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.

Energy Department Balks At Team Trump's Climate "Witch Hunt"
Steve Benen, Rachel Maddow Show | DOE Says "No" To Trump | December 13, 2016

"It feels more like a freaking witch hunt."...

It's Like A Powder Keg That's Going To Explode
Darren Samuelsohn, Politico | Powder Keg: Trump And Ethics | December 12, 2016

Two longtime ethics experts argue Trump's business conflicts are so big it should affect how the Electoral College votes...

High On Hitler And Meth: Book Says Nazis Were Fueld By Drugs
David Segal, The New York Times | Hitler And Meth | December 11, 2016

Soldiers of the Wehrmacht were regularly supplied with methamphetamine of a quality that would give Walter white pages of envy...

Read Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize In Literature Banquet Speech
Andy Greene, Rolling Stone | Dylan's Nobel Speech | December 11, 2016

Read Dylan's speech here...

The Tina Fey Interview, by David Letterman
David Letterman, as told by Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter | Tina Fey Interviewed by David Letterman | December 8, 2016

About Trump, parenting, comedy and Hollywood...

Tom The Dancing Bug
Ruben Bolling, The Daily Kos | The World At A Crossroads | December 8, 2016

The world at a crossroads...

Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Climate Change Denialist, To Lead E.P.A.
Coral Davenport and Eric Lipton, The New York Times | Trump Picks Cliimate Change Denialist | December 8, 2016

Pruitt has been a key architect of the legal battle against Mr. Obama's climate change policies...

Travelling With James Mattis, Donald Trump's Pick For Secretary Of Defense
Steve Coll, The New Yorker | Travelling With James Mattis | December 7, 2016

Could Mattis have a moderating influence on the Trump Administration and its foreign policy?...

Foregiveness Ceremony Unites Veterans And Natives At Standing Rock
Jenna Amatulli, The Huffington post | Forgiveness Ceremony At Standing Rock | December 6, 2016

On Monday, Native Americans conducted a forgiveness ceremony with U.S. veterans...

What I Learned Binge-Watching Steve Bannon's Documentaries
Adam Wren, Politico | Steve Bannon's Documentaries | December 3, 2016

Here's what 13 hours and 11 minutes of fever-dream conservative viewing says about his dark worldview...