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 Real Ted Cruz
William Saletan, Slate | The Real Ted Cruz | January 10, 2016

I studied nearly every word the Texas senator uttered during the immigration showdown. He may be the most spectacular liar ever to run for president...

El Chapo Speaks
Sean Penn, Rolling Stone | El Chapo Speaks | January 10, 2016

A secret visit with the most wanted man in the world...

Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Jennifer Shutt, Politico | The Week In Political Cartoons | January 9, 2016

Political cartoons picked fresh off the Toonosphere...

The Plutocrats Are Winning. Don't Let Them!
Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company | The Plotocrats Are Winning | January 6, 2016

Find a place for yourself in the struggle for democracy...

How Emotions Change The Way Musicians' Brains Work
Carolyn Gregoire, Huffpost Science | Emotions And Musicians' Braind | January 6, 2016

Strong feelings may help artists enter the "flow" state of consciousness...

The Secret, Hypocritical Gay World Of ISIS
Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast | Secret, Hypocritical Gay World Of ISIS | January 6, 2016

ISIS murdered a 15-year-old accused of being gay but spared the life of his 'rapist'...

George And Martha Up Close And Personal
Sandra McElwaine, The Daily Beast | George And Martha Washington | January 3, 2016

How they helped each other, and how they inspire us...

Behind The Reagan Myth
William Leuchtenburg, Salon | Behind The Reagan Myth | January 1, 2016

"No one had ever entered the White House so grossly ill-informed..."

Campaign 2015
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | The Year In Trump Cartoons | December 31, 2015

A year best told through these 15 Trump cartoons...

Ready For Prime Time
Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker | Leslie Jones: Ready For Prime Time | December 29, 2015

After twenty-five years as a road comic, Leslie Jones becomes a star...