Ritholtz's Reads: U.S. Teams With Al-Qaeda, Again

Barry Ritholtz is a Bloomberg View columnist. He founded Ritholtz Wealth Management and was chief executive and director of equity research at FusionIQ, a quantitative research firm. He blogs at the Big Picture and is the author of “Bailout Nation: How Greed and Easy Money Corrupted Wall Street and Shook the World Economy.”
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Pour yourself some strong black coffee, and settle in for our longer form weekend couch reads:

• How Rogue Techies Armed the Predator, Almost Stopped 9/11, and Accidentally Invented Remote War (Wiredsee also Inside the NSA’s hunt for hackers: The government is losing ground in the effort to hire critical cyber talent—but our most secretive agency isn’t doing too badly. (Politico).

• The search for Apple’s next big thing (Apple Insidersee also The Curious Case of the Curious Case (Daring Fireball)

• A Special Relationship: The United States is teaming up with Al Qaeda, again (Harper’s)

• Congress’ half-trillion-dollar spending binge: Budget austerity takes a back seat as the House passes nearly $700 billion in unpaid-for tax cuts. (Politicosee also Can we stop pretending that Republicans care about the deficit now? (Plum Line)

• This Is My First Gun: A Glock 19 9mm Semi-Automatic Pistol (Ratter)

• How AT&T Execs Took Over the Red Cross and Hurt its Ability to Help People (ProPublica)

• Star Lords: ‘Star Wars’ and the monomyth of Silicon Valley (The Awlsee also A look inside the insanely successful life of Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen (Business Insider)

• The 2015 Jealousy List: The 38 Best Stories We Didn’t Write (Bloomberg)

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