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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.

In India, Nurturing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
Nida Najar, DealBook | In India, Nurturing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs | September 23, 2011

Teacups in hand and butter biscuits within reach, a handful of local technology titans debated the future of some young Indian entrepreneurs on a summer Saturday. After grilling five teams over several hours, the group, the Indian Angel Network, put two promising start-ups on the short list for potential financing...

BP Back From Political Exile, Giving Big in 2012
Dave Levinthal, Politico | BP Back From Political Exile, Giving Big in 2012 | September 22, 2011

BP has clawed its way back from political purgatory, finding itself right where it was before the Deepwater Horizon disaster: contributing significant cash to candidates happy to take it...

Libyan Rebels Discover Gaddafi's Chemical Weapons
Ian Black, The Guardian | Libyan Rebels Discover Gaddafi's Chemical Weapons | September 22, 2011

Libyan rebel forces claim to have discovered banned chemical weapons stockpiles in southern desert areas captured from Gaddafi loyalists in the last few days.

Spokesmen for the National Transitional Council (NTC) said a depot had been found in the Jufra area, 435 miles (700km) south of Tripoli, during part of an offensive against regime strongholds in the remote south of the country...

Wall Street Joins Global Stock Plunge After Fed Move
Christine Hauser and Matthew Saltmarsh, the New York Times | Wall Street Joins Global Stock Plunge After Fed Move | September 22, 2011

Global markets tumbled Thursday as investor pessimism about the outlook for the United States and European economies was deepened by weak data for the euro zone and a grim assessment from the Federal Reserve...

Recounting the Dead
J. David Hacker, The New York Times Opinion | Recounting the Dead | September 21, 2011

Even as Civil War history has gone through several cycles of revision, one thing has remained fixed: the number of dead. Since about 1900, historians and the general public have assumed that 618,222 men died on both sides. That number is probably a significant undercount, however. New estimates, based on Census data, indicate that the death toll was approximately 750,000, and may have been as high as 850,000...

U.S. Assembling Secret Drone Bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Officials Say
Craig Whitlock and Greg Miller, The Washington Post | U.S. Assembling Secret Drone Bases in Africa, ArabianPeninsula, Officials say | September 21, 2011

The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said...

Sada Mire: Uncovering Somalia's Heritage
Stephanie Hegarty, BBC World Service | Sada Mire: Uncovering Somalia's Heritage | September 21, 2011

Sada Mire fled Somalia's civil war as a child, and lived as a refugee in Sweden. But now she is back in the Horn of Africa as an archaeologist, making some incredible discoveries...

Nine Juicy Bits from Ron Suskind's Book
David A. Graham | Nine Juicy Bits from Ron Suskind's Book | September 20, 2011

Barack Obama doesn’t lack for detractors. The economy is struggling, unemployment is high, conservatives reject nearly every initiative he proposes, and the president’s base is growing increasingly annoyed by his seeming unwillingness to ever fight for liberal causes. But few of his detractors are likely to land a punch as solidly as Ron Suskind, whose new book, Confidence Men, focuses on the inner workings of Obama’s economic team as it worked through TARP, auto bailouts, financial reform, and health-care reform...

Guatemalans Spend a Night on Watch, After Six Earthquakes Hit in Single Day
Nic Wirtz, The Christian Science Monitor | Guatemalans spend a Night on Watch, After Six Earthquakes Hit in Single Day | September 20, 2011

Six earthquakes hit the tiny Central American nation of Guatemala Monday, killing at least three people...

Don't Ask Don't Tell: Marriages, Coming Out Mark the Occasion
Elizabeth Flock, The Washington Post | Don't Ask Don't Tell: Marriages, Coming Out Mark the Occasion | September 20, 2011

After years of debate, the military can no longer prevent gays from serving openly in its ranks as of this morning at 12:01 a.m. EDT. For the first time, troops can publicly reveal they’re gay without fear of official retribution. Those troops who were discharged under the ban are being encourage to reenlist. And the Defense Department says it will have no tolerance for anti-gay behavior....