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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 Danger Of President Pence
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker | The Danger Of President Pence | October 19, 2017

Pence, the corporate right's inside man, poses his own risks...

McCain The Hedgehog vs. Bannon The Honey Badger
Bret Stephens, New York Times Opinion | Hedgehog vs. Honey Badger | October 19, 2017

For the honey badger, it's whatever works...

Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism Is Unpatriotic
John McCain, The Guardian | McCain's Speech | October 17, 2017

Full remarks, made at the 2017 Liberty Medal ceremony...

Condoleezza Rice On The 10 Days Still Shaking The World
Condoleezza Rice, The New York Times | Condoleezza Rice On Russia | October 17, 2017

One must appreciate the long trajectory of Russian history...

The Book Mattis Reads To Be Prepared For War With North Korea
Eric Scigliano, Politico | What Mattis Reads | October 16, 2017

A 54-year-old history of the Korean War...

A Condom Maker's Discovery
Pam Belluck, The New York Times | Size Matters | October 16, 2017

Size matters...

Bannon's Playbook: How He'll Wreck The GOP Establishment
Keri Geiger and Jonathan Allen, NBC News | Bannon's Playbook | October 16, 2017

Bannon's aggressive strategy and tactics...

'Brilliant,' 41 and Lost to AIDS: The Theater World Asks Why
Michael Paulson, The New York Times | Michael Friedman, R.I.P. | October 13, 2017

The death of a much-admired composer and lyricist...

How This Native Educator Is Keeping A Tribal Language Alive
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman | Saving The Umonhon Language | October 13, 2017

Only a handful of elders speak it fluently today...

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?
Benoit Denizet-Lewis, The New York Times Magazine | Suffering From Severe Anxiety | October 12, 2017

Parents, therapists, and schools are struggling...