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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 Yoko Ono Of Comics, On Her Own Terms
Gal Beckerrman, The New York Times | Aline Kominsky-Crumb Profile | May 14, 2018

The vulnerability she exposes in Love That Bunch is very much a precursor to today's dominant comedic mode...

How A Fake-News Story Spreads
Jason Schwartz and Shawn Musgrave, Politico | A Fake-News Story Story | May 14, 2018

How a typo-ridden parody came to be embraced by millions...

Why Mueller Has To Expose Trump's Crooked Business Empire
Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine | Trump's Business Empire | May 14, 2018

The NYT and the WaPo published detailed investigations...

This Is How A Newspaper Dies
Jack Shafer, Politico | Newspaper Death | May 13, 2018

With a spasm of profits...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico Staff, Edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | May 12, 2018

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, plucked fresh off the Toonosphere...

The Last Slave
New York Magazine via Vulture | The Last Slave | May 12, 2018

Zora Neale Hurston and the story of Cudjo Lewis, the last slave-ship survivor...

 

I'm Not Black, I'm Kanye
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic | I'm Kanye | May 11, 2018

Kanye West wants freedom -- white freedom...

Pulitzer-Winning Reporter David Cay Johnstone: "The evidence suggests Trump is a traitor."
Chauncey DeVega, Salon | Trump: Traitor? | May 10, 2018

The public materials we already have strongly indicate that Trump is a traitor...

Meet The Renegades Of The Intellectual Dark Web
Bari Weiss, The New York Times Opinion | The I.D.W. | May 9, 2018

An alliance of heretics is making an end run around the mainstream conversation...

This Is America: Theories Behind Childish Gambino's Satirical Masterpiece
Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian | This Is America | May 8, 2018

A cryptic new video, hailed as a work of genius...