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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.

Secretary Clinton Brokers a Deal to Fund the Libyan Opposition
Barbie LAtza Nadeau, The Daily Beast | Secretary Clinton Brokers a Deal to Fund the Libyan Opposition | May 5, 2011

The questions on everybody's mind for the U.S. Secretary of State in Italy focused on the killing of Osama bin Laden. But behind the scenes, Clinton struck and international deal to fund the opposition in Libya...

The Jazz Fan Who Invented A Machine To Make His Own Mashups
Patrick Jarenwattananon, NPR | The Jazz Fan Who Invented A Machine To Make His Own Mashups | May 5, 2011

The dude with that knobby box has programmed a whole bunch of samples into his computer, which he triggers with said knobby box. His sharp ear identifies little bits of songs which would work well...

The Hut Next Door
Matt Gallagher, the New York Times, Home Fires | The Hut Next Door | May 4, 2011

When I was on patrols in Iraq, I liked to pretend Osama bin Laden was in the hut next door. It seems ridiculous now, and it was just as ridiculous then. Bin Laden found in a backwater village north of Baghdad, circa 2008? Not ever a possibility, even for the most obtuse soldier. But sometimes, when the sun was getting to me and the mission seemed most nebulous and futile and I needed a reason to care, I’d mentally place Bin Laden within our area of operations, all likelihood of such be damned...

Osama bin Laden's Death: Aftermath and Reaction - Live Updates

Osama bin Laden's death: aftermath and reaction -- live updates...

On Small Farms, Hoof Power Returns
Tess Taylor, The New York Times | On Small Farms, Hoof Power Returns | May 4, 2011

ON a sunny Sunday just before the vernal equinox, Rich Ciotola set out to clear a pasture strewn with fallen wood. The just-thawed field was spongy, with grass sprouting under tangled branches. Late March and early April are farm-prep time here in the Berkshires, time to gear up for the growing season. But while many farms were oiling and gassing up tractors, Mr. Ciotola was setting out to prepare a pasture using a tool so old it seems almost revolutionary: a team of oxen...

Pakistan Pushes Back Against U.S. Criticism on Bin Laden
Jane Perlez and David Rohde, The New York Times | Pakistan Pushes Back Against U.S. Criticism on Bin Laden | May 3, 2011

Toughening its stand, the Pakistani government lashed out at the United States on Tuesday for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, saying that the United States had made “an unauthorized unilateral action” that would be not be tolerated in the future...

Bin Laden Discovered "Hiding in Plain Sight"
Greg Miller and Joby Warrick, The Washington Post | Bin Laden Discovered "Hiding in Plain Sight" | May 3, 2011

Half an hour had passed on the ground, but the American commandos raiding Osama bin Laden’s Pakistani hideaway had yet to find their long-sought target. Two of bin Laden’s protectors were already dead, shot by the Navy SEALs carrying out the raid, and one of the U.S. helicopters sat crippled in the courtyard. Pakistan’s military, which had been kept in the dark about the operation, was scrambling to respond to reports of explosions and gunfire at the one-acre compound...

The GOP's Stealth Plan to Redefine Rape
Nick Baumann, Mother Jones | The GOP's Stealth Plan to Redefine Rape | May 3, 2011

Republicans pulled controversial "forcible rape" language from a pending bill, but they're trying a backdoor maneuver to ensure the legislation achieves the same effect...

When Did We Start chanting "U-S-A"?
Brian Palmer | When Did We Start Chanting "U-S-A"? | May 3, 2011

Spectators at a Phillies-Mets baseball game broke into chants of "U-S-A, U-S-A" as news of Osama Bin Laden's death made its way through the crowd on Sunday night. When did Americans start yelling the name of their country over and over again to express joy or patriotic pride?...

The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden
Marc Ambinder, The National Journal | The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden | May 2, 2011

 

From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 70 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers...