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.

Job Candidates Who Made a Strong Impression, But the Wrong Impression
Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post | Job Candidates Who Made a Strong Impression | January 23, 2011

One would think that in an economy where unemployment is high, applicants for the precious few job openings would be on their best behavior. But many people just can't help but show their true selves, even when so much is at stake, according to a new nationwide CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers. The managers reported some of the really outrageous actions of job candidates. Can we just take this opportunity to shake off our economic blues to have a laugh at the way some job applicants behave? They won't know...

Don't Look Back
Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker | Don't Look Back | January 22, 2011

Darrell Issa, the congressman about to make life more difficult for President Obama, has had some troubles of his own...

F.B.I. and Police Arrest More Than 100 in Mob Sweep
William K. Rashbaum, The New York Times | Mob Sweep | January 20, 2011

In a blanket assault against seven mob families in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, the F.B.I. and local authorities began arresting close to 130 people on Thursday on charges including murder, racketeering and extortion, federal law enforcement officials said...

Sargent Shriver's America
Adam Clymer, The Daily Beast | Sargent Shriver's America | January 20, 2011

Robert Sargent Shriver did more than any other New Frontiersman to heed his brother-in-law's famous call: "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country." In the Peace Corps and then the War on Poverty, he led thousands of Americans in taking up that challenge...

The Chinese Mom Backlash
Melinda Liu, Newsweek | The Chinese Mom Backlash | January 20, 2011

“Chinese moms” in China aren’t raising superior kids, actually. U.S. author Amy Chua’s book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother—and The Wall Street Journal extract of her memoir headlined “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”—has sparked huge debate inside China. But the response from what should surely be the Wild Kingdom of “tiger moms” might surprise you...

Joe Lieberman Retiring From the Senate
Howard Kurtz, The Daily Beasst | Joe Lieberman Retiring From the Senate | January 19, 2011

In the end, Joe Lieberman decided he didn’t need any more tsuris. Not that the Connecticut senator would describe his decision to retire with that Yiddish term. He will offer a more philosophical explanation when he makes the official announcement Wednesday, a move that a Lieberman aide confirmed to The Daily Beast...

Job Creation Seen As Key to China's Investment in U.S.
John Pomfret, The Washington Post | Job Creation Seen as Key to China's Investment in U.S. | January 19, 2011

Ni Pin believes in the United States. He's lived here for almost 20 years. His three children were born here. And, unlike many Americans, he thinks that even in the middle of the Rust Belt, there's hope for manufacturing in this country. Ni runs the U.S. operations of a Chinese company called Wanxiang International, an auto parts giant with worldwide revenue of $8 billion. Over the past decade, Wanxiang America has purchased or invested in more than 20 U.S. firms and now employs more Americans - 5,000 at last count - than any other Chinese company...

Study Points to Windfall for Goldman Partners
Susanne Craig and Eric Dash, The New York Times | Study Points to Windfall for Goldman Partners | January 19, 2011

Goldman Sachs executives have long been among the most richly paid on Wall Street in the best of times. They are now poised to reap a windfall that was sown in the dark days of the financial crisis in 2008. Nearly 36 million stock options were granted to employees in December 2008 — 10 times the amount issued the previous year — when the stock was trading at $78.78. Since those uncertain days, Goldman’s business has roared back and its share price has more than doubled, closing on Tuesday at nearly $175...

Power Again Changes Hands in Tunisia as Chaos Remains
David D. Kirkpatrick, The New York Times | Chaos In Tunisia | January 15, 2011

Power in Tunisia changed hands for the second time in 24 hours on Saturday morning, and street fighting continued in the aftermath of former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s flight from the country, raising new questions about the shape of the next government here and who might lead it. The uprising that toppled Mr. Ben Ali continued after his exit with sporadic rioting and gunfire around the capital on Friday night, and there were reports of continuing unrest on Saturday around the country. Soldiers, police officers and young men with guns kept the streets of downtown Tunis under a tight lockdown. Clouds of smoke from the burning and looting of a major supermarket hung over the bleached city skyline. Residents huddled in their homes for fear of the police...

Most Detailed Image of Night Sky Unveiled
David Shiga, New Scientist | Most Detailed Image of Night Sky Unveiled | January 14, 2011

It would take 500,000 high-definition TVs to view it in its full glory. Astronomers have released the largest digital image of the night sky ever made, to be mined for future discoveries. It is actually a collection of millions of images taken since 1998 with a 2.5-metre telescope at Apache Point Observatory in New Mexico. The project, called the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, is now in its third phase...