The vice president was the unnamed source who told Maureen Dowd about Beau Biden's dying wish that his father run for president, Politico reports, and Slate's Josh Voorhees asks today whether we should really be surprised by that. In other Tuesday newsin':
- Two researchers were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for studying neutrinos via techniques that included experiments conducted a half-mile underground in a repurposed zinc mine near Tokyo, which sounds cool.
- The increasingly popular DraftKings and FanDuel "daily fantasy" sites are in some hot water over allegations that their employees can easily pull off what amounts to the sports gambling version of insider trading.
- Vladimir Putin made Syria a new front in his rhetorical war on reality.
- Slate's Chris Kirk and Joshua Keating made a very helpful (and colorful) guide to the many people who are fighting each other in Syria.
- The Vatican confirmed that the pope will visit Mexico next year, a trip for which the country's 80-percent-Catholic population will no doubt be very excited.
- California became the fifth state to endorse the "right to die."
- Cheerios recalled 1.8 million boxes of cereal that were erroneously labeled "gluten-free."
- Bobby Jindal proudly announced to the world that he had tied for fifth place in a poll.
- And a nice Montana hunter forgave the bear that tried to eat his head.
Have a good day out there!