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.

Trump's Tax On Solar Power: Here's What You Need To Know
Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone | Tax On Imported Panels | January 25, 2018

Trump has imposed a 30 percent tax on imported solar panels...

Ursula K. Le Guin, Acclaimed For Her Fantasy Fiction, Is Dead At 88
Gerald Jonas, The New York Times | Ursula K. Le Guin Obit | January 25, 2018

"I eliminated gender to find out what was left," she told The Guardian...

Has The U.S. Become A 'Trumpocracy'?
Ross Douthat and David Frum, The New York Times | Tragedy Or Farce? | January 24, 2018

Is what we're watching a tragedy or a farce?...

Team Trump Bypassed DHS Analysts To Produce Bogus Terror Report
Spencer Ackerman, The Daily Beast | Bogus Terror Report | January 22, 2018

"The Trump Administration is trying to turn counterterrorism into an immigration issue..."

The Republican's Guide To Presidential Etiquette
The New York Times Editorial Board | Presidential Etiquette | January 22, 2018

An update guide to what Republicans now consider to be acceptable behavior from the commander in chief...

The #SchumerShutdown Hashtag Is Getting A Big Boost From Russian Bots
Jennifer Bendery, The Huffington Post | Russia-Boosted Hashtag | January 22, 2018

#SchumerShutdown became the top trending hashtag being promoted by Russian bots and trolls on Twitter...

The World Has Never Seen An Oil Spill Like This
Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic | Condensate Spill | January 20, 2018

A tanker that sank off the Chinese coast was carrying 'condensate,' a mix of molecules with radically different properties than crude...

Twitter: More Than 677,000 U.S. Users Engaged With Russian Troll Accounts
Ashley Gold, Twitter | 50,000 Russian-linked Bot Accounts | January 20, 2018

A total of 50,258 Russian-linked bot accounts...

A Year Of Donald Trump In The White House
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker | Year Of Trump | January 20, 2018

A quarrel between Trump optimists and Trump pessimists...

Trump Is Not The First President To Bash The Media - But He Might Be The Worst
Kara Voght, Mother Jones | Trump & Media | January 18, 2018

The Fake News Awards would take attacks on the press to a whole new level...