Vox Sentences: Let’s hope you didn’t have sensitive information in the OPM database


OPM hack takes a turn for the serious Getty / Chip Somodevilla The director of the Office of Personnel Management, Katherine Archuleta, resigned today. OPM is the agency responsible for the federal government’s personnel databases — the ones that were hacked earlier this year, resulting in the theft of more than 22 million people’s personal data. [New York Times / Julie Hirschfeld Davis] Former OPM Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert will assume the role of acting director until the president can appoint a replacement. [Washington Post / Lisa Rein and Joe Davidson] The office had been warned for years that a data breach was possible given the low level of security surrounding OPM databases. [Vox / Timothy B. Lee] The data may include sensitive information, such as a person’s criminal background or sexual orientation. [Wired / Kim Zetter] Here’s one way to look at the size of the hack: More than five times as many people were affected as are employed by the entire federal government. [Office of Personnel Management] Here are several other comparisons that might help you get your head around the size of the breach. [Washington Post / Andrea Peterson and Brian Fung] The government hasn’t identified a suspect yet. But Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said that China is the “leading suspect.” [WSJ / Damian Paletta] Getty / Andreas Solaro Greece capitulates to EU demands Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s most recent bailout proposal, released late Thursday, contains similar and perhaps harsher concessions than the previous German-led deal voted down by Greeks. [Vox / Timothy B. Lee] In exchange for an extra 50 billion euros, Tsipras’s new plan would increases restaurant taxes and slice the nation’s pension plan. [Washington Post / Ylan Q. Mui and Anthony Faiola] The Wall Street Journal has a handy breakdown of how the new and old proposals compare. [WSJ / Gabriele Steinhauser] Despite Greece’s many concessions, other European leaders are responding to the proposal with skepticism, perhaps indicating that an agreement will not be reached by the Sunday deadline — leaving Greece cut off by the European Central Bank. [Vox / Matt Yglesias] Here’s what various people — including Angela Merkel and the president of the Eurogroup — have said about the new proposal. [NYT ] Responding to hopes that the Greek crisis will soon be resolved, financial markets across the globe have increased in value. [MarketWatch / Carla Mozee ] However, Tsipras and his finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, had a hard time convincing other Greek officials to support the proposal in a legislative session Friday morning. [NYT / Andrew Higgins and Niki Kitsantonis] Anti-austerity protests broke out in Athens in front of the house of parliament, as everyday Greeks protested the new proposal. Others, however, saw the concessions as inevitable. [The Guardian / Emma Graham-Harrison and Angelique Chrisafis] Getty / Chip Somodevilla The only Lee from the South whom everyone can get excited about The Guardian has published the first chapter of author Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the decades-in-the-making companion novel to To Kill a Mockingbird. [The Guardian] The full novel is hitting the shelves (well, mostly Amazon) on Tuesday. [WSJ / Jennifer Maloney] Lee first submitted Go Set a Watchman to publishers in 1957, then set it aside to write To Kill a Mockingbird. The two books feature the same characters — the Finch family — but Go Set a Watchman takes place several years later. For most of her life, Lee had sworn To Kill a Mockingbird would be her only published novel. [The Atlantic / Megan Garber] That’s worrisome, because Lee is now in the advanced stages of dementia, and people close to her have argued she’s way too confused to make informed legal decisions — like the one that led to the publication of Go Set a Watchman, for example. [Vulture / Boris Kachka] Even the state of Alabama, where Lee resides, opened a brief investigation into whether she was the victim of coercion or abuse earlier this year. Ultimatley, the state decided the concerns were unwarranted. [The Atlantic / David A. Graham] Lee’s editor didn’t even know about the book until its upcoming publication was announced in February. [Vulture / David Marchese] Figuring out when someone with dementia is making an informed decision — and when he or she is being coerced or abused — is really tricky. This column has some good tips from clinical practice. [Philadelphia Inquirer / Jason Karlawich] Misc. Reddit has spoken, and CEO Ellen Pao has stepped down. [Vox / Alex Abad-Santos ] In the case of Charleston shooter Dylann Roof, the FBI admitted that its background checks failed. Roof’s previous arrest for drug posession should, in theory, have stopped him from purchasing a gun. [Politico / Adam B. Lerner] Barack Obama is about to become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. [VICE News] The government is terrible at giving reporters documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act. Now it’s proposing a reform that will make reporters not want to file requests in the first place. [Washington Post / Erik Wemple] Remember yesterday when House Republicans briefly tried to amend a bill to allow the display of the Confederate battle flag at cemeteries? Apparently no one really knows whose idea that was. [Roll Call / Emma Dumain] A recent study showed that Google is more likely to show ads for high-paying jobs to men. Sometimes algorithms, like humans, behave wtih prejudice. [NYT / Claire Cain Miller] Has cognitive behavioral therapy actually gotten less effective over time? [The Incidental Economist / Bill Gardner] With San Diego Comic-Con under way, here’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about cosplay. [Vox / Alex Abad-Santos ] Seriously, people. Stop kissing chickens. [Vox / Julia Belluz] Verbatim “Just after the ceremony starts — according to a written agenda — the graduates must ‘follow the instruction and shout loudly the slogan, “Revive the A shares, benefit the people; revive the A shares, benefit the people.”” [Financial Times / James Kynge] “Why does this man shape so much of what the West thinks about China? Because he gives us what we want: digestible, consistent platitudes about the lack of freedom in authoritarian regimes.” [Los Angeles Review of Books / Rebecca Liao] “You walk into a bookstore and it’s a sea of white. It’s tough when you’re not represented out there in the world — it makes you feel very strange about yourself, like you don’t matter.” [Varian Johnson to Vox / Leigh Anderson] “It is time to ensure the right incentives and mutual accountability to unlock greater progress towards sustainable development … With the right investments and policies, we can be the first generation that ends poverty and the last that avoids the worst effects of climate change.” [The Guardian / Ban Ki-moon] “I say this to you with regret: Many grave sins were committed against the native people of America in the name of God.” [Pope Francis via NYT / Jim Yardley and William Neuman] Video of the day After a nine-year journey across billions of miles, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will be sending back hi-res photos of Pluto. [YouTube] Photo of the day CityNews / Cynthia Mulligan An impromptu memorial for a dead raccoon was set up on a Toronto street (and then picked up by city officials). Get Vox in your inbox! 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