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 Year Russian L.G.B.T. Persecution Defied Belief
Masha Gessen, The New Yorker | Persecution In Russia | December 30, 2017

Chechen authorities were rounding up and torturing gay men...

What I Learned From Reading All The Media Safaris Into 'Trump Country' I Could Handle Before Wanting To Die
Ashely Feinberg, The Huffington Post | Trumpland | December 30, 2017

Turns out Trump supporters still support Trump...

"I Have Power" : Is Steve Bannon Running For President?
Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair | Steve Bannon Profile | December 29, 2017

Trump's former aide and alter ego reveals what really went down in the White House...

Liz Smith: The Grande Dame Of Dish
Joan Juliet Buck, Politico | Grande Dame Of Dish | December 29, 2017

The queen outlived most of her subjects...

Another Vision Of Black Elk
Ian Frazier, The New Yorker | Visions Of Black Elk | December 27, 2017

Now he is being considered for Catholic sainthood..l.

From The Loyalty Pledge To Mueller As A 'Savior':2017's Most Popular Russia Stories
Miles Parks, NPR | 2017's Top Russia Stories | December 27, 2017

And it's not over yet...

The End Of Trump And The End Of Days
Frank Bruni, The New York Times Op-Ed | Trump-Induced Delirium | December 27, 2017

Our overreach is everywhere...

Handel's "Messiah," On Skid Row
Alex Ross, The New Yorker | "Messiah" On Skid Row | December 22, 2017

A visionary Los Angeles violinist makes music with the homeless...

Trump, Putin And The New Cold War
Susan B. Glasser, Politico Magazine | The New Cold War | December 22, 2017

Putin is 'back to fighting the cold war,' even if we in the West are not...

Stellar 'Hamilton' Blows London's Skeptical Theater Critics Away
Nico Hines, The Guardian | Hamilton In London | December 22, 2017

They were too busy being blown away to cock a snook...