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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.

Tucker Carlson's Fighting Words
Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker | Tucker Carlson: Fox News's Unlikely Star | April 4, 2017

On Fox News, an unlikely star thrives in the tumult of Trump-era politics...

Donald Trump's Fictional America
Andre Miguel Rondon, Politico | Trump's Fictional America | April 3, 2017

I grew up surrounded by Chavez's alternate reality. Now I'm watching one consume the U.S....

Betsy DeVos' Holy War
Janet Reitman, Rolling Stone | Betsy DeVos' Holy War | April 3, 2017

The Christian right's campaign to infiltrate America's secular institutions...

Meet Michael 'Imaqtpie' Santana, The World's Best 'League of Legends' Streamer
Joshua Calixto, Glixel | League Of Legends | April 3, 2017

Living every esports professional's dream...

The Syrian Rebel Who Tried To Build An Islamist Paradise
Aron Lund, Politico | A Syrian Rebel's Dream Of Paradise | April 1, 2017

Zahran Alloush had dreams. It wasn't only Bashar Assad who stopped him...

Stephen King On Donald Trump
Stephen King, The Guardian | Stephen King On Trump | April 1, 2017

'How do such men rise? First as a joke.'...

Trump The Destroyer
Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone | Trump The Destroyer | April 1, 2017

Bent on demolishing our government from within...

Age Of Empires
Holland Cotter, The New York Times | Age Of Empires | March 30, 2017

How two dynasties of art forged China's identity...

The Desperate Battle To Destroy ISIS
Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker | The Battle For Mosul | March 30, 2017

A SWAT team of Iraqis join the fight to retake Mosul...

The Psychedelic Miracle
Mac McClelland, Rolling Stone | Treating Mental Illness With Psychedelics | March 30, 2017

How some doctors are risking everything to unleash the healing power of MDMA, ayahuasca, and other hallucinogens...