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.

Resolved: Ted Cruz Was His Worst Self As A Presidential Candidate
Dahlia Lithwick, Slate | The Ted Cruz I Knew | May 5, 2016

In his surly, failed campaign, Cruz turned into a cartoon version of the blowhard I knew on the college debate circuit...

The Combat Ration Collectors Who Eat Decades-Old Military Meals
Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura | MRE Collectors | May 3, 2016

Beef stew from 1983, anyone?...

Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic
Andrew Sullivan, New York | Democracy And Tyranny | May 2, 2016

And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny...

Daniel J. Berrigan, Defiant Priest Who Preached Pacifism, Dies At 94
Daniel Lewis, The New York Times | Father Berrigan Dies At 94 | May 1, 2016

A Jesuit priest and poet whose defiant protests helped shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War...

Ann Coulter Explains What It Would Take To Shut Her Up
Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald | Ann Coulter Explains... | April 30, 2016

America, she says, has no future without President Trump...

Documenting Los Angeles's Near-Invisible Workers
Katharine Schwab, The Atlantic | LA's Near-Invisible Workers | April 30, 2016

The artist Ramiro Gomez revises images of the city's most luxurious domestic settings by inserting the housekeepers, gardeners, and caregivers who maintain them...

The Gospel According To Wendell Berry, On Screen
Dan Charles, NPR | Wendell Berry: "The Seer" | April 29, 2016

When Laura Dunn decided to make a film about America's foremost farmer-philosopher, Wendell Berry, she ran into one significant complication...

Trump At War
Andy Kroll, The Huffington Post | Trump At War | April 26, 2016

How the military is preparing for the possibility of a very different kind of Commander in Chief...

ISIS Targeted By Cyberattacks In A New U.S. Line Of Combat
David E. Sanger, The New York Times | A New Line Of U.S. Combat | April 25, 2016

The United States has opened a new line of combat against the Islamic State...

Prince And The Competition
Jody Rosen, The New York Times Magazine | Prince And The Competition | April 24, 2016

Antagonism has always been one of music's animating forces...