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.

'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...

Campaign Flashback
Tom Tomorrow, Daily Kos | Trump Flashback | March 15, 2017

A look back at candidate Trump...

Donald Trump Lies, But No One Really Cares
Michael Rosenblum, HuffPo | Entertainer In Chief | March 14, 2017

The Entertainer-in-Chief has brought the ethos of television to government...

Trump Tweet Bracket
The Daily Show | Trump Tweet Bracket | March 14, 2017

What is the greatest Donald Trump tweet of all time?...

Kushners Set To Get $400 Million From Chinese Firm On Tower
David Kocieniewski and Caleb Melby, Bloomberg | Kushner Deal | March 14, 2017

The planned transaction includes terms that some real estate experts consider unusually favorable...

A Timeline Of Earth's Average Temperature
Randall Munroe, XKCD via Vox | Climate Change Timeline | March 12, 2017

When people say "The climate has changed before," these are the kinds of changes they're talking about...