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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.

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...

Too Much Music
James Jackson Toth, NPR | Too Much Music | January 16, 2018

A failed experiment in dedicated listening...

We Thought We Were Going To Die, So We Fought Over A Tractor
Carla Herreria, The Huffington Post | Report From Hawaii | January 15, 2018

A reporter takes an honest look at how she reacted to incoming missile alert...

Guess Who's Coming To 'Peanuts'
David Kamp, The New York Times Opinion | Integrating 'Peanuts' | January 15, 2018

Dr. King's assassination, on April 4, 1968, played a direct role in Franklin's creation...

Uranium Miners Pushed Hard For A Comeback. They Got Their Wish.
Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times | Uranium & Bears Ears | January 13, 2018

'Countries like Kazakhstan, they're not under the same environmental standards. We want a level playing field.'...

Proud To Live In A Nation Of Holers
Bret Stephens, The New York Times Op-Ed | America Is A Nation Of Holers | January 13, 2018

America is a nation of holers...