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5:23 PM, October 9th, 2013
[Danny] McKnight was a stoic presence for his troops, a seemingly fearless leader who pushed through the fire zone as if oblivious to danger. But he was crushed by the deaths of the six soldiers who served under his command. Later, he vowed that every five years he would visit their graves and spend time with their families.

Twenty years after the battle that inspired the book and movie Black Hawk Down, we talked to the men who were there and asked them what still haunts them. 

1:30 PM, September 20th, 2013

An excellent long-read for your weekend:

The sordid tale of a plot to overthrow the U.S. government, based on a video game, that ended in murder. 

Photo: Lewis Levine/AP

1:43 PM, April 12th, 2012

Mr President: Kanye West or Jay-Z?

braiker:

In an interview with The Atlantic, Obama was asked to choose his preferred rapper: Kanye West or Jay-Z? Ignoring for a moment the fact that this is a false binary (unlike, say, boxers versus briefs), here’s the president’s excellent and revealing reply:

“The president smiles. ‘Jay-Z,’ he says, as if the answer should be obvious… ‘Although I like Kanye,’ Obama continues, with an easy smile. ‘He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.’”

The interviewer followed up: “Even though you called him a jackass?”

“’He is a jackass,’ Obama says, in his likable and perfectly balanced modern-professorial voice. ‘But he’s talented.’”


Your move Mitt: Dan Fogelberg or Neil Diamond?

[via TheAtlantic]

This is most certainly your long read of the day. 

Reblogged from braiker
11:27 AM, March 4th, 2011
 
From Wired’s visit to an iPhone factory in China to Bernie Madoff’s shocking conversations with a New York magazine reporter, come check out our favorite long journalism from around the web this week.

From Wired’s visit to an iPhone factory in China to Bernie Madoff’s shocking conversations with a New York magazine reporter, come check out our favorite long journalism from around the web this week.

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