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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.

'Happy Birthday' Song Belongs To No One, Judge Rules
Andrew Chung, Huffington Post | 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Denied | September 23, 2015

Fear not, you won't be sued for singing the song in your home anytime soon...

Charlie Chaplin's Scandalous LIfe And Boundless Artistry
Richard Brody, The New Yorker | Charlie Chaplin Archives | September 22, 2015

The most un-put-downable book of the season...

Why I Still Think Fiorina Was A Terrible CEO
Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, Politico | Fiorina As CEO | September 21, 2015

She can diss me all she wants on live TV, but personal attacks won't take her from colossal business failure to leader of the free world...

The First-Person Industrial Complex
Laura Bennett, Slate | The First-Person Industrial Complex | September 20, 2015

The Internet prizes the harrowing personal essay. But sometimes telling your story comes with a price...

How Scotch, Weed And 'The Big Electron' Conspired To Make George Carlin My Dad
Kelly Carlin, HuffingtonPost Blog | George Carlin, My Dad | September 20, 2015

I've always felt as if my family's journey has un-folded like some kind of mythological legend...

An Aboriginal Artist's Dizzying New York Moment
Randy Kennedy, The New York Times | Warlimpirrnga Tjapaltjarri's Paintings | September 19, 2015

Mr. Tjapaltjarri's hinterlands are a lot more hinter tha most...

Study Finds Snowpack In California's Sierra Nevada To Be Lowest In 500 Years
Nicholas St. Fleur, The New York Times | Sierra Nevada Snowfall | September 18, 2015

As of April 1, the snowpack levels were just five percent of their 50-year historical average...

The Great Quake And The Great Drowning
Ann Finkbeiner, Slate | Tsunami Stories of the Northwest | September 17, 2015

Indigenous people's terrifying tsunami stories are a history and a warning...

Clown Genius
Scott Adams, Scott Adams' Blog | Clown Genius | September 16, 2015

Like many of you, I have been entertained by the unstoppable clown car that is Donald Trump...

The Black Family In The Age Of Incarceration
Te-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic | The Black Family In The Age Of Mass Incarceration | September 14, 2015

Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan's report on "The Negro Family," 50 years later...