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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.

Thousand-Year-Old Anglo-Saxon Potion Kills MRSA Superbug
Nick Thompson and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN | Ancient Potion Vs. Superbug | April 1, 2015

It might sound like a really old wives' tale, but a thousand-year-old Anglo-Saxon potion for eye infections may hold the key to wiping out the modern-day superbug MRSA, according to new research...

Digging Up The Author Of Don Quixote
Itxu Diaz, The Daily Beast | Cervantes' Bones | March 30, 2015

You may not have noticed amid all the hoopla about Richard II's cadaver, but Spain dug up a national hero as well...

Faces Of The Men Who Won America's Independence
Daily Mail | Photos of Founding Soldiers | March 28, 2015

These stunning images are early photographs of some of the men who bravely fought for their country in the Revolutionary War some 237 years ago...

Episcopal Presiding Bishop, A Former Oceanographer, Makes Religious Case Against Climate Denial
Emily Atkin, Climate Progress | Episcopal Bishop On Climate Denial | March 28, 2015

One of the most powerful women in American Christianity is condemning the path of the climate denier...

Our Record Industry Nightmare: Unlocking The Truth's Journey From Viral Craze To Label Hostages
Marlow Stern, The Daily Beast | Our Record Industry Nightmare | March 28, 2015

Their Times Square metal performance went viral, and a trio of 11- and 12-year-olds were signed to a $1.8 million record deal. Then they realized what the industry was all about...

Willie Nelson Is Launching His Own Brand Of Weed
James Joiner, The Daily Beast | Willie's Reserve | March 26, 2015

There will be branded bongs and stores, too, as Willie gets out ahead of big industry in states where pot is legal...

A Woman's Place Is On The $20
Gail Collins, The New York Times Opinion | A Woman's Place Is On the $20 | March 25, 2015

You may have heard that there's a movement afoot to kick Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with a woman. Finally, we've got a current event that's not depressing...

Rape Culture Troll Threatens Reed College
Mary Emily O'Hara, The Daily Beast | Crisis At Reed College | March 25, 2015

Jeremiah True got kicked out of class for ranting about rape culture and now he's threatening to 'rain hell' down on Oregon's Reed College...

The Scene Of The Crime
Seymour M. Hersh, The New Yorker | Return To My Lai | March 23, 2015

A reporter's journey to My Lai and the secrets of the past...

Samuel Charters, Foundational Scholar Of The Blues, Dies At 85
Larry Rohter, The New York Times | Samuel Charters, RIP | March 23, 2015

When Mr. Charters' first book, "The Country Blues," was published at the tail end of the 1950s, the rural Southern blues of the pre-World War II period was a largely ignored genre...