-ISIS militants seized four towns in Iraq’s Anbar province over the weekend, including a key border crossing with Syria.
-Pope Francis “traveled to the heart of mob territory,” where he “declared that all mobsters are automatically excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.” In the past, the Italian mafia has enjoyed the church’s quiet acceptance of their business.
-At Slate.com, Richard Hasen argues that the criminal case developing around Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “could shred the remaining limits on influencing elections.”
Those stories and others, in our Morning Reads.