My late father was drafted into the Army during what was then called the “Korean Conflict,” and often told the story of how he was probably within a week of deployment overseas when a company commander came around and asked if anyone in his unit knew how to type. He raised his hand with alacrity, and given the casualty rates for NCOs arriving in Korea at that point, the opportunity may well have saved his life and kept me (born in 1952 at Ft. Jackson Army Hospital) from being a fatherless child.

Here are some more contemporary midday news/views items:

* Obama approval rating hits 50% for first time since 2013 in new CNN/ORC survey.

* WaPo editorial endorses “yes” vote in Greek referendum, which is precisely the opposite advice being offered by most liberal pundits.

* WaPo also publishes useful if disturbing database of the 461 people shot to death by police officers so far this year.

* TNR’s Espeth Reeve argues Trump poached Christie’s “loud, obnoxious jerk” brand.

* At the Atlantic, Peter Beinart notes the lost opportunities GOP politicians have had in recent weeks to show empathy for people outside the party “base.”

And in non-political news:

* U.S. Women’s team prepares to face Germany as an underdog in World Cup semi-final tonight.

As we break for lunch, here’s an alarming song from Jackie Doll and his Pickled Peppers endorsing Douglas MacArthur’s desire to use nuclear weapons against China after that country’s intervention in Korea.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.