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For The Weekend: July 10

Our special guest this week is BuzzFeed News’ Jason Wells sharing some of his favorite stories recently.

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When it comes to digital media, The Awl may be “inching along out of caution and scarce resources,” but the “littlest animal in the desert” is an important influencer among the media elite, the same people who work for the internet rhinos.The Verge took a deep — and refreshing — dive into the site, or as one employee put it: A “giant lesbian Australian socialized collective with capitalism in the mix in a really gross way." OK then.

This BuzzFeed News investigation is a beautifully writtenand compelling revelation of how U.S. claims about education successes in war-ridden Afghanistan were often outright lies, including touting schools that have never seen a single student. There were moments reading this when my jaw literally dropped.

Remember when Donald Trump insisted he wasn’t running? BuzzFeed News’ McKay Coppins spent a hilarious 36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump in 2014 and we should all take a moment to re-appreciate this read. Trump back then on running for office: “The only time I really considered doing it was the last time. And I wish I did it, because you would have had a different result.”

I’ve been conflicted about the Greece debt crisis for days: I know it’s important and I should keep up, but I don’t have the time or patience to read four different explainers to fully grasp it. My gift to you: Greece’s Debt Crisis Explained by the New York Times. I know, just writing that headline puts me to sleep, but this article is actually easy to read and broken up with “oh yeah” graphics that take you down an intuitive path. At the end, you’ll have a complete grasp on what is, at its core, not just a crisis for Greece, but for the eurozone.


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