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What We’re Following: A Deadly Strike in Yemen

An airstrike hit a wedding party in Yemen, killing as many as 30 people. The celebration was held in the village of Sanban, which is being held by Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels. Late last month, a strike hit another wedding, in Taiz, Yemen, killing over 130 people. Saudi Arabia, which began bombing the rebel groups in Yemen in March, has denied responsibility for both incidents.

Now What? Congressman Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the contest for House speaker, shocking just about everyone in Washington. McCarthy, the immediate favorite to replace John Boehner and the second-ranking Republican in the House, said the GOP is “deeply divided and needs to unite behind one leader.” McCarthy’s exit leaves Daniel Webster of Florida and Jason Chaffetz of Utah in the race.

Mission Not Accomplished: At least four Russian cruise missiles launched from a warship and aimed at targets in Syria crashed while flying over Iran. It’s unclear whether there were any casualties. The incident comes a day after Russia announced it had propelled 26 missiles into Syria from ships that were stationed nearly 1,000 miles away.


A woman collects oysters on a beach near anti-landing barricades in Kinmen County, Taiwan, on September 8, 2015. Kinmen, with a population of less than 129,000, is a half-hour ferry ride from China, but it takes an hour to fly to major Taiwanese cities. For more images from Taiwan’s Kinmen Islands, visit The Atlantic Photo. (Pichi Chuang / Reuters)


Michael Horn, a top Volkswagen executive: “I don’t sleep at night.”

Mikro, who works to shut down the accounts of ISIS supporters on Twitter: “Why should somebody who doesn’t let other people practice free speech have free speech? We’re saving lives.”

Justin Reilly, who suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome: “You wake up one day with a bad flu and it never goes away. Ever.”

News Quiz

1. The country of ________ wants to collect the DNA of all its citizens.

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2. Svetlana Alexievich of Belarus won the Nobel Prize in _________.

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3. Facebook revealed how its highly anticipated new feature, the ___________, will work.

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Evening Read

Ian Bogost on the lost delights of missing McDonald’s breakfast hours:

Let me say something heretical: The Egg McMuffin is not that great, actually. Warm but slightly wet and gooey, sloppily constructed, oozing with quasi-cheese, the slap of Canadian bacon failing to yield to incisors. But what is great is the idea of an egg McMuffin. It’s an improbable domestication of Eggs Benedict, condensing that civil dish of lazy brunches into the harried hand of the commuter or the road-tripper.

For years, more Americans came into contact with the Egg McMuffin as an idea rather than a reality. Only occasionally, when dawn’s rosy fingers intersected with the golden arches: an early Interstate departure, or a next-morning drive-of-shame lamentation, or a pre-planned indulgence before a cross-town optometrist appointment. … Even when you wanted one, McDonald’s breakfast was withheld more often than it was supplied. Perhaps it was meant to be. Perhaps the dream of the Egg McMuffin is its truest payload, rather than its shaped meat and egg between English-muffin halves.

Reader Response

Is a bachelor’s degree even worth it anymore? One reader writes:

Marxian Economics provides an interesting view of the “value” of any degree. The profits of a company can be divided into two parts: the amount that’s needed to sustain production, and the surplus. Training employees does not directly result in production for a company, which means it must come from the surplus. But the company has many other things they want to spend the surplus on, so they would prefer if their workers were able to do a job from Day One with no training. That means the bill for education/training falls on the individual or the state—which the company also doesn’t want to pay. That’s a different problem.

The readers before me eloquently argued that universities currently have a monopoly on verification for skills; this is sadly true. Even more distressing is the fact that universities operate as companies themselves. Students must pay more money than the value of the education they receive or the system will crash, which is why—I hazard a guess here—they’re forced to take unrelated classes, instead of being speedily prepared for a career.

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