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.

Is Truth Dead?
Michael Scherer, Time | Trump Interview: Is Truth Dead? | March 23, 2017

Can President Trump handle the truth?...

Becoming Duterte: The Making Of A Philippine Strongman
Richard C. Paddock, The New York Times | The Making Of A Philippine Strongman | March 21, 2017

Obsessed with death, he has turned his violent vision into national policy...

The Opioid Epidemic Is This Generation's AIDS Crisis
Andrew Sullivan, New York | Opioids: This Generation's AIDS Crisis | March 21, 2017

The opioid epidemic is the new AIDS in this respect; its toll on one demographic...

How To Build An Autocracy
David Frum, The Atlantic | How To Build An Autocracy | March 21, 2017

The playbook Donald Trump could use...

Jimmy Breslin, Legendary New York City Newspaper Columnist, Dies At 88
Dan Barry, The New York Times | Jimmy Breslin Dies At 88 | March 19, 2017

"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers..."

'Apartheid': How One Word Reignited UN Tensions Over Israel
David Iaconangelo, Christian Science Monitor | Word Reignites UN Tensions | March 19, 2017

A UN report used the word 'apartheid' to describe Israeli policies...

Why Chuck Berry Is Even Greater Than You Think
Peter Guralnick, Rolling Stone | Chuck Berry's Genius | March 19, 2017

Revelatory encounters with a rock & roll pioneer...

The Long History Of The Vietnam Novel
Maureen Ryan, The New York Times | The Vietnam Novel | March 18, 2017

'For a period of time well into the 1970s, the Vietnam novel was really an obscenity...'

How The EPA Transformed America
Andrew Small, Mother Jones | Photos: How The EPA Transformed America | March 16, 2017

Clean water, non-toxic ground, and silence we would never have had...

Steve Bannon In College: Grateful Dead Fan, 'Jerry Brown Liberal,' 'Ladies Man'
Asawin Suebsaeng, The Daily Beast | Portrait Of Steve Bannon As A Young Man | March 16, 2017

A well-liked liberal history buff...