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 Commercial Zen Of Muji
Silvia Killingsworth, The New Yorker | Muji | December 22, 2015

Muji was launched in Japan in 1980, as Muirushi Ryohin, which means "no-brand quality goods."...

Who Goes Nazi?
Dorothy Parker, Harper's Magazine (1941) | Who Goes Nazi? | December 21, 2015

It is an interesting and somewhat macabre parlor game...to speculate who in a showdown would go Nazi...

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...