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.

Trumpology: A Master Class
Susan B. Glasser and Michael Kruse, Politico | Trumpology: A Master Class | May 31, 2016

The definitive conversation about who he really is...

How Donald Trump Destroyed The Interview
Jack Shafter, Politico | Interviewing Trump | May 29, 2016

A century-old political institution may have met its match...

I'm Sorry For Helping Make Kale Cool
Mimi Sheraton | Sorry I Helped Make Kale Cool | May 29, 2016

In any color and by any name, I know and hate kale when I see it...

A Survivor's Tale: How HIroshima Shaped A Japanese-American Family
Greg Myre, NPR | A Survivor's Tale | May 27, 2016

Japanese schoolgirl Kikue Takagi, age 12, woke up feeling sick and stayed home that day...

Is Kenneth Starr, Historic Sleezeball, At Last Getting His Just Deserts?
Michael Tomasky, The Daily Beast | Kenneth Starr's Hypocrisy | May 27, 2016

A good Christian's incredible hypocrisy may finally be catching up to him...

Mell Lazarus: Colleagues Salute The Wit Of The 'Momma' And 'Miss Peach' Comics Creator
Michael Cavna, The Washington Post | Remembering Mell Lazarus | May 25, 2016

Lazarus died Tuesday morning in Southern California...

Hive Mind
Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker | Samantha Bee's "Full Frontal" | May 24, 2016

The stinging comedy of Samantha Bee's "Full Frontal"...

Why Did Nobody Go To Jail For The Financial Crisis?
Frank Partnoy, NYTBR | Review: Chain Of Title | May 23, 2016

How three ordinary Americans uncovered Wall Street's great foreclosure fraud...

Morley Safer, Mainstay Of '60 Minutes,' Is Dead At 84
Robert D. McFadden, The New York Times | Morley Safter Obit | May 20, 2016

Morley Safer, 1931-2016...

This Is How Fascism Comes To America
Robert Kagan, The Washington Post Opinion | Trump, Transcending The GOP | May 19, 2016

Trump has transcended the party that produced him...