Julian Castro, Kristin Chenoweth, Shirtless YouTubers, Elizabeth Warren, Peter Shaffer, Obama: NEWS

STAFFING UP. Hillary Clinton hires HUD Secretary Julian Castro’s speechwriter: “‘I don’t know if people should read anything into it for VP consideration though I think they will anyway,’ said Democratic strategist Maria Cardona.”

ONE DIRECTION. Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan hug it out on the soccer field, inspiring slash fiction writers everywhere.

WINTER IS COMING. Kristin Chenoweth sings along to the Game of Thrones theme.

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RAPE. Father of Stanford swimmer sentenced to only 6 months prison for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a frat party spurs outrage with this comment: “That is a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action out of his 20 plus years of life.”

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T-MOBILE. The cell phone carrier is giving away a bunch of free things: “The first set involves a free app, T-Mobile Tuesdays, which will initially give customers a free medium two-topping Domino’s pizza, a small Wendy’s Frosty, a $5.50 credit for a Vudu digital movie rental, and a ticket to the movie Warcraft, with other similar giveaways to follow each Tuesday. On June 14, the giveaway will be a $15 Lyft ride. On June 21, it’s a $20 MLB gift card. On June 28, nab a 1-year subscription to Bon Appetit magazine.”

NEANDERTHALS. Inbreeding between ancient hominids and non-African humans left modern humans with a genetic burden.

READING ROOM. Elizabeth Warren drags Donald Trump.

PRIDE. Why Pride still matters: “There are countless instances of gay, bi, and especially trans people being harassed, intimidated, assaulted and killed. There is absolutely, unquestionably, and heartbreakingly still a prevalent and virulent miasma of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia around the country and the world. It can be very difficult to feel pride in the face of it.”

RIP. Playwright Peter Shaffer (Equus, Amadeus) has died at 90: “He had won Tony Awards for both Amadeus and Equus, which was later revived with Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe in his West End lead debut. National Theatre director Rufus Norris described him as ‘one of the great writers of his generation.’”

PRIMARY. President Obama is eager to endorse Hillary Clinton and begin the general election fight against Donald Trump: “The White House is in active conversations with Mrs. Clinton’s campaign about how and where the president would be useful to her, according to senior aides to Mr. Obama. Advisers say the president, who sees a Democratic successor as critical to his legacy, is impatient to begin campaigning. They say he is taking nothing for granted.”

90s NOSTALGIA. Linda Lohan took a trip down memory lane.

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CAN’T LET GO. Nick Cannon can’t seem to bring himself to sign the divorce papers with Mariah Carey. 

YOUTUBE. 28 people were injured after hysteria ensued when a popular YouTuber took his shirt off at his concert: When the 16-year-old twins [Grayson and Ethan Dolan] showed up to their event at iPlay America in Freehold, New Jersey (‘New Jersey’s premier indoor theme park’) the crowd of mostly 11-to-15-year-old girls rushed toward the stage, causing a slew of injuries and seven hospitalizations….Based on a fan video from the concert, it seems that one of the twins’ abs may have been a culprit in the pandemonium.”

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