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.

Two Americas: Why Donald Trump Still Has A Lot Of Support
John Cassidy, The New Yorker | Trump's Support | November 3, 2016

"How can Hillary Clinton be losing to a mentally unstable megalomaniac and sexual predator who doesn't pay income taxes?"...

How To Survive California's Epic Ballot: With A Party, A Pizza And A Haiku
Maria L. La Ganga, The Guardian | California's Epic Ballot | November 1, 2016

Pity the poor California voter, who faces 17 state ballot measures...

The Power Of Music, Trapped In A Cubicle
Amisha Padnani, The New York Times | This Election, Paranoia Reigns | November 1, 2016

"I think there's definitely more paranoia this year..."

Donald Trump Used Legally Dubious Method To Avoid Paying Taxes
David Barstow, Mike McIntire, Patricia Cohen, Susanne Craig, and Russ Buettner, The New York Times | Trump Tax Maneuver | October 31, 2016

A tax avoidance mmaneuver so legally dubious his own lawyers advised him that the IRS woud most likely declare it improper if he were audited...

I Am A White Person Who Went To Standing Rock. This Is What I Learned.
Katie Scarlett Brandt, The Huffington Post | Report From Standing Rock | October 29, 2016

Experiencing Standing Rock as a human being...

Worried About A Rigged Election? Here's One Way To Handle It
Josh Zeitz, Politico | Nixon vs. Kennedy | October 27, 2016

Why the GOP should pay attention to Nixon vs. Kennedy, 1960...

Russia's Cyberscene
Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor | Russia's Cyberscene | October 27, 2016

Kremlin desires, private hackers, and patriotism...

Great Performances: "Hamilton's America"
Katherine Brooks, The Huffington Post | The "Hamilton" Doc | October 25, 2016

You can literally watch the entire "Hamilton" documentary right here...

What Drives Donald Trump? Fear Of Losing Status, Tapes Show
Michael Barbaro, The New York Times | What Drives Trump? | October 26, 2016

Recordings reveal a man who is fixated on his own celebrity, anxious about losing his status, and contemptuous of those who fall from grace...

Thousands Of California Soldiers Forced To Repay Enlistment Bonuses A Decade After Going To War
David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times | Bonusgate | October 25, 2016

The California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses. Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back...