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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 Made Antonin Scalia Great
Jeffrey Rosen, The Atlantic | What Made Antonin Scalia Great | February 16, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court justice was distinguished by the clarity of his constitutional vision -- and his willingness to fight for it...

The Tragedy Of Antonin Scalia
Eric Posner, Slate | The Tragedy Of Antonin Scalia | February 16, 2016

He thought he could remove politics from the Supreme Court, but he only made things worse...

Obama's Writer Pens Trump Victory Speech
Jon Favreau, The Daily Beast | Former Obama Sppechwriter On Trump's Victory Speech | February 12, 2016

What the Republican frontrunner will likely sound like should he win the nomination...

The Triumph Of The Hard Right
Garry Wills, New York Review of Books | The Triumph Of The Hard Right | February 10, 2016

Whatever happens, we cannot say we were not warned...

Even Stoned And 16, I Couldn't Have Imagined This Dystopian Election
P.J. O'Rourke, The Daily Beast | I Need You To Do Something | February 10, 2016

Hello, 1968 me? Yeah, it's 2016 me calling...

I Miss Barack Obama
David Brooks, The New York Times, Opinion | Missing Obama | February 10, 2016

I miss Barack Obama...

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy
Jesse David Fox, Vulture.com | 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy | February 6, 2016

From the Marx Brothers to The Simpsons, Richard Pryor to Amy Schumer: 100 bits, sketches, and one-liners that changed humor forever...

The Week In Political Cartoons
Edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Toons | February 6, 2016

The best of the week's political cartoons, picked fresh off the Toonosphere...

MSNBC Anchor Lives Every Famale Journalist's Nightmare
Goldie Taylor, The Daily Beast | Every Female Journalist's Nightmare | February 4, 2016

A total stranger sidled up to MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry in Iowa and threatened to harm her...

Why Glenn Beck's Media Empire Is Burning Down
Lloyd Grove, The Daily Beast | Glenn Beck's Empire | February 3, 2016

For all his 'mad genius,' the right-wing media firebrand's media company has become an abyss of backbiting and paranoia...