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.

D.C. Metro Bomb Plot
Peter Finn, Spencer S. Hu, Caitlin Gibson, The Washington Post | D.C. Metro Bomb Plot | October 28, 2010

Federal law enforcement authorities arrested a Northern Virginia man Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to carry out terrorist bombings at stations in the Washington Metro system. Farooque Ahmed, 34, of Ashburn conspired with people he thought to be al-Qaeda operatives to bomb the Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon City, Crystal City and Court House stations, according to a federal indictment...

George Soros, Wall Street Journal | Why I Support Legal Marijuana | October 26, 2010

We should invest in effective education rather than ineffective arrest and incarceration. Our marijuana laws are clearly doing more harm than good. The criminalization of marijuana did not prevent marijuana from becoming the most widely used illegal substance in the United States and many other countries. But it did result in extensive costs and negative consequences...

Iran Loads Nuke Plant
Alan Cowell, New York Times | Iran Loads Nuke Plant | October 26, 2010

Iran on Tuesday celebrated the start of the process of loading 163 fuel rods into the core of its first nuclear power plant reactor, putting it within months of operation...

When "Terrorism" Becomes Farce
Roger Warner, Sacramento Bee | When "Terrorism" Becomes Farce | October 26, 2010
Three years ago, the U.S. Justice Department made a breakthrough of sorts when it launched a terrorism court case in Sacramento, California. Until then, terrorism had been a scary business. Now we're looking at farce...
Oil Disaster Spreads
Rocky Kistner, NRDC | Oil Disaster Spreads | October 20, 2010

For six months, I have lived and worked near ground zero of the worst oil disaster in US history. I've traveled on boats hunting thick, reddish peanut butter-colored crude that slowly washed towards the coastal marshes of southern Louisiana. I watched tough, resourceful people of the bayou weep at the sight of the oily tide invading precious fishing grounds...

Return of the Secret Donors
Jill Abramson, New York Times | Return of the Secret Donors | October 20, 2010

To old political hands, wise to the ways of candidates and money, 1972 was a watershed year. Richard M. Nixon’s re-election campaign was awash in cash, secretly donated by corporations and individuals...

Predator's Ball
Katrina vanden Heuvel, Washington Post | Predator's Ball | October 20, 2010

"Apres nous, le deluge." Surely the reactionary gang of five on the Supreme Court should have cited Louis XV in their Citizens United decision overturning precedent to open the floodgates to corporate campaign spending...