back to the 13th century, when townspeople needed to herd the bulls from corrals to the main arena for the evening spectacle. Urging the bulls on, men would jump into the street and run alongside to prove their bravery.
In Pamplona, a city in the Navarra region of Spain, the Encierro is part of the annual Festival of San Fermin, performed in honor of Saint Fermin, the patron Saint of Navarra. The event draws thousands of spectaors and hundreds of brave souls who take part in the run.
Onlookers crowd the windows of buildings along as the route as runners fill the streets below.
Each run begins at 8 in the morning and is preceded by three chants to the saint before the bulls are released. Man and beast run through barricades set up along a narrow 930-yard course on the streets of Pamplona that leads the city bullring; the barricade also ensures the safety of onlookers.
A series of rockets are fired throughout the course of the run. The first signals the release of the bulls, the second that all the bulls are running, the third that they have entered the ring, and the fourth that all the bulls have been corralled and the event is over.
Injuries both minor and serious occur nearly every year. So far this week, five runners have been wounded, two severely. Red Cross medics are on hand to provide needed attention.
And they're off!
Bulls and runners reach the Estafeta corner.
At the end of the run, bulls and runners stream into the bullring.
Some bulls are made to leap over piles of two-legged participants.
Runners try to distract a bull as it lunges towards a colleague.
Emmy Nominations
Jul. 10, 2014
The Television Academy on Thursday rolled out the nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards. Here’s a look at the nominees in the major categories. The Emmys will be handed out on August 25.
HBO’s violent, sprawling fantasy series Game of Thrones captured the most nominations for a single show with 19, including best drama series. The show was part of 99 total nominations for the cable channel.
The streaming-video service Netflix continues to set an impressive awards pace with 13 nominations for House of Cards, 12 for the prison comedy Orange is the New Black (pictured), and one for Ricky Gervais in Derek. Netflix received 31 total nominations.
AMC’s Breaking Bad is up for its last batch of Emmy Statues, having concluded its run last fall. The show was nominated for 16 Emmys including best drama series, with its top three actors — Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul — all receiving nominations.
This year’s Emmy competition features plenty of big-screen names, from Kevin Spacey on House of Cards to Oscar best actor Matthew McConaughey in True Detective. Not to be outdone, President Barack Obama helped the Web series Between Two Ferns earn a nomination for short-format live-action program thanks to his appearance on the Zach Galifianakis Web series.
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
William H. Macy, Shameless
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
Defending America
Jul. 10, 2014
National Review presents its monthly look at the men and women of America’s armed forces on combat and training deployments around the world. Pictured, an Army soldier with Second Squadron, 38th Cavalry Regiment, Phantom Recon, pulls security during training at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. ( Photo: Sergeant Cody Barber)
ARMY: Soldiers with First Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, Fourth Infantry Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division, interact with role players during a situational-training exercise in Exercise Western Accord 14. (Photo: Sergeant William Gore)
Specialist Kevin Nguyen, Charlie Company, Fourth Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Second Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Second Infantry Division, takes part in training at the National Training Center. (Photo: Specialist Charles Probst)
Sergeant Juan Jackson, 493rd Military Police Company, inspects his shot group on the M16 zero range during the 2014 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. (Photo: Sergeant First Class Michel Sauret)
Oregon Army National Guard Sergeant Justin Sheffield, Charlie Troop, First Squadron, 82nd Cavalry, 41st Infantry Brigade Combat Team, fires his M4 rifle while wearing a chemical protective mask during weapons qualification at Orchard Combat Training Center, near Boise, Idaho. (Photo: Sergeant First Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)
Soldiers with Charlie Company, Fourth Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, Second Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Second Infantry Division, load into a Stryker during Decisive Action Rotation 14-08 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif. (Photo: Specialist Randis Monroe)
Military police with the 72nd Brigade Military Police Detachment, 91st Brigade Engineer Battalion, First Brigade Combat Team, First Cavalry Division clear a town during a partnered training exercise at Hohenfels Training area, Germany, during Combined Resolve II.
