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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.

An Aging Boy Band Calls It Quits, But Japan Can't Let Go
Motoko Rich, The New York Times | Sports Music Assemble People | August 20, 2016

"If we let them go and disband, it means Japan is finished"...

Trump Is Doubling Down On A Losing Strategy
Nate Silver, Five Thirty Eight | Trump Doubles Down | August 18, 2016

He has his work cut out for him like nominee in history...

Dimming Hope For Afghan Translators
The Editorial Board, The New York Times | Abandoning Afghan Translators | August 18, 2016

About 10,100 Afghans, who had every reason to believe their service to the United States would be rewarded with a safe haven, may be left behind...

Present At The Creation
Harold Doornbos and Jenan Moussa, Foreign Policy | Present At The Creation | August 16, 2016

The never-before-told story of the meeting that led to the creation of ISIS, as explained by an Islamic State insider...

I Survived 'Trump' Magazine - Barely
Carey Purcell, Politico | I Survived 'Trump' Magazine - Barely | August 15, 2016

Bill went unpaid. They turned off the electricity. Our paychecks started bouncing...

Can Hipsters Stomach The Unpalatable Truth About Avocado Toast?
Joanna blythman, The Guardian | Avocado Adulation | August 13, 2016

Communities in Mexico are suffering because of our fetishisation...

Fractured Lands: How The Arab World Came Apart
Scott Anderson, The New York Times Magazine | How The Arab World Came Apart | August 11, 2016

This is a story unlike any we have previously published...

Where The Confederacy Is Rising Again
John Savage, Politico | Where The Confederacy Is Rising Again | August 11, 2016

In east Texas, a group of true believers is helping build the largest Confederate monument in a century...

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...