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Daily Briefing

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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.

U-Va. Students Challenge Rolling Stone Account
T. Rees Shapiro, The Washington Post | UVA Followup | December 10, 2014

It was 1 a.m. on a Saturday when the call came. A friend, a University of Virginia freshman who earlier said she had a date that evening with a handsome junior from her chemistry class, was in hysterics. Something bad had happened...

Duke Ellington's Best Album -- One Of The Best In Jazz -- Is Also One Of His Least-Known
Fred Kaplan, Slate | Duke Ellington's Masterpiece | December 10, 2014

And on a new reissue, it sounds better than ever...

kSenate Torture Report Condemns C.I.A. Interrogation Program
Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times | Senate Torture Report | December 9, 2014

A scathing report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday found that the Central Intelligence Agency routinely misled the White House and Congress about the information it obtained from the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects, and that its methods were more brutal than the C.I.A. acknowledged either to Bush administration officials or to the public...

E-Sports At College, With Stars And Scholarships
Nick Wingfield, The New York Times | E-Sports At College | December 9, 2014

Video game competitions, also known as e-sports, have taken off on campuses across the country, including Harvard and Florida State University. More than 10,000 students now play in the biggest college league, 4,400 more than last year and 4,600 more than the number of men who play on Division I college basketball teams...

Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
Jonathan Foreman, The Daily Beast | Roses Of Afghanistan | December 9, 2014

It took more than a dozen years for the Afghan and NATO forces to really understand each other, but all that will soon be history...

Curiosity Rover's Quest For Clues On Mars
Kenneth Chang, The New York TImes | Rover's Quest | December 9, 2014

More than 3.5 billion years ago, a meteor slammed into Mars near its equator, carving a 96-mile depression now known as Gale Crater...

'Adventure Time' : The Trippiest Show On Television
Neil Strauss, Rolling Stone | The Trippiest Show On Television | December 8, 2014

People come to Los Angeles so they can have an experience like Pendleton Ward's: Two years after arriving, he was about to move into his car. Three years after that, he had one of the biggest cult hits on television: a rapturously surreal post-apocalyptic animated saga that has since spawned a merchandising empire, 14 million weekly viewers, a 17 million-strong Facebook following and virtually unanimous acclaim...

A Note To Our Readers
Rolling Stone | Rolling Stone Apology | December 7, 2014

Last month, Rolling Stone published a story entitled A Rape on Campus...We published the article with the firm belief that it was accurte...

When Mary Martin Was The Boy Who Wouldn'g Grow Up
Ben Yagoda, Longreads | Mary Martin's 'Pan' | December 7, 2014

In the 1950s, a musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's 'Peter Pan' starring Mary Martin became a sensation, attracting the fourth biggest audience of all time for a scripted TV show when a live production was broadcast on NBC...

Joby Ogwyn: The Man Who Fell To Earth
Daniel Duane, Men's Journal | Joby Ogwyn: The Man Who Fell To Earth | December 7, 2014

Wingsuit pilot Joby Ogwyn has climbed -- and flown off -- the highest peaks on the planet. But after the tragic deaths of several of his friends and a Mount Everest avalanche that killed most of his crew, is the world's greatest daredevil losing his nerve?...