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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.

Al-Qaeda's Young Extremists
The Huffington Post | Al-Qaeda's Young Extremists | June 2, 2011

Even before Osama bin Laden's death a month ago, a young generation of would-be terrorists had turned away from the al-Qaida leader toward a new breed of brash, charismatic ideologues...

Who Killed Saleem Shahzad?
Ron Moreau, The Daily Beast | Who Killed Saleem Shahzad | June 1, 2011

Courageous Pakistani journalist Syed Saleem Shahzad, who had scored major scoops on al Qaeda and the Taliban, was abducted and brutally murdered this week. Was the ISI, the country's shady intelligence agency, to blame?...

WikiSecrets:The Inside Story...
PBS Frontline | WikiSecrets | May 31, 2011

The inside story of Bradley Manning, Julian Asange and the largest intelligence breach in U.S. history...

How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone | How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory | May 31, 2011

The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America's Unfair and Imbalanced Network...

Cyber Combat: Act of War
Siobhan Gorman and Julian E. Barnes, The Wall Street Journal | Cyber Combat: Act of War | May 31, 2011

The Pentagon has concluded that computer sabotage coming from another country can constitute an act of war, a finding that for the first time opens the door for the U.S. to respond using traditional military force...

Memorial Day 2011: Let Us Especially Remember...
Dorian de Wind, Retired U.S. Air Force Officer, HuffingtonPost Impact | Memorial Day 2011: Let Us Especially Remember... | May 30, 2011

Last Memorial Day our nation was in the midst of a bitter debate over the repeal of "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT)...

Tree of Life: The Most Complicated Movie Ever
Chris Lee, The Daily Beast | Tree of LIfe: The Most Complicated Movie Ever | May 30, 2011

The Terrence Malick film Tree of Life tackles everything from the creation of the universe to family life -- making it took years, millions of dollars, and Hubble telescope imagery...

A Biblical Blueprint Meets the Fire Code and the Neighbors
John Tagliabue, The New York Times | A Biblical Blueprint Meets the Fire code and the Neighbors | May 30, 2011

If Noah had run into the modern nanny state, or nimby, or a few of the other obstacles that Johan Huibers has been facing, the animal kingdom might look a lot different today. Mr. Huibers, 60, the successful owner of a big construction company, has spent the last few years building an ark, identical in size to the one Noah is said in the book of Genesis to have built..

U.S. Gains Entry To bin Laden's Pakistan House
Siobhan Gorman, The Wall Street Journal | U.S. Gains Entry To bin Laden's Pakistan House | May 27, 2011

Under a new agreement with Pakistan, Central Intelligence Agency forensics experts will begin scouring Osama bin Laden's residence Friday for hidden clues to the activities of al Qaeda and its late leader, officials said Thursday...

Ratko Mladic, and World's Most Wanted War Criminals

Serb butcher Ratko Mladic is in the clink after 16 years on the run. From Sundanese President Omar al-Bashir to former Nazi Gerhard Sommer, see our gallery of bad guys still on the loose...