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Daily Reader: Edition #183

Learn 107 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the future of the US-Africa relationship, the impact of Ethiopia’s decision to dam the Nile, and the loss of obscure foreign languages.

1. Opinion: Obama Needs an Africa Policy
U.S. News, 6/28/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27

US News Opinion: Obama Needs an Africa Policy (Image: Flickr user David Berkowitz)

President Obama is in the middle of a high-profile trip to Africa. What does this mean for the relationship between the U.S. and African countries? Read more and learn vocabulary words like catalyst, clarity, engage, impetus, incentives, infrastructure, legacy, parallels, and rhetoric.

Daily Reader: Edition #182

Learn 68 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the debate over internship pay, the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act, and the limitations of computer recognition technology.

1. Opinion: Summer Interns Don't Need 'Intern Advocates'
The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 23

WSJ Opinion: Summer Interns Don't Need 'Intern Advocates' (Image: Flickr user Sean MacEntee)

There is significant debate over whether internships for high school and college students should be required to offer at least minimum wage. Check out one perspective on the issue and learn vocabulary words like aspiring, disingenuous, entitlements, interpretation, labyrinth, perplexing, plaintiff, proponents, and pursuit.

Daily Reader: Edition #181

Learn 85 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: contentious high school student government elections, the brainiest cities in America, and the history of the Porsche sports car.

1. A Brief History of Hard-Nosed Politics in Campus Elections
Time, 6/25/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 20

Time: A Brief History of Hard-Nosed Politics in Campus Elections (Image: Flickr user Public Information Office)

High school student government elections can be incredibly controversial and heated. Check out these five examples from recent years. Read more and learn vocabulary words like diversity, domination, garnered, inequity, infraction, mandated, ostensibly, reform, and segregated.

Daily Reader: Edition #180

Learn 94 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: review of 'Monsters University', review of 'World War Z', and whether elite universities are sacrificing academic freedom for international expansion.

1. Monsters University: All Gleeful Style, No Grown-Up Substance
The Atlantic, 6/21/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

The Atlantic: Monsters University: All Gleeful Style, No Grown-Up Substance (Image: Flickr user Josh Hallett)

Monsters University, the long-awaited prequel to Monsters Inc, finally came out this past weekend. Was it any good? See if you agree with this reviewer. Read more and learn vocabulary words like ancestry, aspires, esteemed, heralded, proverbial, retrospect, and visceral.

Daily Reader: Edition #179

Learn 78 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the summer solstice 'supermoon', the origins of the postcard, and the revolt of the global middle class.

1. Solstice Supermoon Fills Sky This Weekend
National Geographic, 6/22/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 15

National Geographic: Solstice Supermoon Fills Sky This Weekend (Image: Flickr user Adrian Scottow)

Did you catch the 'supermoon' this past weekend? Why does this phenomenon happen? Read more and learn vocabulary words like apogee, astronomical, celestial, coinciding, perigee, phenomena, and unique.