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.

Teaching Comedy
Luke O'Neil, The New York Times Magazine | Teaching Comedy | June 13, 2016

Could a college degree in comedy be anything but a joke?...

Romney Summit
Philip Rucker and Dan Balz, The Washington Post | Anti-Trump Republicans In Exile | June 10, 2016

Anti-Trump Republicans in exile meet to ponder their party's future...

Here Is The Powerful Letter The Stanford Victim Read Aloud To Her Attacker
Kate J.M. Baker, BuzzFeed | Stanford Victim's Letter To Her Attacker | June 9, 2016

At his sentencing, his victim read him a letter...

A Weekend In Chicago
Monica Davey, The New York Times | A Weekend In Chicago | June 5, 2016

Where gunfire is a terrifying norm...

Muhammad Ali Dies At 74: Titan Of Boxing And The 20th Century
Robert Lipsyte, The New York Times | Muhammad Ali Dies at 74 | June 5, 2016

He remained for 50 years one of the most recognizable people on the planet...

Grief For The Ages
Laurialan Reitzammer, Slate | Mourning On Social Media | June 3, 2016

How mourning on social media is like mourning in ancient Greece...

Scientists Pioneer New Method To Identify Mantises
Cleveland Museum of Natural History | Ilomantis Ginsburgae | June 3, 2016

The new species from Madagascar was named in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg...

How An Outsider President Killed A Party
Gil Troy, Politico | Killing The Whig Party | June 3, 2016

The Whigs chose power over principles when they nominated Zachary Taylor in 1848. The party never recovered...

Why #GambiaRising Matters To Americans
Jon Perr, Daily Kos | Why #Gambia Uprising Matters To Americans | May 31, 2016

A nascent movement is underway against "the worst dictatorship you've never heard of"...

Endless War: Trump And The Fantasy Of Cost-Free Conflict
Ben Fountain, The Guardian | Trump And The Fantasy Of Cost-Free Conflict | May 31, 2016

Politicians should spare us the saber-rattling...