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.

In The Amazon, A Catastrophic Gold Rush Looms
Chris Feliciano Arnold, The New York Times | Amazon Gold Rush | September 19, 2017

In pursuit of a 16th-century boondoggle: fortunes of gold in the Amazon...

The Queen Of Oversharing
Caitlin Flanaga, The Atlantic | The Best of Us | September 19, 2017

The personal essay may be over -- but Joyce Maynard isn't...

After The Winds Die Down, Larry McMurtry's Houston Trilogy Lives On
Douglas Brinkley, New York Times Book Review | McMurtry On Houston | September 18, 2017

In the Republic of Letters, McMurtry has made Houston matter...

Rolling Stone, Once A Counterculture Bible, Will Be Put Up For Sale
Sydney Ember, The New York Times | Rolling Stone To Be Put Up For Sale | September 18, 2017

Wenner is putting his company's controlling stake in Rolling Stone up for sale...

'I Want To Explode' -- A Roger Ailes Protégé Bares His Soul
Eliana Johnson, Politico | Ailes Protégé's Book | September 18, 2017

Joe Lindsley's account of his split with Roger Ailes...

The Loneliest President
Michael Kruse, Politico | The Loneliest President | September 16, 2017

For Donald Trump, being alone is not a liability...

Hillary Clinton Looks Back In Anger
David Remnick, The New Yorker | "What Happened" | September 15, 2017

She talks about Trump, Comey, collusion, "deplorables," and the power of sexism...

'We're Still At The Tip Of The Iceberg' With Facebook On Russian Election Meddling, Senator Says
Paige Lavender, HuffPo | Election Meddling: Iceberg Tip | September 15, 2017

Facebook said $100,000 was spent by an influence operation likely based in Russia...

Cassini's Mission To Saturn In 100 Images
Jonathan Corum, The New York Times | Images From Cassini | September 14, 2017

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will burn up in Saturn's atmosphere on Friday, after 20 years in space...

How Russia-Linked Groups Used Facebook To Meddle In 2016 Election
CBS Evening News | Russia's Facebook Campaign | September 14, 2017

The group called itself Secured Borders...