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Daily Briefing

Deep buzz for the content-deprived

Every weekday, while you get showered and dressed, we pluck these dewy- fresh, breaking stories from the info-clogged byways of the datasphere. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and stoke up on everything you need to know, or at least enough to fake it.

Mueller Finally Solves Mysteries About Russia's 'Fancy Bear' Hackers
Kevin Poulsen, The Daily Beast | Fancy Bear Malware | July 21, 2018

One of the Internet's most notorious hacker groups...

Who Heard What Trump Said To Putin? Only One Other American
Emily Cochrane, The New York Times | The Interpreter's Role | July 20, 2018

A code of ethics binds their profession...

From The Start, Trump Has Muddied A Clear Message: Putin Interfered
David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg, The New York Times | Trump's Muddying | July 18, 2018

Two weeks before his inauguration, Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating Putin had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the election...

Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All Of It
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, The New York Times Magazine | Fine With All Of It | July 18, 2018

The balancing act...

The Big Business Of Becoming Bhad Bhabie
Jamie Lauren Keiles, The New York Times Magazine | Becoming Bhad Bhabie | July 17, 2018

From the 'Dr. Phil' show to signing a major-label record deal...

Comedy Vs. Tragedy
Keith Phipps, Rolling Stone | Comedy Vs. Tragedy: The Legacy of Robin Williams | July 16, 2018

The legacy of Robin Williams...

Respect The Straw Ban
Henry Grabar, Slate | The Straw Story | July 15, 2018

Addressing the plastic-pollution problem...

Pluto Aligns With The Rest Of The Solar System For The First Time In Nearly A Century
Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics | Aligned With Pluto | July 14, 2018

This won't happen again until 2179...

The Strange Case Of The Missing Joyce Scholar
Jack Hitt, The New York Times | The Missing Scholar | July 13, 2018

The search for John Kidd...

What Ben Bradlee Would Think Of Donald Trump
Sally Quinn, Politico | Bradlee And Trump | July 13, 2018

He believed the truth mattered...