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.

Obama's Forever War Starts Now
Ryan Goodman, Foreign Policy | Forever War | February 12, 2015

The White House's proposed legal authorization for a war against the Islamic State may haunt U.S. foreign policy for years to come...

A Painting A Day
Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker | On Kawara | February 12, 2015

On Kawara, the subject of a vast and elegant retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum, was born in Japan and lived very, very quietly in Manhattan for fifty years until his death, last June, at the age of eighty-on -- or, rather, the age of twenty-nine thousand seven hundred and seventy-one days, by the form of reckoning that he preferred...

The Monarch Massacre: Nearly A Billion Butterflies Have Vanished
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post | Monarch Massacre | February 11, 2015

Threatened animals like elephants, porpoises and lions grab all the headlines, but what's happening to Monarch butterflies is nothing short of a massacre...

Lynching As Racial Terrorism
The Editorial Board, The New York Times | Lynching As Racial Terrorism | February 11, 2015

It is important to remember that the hangings, burnings and dismemberments of black American men, women and children that were relatively common in this country between the Civil War and World War II were often public events....

Untier Of Knots
Andrew Sullivan, The Dish | Pope Francis: Untier Of Knots | February 9, 2015

What is the meaning of Pope Francis?

You don't have to be a believer to recognize a moment of grace...

Brian Williams And The God Complex
Ken Auletta, The New Yorker | The God Complex | February 9, 2015

Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor, is taking himself off the air for, what he says will be, "several days."...  

Evolution Works In Fast, Localized, Mysterious Ways
Katie Langin, Slate Wild Things | Localized Evolution | February 9, 2015

When I first stepped foot on California's picturesque Santa Cruz Island, I was in awe. The foxes were tame, the jays were supersized, and the wildflowers grew like trees...

SC State To Hold Commemorative Orangeburg Massacre Events
SC State University | Orangeburg Massacre | February 8, 2015

On February 8, 1968, after thgree nights of escalating racial tension...three students were killed and 28 others injured when S.C. Highway Patrolmen opened fire on a crowd of unarmed protesters...

Harper Lee Lawyer Offers More Details On Discovery Of New Book
Alexandra Alter and Serge F. Kovaleski, The New York Times | Harper Lee Backstory | February 8, 2015

One morning late last summer, Tonja B. Carter was doing some legal work for her prized client, Harper Lee, when she found herself thumbing through an old manuscript...

NYC's Plan For Free, Citywide Wi-Fi
Alex Marshall, Governing.com | Free NYC Wi-Fi | February 8, 2015

Private companies are paying the city $500 million to transform old pay phones into high-speec Internet hotspots...