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 Drives Donald Trump? Fear Of Losing Status, Tapes Show
Michael Barbaro, The New York Times | What Drives Trump? | October 26, 2016

Recordings reveal a man who is fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status, and contemptuous of those who fall from grace...

Thousands Of California Soldiers Forced To Repay Enlistment Bonuses A Decade After Going To War
David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times | Bonusgate | October 25, 2016

The California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses. Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back...

The Secret Life Of Krill
Michelle Innis, The New York Times | The Secret Life Of Krill | October 23, 2016

Studying where krill live in winter...

I Used To Be A Human Being
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine | I Used To Be A Human Being | October 21, 2016

An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me...

Extremist Militias Recruiting In Fear Of Clinton Winning Election, Activists Say
Jason Wilson, The Guardian | Fear Of Clinton Winning: Extremist Militias | October 21, 2016

Extremist surge has continued to rise with Trump...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Edited by Matt Wuerker, Politico | Cartoonists On The Week In Politics | October 21, 2016

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

I Hardly Expected My Letter To Donald Trump To Go Viral
David McCraw, The New York Times | Letter To Trump | October 17, 2016

Like lots of lawyers, I write dozens of letters every year...

Air Trump: A Short Play
Garry Trudeau, The New Yorker | Air Trump: A Short Play | October 17, 2016

"So this is your captain speaking, okay?"...

2016's Manifest Misogyny
Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker | 2016's Manifest Misogyny | October 16, 2016

What she's had to fight all along is sexism like this...

Fascination And Fear: Covering The Black Panthers
Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times | Covering The Black Panthers | October 16, 2016

A look back at The Times's coverage reveals the influence of the F.B.I....