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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.

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...

Tension Marks Clinton's Visit to Pakistan
Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times | Tensions Marks Clinton's Visit to Pakistan | May 27, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Pakistan on Friday in what officials described as an effort to measure Pakistan’s commitment to fighting Islamic extremism after the killing of Osama bin Laden badly strained relations with the United States. It did not appear to go well...

Is Obama Grounding JFK's Space Legacy?
Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan, USA Today | Is Obama Grounding JFK's Space Legacy? | May 26, 2011

A half century has passed since Kennedy challenged our citizenry to do what most thought to be impossible. The subsequent American achievements in space were remarkable: Mercury, Gemini, Apollo and Skylab. Our efforts enhanced international cooperation with Apollo-Soyuz, the space shuttle and the International Space Station. The compelling fascination of our space achievements among young people spurred their interest in education...

A God Is Dead, But It's Business That May Suffer Most
Jim Yardley, The New York Times | A God Is Dead, But It's Business That May Suffer Most | May 26, 2011

His face adorns the yellow motorized rickshaws zipping down the streets. Billboards bear his simple motto, “Love All, Serve All.” His portrait hangs in almost every shop: a tiny man with a gravity-defying crown of curly hair regarded by millions of worldwide devotees as a god. Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who declared himself a “living god” as a teenager and spent decades assembling a spiritual empire, permeates every corner of this small Indian city. He transformed it from a village of mud huts into a faith center with a private airport, a university, two major hospitals, rising condominium towers and a stadium — a legacy now forcing a question upon his followers: What happens when a god dies?...