Morning Must Reads: May 30

In the news: James Comey, Russia-Syria, American drug policy, Tokyo stocks, Obama-Christie, Africa's boom, Weiner puns.

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC.

  • Prettier in print
    • Cover story: Rahm Emanuel’s plan to turn around Chicago, written by editor-at-large David Von Drehle.
    • On July 1, 7 million college students will see their federal-loan rates double unless Congress can muster a compromise. Alex Altman on the chances of a student-loan fix.
  • Syria President Bashar al-Assad said in a television interview that Russia had delivered S-300 air defense missiles, weapons that Israel has said present a threat to its security.
  • President Barack Obama has tapped former deputy attorney general James Comey to head the FBI. Watch one pivotal moment from his time in the Bush Administration.
  • The most embarrassing graph in American drug policy.
  • Tokyo stocks fell sharply again, with the Nikkei losing 5.2% to land decisively in a correction. It has now lost 14.7% over the past week.
  • Democratic pollster Mark Mellman writes on how the country’s demography favors Democrats in presidential races, and the Republicans in House races.
  • John Cassidy: The message from the Obama-Christie photos from the post-Sandy New Jersey shore was clear: “Government can work.”
  • AEI’s Michael Strain says Republicans need to offer conservative ideas for creating jobs. On his list: temporarily lowering the minimum wage while expanding the earned-income tax credit; relocation subsidies to get jobless workers to move; reduced paperwork and licensing for would-be entrepreneurs.
  • Africa’s economic boom.
  • Why James Rosen is not blameless.
  • Michele Bachmann: A Fact Checker’s Dream
  • The new Anthony Weiner, same as the old.