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 Nunes Memo Undermines The Right's Trump-Russia Conspiracy Theory
John Cassidy, The New Yorker | Memo: The Fourth Page | February 3, 2018

Contradicts a right-wing belief about what prompted the investigation...

Trump's Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes
Norman Eisen, Caroline Fredrickson, and Noah Bookbinder, Politico | Saturday Night Massacre | February 1, 2018

The aim of the campaign is clear: Obstruction of justice...

Donald Trump Jr. Fails Miserably In Twitter War With Joy Reid
David Moye, The Huffington Post | DT Jr. vs. Joy Reid | February 1, 2018

Junior brought a slingshot. Reid had brought an arsenal...

Michael Wolff And The Smearing Of Nikki Haley
Megan Garber, The Atlantic | Smearing Nikki Haley | February 1, 2018

It's an age-old story, and a uniquely tiresome one...

The Plot Against America
Franklin Foer, The Atlantic | The Plot Against America | January 29, 2018

Paul Manafort's pursuit of foreign cash and shady deals...


The Answer To Whether Trump Obstructed Justice Now Seems Clear
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker | Trump's Intent | January 29, 2018

Most white-collar prosecutions turn on the issue of criminal intent...

Selling Airborne Opulence To The Upper Upper Upper Class
Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New York Times Magazine | Selling Airborne Opulence | January 29, 2018

For a private-jet broker, success is all about knowing who's who in the world's 0.00001 percent...

Mort Walker, Creator Of 'Beetle Bailey' Comic Strip, Dies At 94
Richard Goldstein, The New York Times | Mort Walker, R.I.P. | January 29, 2018

Mr. Walker had the longest tenure of any cartoonist on an original creation...

The G.O.P.'s Bonfire Of The Sanities
Bret Stephens, New York Times Opinion | The Paranoid Style | January 27, 2018

'The Paranoid Style in American Politics' is often cited but less often read...

The Troubling Origins Of The Skeletons In A New York Museum
Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker | Herero Genocide | January 26, 2018

Thousands of Herero people died in a genocide...