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.

Dear Chris Christie: Sorry We Did Our Job
Olivia Nuzzi, The Daily Beast | Sorry We Did Our Job | May 22, 2015

I'm so sorry the media did all of this reporting on why one of the bridges in your state was inexplicably shut down over a personal grudge...

The Right And Wrong Questions About The Iraq War
James Fallows, The Atlantic | Questions About The Iraq War | May 20, 2015

These "knowing what we know now..." questions are driving me crazy. They should make you mad too...

Errors And Lies
Paul Krugman, The New York Times Op Ed | We Were Lied Into War | May 19, 2015

Yes, from a national point of view the invasion was a mistake. But (with apologies to Talleyrand) it was worse than a mistake, it was a crime...

The Overdue, Under-Told Story Of The Clitorus
Carina Kolodny and Amber Genuske, The Huffington Post | The Clitoris Story | May 19, 2015

In 1969, we put a man on the moon. In 1982, we invented the internet. In 1998, we discovered the full anatomy of the clitoris...

David Letterman Taught Us To Ward Off Celebrity Stupidity. But Stupidity Won.
Hank Stuever, The Washington Post | About Letterman | May 18, 2015

Letterman's most loyal viewers have to admit to ourselves that things have changed, that late-night TV, like most of TV, has changed (as it has every right to) and that humor itself has changed...

Scientists: Earth Endangered By New Strain Of Fact-Resistant Humans
Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker | Fact-Resistant Humans | May 18, 2015

Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life...

Brown's Arid California, Thanks Partly To His Father
Adam Nagourney, The New York Times | Brown's Arid California | May 18, 2015

When Edmund G. Brown Sr. was governor of California, people were moving in at a pace of 1,000 a day...

B.B. King, Defining Bluesman For Generations, Dies At 89
Tim Weiner, The New York Times | B.B. King Obituary | May 15, 2015

B.B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died on Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89...

Driving The San Joaquin Valley
Aaron Gilbreath | Driving The San Joaquin Valley | May 13, 2015

An afternoon with Starbucks customers in the armpit of California...

The GOP's Iraq War Amnesia
Peter Beinart, The Atlantic | The GOP's Iraq War Amnesia | May 13, 2015

If Republicans want to blame America's foreign-policy woes on Obama, they need a 2016 candidate untainted by the disastrous hawkishness of the past...