News tweets: Hyperloop, olinguito and apostrophes

Image caption In some ways, this animal was hiding in plain sight - like Bin Laden in Pakistan?

For the week ending 16 August, here is the news making waves in America - all in 140 characters or less.

1. A-Rod Incredibly Humbled To Be Mentioned Alongside All-Time Greats Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco

Onion Sports Network ‏(@OnionSports) pokes fun at New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez after his doping ban.

2. Where does boycotting Telemundo and CNN Espanol as debate hosts fit into the whole GOP Hispanic-outreach plan?

‏Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) of the Huffington Post reflects on the Republican National Committee vote to deny NBC and CNN the rights to host or sponsor a 2016 Republican primary debate unless they cancel planned Hillary Clinton film projects.

3. Right now, the base has a plan for winning 46 percent of the vote in 2016, and the establishment has a plan for winning ... 48 percent.

Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat (‏@DouthatNYT) analyses the split in the Republican Party between the Tea Party-inspired base and the so-called Washington DC establishment - and their respective strategies for the 2016 presidential race.

4. Hyperloop reminds me of the space station I designed in 4th grade. Epically impressed my teachers.

Josh Marshall of liberal politics site Talking Points Memo (@Joshtpm) takes a look at Elon Musk's proposal to build a super-fast transit system between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

5. The Missouri Rodeo Clown has petitioned Putin for asylum.

A rodeo clown's mockery of President Obama that sparked uproar is recalled by the Dennis Miller Show ‏@DennisDMZ

6. Happy apostrophe day! Please take a moment today to remember the fallen apostrophes, brutally slaughtered by cruel databases everywhere.

Amy O'Leary ‏@amyoleary marks National Apostrophe Day.

7. Sort of a cross between a cat, teddy bear and Osama bin Laden: "In some ways, this animal was hiding in plain sight."

Politico's Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico) describes the newly discovered mammal, the olinguito.

8. Had fun discussing Time cover story on rise of child-free life on The Drum with Julia Baird. Hope the kids weren't watching.

Time Magazine's Belinda Luscombe (@youseless). US birth rate is the lowest in the nation's recorded history.

9. Tian Tian. "We'd rather have a panda than a prince!" sang the tartan army

Scotland football supporters bait England fans at Wembley after the news that Tian-Tian, the panda at Edinburgh Zoo, could be pregnant, from Marjory Smith ‏(@witchlet)

10. ★★★★★ "Great deal! Bought this for a steal at $250 million. Had no idea it would break so much news!" - Jeff Bezos

The purchase of the Washington Post by Amazon's Jeff Bezos provides Matt Separa (@MattSepara) with ammunition - especially after the paper broke news of privacy breaches in National Security Agency surveillance programmes.

Some tweets have been edited for clarity and style.

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