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.

The Invisible Forces That Make Writing Work
Roger Rosenblatt, The New York Times Book Review | The Invisible Forces | August 29, 2017

We cannot see most of the things that rule our lives...

Monarch Mystery
Besame, Daily Kos | Monarch Mystery | August 28, 2017

Summer populations high, winter pops low. Where do they go?...

The Boston Rally Exposed The Left's Intolerance Of Free Speech
Andrew Sullivan, New York Magazine | The Left's Intolerance Of Free Speech | August 26, 2017

Here's a question...

My Last Conversation With My Dad
Robin Wright, The New Yorker | Conversation With My Dad | August 26, 2017

I was his firstborn; I became his mission...

The Nation's Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico, edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | August 26, 2017

The best of this week's editorial cartoons, plucked fresh off the Toonosphere...

Mathematical Secrets Of Ancient Tablet Unlocked After Nearly A Century Of Study
Maev Kennedy, The Guardian | Babylonian Trig Table | August 24, 2017

A trigonometric table more accurate than any today...

Carl Icahn's Failed Raid On Washington
Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker | Icahn's Raid | August 24, 2017

Trump's richest adviser...

Inside Robert Mueller's Army
Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast | Mueller's Army | August 24, 2017

The special counsel has essentially built his own miniature Justice Department...

Angry Trump Grilled His Generals About Troop Increase, Then Gave In
Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman, The New York Times | How Trump Decided | August 22, 2017

His decision, several officials said, was less a change of heart than a weary acceptance...

Why Trump Can't Quit The Alt-Right
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone | Trump & The Alt-Right | August 21, 2017

Trump clings to the only constituency he has left...