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.

Arizona's Checkpoint Rebellion
Amy Lieberman, Slate | Checkpoint Rebellion | July 22, 2014

Liberals, libertarians, retirees, and activists protest against immigration patrols far from the border.

Barry Goldwater, Father Of The Tea Party
Nicholas Mills, The Daily Beast | Goldwater & The Tea Party | July 22, 2014

On the 50th anniversary of his 'extremism in the defense of liberty' speech to the 1964 GOP convention, it's time to credit Goldwater as the true father of the Tea Party...

Thomas Berger Dead At 89: Author Of 20 Books, Including 'Little Big Man'
Hillel Italie, The Huffington Post | Thomas Berger, R.I.P. | July 22, 2014

One of the last major authors to have served in World War II, Berger wrote more than 20 books, including the autobiographical "Rinehart" series, a "Little Big Man" sequel and "The Feud," about warring families in a 1930s Midwest community. "The Feud" was recommended for the 1984 Pulitzer Prize by the fiction jury but was overruled by the board of directors, which awarded another Depression-era novel, William Kennedy's "Ironweed."...

Trust No One: Kim Philby And The Hazards Of Mistrust
Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker | Trust No One | July 21, 2014

When Kim Philby decided that he wanted to join the British Secret Intelligence Service, he "dropped a few hints here and there," as he later recalled, and waited patiently...

Robert Kennedy Jr.'s Belief In Autism-Vaccine Connection, And Its Political Peril
Keith Kloor, The Washington Post | RFK Jr.'s Campaign | July 21, 2014

Sen. Barbara Mikulski listened impassively as Robert Kennedy Jr. made his case. He had to talk over the din in the marbled hallway just outside the Senate chambers, where he was huddled with Mikulski, two of her aides and three allies of his who had come to Washington for this April meeting...

A Millennium After Inventing The Game, The Iroqois Are Lacrosse's New Superpower
Evin Demirel, The Daily Beast | Iroquois Superpower | July 21, 2014

Competing as their own national team, the tribe medaled for their first time in the world championship, but not without controversy. Whites said using traditional sticks was cheating...

Bill Gates' Internet Doomsday Prophesy Comes True
Kyle Chayka, The Daily Beast | Gates' Prophesy | July 19, 2014

In 1995, Bill Gates sent a (now infamous) memo warning of the Internet's impact. Now, with the news of 18,000 layoffs at Microsft, Gates' words are truer than ever...

How Shall They Impeach Obama? Conservatives Count The Ways
Tim Murphy, Mother Jones | The Impeachment Dream | July 17, 2014

Since 2010, Obama's haters have floated more than two dozen reasons for filing articles of impeachment. They would like to oust the president for, among other things...

For Sale, English Mountain And Title Of Lord, $3 Million. (There's A Catch.)
Alan Cowell, The New York Times | Mountain For Sale | July 17, 2014

There were none of the familiar real estate placards when Hugh Clayton Lowther, the eighth Earl of Lonsdale, resolved to sell a part of his family’s vast estate, one of England’s most distinctive and much clambered mountains, and offered to throw in the title that goes with it: Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld.His decision got plenty of attention nonetheless, particularly from Britain’s vast legions of ramblers, mountaineers and lovers of the outdoors...

Audio: Nixon's Secret White House Tapes
Vanity Fair | More Nixon Tapes | July 15, 2014

In an adaptation from their forthcoming book, Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley and historian Luke A. Nichter draw on 3,700 hours of President Nixon’s White House tapes to convey the inner workings of Nixon’s action-packed first term...