Category: Daily Brief

The Briefing: Dead Captives, Dead Ideas, and Boring Speeches

Business Insider: Algeria Under Fire For Reckless Mission To Free Hostages “The kidnappers said 34 captives had died in the assault, but this was impossible to confirm. They told Mauritanian news agency ANI they would “kill all the hostages if the Algerian forces succeed in entering the complex.” The Economist: Has the Ideas Machine Broken Down?

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The Briefing: Earmarks, Hastert Rule, Obama’s Gun Control Plan, Michele Bachmann

Businessweek: Earmarks: The Reluctant Case for Ending the Ban Political hacks used to say pork was the political grease that lubricated legislative deals. Only now do we see how true that was. Would it really be so terrible to reintroduce some congressionally sanctioned bribery? That would let members lay claim to the odd million in

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The Briefing: Bloodshed in Syria, Mali, and Iraq; Gun Control in New York and the Nation

The Atlantic: State Department Believes Assad Used Chemical Weapons on Syrian People “In a leak that could signal a crossing of President Obama’s “red line” on the increasingly deadly conflict in Syria, the State Department has investigated and concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his military forces used poison gas in a deadly attack

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The Briefing: Inside Obama’s Presidency, Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia and Professions Ranked by Employment

PBS Frontline and Longreads: Inside Obama’s Presidency “FRONTLINE and Longreads have partnered up to cull the best long-form reporting and reading on President Obama’s first term, organized below by category for your reading pleasure. The New York Times: Morsi’s Slurs Against Jews Stir Concern  “We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on

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The Briefing: Hagel, Immigration, Defense Cuts, Californian Budgets

National Memo: Five Republicans Who Were for Hagel Before they Were Against Him Although Hagel served two terms as a Republican senator from Nebraska, his decision to join the Obama administration “severed his ties with the Republican Party,” as Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) put it. New York Times: Obama Will Seek Immigration Path in One

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