News tweets: Hyperloop, olinguito and apostrophes
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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