8 Things To Know This AM

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Germany’s defeat over the U.S. yesterday may have brought us down a bit. But, hey, at the end of the game, both teams moved on to the next round. It ain't over 'til it’s over. (FIFA)

In addition to the myriad of reasons why everyone's mother, brother, and grandmother already love IKEA, here's yet another to add to the list: The furniture chain just raised the minimum wage by over 17% for all U.S. employees. (TIME)

With the risk of U.S. federal debt reaching an all-time high, you better believe taxes are begrudgingly going up. That is, unless the government decides to cut the budget for something like national security. (The Washington Post)

Tim Wu, the man who coined the buzzword “Net Neutrality,” returns to battle Comcast after the FCC rules were struck down. What he wants: a fair chance for all online businesses, ideally leading to the deterioration of Internet corruption. (Wired)

Speaking of corruption: A new browser plugin that shows precisely how U.S. politicians collect their funding has surfaced. It's called Greenhouse and was developed by a 16-year-old (yep, a 16-year-old) named Nick Rubin. (Engadget)

Due to a Supreme Court ruling based on the grounds of the first amendment, Massachusetts can no longer have buffer zones for protests around abortion clinics. (The New York Times)

You might want to rethink your summer vacation to the beach. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one out of 10 U.S. beaches are too polluted for swimming. Happy summer...? (USA Today)

And lastly, District Judge Richard Young officially overturned his state's ban on same-sex marriage, thus making Indiana the 19th state to legalize gay marriage in America. (IndyStar)

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