Private First Class Jerome Cuthbert (right) and Specialist Daniel Malek, Company B, First Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, fire 60mm mortar rounds during training at Pabrade Training Area in Pabrade, Lithuania. (Photo: Specialist Brett Hurd)
Crew members prepare the CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopter before sling-load training with the 1569th Transportation Company. (Photo: Sergeant Michael K. Selvage)
Soldiers with Fourth Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard, hang from a tether attached to an MH47G Chinook with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) during Special Insertion Exfiltration System training at McCrady Training Center, Eastover, S.C. (Photo: Sergeant First Class Kimberly D. Calkins)
Special Warfare Combatant-craft crewmen from Special Boat Team 12, with the help of aviators from Fourth Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, conduct a maritime external air transportation system training evolution in Moses Lake, Wash. (Photo: Sergeant Christopher Prows)
NAVY: Lieutenant Wes Smith signals the launch of an EA-18G Growler assigned to Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-139 (the “Cougars”) on the flight deck of USS Carl Vinson, underway in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class George M. Bell)
Sailors prepare to launch an F/A-18F Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-213 (the “Fighting Black Lions”) aboard USS George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Joshua Card)
An F/A-18F Super Hornet with Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-213 (the “Fighting Black Lions”) veers left as sailors prepare to launch an EA-6B Prowler with Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-134 (the “Garudas”) aboard USS George H.W. Bush. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Joshua Card)
An aircraft director signals the pilot of an E-2C Hawkeye with Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-115 (the “Liberty Bells”) on the flight deck of USS George Washington. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Chris Cavagnaro)
Chief Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Jackie Valasco observes as Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) Third Class Madeline Bettincourt, signals a C-2A Greyhound with Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-30 (the “Providers”) from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Chelsea Kennedy)
Sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Rushmore direct an MV-22 Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron VMM-161 (the “Greyhawks”) onto the flight deck during exercise Rim of the Pacific. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Amanda R. Gray)
Lieutenant Junior Grade Casey Strouse checks the deck for an MH-60S Seahawk with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron HSC-9 (the ”Tridents”) on the flight deck of USS Arleigh Burke. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)
Sailors aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd man the helm during a general quarters drill. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Declan Barnes)
Sailors conduct a firefighting drill on the flight deck of USS Nimitz, underway in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Aiyana S. Paschal)
Gunner's Mate Second Class Andrew Carpenter fires a 25mm machine gun during a live-fire event aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt, underway in the Gulf of Aden. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Second Class Justin Wolpert)
Boatswain's Mate Second Class Robert Pucel, Beachmaster Unit BMU-1, signals a Landing Craft Air Cushion with Assault Craft Unit ACU-5 during an equipment transfer between USS Rushmore at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay. (Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Dustin Knight)
AIR FORCE: Major Blaine Jones, Thunderbird 5 and lead solo pilot, pitches to land as Major Jason Curtis, Thunderbird 6 and opposing solo pilot, awaits clearance during a practice demonstration sortie at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (Photo: Staff Sergeant Larry E. Reid Jr.)
A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt IIs with the 188th Fighter Wing fly in formation over Kansas. (Photo: Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel)
Staff Sergeant Zackery Coder, 36th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, checks computer data from an F-16 Fighting Falcon during Red Flag-Alaska 14-2 at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. (Photo: Senior Airman Peter Reft)
Captain Phillip Chapman, 302nd Airlift Wing, taxis into position on the runway during Maple Flag exercises in Edmonton/Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada. (Photo: Master Sergeant John R. Nimmo, Sr.)
