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.

Just Hit The Damn Deer
Al Cambronne, Slate | Just Hit The Damn Deer | January 5, 2015

Expert advice about how to drive safely among North America's most dangerous animals...

Thank Congress, Not LBJ For Great Society
Julian Zelizer and Scott Porch, The Daily Beast | '60s Q&A | January 5, 2015

In his State of the Union address 50 years ago, LBJ laid out his vision for the Great Society. In an excerpt from his new book on the 1960s, historian Julian Zelizer highlights the forgotten role Congress played in getting it done. Read a Q&A between the author and Scott Porch...

Breaking Ground On The Nicaragua Canal
Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker | The Nicaragua Canal | January 2, 2015

The Nicaragua Canal is expected to take five years to complete and cost fifty billion dollars; when finished (if it is ever finished), the hundred-and-seventy-two-mile canal will bisect Nicaragua from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean...

Newly Discovered Frog Gives Birth To Live Tadpoles, A First
Rachel Feltman, The Washington Post | Live Tadpole Birth | January 2, 2015

Now, for the first time, scientists have found a frog that gives birth to something in between: live, wriggling tadpoles...

American Liberalism Loses Its Poet
Todd S. Purdum, Politico | American Liberalism Loses Its Poet | January 2, 2015

Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo dies at 82...

New Year's Eve, Babylon Style
Candida Moss, The Daily Beast | NYE, Babylon Style | December 31, 2014

Some things never change as we wring out the old year and ring in the new...

The Tragedy Of The American Military
James Fallows, The Atlantic | The Tragedy of the American Military | December 30, 2014

The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can't win...

Stealth Attack: The New Abortion Laws
Jen Sorensen | New Abortion Laws | December 29, 2014

Coming Soon To A State Near You! If you've been following the news lately, you may have noticed a recurring theme...

The Women Battling An Islamist Strongman
Christina Asquith, The Daily Beast | Women Battling Erdogan | December 29, 2014

As Turkey's president restricts free speech and ignores domestic violence, the country's businesswomen are pushing back...

The History Of The Chicken: How This Humble Bird Saved Humanity
William O'Connor, The Daily Beast | The History Of The Chicken | December 28, 2014

It's the bird that enabled human civilization, Andrew Lawler argues in his new book, Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? Is it also the key to saving a crowded planet?...