Zoe Schlanger

Zoë Schlanger is Frontpage Editor at TPM. Zoë was a TPM intern in 2011, and prior to returning here she was editor in chief of NYU Local, the alternative independent student news site at NYU. Zoë has interned at places like the Nation, InsideClimate News, The Rachel Maddow Show and Gothamist. She can be reached at zoe@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Cairo-based Al Jazeera English reporter Rawya Rageh tweeted this picture Monday of a leaflet dropped near the news outlet's Cairo office.

Al Jazeera was kicked out of a press conference held by the Egyptian military earlier today, and 22 staff members reportedly resigned due to concerns that the outlet's coverage was biased in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Congress is delaying a plan to send weapons to Syrian rebels out of concern that the arms may end up in the hands of Islamist militants, Reuters reported Monday, citing five anonymous national security sources.

The U.S. announced its plan to distribute military aid weeks ago, but none of the aid has arrived in Syria, Reuters reported. Committees in both the Senate and House reportedly expressed misgivings about the planned program.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced his opposition to the U.S. plan to arm Syrian rebels, and according to a Pew poll released last month, 70 percent of Americans opposed it as well.

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The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called on Congress Monday to quickly pass legislation protecting voting rights in the wake of the Supreme Court's recent decision that gutted a centerpiece of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

“We urge policymakers to quickly come together to reaffirm the bipartisan consensus that has long supported the Voting Rights Act and to move forward new legislation that assures modern and effective protections for all voters so that they may exercise their right and moral obligation to participate in political life,” Bishops Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., and Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, said in a statement

The 5-4 Supreme Court decision overturned Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, which identified state and local governments with a history of racial discrimination and required that they pre-clear any changes to their voting laws with the Justice Department or a federal court.

[Pictured: Bishop Stephen Blaire]

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10 people were injured in Saturday's plane crash at San Francisco International Airport, the Associated Press reported.

President Obama held a conference call with the National Security Council to discuss the situation in Egypt Saturday, according to a White House statement.

The President condemned the ongoing violence across Egypt and expressed concern over the continued political polarization.  He reiterated that the United States is not aligned with, and does not support, any particular Egyptian political party or group.  

In line with that position, the United States categorically rejects the false claims propagated by some in Egypt that we are working with specific political parties or movements to dictate how Egypt’s transition should proceed.  We remain committed to the Egyptian people and their aspirations for democracy, economy opportunity, and dignity.  But the future path of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. 
During this transitional period, we call on all Egyptians to come together in an inclusive process that allows for the participation of all groups and political parties.  Throughout that process, the United States will continue to engage the Egyptian people in a spirit of partnership, consistent with our longstanding friendship and shared interests – including our interest in a transition to sustainable democracy.  

We urge all Egyptian leaders to condemn the use of force and to prevent further violence among their supporters, just as we urge all those demonstrating to do so peacefully.  As Egyptians look forward, we call on all sides to bridge Egypt’s divisions, reject reprisals, and join together to restore stability and Egypt’s democracy.

A plane crashed at San Francisco Airport while landing on Saturday. Watch a live stream of coverage at KTVU.

The aircraft was an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777.

A photo and video taken from a distance shows smoke rising from the scene.

The plane's tail ripped off, according to a person who says he was aboard the plane.

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A caricature of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) points to the pink sneakers in the latest cartoon from Jeff Darcy, the political cartoonist for The Plain Dealer

The caption reads "Wendy Davis and her bloody pink sneakers." 

The cartoon slams Davis for her now-iconic filibuster against an omnibus bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, among other new restrictions on abortions in the state. The pink sneakers Davis wore have become iconic too.

In the accompanying editorial, Darcy admonished those who would call Davis a a champion of women's rights. 
The filibuster, he wrote, was defending the "right to put out the life light of a fetus, by sucking the unborn's brains out in a late-term-abortion procedure."
Darcy also reprimanded MSNBC for focusing on Davis' running shoes.
"Understandably a much cuter image than a 24 week old fetus, dismembered and burned," Darcy wrote.
"State Sen. Wendy Davis isn't a Women's [sic] rights hero, she's a late-term-abortion rights advocate who likes pink running shoes, period," Darcy wrote.

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