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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.

This Modern World: Year In Review
Tom Tomorrow, Daily Kos | This Modern World: 2015 Review | December 28, 2015

On a personal note, 2015 was the year in which I was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize...

A Very Wuerker Year
Matt Wuerker, Politico | A Very Wuerker Year | December 27, 2015

A look back at 2015's political cartoons form the desk of Matt Wuerker...

Biology Doesn't Write Laws
Soraya Chemaly, The Huffington Post | Hillary Clinton's Bathroom Break | December 26, 2015

Hillary Clinton's bathroom break wasn't as trivial as some might like to think...

The Commercial Zen Of Muji
Silvia Killingsworth, The New Yorker | Muji | December 22, 2015

Muji was launched in Japan in 1980, as Muirushi Ryohin, which means "no-brand quality goods."...

Who Goes Nazi?
Dorothy Parker, Harper's Magazine (1941) | Who Goes Nazi? | December 21, 2015

It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game...to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi...

The World Of Threats To The U.S. Is An Illusion
Stephen Kinzer, The Boston Globe | World of Threats Is An Illusion | December 21, 2015

We are not only safe, but safer than any big power has been in all of modern history...

What Was Fake On The Internet This Week: Why This Is The Final Column
Caitlin Dewewy, What Was Fake? | Fake News Column Ends | December 19, 2015

There is nothing -- NOTHING -- too crazy for the Internet hoax beat...

Removal Of Confederate Monuments Compared To ISIS
Jason Berry, The Daily Beast | Removing Confederate Monuments | December 19, 2015

The New Orleans city council voted to remove Confederate statues deemed offensive...

Why You Bought That Ugly Sweater
Eleanor Smith, The Atlantic | Scientific Tricks Stores Use | December 18, 2015

The scientific tricks stores use to part you and your money...

Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Toons | December 18, 2015

The week in editorial cartoons...