Best of the Beast
From the checkered past of the Roanoke shooter to political pressure of ISIS intelligence estimates, the best in journalism from The Daily Beast this week.
I Played Blackjack With the World’s Best Card CounterNina StrochlicInside a secret Chinatown soiree, top gamblers teach a few of their favorite tips on how to beat the house.
Spies: Obama’s Brass Pressured Us to Downplay ISIS ThreatShane Harris & Nancy A. YoussefU.S. intelligence analysts keep saying that the American-led campaign against ISIS isn’t going so well. Their bosses keep telling them to think again about those conclusions.
Vester Flanagan Threatened Coworkers, Played the Race Card for YearsKatie Zavadski & Kate BriqueletThe cold-blooded Roanoke killer kept getting fired, kept threatening co-workers, and kept claiming he was the real victim.