Senior Airman Sergio Verdin, 82nd ERQS, provides security during a training exercise with members of the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron and the French Air Force’s 311th Fighter Squadron in Djibouti. (Photo: Technical Sergeant Lakisha A. Croley)
Tactical response force members approach a launch facility during a recapture and recovery exercise in North Dakota. (Photo: Senior Airman Brittany Y. Bateman)
An A-10 Thunderbolt II with 25th Fighter Squadron performs a show of force during Red Flag-Alaska 14-2 over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, Alaska. (Photo: Senior Airman Zachary Perras)
Four F-16 Fighting Falcons prepare to return to their Baltic Operations Exercise mission after receiving fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker in the skies over Germany. (Photo: Airman First Class Kyla Gifford)
An F-22 Raptor from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, approaches a KC-135 Stratotanker over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex during Red Flag-Alaska 14-1. (Photo: Senior Airman Joshua Turner)
An F-15E Strike Eagle from Royal Air Force Lakenheath in England taxis at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. (Photo: Technical Sergeant Russ Scalf)
A QF-16 is prepared for takeoff during an unmanned live fire exercise at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.. (Photo: Airman First Class Aaron Montoya)
MARINE CORPS: Captain Christopher Orr, Third Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment (left), fires an M4 service rifle as part of live-fire training during Agile Spirit 14 at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia. (Photo: Lance Corporal Samantha A. Barajas)
Lance Corporal William Long, First Platoon, Charlie Company, First Battalion, Second Marine Regiment, provides security during an operation in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo: Corporal John A. Martinez Jr.)
Corporal Justin Diaz, Black Sea Rotational Force 14.2, Third Battalion, Eighth Marine Regiment, provides security during a platoon attack exercise at Babadag Training Area, Romania. (Photo: Lance Corporal Samantha A. Barajas)
Corporal Connor J. Adlington, Company K, Battalion Landing Team, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs over a wall after emerging from a river during the Jungle Endurance Course at Camp Gonsalves. (Photo: Corporal Henry Antenor)
Sergeant Nicholas Garton, Bravo Company, First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force Darwin, radios in a position report while on a patrol during a week-long squad competition at Kangaroo Flats Training Area. (Photo: Corporal Scott Reel)
A Marine with Battalion Landing Team, First Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, shoots at targets with an M240B machine gun from a light armored vehicle during Exercise Eager Lion 2014. (Photo: Sergeant Austin Hazard)
Marines with Company E, Second battalion, Fourth Marines, Fifth Marine Regiment, board a CH-53 helicopter for extraction at the Mountain Warfare Training Center. (Photo: Corporal Charles Santamaria)
Marines with Bravo Company, First Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, board a CH-53E Super Stallion with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 466 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (Photo: Corporal Joseph Scanlan)
Republic of Korea and U.S. Marines with Company C, Third Law Enforcement Battalion, III Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, III MEF, advance through a haze of smoke during urbanized terrain training at the MOUT training center in Pohang, Republic of Korea. (Photo: Lance Corporal Drew Tech)
Marines with Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live-fire exercises aboard the USS Makin Island at Camp Pendleton, Calif. (Photo: Lance Corporal Laura Y. Raga)
A Marine with Force Reconnaissance Detachment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, climbs up a caving ladder on USS San Diego during approach, hook, and climb exercises off the coast of Southern California. (Photo: Gunnery Sergeant Rome M. Lazarus)
Brazil's Agony of Defeat
Jul. 9, 2014
The hopes of millions of Brazilian soccer fans were crushed on Tuesday as Germany bested the host country in decisive fashion, 7-1, turning the thrill of earlier victory into the agony of defeat. Here’s a look at some of the sad faces on Tuesday, and some fairly merciful mockery on social media.
Brazil has a proud history on the pitch. The national team has not lost in a World Cup game on its home turf since 1975, and Brazil has five World Cup trophies on the national shelf.
Germany’s lopsided 7-1 victory is the biggest in World Cup history. The onslaught began in the first period, when the team scored five goals in just 18 minutes. A late goal by Brazil prevented a complete shut-out, but was little consolation.
For German fans, the victory avenges a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil in the 2002 World Cup final.
The blowout set records in social media as well, with some 35.6 million tweets, easily besting reactions to the Super Bowl earlier this year. At one point after Germany’s fifth goal, Twitter was seeing more than 580,000 tweets per minute.
Germany will face the winner of today’s match between the Netherlands and Argentina for the World Cup championship. Brazil will compete for a third-place finish.
The agony of Brazil's supporters was immediate and heartbreaking.
