The Monday Catchup

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Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: It’s auction season in the fine art world, and as The New York Times reports, some auctions are over before they even begin. From the Times:

Thanks to the growing number of collectors willing to spend more than $25 million on a single Picasso or Rothko, along with the increasing perception of art as investment, this season more buyers are jumping at the chance to put bids in early, becoming what are called guarantors of desired works.

After The Jump: Ben Affleck is kicked out of a casino, Condoleezza Rice turns down a commencement invite, a tragic circus accident, Rand Paul ups his 2016 game, some amazing photos from Antarctica, and a potential ban on a new alcoholic substance.

Everything Else:

Ben Affleck was caught counting cards (frowned-upon, but not illegal) at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice backed out of giving a commencement speech at Rutgers University after protests over her role in the Iraq war.

Nine circus acrobats were hurt on Sunday after falling during a circus show in Providence, RI.

Rand Paul was spotted schmoozing Rupert Murdoch at this year’s Kentucky Derby.

Check out these amazing photos from Edward Shackleton’s 1914 expedition to Antarctica.

The Senate (or at least one senator, Chuck (D-NY), wants to ban powdered alcohol.

The Long Read: The haunted past of Amy Bishop, a University of Alabama neurobiologist who shot six colleagues during a staff meeting.

The Weather: Expect rain every day this week except tomorrow, Thursday, and Sunday. Sounds unfortunate, but you’d be worse off if it was sunny all week and you were wishing you could be outside. It should get up to 82 degrees on Thursday, so look forward to that.

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