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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.

James Mattis, A Warrior In Washington
Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker | Mattis Profile | May 25, 2017

How will he lead the Defense Department?...

A Conversation With Condoleezza Ric
Tom Bevan, The Washington Times | A Conversation With Condoleezza Ric | May 24, 2017

The former secretary of state examines the state of democracy...

David Letterman Talks
Brett Martin, GQ | Letterman Interview | May 24, 2017

About Cosby, the beard, and why Amy Schumer Is the new Richard Pryor...

That Time The Soviets Bugged Congress, And Other Spy Tales
Calder Walton, Politico | Amazing Bugging Tales | May 23, 2017

Allowing a photographer from the Russian state media into the Oval Office was an act of breathtaking recklessness...

Alone On The Open Road
Trip Gabriel and George Etheredge, The New York Times | Truckers: On The Road | May 22, 2017

Truckers feel like 'throwaway people'...

My Family's Slave
Alex Tizon, The Atlantic | My Family's Slave | May 22, 2017

I was 11, a typical American kid, before I realized who she was...

What Kind Of Loyalty Does A President Need?
Jeff Shesol, The New Yorker | Presidents And Loyalty | May 21, 2017

How a President defines loyalty...

Saudis Give Trump A Reception Fit For A King
Annie Karni, Politico | Respecting Trump | May 21, 2017

A large image of the president was beamed onto the outside of his hotel...

"You'll Be Hanging From A Tree"
Tim Murphy, Mother Jones | Threatening Al Green | May 21, 2017

The first member of Congress to call for President Donald Trump to be impeached...

A Basquiat Sells For 'Mind-Blowing' $110.5 Million At Auction
Robin Pogrebin and Scott Reyburn, The New York Times | Basquiat Skull Sells For $110.5 Million | May 19, 2017

The sixth most expensive work ever sold at auction...