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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.

"LBJ's War" Lets Us Eavesdrop On A President's Mighty Fall
Sarah Larson, The New Yorker | LBJ's War: A Podcast | September 7, 2017

How the president went so ruinously astray in Vietnam...

An Enormous, Urgent Task: Hauling Away Harvey's Debris
John Schwartz and Alan Blinder, The New York Times | Harvey's Debris | September 7, 2017

The cleanup will take months and cost billions of dollars...

Russians Flock To Trump Properties To Give Birth To U.S. Citizens
Katie Zavadski, The Daily Beast | Birth-Tourism & Trump | September 7, 2017

His Florida properties have become a playground for birth tourists from Russia's upper crust...

The Summer Of Smoky Sky
Eugene Register-Guard Editorial | Summer Smoke | September 6, 2017

The index stood at 461, well above the 300 level at which the air becomes 'hazardous' to breathe...

RLJ Tribute To Walter Becker
Rickie Lee Jones, Rolling Stone | Rickie Lee Jones On Becker | September 5, 2017

I loved the innuendo, the humor, the sting...

Czech Climber Sets New Benchmark
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian | The Hanshelleren Cave | September 5, 2017

Ascent of 'world's hardest cliff'...

John Ashbery, A Singular Poet Whose Influence Was Broad, Dies At 90
David Orr and Dinitia Smith, The New York Times | John Ashbery, R.I.P. | September 5, 2017

One of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico Staff, edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | September 3, 2017

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, plucked fresh off the Toonosphere...

This Twitter Thread Satirizing How Men Talk About Women Is Too Good
Carla Herreria, HuppPo | Twitter Thread | September 3, 2017

"It's just biology; men are fine at some things..."

Shelley Berman, Stand-Up Comic Who Skewered Modern Life, Dies At 92
Peter Keepnews, The New York Times | Shelley Berman Dies At 92 | September 2, 2017

His brittle persona and anxiety-ridden observations helped redine stand-up comedy...