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Daily Briefing

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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.

Folger Shakespeare Library Celebrates 400th Anniversary of King James Bible

Under dim lights in a grand hall of the great Folger Shakespeare Library lies the “Wicked Bible,” called so because it omits one distinctly important word from the Seventh Commandment. It is a word with the power to prevent sin.

“Thou shalt commit adultery,” the Wicked Bible commands...

Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen
Charlie Savage, The New York Times | Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen | October 9, 2011

The Obama administration’s secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document...

Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56
John Markoff, The New York Times | Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56 | October 6, 2011

Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age, died Wednesday. He was 56...

Steve Jobs' 10 Commandments
The Daily Beast | Steve Jobs' 10 Commandments | October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs' 10 Commandments...

The 11 Best Steve Jobs Quotes: Remembering the Apple CEO
Jason Ol. Gilbert, The Huffington Post | The 11 Best Steve Jobs Quotes: Remembering the Apple CEO | October 6, 2011

Here's a look back at all of the most memorable quotes from Steve Jobs, on computers, life and death, and everything in between...

Will a Fat Tax Make Denmark Healthier?
Sarah Kliff, The Washington Post | Will a Fat Tax Make Denmark Healthier? | October 5, 2011

Over the weekend, Denmark became the first country to tax saturated fats...

Apocalypse on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers Who Love to Vote No
David A. Fahrenthold, The Washington Post | Apocalypse on Capitol Hill: Lawmakers Who Love to Vote No | October 5, 2011

On Capitol Hill, they are the apocalypse caucus. Twenty lawmakers, from both parties, who calculate that the best way to fix government is to act as if you wouldn’t mind if it burned down...

The Pathological Altruist Gives Till Someone Hurts
Natalie Angier, The New York Times | The Pathological Altruist Gives Till Someone Hurts | October 5, 2011

Some years ago, Dr. Robert A. Burton was the neurologist on call at a San Francisco hospital when a high-profile colleague from the oncology department asked him to perform a spinal tap on an elderly patient with advanced metastatic cancer. The patient had seemed a little fuzzy-headed that morning, and the oncologist wanted to check for meningitis or another infection that might be treatable with antibiotics...

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....