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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.

What Happened To America's First Muslims?
Peter Manseau, The Huffington Post Blog | America's First Muslims | March 10, 2015

When President Obama noted last month that "Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding," he was greeted with incredulous outrage...

Robert Hunter On Grateful Dead's Early Days, Wild Tours, 'Sacred' Songs
David Browne, Rolling Stone | Robert Hunter On Songwriting | March 10, 2015

"I thought there was a possible holy perspective to the Grateful Dead, that what we were doing was almost sacred."...

The Month That Killed The Middle Class: How October 1973 Slammed America
Edward McClelland, Salon | How October 1973 Slammed America | March 10, 2015

From the Arab oil embargo to the auto workers strike, one month more than 40 years ago changed this nation forever...

Heavyweight: How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Moved The Supreme Court
Jeffrey Tobin, The New Yorker | Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Heavyweight | March 9, 2015

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg turns eighty this month, and she can project the daunting stillness of a seated monarch...

(Actually) True War Stories At NBC News
Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine | True War Stories At NBC | March 8, 2015

On a snowy evening in December, Brian Williams and his wife, Jane, met with a small group of NBC executives for a celebratory dinner...

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Enters Orbit Around Ceres
Jonathan Corum, The New York Times | Orbiting Ceres | March 8, 2015

The Dawn probe has arrived at Ceres, a Texas-size ball of ice and rock...

Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Me. I Didn't Tell Because I Didn't Want To Let Black America Down
Jewel Allison, The Washington Post | I Let Race Trump Rape | March 7, 2015

I let race trump rape...

I Was A Professor At Four Universities. I Still Couldn't Make Ends Meet
Tanya Paperny, The Washington Post | The Adjunct Life | March 6, 2015

Last week was the first ever National Adjunct Walkout Day, a grassroots protest to push for fair pay and better working conditions...

Last Known Ebola Patient In Liberia Is Discharged
Norimitsu Onishi, The New York Times | Last Ebola Patient In Liberia | March 6, 2015

Liberia's last Ebola patient was discharged on Thursday after a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, bringing to zero the number of known cases in the country...

Inside The Psychedelic Mind Of Björk
Lizzie Crocker, The Daily Beast | Björk Retrospective | March 5, 2015

The most talked about MoMA show for years offers a glimpse of the Icelandic singer's magical world...