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.

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...

The Top Books Of 2015
Michiko Kakutani, Dwight Garner and Janet Maslin, The New York Times | Top Books of 2015 | December 10, 2015

Books that stood out from the crowd...

Spike Lee's Necessary, Overwhelming "Chi-Raq"
Richard Brody, The New Yorker | Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq" | December 10, 2015

What can popular art be in a time of crisis?...

What Trump And ISIS Have In Common
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Time | Trump And ISIS | December 10, 2015

The 2016 candidate has more in common with the terrorist gropu than he does with America...