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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.

Stephen Hawking's Expanding Universes Thesis Breaks The Internet
Mattha Busby, The Guardian | Stephen Hawking's Thesis | October 24, 2017

Stephen J. Hawking's 1966 doctoral thesis has broken the internet after becoming available to the general public for the first time...

A New History of "Rolling Stone" Reveals Its Complicated, Compromised Relationship To Rock Stars
Jack Hamilton, Slate | Jann Wenner Bio | October 24, 2017

The first biography of the magazine's founder...

The Bush Twins Want To Set The Record Straight
Frank Bruni, The New York Times Op-Ed | The Bush Twins | October 22, 2017

They aren't who you think they are...

Women Of The Wool
Rebecca Bengal, Vogue | Women Of The Wool | October 20, 2017

For the women who shear sheep in California and Oregon, hard work and unexpected rewards...

In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing, and Recognizing Fake News
Jason Horowitz, The New York Times | Fake-News Hunters | October 19, 2017

How to recognize fake news and conspiracy theories...

The Danger Of President Pence
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker | The Danger Of President Pence | October 19, 2017

Pence, the corporate right's inside man, poses his own risks...

McCain The Hedgehog vs. Bannon The Honey Badger
Bret Stephens, New York Times Opinion | Hedgehog vs. Honey Badger | October 19, 2017

For the honey badger, it's whatever works...

Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism Is Unpatriotic
John McCain, The Guardian | McCain's Speech | October 17, 2017

Full remarks, made at the 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony...

Condoleezza Rice On The 10 Days Still Shaking The World
Condoleezza Rice, The New York Times | Condoleezza Rice On Russia | October 17, 2017

One must appreciate the long trajectory of Russian history...

The Book Mattis Reads To Be Prepared For War With North Korea
Eric Scigliano, Politico | What Mattis Reads | October 16, 2017

A 54-year-old history of the Korean War...