Afternoon Reading List 08.26.13.

Morning has spoken — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and CBS’s Gayle King usually spend their mornings talking alongside Joe Scarborough and Charlie Rose to television viewers. But the two spent a late morning recently talking with NYT‘s Philip Galanes over an early lunch. As Galanes notes, lunch comes mid-morning when your day starts at 3:30 a.m. The trio discussed the differences in dynamics between themselves and the co-hosts of Brzezinski’s “Morning Joe” and King’s “CBS This Morning.” They also talked about their favorite interviews they’ve done and about parenting, with Galanes guiding the conversation. Overall, it reads like a few friends chatting about work and life over brunch.

Why you should read it: Galanes is as much a part of the piece as King and Brzezinski, which makes for an quirky, entertaining dynamic. When he suggests Mika is just a sidekick to Joe, Gayle jumps in and says Mika is no “mouseburger.” Galanes’ interview offers glimpse into their lives outside the studio. Plus, bonus points on the headline: “For two female news anchors, morning has spoken.”Millennials look to change Washington — D.C. is a city that traditionally is full of Millennials. They’re (we’re) connected, devoted to serving and improving their community on a global scale, tolerant and goal driven. But, as The Atlantic‘s Ron Fournier reports, they don’t want a career in public service, unless Washington radically changes. Fournier notes that he discovered this after he “conducted more than 80 interviews with Millennials as well as pollsters, demographers, and generational experts.” He spends much of the piece explaining the generation’s attachment to community service and its trends toward teamwork and collaboration before showing just how the Millennials plan to change Washington.

Why you should read it: According to Fournier, a generation that has a reputation as being driven and goal-oriented has set a goal of radically changing Washington and the political system that has been in place for generations before them.

Leakers pit journalists against journalists Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have been getting railed for leaking government secrets, but WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, who have published the information, are also facing criticism. As NYT’s David Carr reports, much of the criticism is coming from journalists. As Carr says, an appearance by Greenwald on “Meet the Press” turned into “‘Meet the Prosecutor'” when host David Gregory once asked Greenwald, “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” Carr argues that journalists should expect attacks from the government after publishing leaks, but not fellow journalists.

Why you should read it: Manning and Snowden have sparked a conversation about the ethics of publishing leaked government information, and Carr offers a look at what it’s doing to the journalism community.