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.

If Trump Wants To Win In The Muslim World, He Needs To Know This History
Akbar Ahmed, The World Post | Emperor Frederick II | March 8, 2017

Even at the height of the Crusades, Frederick II promoted religious tolerance...

The Life Of An Instagram Poet
Sheila Marikar, The New Yorker | The Life Of An Instagram Poet | March 8, 2017

Seventy-two hundred and twenty-two words per day...

A Cartoonist Savors HIs Favorite Art For The New Yorker
Jennifer Schuessler, The New York Times | Bob Mankoff's Faves | March 7, 2017

Bob Mankoff announced last week that he was stepping down as cartoon editor of The New Yorker...

Donald Trump's Worst Deal
Adam Davidson, The New Yorker | Trump's Worst Deal | March 6, 2017

A hotel in Azerbaijan that appears to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran's Revolutionary Guard...

In Conversation: David Letterman
David Marchese, New York | Letterman Interview | March 6, 2017

"How's this interview going? Do you think you're talking to a normal person here?"...

The True Story Of How Standing Rock Fell
Marty Skovlund, Jr., Medium | Report From Standing Rock | March 5, 2017

At the end of a protest that lasted for nearly a year, one veteran traveled to Standing Rock to find answers...

Trump, Putin, And The New Cold War
Evan Osnos, David Remnick, and Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker | The New Cold War | March 4, 2017

What lay behind Russia's interference in the 2016 election -- and what lies ahead?...

To Help Student Vets, College Staff Take A New Course -- In 'Military Competency'
Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, The Christian Science Monitor | Military Competency Training | March 2, 2017

The first college in the US to require all faculty and staff to take the training...

Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds
Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker | Why Facts Don't Change Our Minds | March 2, 2017

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason...

Obama Administration Rushed To Preserve Intelligence Of Russian Election Hacking
Matthew Rosenberg, Adam Goldman, and Michael S. Schmidt | Intelligence Trail On Hacking | March 2, 2017

To leave a clear trail of intelligence for government investigators...