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.

When Jack Daniel's Failed To Honor A Slave, An Author Rewrote History
Clay Risen, The New York Times | The Nearest Story | August 19, 2017

The Tennessee slave sho taught Jack Daniel how to make whiskey...

How To Make Fun Of Nazis
Moises Velasquez-Manoff, The New York Times Opinion | The Right Against The Right | August 18, 2017

In 2014 the town tried a different tactic...

Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, And One Night In New York City
Ethan Iverson, The New Yorker | Ellington And Evans | August 18, 2017

How did the jazz train go off the tracks?...

Steve Bannon, Unrepentant
Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect | Unrepentant Bannon | August 17, 2017

Trump's embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine...

Down The Breitbart Hole
Wil S. Hylton, The New York Times Magazine | Inside Breitbart | August 16, 2017

The incendiary media company at the nerve center of Donald Trump's America...

Scott Pruitt's Crimes Against Nature
Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone | Gutting The EPA | August 16, 2017

Trump's EPA chief is gutting the agency...

Trump's Business Of Corruption
Adam Davidson, The New Yorker | Trump's Corruption Biz | August 16, 2017

What secrets will Mueller find when he investigates the President's foreign deals?...

How The Trump Hotel Changed Washington's Culture Of Influencd
Jonathan O'Connell, The Washington Post | Trump's D.C. Hotel | August 14, 2017

A daily spectacle of Washington influence...

Californian Who Helped Lead Charlottesville Protests Used Berkeley As A Test Run
John Sepulvado and Bert Johnson, KQED | Profile Of A Supremacist | August 14, 2017

A window into the motives and tactics of Identity Evropa...

What Trump Got Wrong On Charlottesville
Erick-Woods Erickson, The New York Times Op-Ed | What Trump Got Wrong | August 13, 2017

In Charlottesville, evil has a name, and it is white supremacy...