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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.

Dream Of A Better Life In Afghanistan Ends In A Hilltop Grave For Students
Mujib Mashal and Fatima Faizi, The New York Times | Student Dreams | August 17, 2018

"Humanity is dead here. It's been dead for a long time."...

How The Pentagon Joins Forces With Silicon Valley Startups
Michael Cerre, PBS | The Pentagon & Silicon Valley Startups | August 17, 2018

The growing relationship between the U.S. military and the high-tech firms of Silicon Valley...

Are Liberals On The Wrong Side Of History?
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker | Wrong Side Of History? | August 15, 2018

You would think that people who think for a living would pause and reflect that whatever is happening usually does stop happening...

Kenan Thompson, The Reluctant Start of 'Saturdany NIght Live'
Dave Itzkoff, The New York Times | Kenan Thompson Profile | August 15, 2018

He warms up the studio audience with his exuberant cover of the Spencer Davis Group's 'Gimme Some Lovin'...

The Meaning Of Assad's 'Death Notices'
Sam Dagher, The Atlantic | Assad's 'Death Notices' | August 15, 2018

A cruel epilogue for all those who rose up against him...

This Is So Much Bigger Than Paul Manafort
Franklin Foer, The Atlantic | Our Kleptocracy Problem | August 14, 2018

America is reckoning with its very serious keptocracy problem...

Stephen Miller Is An Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I'm His Uncle.
David S. Glosser, Politico | Immigration Hypocrite | August 13, 2018

If my nephew's ideas had been in force a century ago, our family would have been wiped out...

This Is What Being In Love Looks Like -- In Pictures
Stafania Rousselle, The Guardian | The Look Of Love | August 9, 2018

Asking strangers to share their most defining and life-changing love stories...

Welcome To The 'Man Camps' Of West Texas
Rachel Adams-Heard, Bloomberg/Quint | Man Camps | August 9, 2018

Almost every bed is occupied, just as at many other 'man camps' throughout West Texas...

Transgender Actors Roundtable
Ramin Setoodeh, Variety | Transgender Roundtable | August 9, 2018

Laverne Cox, Chaz Bono, and more on Hollywood discrimination...