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.

Greetings, E.T. (Please Don't Murder Us.)
Steven Johnson, The New York Times Magazine | Alone In The Universe? | June 29, 2017

A new initiative to beam messages into space...

Review: The Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu
William Dalrymple, The Guardian | Book Smugglers Of Timbuktu | June 28, 2017

Efforts to save the city's literary heritage...

How Donald Trump Misunderstood The F.B.I.
Tim Weiner, The New York Times | Trump & F.B.I. | June 28, 2017

An essential, and independent, check on the president...

The National Enquirer's Fervor For Trump
Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker | Enquirer's Fervor For Trump | June 28, 2017

Why has it embraced the President with such sycophantic zeal?

World's First Floating Windfarm To Take Shape Off Coast Of Scotland
Adam Vaughan, The Guardian | Floating Windfarm | June 27, 2017

The world's first floating windfarm...

How People Like You Fuel Extremism
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic | How People Like You Fuel Extremism | June 27, 2017

Discussing politics in groups of similarly minded people...

How To Knot A Cherry Stem With Your Tongue
Malia Wollan, The New York Times Magazine | Knotting Cherry Stems | June 26, 2017

You will get faster with practice...

The Nations Cartoonists On The Week In Politics
Politico Staff, Edited by Matt Wuerker | The Week In Editorial Cartoons | June 24, 2017

The best of this week's crop, picked fresh off the Toonosphere...

The Dubious Counting At The Center Of The G.O.P.'s Health-Care Reform
John Cassidy, The New Yorker | Dubious Counting | June 24, 2017

Playing the Washington game...

Latest Hacking Bombshell
WaPo Hacking Bombshell | June 24, 2017

Damning revelations...