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Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

Occupy Wall Street: Flash in the Pan or Beginning of a Movement?
Gloria Goodale, The Christian Science Monitor | Occupy Wall Street: Flash in the Pan or Beginning of a Movement? | October 4, 2011

A growth spurt sent the Occupy Wall Street movement sprawling across the U.S. and into other countries. It's showing greater organization and widening appeal. Will it hold together?...

'Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?' : The Provocateur Toure Has a Few Ideas.
J. Freedom du Lac, The Washington Post | 'Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness?' "|: The Provocateur Toure has a Few Ideas | October 4, 2011

Ablack man is guided to a table at a pub in Harvard Square. He is surrounded by white people. He sees fried chicken on the lunch menu. Does he dare order it?

Touré shrugs. “I’ll have the fried chicken,” he tells the waiter. Hold the stereotypes....

Can Answers to Evolution Be Found in Slime?
Carl Zimmer, The New York Times | Can Answers to Evolution Be Found in Slime? | October 4, 2011

Most of the aliens that come out of Hollywood don’t really look alien at all. They may have pizza-size eyes or roachlike antennae, but their oddities are draped on a familiar humanoid frame. If you want to find life forms that truly seem otherworldly, your local forest is a much better place than your local cineplex. It is home to creatures that are immensely old, fundamentally bizarre and capable of startlingly sophisticated behavior. They are the slime molds...

Julian Assange: Statement...
Julian Assange, Wikileaks | Julian Assange: Statement... | October 3, 2011

Julian Assange: Statement on the unauthorised, secret publishing of the Julian Assange 'autobiography' by Canongate...

State for Sale
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker | State for Sale | October 3, 2011

A conservative multimillionaire has taken control in North Carolina, one of 2012's top battlegrounds...

The Perfect Day
Jon Katz, Slate | The Perfect Day | October 3, 2011

It is possible to take something beautiful and lasting out of the heart-wrenching experience of seeing the animal you love move inexorably toward death. Nobody can take the grief away, nor should anyone try, but our love for animals is nothing but a gift, and it keeps on giving, even when they go home...

Our Unprepared Graduates
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post Opinion | Our Unprepared Graduates | October 3, 2011

Jobs, jobs, jobs, we keep hearing. But for whom, whom, whom? Certainly not for the many young Americans being graduated from colleges that have prepared them inadequately for the competitive marketplace. The failure of colleges and universities to teach basic skills, while coddling them with plush dorms and self-directed “study,” is a dot-connecting exercise for Uncle Shoulda, who someday will say — in Chinese — “How could we have let this happen?”...

The Documentary Palin Will Hate
Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast | The Documentary Palin Will Hate | October 3, 2011

In-your-face focumentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield turns his uncompromising lens on former Alaska governor in 'Sarah Palin: You Betcha!'...

Chris Christie's Big Problem
Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post Opinion | Chris Christie's Big Problem | September 30, 2011

Whether or not he lets himself be persuaded to run for president, Chris Christie needs to find some way to lose weight. Like everyone else, elected officials perform best when they are in optimal health. Christie obviously is not.

You could argue that this is none of my business, but I disagree. Christie’s problem with weight ceased being a private matter when he stepped into the public arena — and it’s not something you can fail to notice. Obesity is a national epidemic whose costs are measured not just in dollars and cents but also in lives. Christie’s weight is as legitimate an issue as the smoking habit that President Obama says he has finally kicked...

U.S.-Born Qaeda Leader Killed in Yemen
Laura Kasinoff, Mark Mazzetti and Alan Cowell, The New York Times | U.S.-Born Qaeda Leader Killed in Yemen | September 30, 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born cleric who was a leading figure in Al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate and was considered its most dangerous English-speaking propagandist, was killed in an American drone strike that deliberately targeted his vehicle on Friday, officials in Washington and Yemen said. They said the strike also killed a radical American colleague traveling with Mr. Awlaki who edited Al Qaeda’s online jihadist magazine...