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.

Meet Luca, The Ancestor Of All Living Things
Nicholas Wade, The New York Times | Luca: Last Universal Common Ancestor | July 25, 2016

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated...

Migrants And Smugglers Won't Be Stopped By Donald Trump's Wall, Ranchers Say
Dan Barry, The New York Times | Ranchers Favor a Different Approach | July 25, 2016

Ranchers near the Mexican border favor a different approach...

Donald Trump's Ghostwriter Tells All
Jame Mayer, The New Yorker | Trump's Ghostwriter Tells Al | July 23, 2016

Tony Schwartz helped create the myth -- and regrets it...

How A Guy From A Montana Trailer Park Overturned 150 Years Of Biology
Ed Yong, The Atlantic | Rethinking Lichens | July 23, 2016

Biology textbooks tell us that lichens are alliances between two organisms -- a fungus and an alga. They are wrong...

The Deadliest Terror Attack In SF History Happened 100 Years Ago Today
Katie Dowd, SFGate | 100 Years Ago: Terror Attack In SF | July 22, 2016

The bombing of Market Street is almost unknown today...

The Disturbing Reality Of Being A Jewish Reporter Covering Donald Trump
Alana Horowitz Satlin, The Huffington Post | Being A Jewish Reporter Covering Donald Trump | July 19, 2016

HuffPost staffers have received some vile, anti-Semitic messages...

Inside The Politico Break-Up
Luke Mullins, Washingtonian | Inside The Politico Break-Up | July 18, 2016

Inisde the conflict that broke up a Washington media juggernaut...

The Mysterious Metamorphosis of Chuck Close
Wil S. Hylton, The New York Times Magazine | Chuck Close | July 17, 2016

The legendary artist has radically upended his distinctive style of portraiture -- and his entire life. Why?...

How A Danish Town Helped Young Muslims Turn Away From ISIS
Hanna Rosin, NPR | The Aarhus Model | July 16, 2016

Their program came to be known as the "Aarhus model"...

The Rise Of American Authoritarianism
Amanda Taub, Vox | American Authoritarianism | July 15, 2016

What's driving Donald Trump's ascent?...