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Daily Reader: Edition #300

Learn 77 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: preparations for this weekend's Super Bowl, the snowpocalypse in Atlanta, and New Zealand's plan to redesign its flag.

1. Keeping Super Bowl Lights On: An Extra Line, Generators in Place
National Geographic, 1/30/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 32

National Geographic: Keeping Super Bowl Lights On: An Extra Line, Generators in Place

The Super Bowl is this weekend! And the players aren't the only ones preparing for the big game. Officials are determined to prevent another embarrassing mid-game power outage. Read more and learn vocabulary words like augment, exposition, ferreting, incandescent, painstaking, and tolerant.

Daily Reader: Edition #299

Learn 128 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: Obama's recent State of the Union address, State of the Union trivia throughout history, and what attending space school is really like.

1. Obama's State of the Union: Short on Promises, Long on Wishes
U.S. News, 1/28/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 32

US News: Obama's State of the Union: Short on Promises, Long on Wishes

On Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address. What did you think of it? Here's one writer's opinion. Read more and learn vocabulary words like imperative, intransigent, narrative, rancorous, rhetoric, and scrutinized.

Daily Reader: Edition #298

Learn 125 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: Tiger Mom Amy Chua's new controversial book, why we should stop listening to rich people's policy ideas, and what your cat is really thinking.

1. The Problem With the Triple Package: Why Immigrant Parents Aren't Superior
The Atlantic, 1/28/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 65

The Atlantic: The Problem With the Triple Package: Why Immigrant Parents Aren't Superior

Tiger Mom Amy Chua is back and she's doubling down! Her new book purports to explain why certain ethnic groups are more successful than others. Read more and learn vocabulary words like atonement, deprecation, disparage, harangued, precarious, and triumvirate.

Daily Reader: Edition #297

Learn 93 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the good, bad, and ugly of Winter Olympic fashion; why Justin Bieber is benefiting from his scandalous behavior; and, why classic movies have terrible trailers.

1. Winter Olympic Fashion: the Good, the Bad, and the American
The Wire, 1/27/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

The Wire: Winter Olympic Fashion: the Good, the Bad, and the American

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will kick off next week. Check out some of the interesting uniforms that athletes will be wearing. Read more and learn vocabulary words like anagram, cultivated, nostalgic, relics, subtle, and underscoring.

Daily Reader: Edition #296

Learn 75 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: whether Sherlock Holmes is actually a good detective, a mug that can keep coffee warm for hours, and a world without the Winter Olympics.

1. Is Sherlock Holmes a Good Detective?
The Daily Beast, 1/26/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 34

The Daily Beast: Is Sherlock Holmes a Good Detective?

Sherlock Holmes is famous for his deductive reasoning skills. But would his way of thinking actually work in solving real-life crimes? Read more and learn vocabulary words like appease, credulity, deductions, inference, plausible, and renowned.