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.

Scientists Pioneer New Method To Identify Mantises
Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Ilomantis Ginsburgae | June 3, 2016

The new species from Madagascar was named in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

How An Outsider President Killed A Party
Gil Troy, Politico | Killing The Whig Party | June 3, 2016

The Whigs chose power over principles when they nominated Zachary Taylor in 1848. The party never recovered...

Why #GambiaRising Matters To Americans
Jon Perr, Daily Kos | Why #Gambia Uprising Matters To Americans | May 31, 2016

A nascent movement is underway against "the worst dictatorship you've never heard of"...

Endless War: Trump And The Fantasy Of Cost-Free Conflict
Ben Fountain, The Guardian | Trump And The Fantasy Of Cost-Free Conflict | May 31, 2016

Politicians should spare us the saber-rattling...

Trumpology: A Master Class
Susan B. Glasser and Michael Kruse, Politico | Trumpology: A Master Class | May 31, 2016

The definitive conversation about who he really is...

How Donald Trump Destroyed The Interview
Jack Shafter, Politico | Interviewing Trump | May 29, 2016

A century-old political institution may have met its match...

I'm Sorry For Helping Make Kale Cool
Mimi Sheraton | Sorry I Helped Make Kale Cool | May 29, 2016

In any color and by any name, I know and hate kale when I see it...

A Survivor's Tale: How HIroshima Shaped A Japanese-American Family
Greg Myre, NPR | A Survivor's Tale | May 27, 2016

Japanese schoolgirl Kikue Takagi, age 12, woke up feeling sick and stayed home that day...

Is Kenneth Starr, Historic Sleezeball, At Last Getting His Just Deserts?
Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast | Kenneth Starr's Hypocrisy | May 27, 2016

A good Christian's incredible hypocrisy may finally be catching up to him...

Mell Lazarus: Colleagues Salute The Wit Of The 'Momma' And 'Miss Peach' Comics Creator
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Remembering Mell Lazarus | May 25, 2016

Lazarus died Tuesday morning in Southern California...