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.

V.A. Shuns Medical Marijuana, Leaving Vets To Improvise
Dave Philipps, The New York Times | VA Shuns Medical Marijuana | August 1, 2018

Local growers are donating part of their crop of high-potency medical marijuana to ailing veterans...

Why Mistranslation Matters
Mark Polizzotti, The New York Times | Why Mistranslation Matters | July 31, 2018

Would history have been different if Khrushchev had used a better translator?...

Inside The World Of Racist Science Fiction
Ian Allen, The New York Times | Racist Sci-Fi | July 31, 2018

Why white supremacists back the president -- the books that define their worldview...

The Age Of Cyberwar Is Here
David E. Sanger, The Guardian | The Age Of Cyberwar | July 30, 2018

There is no clear protocol for when cyberwarfare should be used, or how to respond to an attack...

The Earth In Sadness
Alison Kinney, The New York Times | Earth In Sadness | July 30, 2018

I saw a giant birds' nest tear apart, fall from the tree branch...

Confessions Of A Late-Blooming Gardener
Jan Benzel, The New York Times | Late-Blooming Gardener | July 30, 2018

Drawn into a life with plants and trowels...

Mueller Finally Solves Mysteries About Russia's 'Fancy Bear' Hackers
Kevin Poulsen, The Daily Beast | Fancy Bear Malware | July 21, 2018

One of the Internet's most notorious hacker groups...

Who Heard What Trump Said To Putin? Only One Other American
Emily Cochrane, The New York Times | The Interpreter's Role | July 20, 2018

A code of ethics binds their profession...

From The Start, Trump Has Muddied A Clear Message: Putin Interfered
David E. Sanger and Matthew Rosenberg, The New York Times | Trump's Muddying | July 18, 2018

Two weeks before his inauguration, Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating Putin had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the election...

Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All Of It
Taffy Brodesser-Akner, The New York Times Magazine | Fine With All Of It | July 18, 2018

The balancing act...