Hand-Written Bin Laden Journal Released.
The CIA released a trove of documents recovered during the raid that killed former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in 2011. The release - which was the largest to date, with over 470,000 documents made public - included bin Laden's hand-written journal detailing both personal details, like a teenage trip to William Shakespeare's house in the United Kingdom, and more practical matters, like how to frame al-Qaeda's message. In his journal, bin Laden notes that the trips to the UK made him think the West was "decadent" and had "loose morals". The document dump also shed light on Iran's relationship with al-Qaeda and provided the first public images of bin Laden's son, Hamza, as a young adult. 

House GOP Unveils Sweeping Tax Plan.
The House GOP released a sweeping tax reform package on Thursday - delayed one day as members wrestled contentious tax deductions. The highlight of the plan was its reduction in tax brackets, with the top corporate tax bracket reduced from 35% to 20%, and the personal income tax brackets reduced from seven brackets to four. For context, the corporate tax brought in $340B and the personal income tax brought in $1.5T in federal revenue in 2015. The plan would double the standard deduction to $12k for individuals and $24k for couples under the plan, but would eliminate deductions for state income taxes, impacting those who live in high tax areas like NY and CA. The plan would also cost about $1.5T over ten years, which would need to be made up by higher growth, reduced spending, or increased deficits (See 101).

Use of Heart Stents for Chest Pain Questioned.
Researchers reported that one of the most popular heart procedures available is largely ineffective compared to a placebo in reducing chest pain. Over 500,000 patients each year receive heart stents - many for what is called 'stable angina', or chest pains due to partially blocked arteries, but with no immediate danger of a heart attack. The procedure inserts tiny mesh tubes into these arteries, helping to keep them open and prevent the pain. For the study, researchers took 200 of these patients with chest pain severe enough to limit physical activity. All were put on a drug regimen, but half were given real stents and half underwent a fake procedure. Both groups reported the same reduction in pain, even those that had no stent in place (but thought they did). The results - published this week in The Lancet (see here), a top medical journal - stunned the cardiology community, with top doctors calling the study "unbelievable". The procedure costs anywhere between $11,000 to over $40,000 to receive.
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Science & Technology.

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Business & Markets.

> Apple beats earnings, reports strong demand of iPhone X, shares up 4% to all time high (More)
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Politics & World Affairs.

> Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits Rakhine state, does not address Rohingya refugee crisis (More)
> Syrian government forces retake Deir al-Zor, most important city in eastern Syria, from ISIS (More)
> Sam Clovis withdraws as nominee for chief scientist at Department of Agriculture over Russia probe (More)

Earth to André 3000. 

GQ | Will Welch. A raw interview and rare photo shoot with the elusive hip-hop icon who, outside of a 2014 Outkast reunion tour and few exclusive appearances, has been doing his own thing for about a decade. (Read)

Nerds and Nurses are Taking Over the Economy. 

The Atlantic | Derek Thompson. The government thinks the workforce of 2026 will be a world of robot cashiers, well-paid math nerds, and people taking care of old people. Which may not be that bad. (Read)

How Much is Too Much to Save a Dying Cat. 

Longreads | S. E. Smith. It's less about cold math than it is an existential question - if dying is inevitable, why do we treat it like failure? (Read)

A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete. 

The New Yorker | Nicola Twilley. If a pill could do all of the hard work for you, would you take the easy way out? The benefits may be in the journey, not the destination. (Read)

Inside Hillary's Secret Takeover of the DNC. 

Politico Magazine | Donna Brazile. You'll either really love or really hate this one - and it's written by the former interim chair who ran the DNC during the 2016 election's home stretch (who also just published a book). (Read)
A great interactive chart showing the percentage of people who have married at least once as a function of age.

LinkedIn's number one company to watch for 2017 may surprise you.

Piggybacking on that, here are LinkedIn's top 50 startups for 2017.

After winning the World Series, Houston shortstop Carlos Correa proposed to his girlfriend (she said yes).

Paris Is installing sparkling water fountains all over the city.

Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt’s Great Pyramid.

Most think the ‘American dream’ is within reach for them.  

2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest, Part II 

Clickbait: Apple's AI algorithm has been sorting out women's bra photos for a year and a half.

Historybook: HBD Stephen F. Austin (1793); Franklin D. Roosevelt wins re-election in landslide (1936); Soviets launch first animal into space (1957); D.C. residents get first vote for President (1964); US arms sale to Iran revealed (1986).
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