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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.

French Rein In Speech Backing Acts Of Terror
Doreen Carvajal and Alan Cowell, The New York Times | French Rein In Speech | January 16, 2015

The French authorities are moving aggressively to rein in speech supporting terrorism, employing a new law to mete out tough prison sentences in a crackdown that is stoking a free-speech debate after last week’s attacks in Paris...

Obama Was Right To Skip Paris
Amil Khan | Empowering Al-Q | January 16, 2015

By lionizing Charlie Hebdo, Europe is empowering Al Qaeda...

Cowboy's 132-year-old Rifle Found Propped Up Against Tree In Nevada Desert
Alan Yuhas, The Guardian | Rifle Found | January 16, 2015

Archaeologists say the rusted Winchester Model 1873 rifle may have been left at the same spot more than a century...

What Does The New Charlie Hebdo Cover Mean? Its Cartoonist Explains.
L.V. Anderson, Slate | Hebdo's Cover | January 14, 2015

Luz, the cartoonist who drew the cover, explained his intentions, even though he really didn't want to...

This Guy Took A Photo Every Time He Saw Someone Reading A Book On The Subway
Jordan G. Teicher | The Last Book | January 13, 2015

Like a scientist cataloging the last of an endangered species, the Dutch photographer wandered the New York City subway system for weeks, snapping pictures of readers of printed books among an increasingly dominant population of iPhone and Kindle readers...

In China, Projects To Make Great Wall Feel Small
David Barboza, The New York Times | China's Mega-Projects | January 13, 2015

The world’s largest bridge. The biggest airport. The longest gas pipeline. An $80 billion effort to divert water from the south of the country, where it is abundant, to a parched section of the north, along a route that covers more than 1,500 miles...

The World Is Not Falling Apart
Steven Pinker and Andrew Mack, Slate | World Not Falling Apart | January 11, 2015

Never mind the headlines. We've never lived in such peaceful times...

Six Women You Didn't Know Were Members Of The Algonquin Round Tabler
Kevin Fitzpatrick, The Huffington post | Round Table Update | January 11, 2015

Dorothy Parker and Edna Ferber were the only women sitting at the Algonquin Round Table, correct?...

Novelist Robert Stone, Known For 'Dog Soldiers' Dies At 77
The Associated Press | Robert Stone, R.I.P. | January 11, 2015

Robert Stone, the award-winning novelist who spun out tales worldwide of seekers, frauds and other misbegotten American dreamers in such works as A Flag for Sunrise and Dog Soldiers, died Saturday at age 77...

Cartoonists React: Charlie Hebdo Attack
GoComics.com | Cartoonists React to Charlie Hebdo Attack | January 8, 2015

Our cartoonists react to the January 7 attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France...