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 Pope's Pedophile?
Andrew Sulliivan, New York Magazine | The Pope's Pedophile? | June 30, 2017

It all feels sickeningly familiar...

Greetings, E.T. (Please Don't Murder Us.)
Steven Johnson, The New York Times Magazine | Alone In The Universe? | June 29, 2017

A new initiative to beam messages into space...

Review: The Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu
William Dalrymple, The Guardian | Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu | June 28, 2017

Efforts to save the city's literary heritage...

How Donald Trump Misunderstood The F.B.I.
Tim Weiner, The New York Times | Trump & F.B.I. | June 28, 2017

An essential, and independent, check on the president...

The National Enquirer's Fervor For Trump
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker | Enquirer's Fervor For Trump | June 28, 2017

Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?

World's First Floating Windfarm To Take Shape Off Coast Of Scotland
Adam Vaughan, The Guardian | Floating Windfarm | June 27, 2017

The world's first floating windfarm...

How People Like You Fuel Extremism
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic | How People Like You Fuel Extremism | June 27, 2017

Discussing politics in groups of similarly minded people...

How To Knot A Cherry Stem With Your Tongue
Malia Wollan, The New York Times Magazine | Knotting Cherry Stems | June 26, 2017

You will get faster with practice...

The Nations Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico Staff, Edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | June 24, 2017

The best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere...

The Dubious Counting At The Center Of The G.O.P.'s Health-Care Reform
John Cassidy, The New Yorker | Dubious Counting | June 24, 2017

Playing the Washington game...