Morning Must Reads: July 15

In the news: Syria, Snowden, the nuclear option, Zimmerman, China, Bill Gates, and India's last telegram

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

  • A string of cautionary opinions from administration lawyers over the last two years sheds new light on President Barack Obama’s halting steps to provide military support to rebels in Syria’s deadly civil war
  • Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted that they not be made public, says the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald
  • The Senate’s showdown over filibuster reform approaches farce
  • As the numbers pile up showing China’s sizzling growth cooling down, industries world-wide—from German paper-cutter makers to Indonesian palm-oil exporters—are confronting an altered landscape of winners and losers
  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernake is testifying in the House on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday. This is what he would say if he could be blunt, according to the WSJ’s David Wessel.
  • NY Magazine profile of Speaker of the House John Boehner
  • The billionaire Koch brothers use the web to take on media reports they dispute
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $472 million on higher education, yet many in academe are not writing thank-you notes
  • David Leonhardt: Why abortion is not like other issues
  • Cord Jefferson: The Zimmerman jury told young black men what we already knew
  • India sent its last telegram on Sunday