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.

Michelle Obama And Us
Amy Davidson, The New Yorker Comment | Michelle Obama And Us | December 27, 2016

The tenure of a First Lady who leaves the White House as one of the most popular political figures in recent memory...

Saudi Royal Family Still Spending In An Age Of Austerity
Nicholas Kulish and Mark Mazzetti, The New York Times | Saudi Royal Family Still Spending | December 27, 2016

The line between family and state assets can be blurry...

An Oklahoma Newspaper Endorsed Clinton. It Hasn't Been Forgiven.
Manny Fernandez, The New York Times | Enid, Oklahoma: News & Eagle Update | December 27, 2016

Mr. Mullin's red newspaper in a red county in what is arguably the reddest of states went blue...

The Wry, Mournful Art Of The Trump Press Pool Report
Katy Waldman, Slate | The Trump Press Pool | December 22, 2016

Donald Trump has made the press pool report feel like a new genre...

How The Citizen Lab Policies The World's Digital Spies
Anita Elash, Christian Science Monitor | The Citizen Lab | December 22, 2016

Over the past 15 years, the Citizens Lab has uncovered vast electronic spying networks...

Holy Rage: Lessons From Standing Rock
Louise Erdrich, The New Yorker | Lessons From Standing Rock | December 22, 2016

A template for resistance...

Zilong Wang And The Cosmic Tale Of The White Dragon
John Brant, Bicycling | Zilong Want And The White | December 17, 2016

Karma intervened to restore all faith in humanity...

Steve Burns Finally Confirms Why He Left 'Blue's Clues'
Bill Bradley, The Huffington Post | Interview: Steve Burns | December 16, 2016

It's time we all finally got a clue...

Traders Scheme To Cash In On Trump Tweets
Ben White and Patrick Temple-West, Politico | Cashing In On Trump Tweets | December 16, 2016

Trump, with his itchy Twitter finger, is quickly emerging as the biggest axe there is...

How Donald Trump's Business Ties Are Already Jeopardizing U.S. Interests
Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek | Trumps Business Ties | December 13, 2016

Trump is already vulnerable to undue influence by other nations...