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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.

Women's Gymnistics Deserves Better TV Coverage
Reeves Wiedeman, The New Yorker | America's Women Gymnasts: Uber-Athletes | August 9, 2016

How about celebrating this group of American gymnasts by explaining tyo Ameridans exactly what makes them so great?...

Trump's Assassination Dog Whistle...
David S. Cohen, Rolling Stone | Stochastic Terrorism | August 9, 2016

Trump puts out the dog-whistle knowing that some dog will hear it, even though he doesn't know which dog...

GBT on Rachel Maddow
MSNBC | GBT on The Rachel Maddow Show | August 2, 2016

Garry Trudeau discusses "Yuge! 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump" with Rachel Maddow...

U.S. Secures Vast New Trove Of Intelligen On ISIS
Eric Schmitt, The New York Times | ISIS Intelligence Trove | July 28, 2016

The United States is poring over a vast trove of new intelligence...

Richard Thompson, acclaimed 'Cul de Sac' Creator And Post Contributor, Dies At 58
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Richard Thompson Dies At 58 | July 28, 2016

Thompson was perhaps best known for his Reuben-Award-winning comic strip "Cul de Sac"...

Meet Luca, The Ancestor Of All Living Things
Nicholas Wade, The New York Times | Luca: Last Universal Common Ancestor | July 25, 2016

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated...

Migrants And Smugglers Won't Be Stopped By Donald Trump's Wall, Ranchers Say
Dan Barry, The New York Times | Ranchers Favor a Different Approach | July 25, 2016

Ranchers near the Mexican border favor a different approach...

Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All
Jame Mayer, The New Yorker | Trump's Ghostwriter Tells Al | July 23, 2016

Tony Schwartz helped create the myth -- and regrets it...

How A Guy From A Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years Of Biology
Ed Yong, The Atlantic | Rethinking Lichens | July 23, 2016

Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms -- a fungus and an alga. They are wrong...

The Deadliest Terror Attack In SF History Happened 100 Years Ago Today
Katie Dowd, SFGate | 100 Years Ago: Terror Attack In SF | July 22, 2016

The bombing of Market Street is almost unknown today...