Breakfast Links: July 27, 2011

— George Lucas loses storm trooper copyright case.

— Taliban assassinate mayor of Kandahar.

— Al-shabaab bans samosas.

— Third parties don’t work.

— Male birth control pills won’t catch on.

— Back when policy could change by majority vote.

— The White House says Aug. 2 is still D-Day, but maybe Treasury actually has a week’s worth of extra money.

— The war in Hipstamatic.

— No do-over for Norway.

— As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the deep issue here is fundamental flaws in our political system.