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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.

Mort Walker, Creator Of 'Beetle Bailey' Comic Strip, Dies At 94
Richard Goldstein, The New York Times | Mort Walker, R.I.P. | January 29, 2018

Mr. Walker had the longest tenure of any cartoonist on an original creation...

The G.O.P.'s Bonfire Of The Sanities
Bret Stephens, New York Times Opinion | The Paranoid Style | January 27, 2018

'The Paranoid Style in American Politics' is often cited but less often read...

The Troubling Origins Of The Skeletons In A New York Museum
Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker | Herero Genocide | January 26, 2018

Thousands of Herero people died in a genocide...

Trump Asks For Van Gogh, Museum Offers Solid Gold Toilet Instead
David Moye, The Huffington Post | Golden Throne | January 26, 2018

"America," by Maurizio Cattelan...

Trump's Tax On Solar Power: Here's What You Need To Know
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone | Tax On Imported Panels | January 25, 2018

Trump has imposed a 30 percent tax on imported solar panels...

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed For Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead At 88
Gerald Jonas, The New York Times | Ursula K. Le Guin Obit | January 25, 2018

"I eliminated gender to find out what was left," she told The Guardian...

Has The U.S. Become A 'Trumpocracy'?
Ross Douthat and David Frum, The New York Times | Tragedy Or Farce? | January 24, 2018

Is what we're watching a tragedy or a farce?...

Team Trump Bypassed DHS Analysts To Produce Bogus Terror Report
Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast | Bogus Terror Report | January 22, 2018

"The Trump Administration is trying to turn counterterrorism into an immigration issue..."

The Republican's Guide To Presidential Etiquette
The New York Times Editorial Board | Presidential Etiquette | January 22, 2018

An update guide to what Republicans now consider to be acceptable behavior from the commander in chief...

The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian Bots
Jennifer Bendery, The Huffington Post | Russia-Boosted Hashtag | January 22, 2018

#SchumerShutdown became the top trending hashtag being promoted by Russian bots and trolls on Twitter...