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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.

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed For Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead At 88
Gerald Jonas, The New York Times | Ursula K. Le Guin Obit | January 25, 2018

"I eliminated gender to find out what was left," she told The Guardian...

Has The U.S. Become A 'Trumpocracy'?
Ross Douthat and David Frum, The New York Times | Tragedy Or Farce? | January 24, 2018

Is what we're watching a tragedy or a farce?...

Team Trump Bypassed DHS Analysts To Produce Bogus Terror Report
Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast | Bogus Terror Report | January 22, 2018

"The Trump Administration is trying to turn counterterrorism into an immigration issue..."

The Republican's Guide To Presidential Etiquette
The New York Times Editorial Board | Presidential Etiquette | January 22, 2018

An update guide to what Republicans now consider to be acceptable behavior from the commander in chief...

The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian Bots
Jennifer Bendery, The Huffington Post | Russia-Boosted Hashtag | January 22, 2018

#SchumerShutdown became the top trending hashtag being promoted by Russian bots and trolls on Twitter...

The World Has Never Seen An Oil Spill Like This
Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic | Condensate Spill | January 20, 2018

A tanker that sank off the Chinese coast was carrying 'condensate,' a mix of molecules with radically different properties than crude...

Twitter: More Than 677,000 U.S. Users Engaged With Russian Troll Accounts
Ashley Gold, Twitter | 50,000 Russian-linked Bot Accounts | January 20, 2018

A total of 50,258 Russian-linked bot accounts...

A Year Of Donald Trump In The White House
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker | Year Of Trump | January 20, 2018

A quarrel between Trump optimists and Trump pessimists...

Trump Is Not The First President To Bash The Media - But He Might Be The Worst
Kara Voght, Mother Jones | Trump & Media | January 18, 2018

The Fake News Awards would take attacks on the press to a whole new level...

The 'Underground Railroad' To Save Atheists
David Robson, The Atlantic | Saving Atheists | January 18, 2018

A vision to protect those persecuted for non-religion...