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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.

A High-Stepping Thanksgiving
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Richard Thompson's T-Day Story | November 30, 2014

Ten years ago this very week, my wife, Amy, and I were about to celebrate our first Thanksgiving as a married couple...

A Massacre In The Family
Michael Allen, The Wall Street Journal | My Great-Great-Grandfather And An American Indian Tragedy | November 30, 2014

As dawn broke over the eastern Colorado prairie on Nov. 29, 1864, a hastily assembled regiment of volunteer U.S. cavalrymen approached their target: a peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho wintering on Sand Creek.

Somewhere in the ranks rode my great-great-grandfather William M. Allen...

Horace Poolaw's Kiowa Nation
Amy Connors, The New Yorker | Horace Poolaw's Kiowa Nation | November 30, 2014

For more than fifty years, Horace Monroe Poolaw, a Kiowa American Indian, dedicated himself to documenting the lives of members of his tribe in southern Oklahoma...

When G.M. Was Google
Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker | When G.M. Was Google | November 26, 2014

The art of the corporate devotional...

The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No More
Tony Horwitz, Smithsonian Magazine | Sand Creek Remembered | November 24, 2014

The opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetuated on Native Americans...

The Lyndon Johnson Tapes: Richard Nixon's 'Treason'
David Taylor, BBC News | Nixon's Treason | November 24, 2014

Declassified tapes of President Lyndon Johnson's telephone calls provide a fresh insight into his world. Among the revelations - he planned a dramatic entry into the 1968 Democratic Convention to re-join the presidential race. And he caught Richard Nixon sabotaging the Vietnam peace talks... but said nothing...

The Many Lives Of Artist David Hockney
William O'Connor | Hockney's Lives | November 23, 2014

The artist has achieved what often seems impossible -- to stay relevant throughout his entire career. His secret: not being afraid to change with the times...

In A Shift, Obama Extends U.S. Role In Afghan Combat
Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt, The New York Times | Obama Extends U.S. Role In Afghan Combat | November 22, 2014

President Obama decided in recent weeks to authorize a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, a move that ensures American troops will have a direct role in fighting in the war-ravaged country for at least another year...

Barbie Computer Engineer Story Withdrawn After Sexism Row
Alison Flood, The Guardian | Barbie Computer Engineer Story | November 21, 2014

All future Barbie titles “will be written to inspire girls’ imaginations and portray an empowered Barbie character”, Barbie manufacturer Mattel has said, after apologising for the Barbie I Can Be A Computer Engineer book and pulling the problematic title from online sale...

Mike Nichols, Celebrated Director, Dies At 83
Bruce Weber, The New York Times | Mike Nichols, R.I.P. | November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols, one of America’s most celebrated directors, whose long, protean résumé of critic- and crowd-pleasing work earned him adulation both on Broadway and in Hollywood, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 83...