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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.

Jon Stewart: Why I Quit The Daily Show
Hadley Freeman, The Guardian | Why Jon Stewart Quit | April 19, 2015

There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time for him to leave what he describes as "the most perfect job in the world"...

Little Nemo Was The Most Beautiful Comic Strip Ever Drawn
Anthony Paletta, The Daily Beast | Little Nemo | April 18, 2015

Nighttime was the right time for Winsor McCay, whose early 20th century comic strip about a little boy's dreams proved forever that comics could be both mass entertainment and high art...

I'm Glad All The Black Rhinos Are Dead
Joe Randazzo, The Daily Beast | I'm Glad All The Black Rhinos Are Dead | April 17, 2015

You've made it this far...

Of Trudeau And Hebdo
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Of Trudeau And Hebdo | April 16, 2015

How 15 top cartoonists really feel about satirical 'red lines'...

Sexism, Racism, Anarchy: 'Live From New York' Tells The Real Story Of 'Saturday Night Live'
Kevin Fallon, The Daily Beast | SNL Doc | April 16, 2015

The Tribeca Film Festival opened Wednesday night with a must-see documentary celebrating 'SNL' and its complicated, ever-important 40-year history...

The Rule Of History
Jill LePore, The New Yorker | The Magna Carta | April 15, 2015

Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, and the hold of time...

'Halal in the Family': Asif Mandvi's Comedy Jihad
Dean Obeidallah, The Daily Beast | Aasif Mandvi's 'Halal in the Family' | April 11, 2015

First, The Daily Show's house Muslim scripted The Qu'osby Show, but...oops! So Aasif Mandvi's new series evokes an even more classic sitcom...

The Battle For Women's Hearts - And Lives
Barbra Streisand, Washington Post OpEd | Yentl Syndrome | April 11, 2015

Many years later, I was staggered to learn about something called 'the Yentl syndrome'...

Were Lincoln And Nixon Gay? The 'History' Book That Is Dividing America
Edware Helmore, The Guardian | Larry Kramer's 'The American People' | April 11, 2015

Award-winning author and gay-rights activist Larry Kramer's new book aims to counter the exclusion of homosexuality from history...

In Report On Rolling Stone, A Case Study In Failed Journalism
Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times | A Case Study In Failed Journalism | April 7, 2015

"A Rape on Campus" joins America's rogue's gallery of journalism scandals...