Four more years...
CARTOON REMATCH: No sports score or political event goes unnoticed by the snarkier residents of social media, with Photoshop riffs on Brazil's loss hitting the Interwebs in short order. Here's a sample. (Image via
(Image via Genius Football, @GeniusFootball)
"Post-match interview with Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari." (Not David Warner, @notdavidwarner)
"Argentina and Netherlands after watching German vs Brazil game" (mannschaft, @iatemuggles)
"Angela the Victorius" (Auskar Surbakti, @AuskarSurbakti)
"#Jesus wept.." (Auskar Surbakti, @AuskarSurbakti)
(Image via Sportschau, @sportschau)
"7-1??? Well that's a sufficiently awkward WC semi final" (Ashleigh Nelson, @nelson_ashleigh)
"After tonight I can finally reveal the origin of the world cup 2014 logo!" (Terry Conor, @TerryibleConnor)
Operation Protective Edge
Jul. 8, 2014
The Israel Defense Force has launched Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip and elsewhere to combat a wave of rocket strikes and other attacks by Hamas. Here’s a look at the operation and some of the weapons involved, including the Iron Dome.
The current conflict follows the brutal kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teenagers and the reprisal killing of a Palestinian youth. In the aftermath, numerous clashes broke out in Palestinian areas, wiht some concerned another intifada may be looming. Pictured, Palestinian youths clash with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem.
The chief danger from Hamas forces is rocket attacks. Since the beginning of the year, Hamas has launched more than 450 rockets at Israeli cities, and attacks have intensified in the past month. Pictured, the aftermath of a Hamas rocket strike in Sderot.
The IDF has used social media to inform Israeli citizens about the danger of rocket attacks and the ongoing operation. (Image via IDF Twitter)
(Image via IDF Twitter)
(Image via IDF Twitter)
(Image via IDF Twitter)
On July 9, the IDF reported that while 29 Hamas rockets had been intercepted, 117 got through (thought not necessarily hitting their target). One rocket struck Jerusalem. (Image via IDF Twitter)
PROTECTIVE EDGE: To combat the renewed campaign of rocket attacks the IDF launched Operation Protective Edge, which includes a call-up of some 40,000 reserves. (Image via IDF Twitter)
Some 100 Israeli airstrikes have relentlessly targeted Hamas militants in the opening stages of the operation, according to the Jerusalem Post. Pictured, an IDF strike in Gaza.
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has obtained approval for possible ground operations in Gaza, telling reporters on Tuesday that the time has come to "take off the gloves" against Hamas.
An IDF Apache gunship sends a missile towards a target on the ground.
Smoke rises from more airstrikes against targets in Gaza.
Four columns of smoke rise from the aftermath of an airstrike that targeted a tunnel used by Hamas militants.
A crater on the ground in Gaza in the aftermath of an IDF airstrike.
IRON DOME: On the front lines of Operation Protective Edge is the Iron Dome missile defense system. First deployed in early 2011, Iron Dome consists of a radar station, weapons control unit, and the missile launcher. Pictured, an Iron Dome battery near Ashdod.
Iron Dome’s radar detects an incoming enemy rocket, determines its trajectory and target, and quickly plots an intercept course. Pictured, a closer view of the Iron Dome missile launch battery.
Not every incoming rocket is targeted; those that are determined to be headed towards unpopulated areas are let through — few if any Hamas rockets are guided, and are more like mortar shells — leaving the Iron Dome system to concentrate on those that pose the most danger.
An Iron Dome missile finds its target in the skis over Israel.
Merkava tanks assemble at a staging area outside of Gaza. The Merkava is the main battle tank of the Israeli Defense Forces.
First deployed in 1979, the Merkava (Hebrew for “chariot”) has gone through four main versions, with the Mk IV entering service in 2003. The Merkava is a robust and battle-tested weapon system, featuring heavy crew protection and superior speed and maneuverability. (Photo: IDF)
IDF soldiers gather outside of the Gaza Strip.
A column of IDF armored personnel carriers outside Sderot.
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