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.

Guantanamo Prisoner Diary
Britta Sandberg, Spiegel | Gitmo Diary Published Worldwide | January 21, 2015

Mauritanian national

Mohamedou Ould Slahi has been held at Guantanamo for 12 years now without trial and despite a dearth of evidence. A diary he kept of his torture is now being published around the world. Spiegel presents some excerpts...

A Tiny Press Printed Only 15,000 Copies Of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Autobiography. Big Mistake.
Laura Putre, Browbeat, Slate's Culture Blog | A Dearth Of Wilder | January 20, 2015

“Everyone keeps saying, ‘Where’s my copy, where’s my copy?’ ” says Sandra Hume, writer for the Beyond Little House blog and co-founder of the biennial “LauraPalooza,” a festival of all things Ingalls...

In The Crosshairs
Nicholas Schmidle, The New Yorker | American Sniper: Chris Kyle's Story | January 19, 2015

The story behind American Sniper...

Cartoon: Charlie Hebd'overload
Tom Tomorrow, Comics via Daily Kos | Charlie Hebd'overload | January 19, 2015

Charlie Hebd'overload: Notes from the week that was...

E-Publish Or Perish
Ben Schreckinger, Politico | E-Publish Or Perish | January 18, 2015

Why some 2016 candidates are ditching the staid pre-presidential book for a new format...

The Men Who Haunted Me As A Child
Ernesto Londono, The New York Times Opinion | Facing FARQ | January 18, 2015

Growing up in Columbia, I imagined being kidnapped as the only way to end up face-to-face with militants from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia, a Marxist-inspired group that has battled the government for over half a century...


French Rein In Speech Backing Acts Of Terror
Doreen Carvajal and Alan Cowell, The New York Times | French Rein In Speech | January 16, 2015

The French authorities are moving aggressively to rein in speech supporting terrorism, employing a new law to mete out tough prison sentences in a crackdown that is stoking a free-speech debate after last week’s attacks in Paris...

Obama Was Right To Skip Paris
Amil Khan | Empowering Al-Q | January 16, 2015

By lionizing Charlie Hebdo, Europe is empowering Al Qaeda...

Cowboy's 132-year-old Rifle Found Propped Up Against Tree In Nevada Desert
Alan Yuhas, The Guardian | Rifle Found | January 16, 2015

Archaeologists say the rusted Winchester Model 1873 rifle may have been left at the same spot more than a century...

What Does The New Charlie Hebdo Cover Mean? Its Cartoonist Explains.
L.V. Anderson, Slate | Hebdo's Cover | January 14, 2015

Luz, the cartoonist who drew the cover, explained his intentions, even though he really didn't want to...