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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.

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...

Ken Burns And Lynn Novick Tackle The Vietnam War
Jannifer Schuessler, The New York Times | PBS Documentary Series | September 1, 2017

The sprawling 10-part, 18-hour documentary "The Vietnam War" begins airing on PBS on September 17...

Citizens Against Monopoly
Matt Stoller, The Huffington Post | Citizens Against Monopoly | August 31, 2017

A broad-based citizens movement against monopoly...

Here's What Will Happen When Your House Floods
Julia Craven, The Huffington Post | When Your House Floods | August 31, 2017

You never thought the storm would get this bad...

The Photos The U.S. And Saudi Arabia Don't Want You To See
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times Opinion | Yemen Crisis Photos | August 31, 2017

Monstrous misconduct by a Saudi-led coalition that is supported by the United State and Britain...

"Why Were We Untouchables?"
Isaac Chotiner, Slate | Ants Among Elephants | August 30, 2017

An Indian author's quest to understand her country's caste system...

Hate Firsthand
Frank Somerville, SF Gate | Hate Firsthand | August 29, 2017

KTVU anchor: "I experienced hate firsthand" at Berkeley rally...

Fascism, American Style
Paul Krugman, The New York Times Op-Ed | Fascism, American Style | August 29, 2017

Read the report, and prepare to be horrified...

The Invisible Forces That Make Writing Work
Roger Rosenblatt, The New York Times Book Review | The Invisible Forces | August 29, 2017

We cannot see most of the things that rule our lives...

Monarch Mystery
Besame, Daily Kos | Monarch Mystery | August 28, 2017

Summer populations high, winter pops low. Where do they go?...