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 World Of Threats To The U.S. Is An Illusion
Stephen Kinzer, The Boston Globe | World of Threats Is An Illusion | December 21, 2015

We are not only safe, but safer than any big power has been in all of modern history...

What Was Fake On The Internet This Week: Why This Is The Final Column
Caitlin Dewewy, What Was Fake? | Fake News Column Ends | December 19, 2015

There is nothing -- NOTHING -- too crazy for the Internet hoax beat...

Removal Of Confederate Monuments Compared To ISIS
Jason Berry, The Daily Beast | Removing Confederate Monuments | December 19, 2015

The New Orleans city council voted to remove Confederate statues deemed offensive...

Why You Bought That Ugly Sweater
Eleanor Smith, The Atlantic | Scientific Tricks Stores Use | December 18, 2015

The scientific tricks stores use to part you and your money...

Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Toons | December 18, 2015

The week in editorial cartoons...

El Niño Explained
Jonah Bromwich, The New York Times | El Nino Explained | December 17, 2015

What causes El Niño?...

200-Year-Old Giant Salamander Found In Chinese Cave
Dominique Mosbergen, Huffington Post | 200-Year-Old Giant Salamander | December 16, 2015

The critically endangered animal is said to weigh more than 100 pounds...

The Week In Editorial Cartoons
edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | The Week In Politics | December 14, 2015

The nation's cartoonists on the week in politics...

The Top Books Of 2015
Michiko Kakutani, Dwight Garner and Janet Maslin, The New York Times | Top Books of 2015 | December 10, 2015

Books that stood out from the crowd...

Spike Lee's Necessary, Overwhelming "Chi-Raq"
Richard Brody, The New Yorker | Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" | December 10, 2015

What can popular art be in a time of crisis?...