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.

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...

The 'Underground Railroad' To Save Atheists
David Robson, The Atlantic | Saving Atheists | January 18, 2018

A vision to protect those persecuted for non-religion...

Too Much Music
James Jackson Toth, NPR | Too Much Music | January 16, 2018

A failed experiment in dedicated listening...

We Thought We Were Going To Die, So We Fought Over A Tractor
Carla Herreria, The Huffington Post | Report From Hawaii | January 15, 2018

A reporter takes an honest look at how she reacted to incoming missile alert...

Guess Who's Coming To 'Peanuts'
David Kamp, The New York Times Opinion | Integrating 'Peanuts' | January 15, 2018

Dr. King's assassination, on April 4, 1968, played a direct role in Franklin's creation...

Uranium Miners Pushed Hard For A Comeback. They Got Their Wish.
Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times | Uranium & Bears Ears | January 13, 2018

'Countries like Kazakhstan, they're not under the same environmental standards. We want a level playing field.'...