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.

President Trump's First Term
Evan Osnos, The New Yorker | President Trump's First Term | September 20, 2016

His campaign tells us a lot about what kind of Commander-in-Chief he would be...

How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"
Nick Murray, The New York Times | Overdoing "Hallelujah" | September 20, 2016

"Hallelujah" has become so inescapable that the songwriter once asked for a break from his own track...

The Insomnia Machine
Pagan Kennedy, The New York Times | The Insomnia Machine | September 19, 2016

When medicines fail, where can the sleepless turn?

Birther Nation: Alive And Well
Michael Grunwald, Politico Magazine | Birther Nation: Alive and Well | September 17, 2016

Whatever Trump said yesterday, his supporters know he's privately agreed with them all along...

Mars Gigapixel Panorama
NASA | Four Billion Gigapixel Panorama Of Mars | September 17, 2016

Four billion panorama of Mars...

The Statue Of Liberty's Beguiling Green
Ian Frazier, The New Yorker | The Statue Of Liberty's Beguiling Green | September 16, 2016

Reflecting on the irreproducible color of the monument's patina...

Hillary Clinton's Concrete Shoes
Garrison Keillor, The Washington Post Opinion | Hillary Clinton's Concrete Shoes | September 15, 2016

I saw Hillary Clinton once working a rope line...

How The Trump Organization's Foreign Business Ties Could Upend U.S. National Security
Kurt Eichenwald, Newsweek | Trump Organization's Foreign Ties | September 14, 2016

The Trump Organization is not like the Clinton Foundation...

20 Years Ago, Tupac Broke Through
Sami Yenigun, NPR | Tupac's Breakthrough | September 14, 2016

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable year in music...

3-For-1 Fossil Find A Windfall For Paleontologists
Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine | 3-In-1 Fossil | September 14, 2016

It is essentially a prehistoric turducken...