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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.

The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close
Wil S. Hylton, The New York Times Magazine | Chuck Close | July 17, 2016

The legendary artist has radically upended his distinctive style of portraiture -- and his entire life. Why?...

How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS
Hanna Rosin, NPR | The Aarhus Model | July 16, 2016

Their program came to be known as the "Aarhus model"...

The Rise Of American Authoritarianism
Amanda Taub, Vox | American Authoritarianism | July 15, 2016

What's driving Donald Trump's ascent?...

So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings As Professors
Gina Kolata, The New York Times | A Surfeit of Scientists | July 14, 2016

Producing more research scientists than academia can handle...

You're Probably Throwing Away 'Expired' Food That's Totally Fine To Eat
Casey Williams, The Huffington Post | "Expired" Food | July 14, 2016

Up to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes uneaten..

Calvin & Hobbes & Trump
Andy McDonald, The Huffington Post | Calvin & Hobbes & Trump | July 12, 2016

Yes, there is a subreddit dedicated to injecting Trump into "Calvin and Hobbes" comic strips...

Pokémon Go Brings Augmented Reality To A Mass Audience
Nick Wingfield and Mike Isaac, The New York Times | The Pokémon Go Phenomenon | July 12, 2016

The game has sent people into the streets, onto beaches, and even out to sea in a kayak...

Osama Bin Laden's Son Vows To Avenge al-Qaida Leader's Death
Patrick Wintour, The Guardian | Bin Laden Son Threatens Revenge | July 12, 2016

In a speech entitled "We Are All Osama"...

Donald Trump's God Whisperer
Katie Glueck, Politico | God Whisperer | July 11, 2016

The woman who led the candidate to Christ...

A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called For A More Liberal Islam
Ben Hubbard, The New York Times | A Call For A More Liberal Islam | July 11, 2016

Then the death threats began...