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.

Letter From Pyongyang
Evan Osnos, The New Yorker | Letter From Pyongyang | September 9, 2017

The risk of nuclear war with North Korea...

Change Is In The Air At The E.B. White Farm
George Kalogerakis, The New York Times Book Review | Change At The E.B. White Farm | September 9, 2017

The crickets spread the rumor of sadness and change...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico Staff, Edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | September 8, 2017

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, plucked fresh off the Toonosphere...

"LBJ's War" Lets Us Eavesdrop On A President's Mighty Fall
Sarah Larson, The New Yorker | LBJ's War: A Podcast | September 7, 2017

How the president went so ruinously astray in Vietnam...

An Enormous, Urgent Task: Hauling Away Harvey's Debris
John Schwartz and Alan Blinder, The New York Times | Harvey's Debris | September 7, 2017

The cleanup will take months and cost billions of dollars...

Russians Flock To Trump Properties To Give Birth To U.S. Citizens
Katie Zavadski, The Daily Beast | Birth-Tourism & Trump | September 7, 2017

His Florida properties have become a playground for birth tourists from Russia's upper crust...

The Summer Of Smoky Sky
Eugene Register-Guard Editorial | Summer Smoke | September 6, 2017

The index stood at 461, well above the 300 level at which the air becomes 'hazardous' to breathe...

RLJ Tribute To Walter Becker
Rickie Lee Jones, Rolling Stone | Rickie Lee Jones On Becker | September 5, 2017

I loved the innuendo, the humor, the sting...

Czech Climber Sets New Benchmark
Peter Beaumont, The Guardian | The Hanshelleren Cave | September 5, 2017

Ascent of 'world's hardest cliff'...

John Ashbery, A Singular Poet Whose Influence Was Broad, Dies At 90
David Orr and Dinitia Smith, The New York Times | John Ashbery, R.I.P. | September 5, 2017

One of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature...