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 Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama's Foreign-Policy Guru
David Samuels, New York | Ben Rhodes Profile | May 9, 2016

How Ben Rhodes rewrote the rules of diplomacy for the digital age...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Politics, In Toons | May 9, 2016

The best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere...

Solar Impulse 2 Over Golden Gate Bridge
Naomi Leach and Victoria Woollaston, Daily Mail online | Solar Impulse 2 Soaring Over SF | May 9, 2016

Stunning shots show Solar Impulse 2 elegantly soaring above the Golden Gate Bridge

It's Not About Sexism
Camille Paglia, Salon | Camille Paglia | May 6, 2016

On Trump, Hillary's "restless bitterness" and the end of the elites...

Resolved: Ted Cruz Was His Worst Self As A Presidential Candidate
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate | The Ted Cruz I Knew | May 5, 2016

In his surly, failed campaign, Cruz turned into a cartoon version of the blowhard I knew on the college debate circuit...

The Combat Ration Collectors Who Eat Decades-Old Military Meals
Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura | MRE Collectors | May 3, 2016

Beef stew from 1983, anyone?...

Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic
Andrew Sullivan, New York | Democracy And Tyranny | May 2, 2016

And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny...

Daniel J. Berrigan, Defiant Priest Who Preached Pacifism, Dies At 94
Daniel Lewis, The New York Times | Father Berrigan Dies At 94 | May 1, 2016

A Jesuit priest and poet whose defiant protests helped shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War...

Ann Coulter Explains What It Would Take To Shut Her Up
Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald | Ann Coulter Explains... | April 30, 2016

America, she says, has no future without President Trump...

Documenting Los Angeles's Near-Invisible Workers
Katharine Schwab, The Atlantic | LA's Near-Invisible Workers | April 30, 2016

The artist Ramiro Gomez revises images of the city's most luxurious domestic settings by inserting the housekeepers, gardeners, and caregivers who maintain them...