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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.

Heavyweight: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Moved The Supreme Court
Jeffrey Tobin, The New Yorker | Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Heavyweight | March 9, 2015

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns eighty this month, and she can project the daunting stillness of a seated monarch...

(Actually) True War Stories At NBC News
Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine | True War Stories At NBC | March 8, 2015

On a snowy evening in December, Brian Williams and his wife, Jane, met with a small group of NBC executives for a celebratory dinner...

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres
Jonathan Corum, The New York Times | Orbiting Ceres | March 8, 2015

The Dawn probe has arrived at Ceres, a Texas-size ball of ice and rock...

Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Me. I Didn't Tell Because I Didn't Want To Let Black America Down
Jewel Allison, The Washington Post | I Let Race Trump Rape | March 7, 2015

I let race trump rape...

I Was A Professor At Four Universities. I Still Couldn't Make Ends Meet
Tanya Paperny, The Washington Post | The Adjunct Life | March 6, 2015

Last week was the first ever National Adjunct Walkout Day, a grassroots protest to push for fair pay and better working conditions...

Last Known Ebola Patient In Liberia Is Discharged
Norimitsu Onishi, The New York Times | Last Ebola Patient In Liberia | March 6, 2015

Liberia's last Ebola patient was discharged on Thursday after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country...

Inside The Psychedelic Mind Of Björk
Lizzie Crocker, The Daily Beast | Björk Retrospective | March 5, 2015

The most talked about MoMA show for years offers a glimpse of the Icelandic singer's magical world...

The Semi-Retirement Myth
Helaine Olen, Slate | Boomer Retirement | March 4, 2015

Don't buy the tales of meaningful work into your 70s. Your retirement is inevitable -- and bleaker than the last generation's...

How Bees Revealed A Pot Farm Beneath The Maraschino Cherries
Michael Daly, The Daily Beast | How Bees Revealed A Pot Farm | March 3, 2015

Red-hued bees led authorities to discover New York City's biggest-ever marijuana farm in the basement of a cherry factory -- triggering the owner's suicide...

'The Best Employee We Ever Had' : Mohammed Emwazi's Former Boss In Kuwait
Martin Chulov, The Guardian | Jihadi John | March 2, 2015

Mohammed Emwazi, the Briton identified as an Islamic State executioner, was once a star salesman for a Kuwaiti IT company...