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.

Eager Crowds Are Flattening Southern California's Vibrant 'Super Bloom'
Joseph Serna, The Los Angeles Times | California 'Super Bloom' | April 7, 2017

If it's not drought that's keeping the flowers down, it's the visitors...

All Mapped Out: How China's Charting Its Course As A Superpower
Brendan Hong, The Daily Beast | Charting China's Course | April 6, 2017

To grasp Xi Jinping's worldview, Trump should look at his maps...

CNN Had A Problem: Donald Trump Solved It
Jonathan Mahler, The New York Times Magazine | CNN & Trump | April 5, 2017

The strange symbiosis between Jeff Zucker and the president he helped create...

This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About The Roots Of Western Civilization
Jo Marchant, Smithsonian | Upending What We Thought We Knew | April 5, 2017

The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom...

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.'...