Afternoon Reading List 09.03.13.

WaPo Wonkbook: Briefing on Syria: In case you were wondering, Syria is a pretty big issue right now.  According to Washington Post reporters Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas’ morning policy news primer, Wonkbook, the importance of Syria weighs more on the way the President and Congress deal with each other rather than how they handle the situation.

Why you should read this article: Instead of focusing on what should have been done by the President or what breakdowns in communications led to the current state of affairs in Syria, Wonkbook catches the reader up on where we’re at in terms of diplomacy, or, more likely, imminent aggressive military action.

Co-ed blows .341, becomes internet sensation: Sarah Hoffman of The Daily Caller reports/perpetuates a growing viral legend about a drunk girl trying to bum-rush a college football game this weekend at the University of Iowa.  Upon her arrest, 22-year-old Samantha Goudie of UI bragged about her exploits on Twitter with tweets like “Just went to jail #yolo” and “Blew a .341 in jail.”

Why you should read this article: While some parts of the world are on the brink of war, its always refreshing to read about how some sorority girls are still managing to live the #yolo lifestyle.

Dennis Rodman in the news…..

Dennis Rodman visits North Korea, again: Remember simpler times when Dennis Rodman played basketball and wore dresses?  These days, according to an article by the Associated Press posted on HuffPost, Rodman’s buddying up to his old pal Kim Jong Un and shooting some hoops with the despotic dictator in hopes of helping the adorable communist with developing his own N. Korean basketball league.  Any hopes to negotiate the release of American missionary Kenneth Bae from a North Korean hard labor camp were nipped in the bud when Rodman was reporters approached him in Beijing and he said he just wanted to meet with Kim “and start a basketball league over there or something like that.”

Why you should read this article: Whether you like it or not, Dennis Rodman is representing you and the rest of America on these trips to North Korea.  Rodman wants to “show people around the world that we as Americans can actually get along with North Korea.”  This, despite the fact that they’re holding one of our citizens in a hard labor camp for feeding orphaned children.


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