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What We're Reading | 8.11.13

Official portrait of Vice President Joe Biden in his West Wing Office at the White House, Jan. 10, 2013. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

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Each week, members of the WFPL News team spotlight interesting stories we've read and enjoyed, for your weekend reading pleasure:

Gabe Bullard:The jokes about Joe Biden (which he's played along with) have, I think, obscured some of his political bona fides. Here's a man who pretty much everyone likes, regardless of politics. This profile gets at that, and more. Read Have You Heard the One About President Joe Biden.Joseph Lord:So comment sections are a relatively new phenomenon for the news industry, and they can also be the bane of web editors everywhere. Here, Ars Technica considers a study where researchers manipulate the upvotes and downvotes in the comment sections of a news aggregation site. Read Online Comment Systems Reveal Multiple Layers of Social Bias.Bonus: Gawker explains an enduring McDonald's Mystery. Read Why the Hell Doesn't McDonald's Serve Breakfast All Day?

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.